2011 Chevrolet Equinox
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Love my Equinox

by from Westchester, NY on December 2, 2010

I spent many months researching and testdriving Crossovers, and looked at the Acura RDX, Lexus RX, Cadillac SRX and Lincoln MKX, and Ford Edge. While looking at the Cadillac I happened to spot a Equin...
I spent many months researching and testdriving Crossovers, and looked at the Acura RDX, Lexus RX, Cadillac SRX and Lincoln MKX, and Ford Edge. While looking at the Cadillac I happened to spot a Equinox, which i didnt even consider perhaps for snobbish reasons. I arranged a testdrive and The Equinox drove beautifully, was solid, and the cabin was very quiet. I found out that it also had just about all the other features that the others had but at 10-15k less! And in my opinion, it looks as good or better inside and out. Since buying it, my opinion of it has grown sevenfold. I got the V6 since i have a bit of a leadfoot and it is quicker then i was lead to believe. It is a joy to drive and get many compliments, whereever we go. Now we are taking that 10-15K we saved and going to Italy!!
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Very happy with our purchase!

by from Northern NY on February 8, 2011

My husband and I drove the Equinox back in 2008, and while we liked it alright, we ended up buying a Prius for the gas mileage. Well, here we are three years later replacing our other car, and we came...
My husband and I drove the Equinox back in 2008, and while we liked it alright, we ended up buying a Prius for the gas mileage. Well, here we are three years later replacing our other car, and we came back to try the Equinox again. With one child on her own and one in college, we didn't really need a huge vehicle but we wanted something with a bit more space and versatility in addition to our Prius and still decent gas mileage. We were immediately impressed with the changes that were made for the redesign of the Equinox in 2010. In a decision between the Toyota Rav4, the Ford Escape, and the Chevy Equinox, the Equinox won hands down. The seats are supportive and comfortable, it rides like a dream, and it has more features than most even on the base LS. We opted for the 2011 2LT with the optional sunroof added.....nice! The heated premium cloth seats are wonderful in northern NY winters, the bluetooth calling feature is fantastic and easy to use.....no more digging for my phone in my purse and having to deal with the speakerphone to make a call. Now, we've had our car for a couple weeks, and there are a few negatives, though they aren't enough to spoil our impression with this car. The mileage stated is no where near what we've been getting so far. Still good for the size of the car, but a little disappointing. There is a pretty big blind spot between the front windshield and the door windows. And I find that the 4-cyl. engine has a bit of a lag when you're coasting at slow speed (like coming to a light) and then put your foot on the gas to speed up again. It hesitates enough to make it a bit annoying. Otherwise, it has enough pep for me in my daily driving. On the plus side, there is tons of leg room in the back seat, versatility in the seat position, the blue dash and cabin lighting is nice, the display in the center of the dash has several screens you can toggle between (including avg. mpg, avg. speed, digital speedometer, trip odometers, etc.). After owning a Prius, I love that I can also keep track of my avg. mpg while driving like I do with the Prius. The stereo is top-notch, and car has plenty of cargo space for moving our college kid home without driving around unused space the rest of the year. I love the adjustable driver seat with lumbar support. This car will be great on long trips! It feels like a quality car, and we're very happy with the Equinox!
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LOVE LOVE LOVE IT

by from san antonio on January 25, 2012

My husband and I just bought are 2011 Chevy Equinox and I am in love with it. We got a good deal for our money and it only has 14,000 miles. I really like all the great gadgets and it was one of the m...
My husband and I just bought are 2011 Chevy Equinox and I am in love with it. We got a good deal for our money and it only has 14,000 miles. I really like all the great gadgets and it was one of the main reasons why I wanted it. I really like that you can bluetooth your phone and use the steering wheels to answer and hang up calls. I like the onstar and the phone minutes. I really enjoy that the back seat can be adjusted as well. I think that is a great feature for someone that has kids because you can move them up closer to you if need be. The comfort level is great. I like sitting up a little higher than a normal care. The exterior is amazing and I get many compliments on it everyday. I also like the back up cam and the remote start. This car has so much to offer a young small family like us and we are just in awe by it... I dont think that the estimated mileage is quite correct I am averaging about 26 on the highway doing about 70 no more... It has good power and gets up and goes... Great buy.. I would highly reccomend:)
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Very Happy Camper

by from Odon, Indiana on October 3, 2012

I purchased my 2011 Equinox new in July 2011. I have been very happy with it. There was one recall but the dealership took care of it promptly. The only thing I would change is I would not get black i...
I purchased my 2011 Equinox new in July 2011. I have been very happy with it. There was one recall but the dealership took care of it promptly. The only thing I would change is I would not get black interior again it shows dust too badly..I would definately purchase another Equinox.
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Great new design, little over priced.

by from Columbus, Ohio on May 16, 2011

Pros Legroom is excellent, being 6' 3", first small SUV that I actually fit in. Styling is very modern. Considered an Escape, but they looked like they were designed in 2000. Plus no leg room. Love th...
Pros Legroom is excellent, being 6' 3", first small SUV that I actually fit in. Styling is very modern. Considered an Escape, but they looked like they were designed in 2000. Plus no leg room. Love the ride and the electric assist steering is great once you get used to it. Road and engine noise is low for a 4 cyl. 5 yr/100K powertrain warranty is a plus. Steering wheel controls are very nice. Lots of standard features, but I stepped up to the LT mainly for looks. Cons A bit over priced compared to other small SUV's. Transmission could use some refinements. Shifting at slow speeds is sometimes hard, especially when slowing down. So far the gas mileage is not up to what Chevy states. I drive mostly highways and I'm only getting about 26 MPG. I think the ECO button is pretty much useless. Could use vents for the rear passengers. Placement of the door unlock button is horrible.
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Nice car 4cyl LTZ

by from Portland, Ore on May 11, 2011

I really like the sporty and stylish design of the Equinox. The interior has nice fit and finish and is very functional. I like the ability of the back seat to slide back and forth. When I was readin...
I really like the sporty and stylish design of the Equinox. The interior has nice fit and finish and is very functional. I like the ability of the back seat to slide back and forth. When I was reading other owner reviews, the EPA mileage and it not being accurate has been a bone of contention. I have gotten really close to the 22 mpg city and 32 hwy. I do not do much highway driving but on a recent short trip I got around 31 mpg. Overall, I am greatly impressed with my first Chevrolet product.
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Great Car!

by from Chicago, IL on April 3, 2011

I live in Chicago but bought my 2010 Equinox 2LT in Denver since a white 2LT with 6 cylinder and AWD was hard to find. Have traveled as far east as North Carolina. I have driven over 23,000 miles in 6...
I live in Chicago but bought my 2010 Equinox 2LT in Denver since a white 2LT with 6 cylinder and AWD was hard to find. Have traveled as far east as North Carolina. I have driven over 23,000 miles in 6 months. Other than 3 oil changes and 1 set of wiper blades, I have only put gas in the 'Nox. I'm glad that I got the V-6 and still get very good gas mileage and the extra power I wanted for driving in the Colorado and New Mexico mountains. The All Wheel Drive made me feel safe in midwestern winter driving. My husband has a 2010 Honda CR-V but we take the 'Nox when we travel together for pleasure. The CR-V is better suited for local driving and shopping. The 'Nox is our road car. Plenty of power, very quiet inside and very nice seats and controls. The dealer has been very nice. I love the heated leather seats, the sunroof and the Pioneer stereo system. You gotta go see and drive this car! I feel more secure knowing that OnStar is in the car with me and XM Radio makes my long drives much more enjoyable. I think it is a lot more car than most higher priced imports. It is nice to know that I bought a great car from an American car company. My last car was a Chevy Blazer that had 169,000 miles when I sold it. Very few problems and I liked that car. I Love My New 'Nox!
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Efficient, Stylish & Comfortable

by from NW Iowa on June 8, 2012

We were leery of buying a 4cyl FWD to push this almost 4000# SUV down the road. And how could it possibly achieve 32mpg. "No way!!" we thought. "GM has to be lying". After 55,000 completely trouble f...
We were leery of buying a 4cyl FWD to push this almost 4000# SUV down the road. And how could it possibly achieve 32mpg. "No way!!" we thought. "GM has to be lying". After 55,000 completely trouble free miles in less than 15months we have averaged 27.5mpg and never needed anything more than FWD in NW Iowa with plenty of snow. Probably 90% hiway miles driven "in a hurry" by the wife. This mpg is phenomenal in my opinion. Most mid-sized cars have trouble achieving this. I had a '01 Altima 5spd that averaged 29mpg, but was much less comfortable and much smaller. All seating is very comfortable. Even had a 250# 6'3" friend comment on the comfort of the passenger seat. The 8-way power driver seat with lumber is awesome for long trips. Sliding rear seat is useful if you have large items in the back but can't lay seats down b/c of kids. The abundance of driver information is fun to play with; mpg, psi, mph, oil%, trips, you name it. Backup camera in rear-view mirror is really useful too! Very clear picture and wide angle. Saved by cat's life couple times a month. Only ackward thing is the clearance needed to fully open the rear doors. Before we took the plunge we looked at all competitors (Pilot, CRV, Highlander, RAV4, Outback, etc) assessing every difference and similarity. In fact, we obsessed over what to buy for nearly a month. This SUV is solid built, smooth riding and very comfortable & efficient. I would definitely buy again. Nice work GM!! Now if you could just drop a diesel engine in a Suburban, I'd kick all other car makers to the Curb..
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by from Bartow Fla. on May 5, 2013

Update on my 2011 equinox bought on august 25 2011 brand new. I have taken one trip from central Florida to northern Virgina, a trip of about 900 miles. At speeds of between 70 to 75 and in some cases...
Update on my 2011 equinox bought on august 25 2011 brand new. I have taken one trip from central Florida to northern Virgina, a trip of about 900 miles. At speeds of between 70 to 75 and in some cases as high as 80, my equinox averaged 28.3 m.p.g. When I left central Florida I didn't fill up again until I got to South Carolina. A distance of about 525 miles. I believe I could have driven further but why chance it. I'm really happy with the mileage. Now around town I'm getting between 18.5 to 19.5 depending on how I drive. So far I love this car.
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EquiWHYnox

by from Boston, MA on May 12, 2011

Bought the Equinox LTZ 4 Cyl AWD with 18 inch rims. Averaging 24 MPG. Driving a mix of stop and go commute (45 min each way), highway and city. Every car has blind spots, if you learn to use your mirr...
Bought the Equinox LTZ 4 Cyl AWD with 18 inch rims. Averaging 24 MPG. Driving a mix of stop and go commute (45 min each way), highway and city. Every car has blind spots, if you learn to use your mirrors while changing lanes, this minor issue becomes irrelevant. Also found that if you want to turn your head and rear end someone, it helps to lower your seat position. The navigation and control panel are a bit of a reach. That being said, I am loving my Equinox and can't honestly say that there are any real cons that would apply to the masses. Don't buy one though because I don't want to lose the novelty of turning heads around town.
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