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!