Based on Chevrolet Equinox LS
Chevrolet has redesigned its Equinox, a five-seat crossover that shares many components with the Saturn Vue. Though it rides on a similar wheelbase to the outgoing model, the new Equinox is slightly shorter and wider. With a new direct-injection four-cylinder engine, Chevrolet is targeting an imp... Read Full Report
What We Like
What We Don't Like
After spending a week getting to know the redesigned 2010 Chevy Equinox, I'm still trying to decide if I should give it a thumbs up or down. From a style perspective, I'd say the Equinox is a perfect fit for my family. While it's far from being overly glamorous, this crossover isn't boring either. The interior is unique enough to make me feel trendy while maintaining an affo... Read full review for the 2010 Chevrolet Equinox
Service & Repair
Roadside Assistance Coverage
What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.
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.
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.