• (4.4) 8 reviews
  • MSRP: $4,504–$12,168
  • Body Style: Sport Utility
  • Combined MPG: 20
  • Engine: 185-hp, 3.4-liter V-6 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: All-wheel Drive
  • Seats: 1-5
2009 Chevrolet Equinox

Our Take on the Latest Model 2009 Chevrolet Equinox

What We Don't Like

  • Engine noise
  • Visibility
  • Uncertain construction quality

Notable Features

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

2009 Chevrolet Equinox Reviews

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.

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

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

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


Average based on 8 reviews

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Most comfortable SUV I have ever test driven

by ChevyFan from Norfolk, VA on October 5, 2017

The vehicle was exactly what I need. It is roomy enough to get comfortable yet not so bigasto be intimidating.

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8 Trims Available

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Warranties Explained


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.


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.

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).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

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.

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