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2009 Chevrolet Equinox

$3,052 — $12,124 USED
Sport Utility
1-5 Seats
20 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Interior space and versatility
  • Ride comfort
  • Automatic-transmission response
  • Availability of AWD

The Bad

  • Engine noise
  • Visibility
  • Uncertain construction quality
2009 Chevrolet Equinox exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2009 Chevrolet Equinox
  • FWD or AWD
  • Passenger- and cargo-area versatility
  • Standard side curtain airbags with rollover sensing
  • Standard ABS and electronic stability system

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
The Equinox is a five-seat crossover SUV that's available with front- and all-wheel drive. It competes with compact SUVs such as the Ford Escape, Toyota RAV4 and Hyundai Tucson.

New for 2009
For 2009, the Equinox gets standard side curtain airbags with rollover protection sensors for both rows of seats.

Exterior
The four-door Equinox incorporates full-length frame rails and a safety cage. Base models have 16-inch steel wheels. Higher trim levels get larger wheels and visual upgrades to the exterior. Sport models have their own unique exterior features, akin to the TrailBlazer SS, with a lowered stance, no roof rack (available as an option), a sportier front and rear, and high-polished aluminum wheels.

The Equinox is longer than any of its competitors at 188.8 inches in length. At 71.4 inches wide, it's bigger than the Escape and the Tucson, but just barely narrower than the RAV4. With a height of 69.3 inches with a roof rack, it's also the tallest of its competitors.
  • 16-, 17- or 18-inch wheel options, depending on model
  • Roof rails standard on all but Sport model, where they are optional
  • Grille trim, mirrors, door handles and roof rails body-colored or chrome, depending on model


Interior
The split, folding rear seat slides nearly 8 inches. Combined with the flat-folding front passenger seat, the Equinox can carry extra-long cargo. As for passenger volume, the Equinox has 106 cubic feet, compared to 99 cu. ft. in the Escape, 103 in the Tucson and 108 ...
Vehicle Overview
The Equinox is a five-seat crossover SUV that's available with front- and all-wheel drive. It competes with compact SUVs such as the Ford Escape, Toyota RAV4 and Hyundai Tucson.

New for 2009
For 2009, the Equinox gets standard side curtain airbags with rollover protection sensors for both rows of seats.

Exterior
The four-door Equinox incorporates full-length frame rails and a safety cage. Base models have 16-inch steel wheels. Higher trim levels get larger wheels and visual upgrades to the exterior. Sport models have their own unique exterior features, akin to the TrailBlazer SS, with a lowered stance, no roof rack (available as an option), a sportier front and rear, and high-polished aluminum wheels.

The Equinox is longer than any of its competitors at 188.8 inches in length. At 71.4 inches wide, it's bigger than the Escape and the Tucson, but just barely narrower than the RAV4. With a height of 69.3 inches with a roof rack, it's also the tallest of its competitors.
  • 16-, 17- or 18-inch wheel options, depending on model
  • Roof rails standard on all but Sport model, where they are optional
  • Grille trim, mirrors, door handles and roof rails body-colored or chrome, depending on model


Interior
The split, folding rear seat slides nearly 8 inches. Combined with the flat-folding front passenger seat, the Equinox can carry extra-long cargo. As for passenger volume, the Equinox has 106 cubic feet, compared to 99 cu. ft. in the Escape, 103 in the Tucson and 108 in the RAV4.
  • Standard vehicle information center with 20 features
  • Standard XM Satellite Radio, six-speaker audio system and auxiliary input jack for MP3 player
  • Available Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity


Under the Hood
Two engines are available, as are two automatic transmissions. Sport models have a traditional hydraulic power-steering system, but other trims have an electric power-steering setup, which Chevrolet says should improve fuel economy.
  • 3.4-liter V-6 makes 185 horsepower and 210 pounds-feet of torque
  • 3.6-liter V-6 makes 264 hp and 250 pounds-feet of torque
  • Five- or six-speed automatic transmission
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Maximum towing capacity of 3,500 pounds


Safety
Standard features include four-wheel-disc antilock brakes and traction control. Other standard features include:
  • Electronic stability system
  • Standard side curtain airbags with rollover protection sensors
  • Electronic Trailer Sway Control feature monitors trailer sway and can intervene to assist drivers


Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.5
13 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.2)
Performance
(4.4)
Interior Design
(4.0)
Comfort
(4.4)
Reliability
(4.2)
Value For The Money
(4.1)

Read reviews that mention:

(3.0)

Equinox?s BAD PAINT!!!

by Mac on November 12, 2018

This car was fine until the paint just started blowing off of it. It had BAD FACTORY PAINT/primer on it!!!! There appears to be no recall although many other owners on the internet have experienced ... Read full review

(5.0)

Had junk car, drove away with beautiful SUV

by curtgreeneyes from Hammond, Indiana on October 30, 2018

My internet homework informed me that 2009 Chevy Equinox was a great used vehicle to purchase. Thomas Kia in Highland, Indiana had the only one in NW Indiana. I received a great deal and I am very ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2009 Chevrolet Equinox currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2009 Chevrolet Equinox has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Chevrolet

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 100,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 100,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    5 model years or newer/up to 75,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    12 months/12,000 miles bumper-to-bumper original warranty, then may continue to 6 years/100,000 miles limited (depending on variables)

  • Powertrain

    6 years/100,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    172-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Equinox received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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