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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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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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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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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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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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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My First Chevy

by from Hamilton, Ohio on June 22, 2012

Over the years I have had mostly FORD vehicles and a couple NISSAN's. When the gas prices went up I traded my F-150 in on a 2008 Toyota Camry. I loved the Camry but missed the Truck/SUV feel so I deci...
Over the years I have had mostly FORD vehicles and a couple NISSAN's. When the gas prices went up I traded my F-150 in on a 2008 Toyota Camry. I loved the Camry but missed the Truck/SUV feel so I decided to start looking for a smaller more fuel efficient SUV. I drove the Outback, Highlander and tried to but could not fit in the RAV4 or CRV (I am 6'4"). I have never owned a GM and swore I never would but when I drove the Equinox I was so impressed that I bought the one off the showroom floor. I have the V6 and while the mpg aren't fantastic I think the ride and the convenience features make up for it. I purchased the AWD LTZ that has every option you can get on it and I love it. I have 6500 miles on it so far and have not had 1 issue. I think I may now be a CHEVY guy for life if they keep up the great work.
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Worst vehicle I have ever owned

by from Birmingham, AL on March 31, 2014

Should I start at the day I drove it home a light came on. In shop 2 days to fix. Waited until 5k miles with engine rattle noise. They supposedly fixed it. Well make a long story short 3-1/2 years int...
Should I start at the day I drove it home a light came on. In shop 2 days to fix. Waited until 5k miles with engine rattle noise. They supposedly fixed it. Well make a long story short 3-1/2 years into this and 102 days total in the shop I still hate it! GM has no clue what's worn with it. Because my previous state where I purchased the vehicle has no lemon law is the only reason I still have it! Will NEVER own another GM product and make sure none of my family does. This car is a true lemon and a piece of junk! Will recommend going back to Honda or Toyota. Would rather pay a higher price for a vehicle that is going to last.
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2nd Brand New Chevy.

by from Milwaukee, WI on February 28, 2011

We picked up a 2011 Chevy Equinox 2LT this past Saturday. We absolutely love this vehicle. The interior is gorgeous!!! The nice leather seats with the stitching looks very nice. There are more options...
We picked up a 2011 Chevy Equinox 2LT this past Saturday. We absolutely love this vehicle. The interior is gorgeous!!! The nice leather seats with the stitching looks very nice. There are more options on the dashboard than I can name. The one thing that did notice is that when cruising a low speeds, the gears switch a little rough, but at faster speeds, it is very smooth. Overall, an excellent vehicle for the money.
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