2009 Chevrolet Equinox

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Key Specs

of the 2009 Chevrolet Equinox. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

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

The Bad

  • Engine noise
  • Visibility
  • Uncertain construction quality

Notable Features of 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

2009 Chevrolet Equinox Overview

By Cars.com Editors
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



Latest 2009 Equinox Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.4)
Performance
(4.5)
Interior Design
(4.2)
Comfort
(4.5)
Reliability
(4.4)
Value For The Money
(4.2)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

The greatest car ever.

by Mychevy123 from Gurnee on July 28, 2018

This car met my needs ,family needs, church also it had so much life .now I looking for another. Bought it new 2008. It was well worth it 2018 had to release it to many miles I already told my friends ... Read full review

(5.0)

I love this car

by thomas conner from buna tx on April 20, 2018

I Love my Equinox, its a dependable vehicle, and i would recommend it to anyone, i like the way it looks, drives, and for the price you cannot beat it! Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2009 Chevrolet Equinox currently has 0 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2009 Chevrolet Equinox has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 100,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 100,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Chevrolet

Program Benefits

Two Factory-Backed Warranties, CPO Scheduled Maintenance Program, Vehicle Inspection & Reconditioning, 3-Day/150-Mile Vehicle Exchange Program, 24/7 Roadside Assistance and Courtesy Transportation, OnStar & SiriusXM Satellite Radio Trial Offers, and a Carfax Vehicle History Report

  • Limited Warranty

    Two Factory-Backed Warranties

    6-Year/100,000-Mile, Powertrain Limited Warranty and a 12- Month/12,000-Miles, Bumper-to-Bumper Limited Warranty, both with $0 deductible
  • Eligibility

    Under 5 years / 75,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 172-Point Inspection & Reconditioning.

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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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