For many years I've driven Silverados, Camaros and Corvettes, and I loved them, but I finally bought a practical car and I'm really loving it! In May I sold my 2008 Vette and my 2007 Silverado Ext. Ca...
For many years I've driven Silverados, Camaros and Corvettes, and I loved them, but I finally bought a practical car and I'm really loving it! In May I sold my 2008 Vette and my 2007 Silverado Ext. Cab, put a bunch of money back in the bank, and bought my Cardinal Red, 2011 Equinox. It's a 4 cyl, FWD, LTZ with a Sunroof, Nav and Rear seat entertainment system. I had the factory 17" aluminum wheels chromed, and bought some Lloyds mats for the front, center and rear cargo area, and it's done.
I'm a big guy at 6'3" and 250lbs, and my son is over 6'5". Even with a sunroof, the interior has plenty of every kind of room, in the front OR back seats for either of us. The leather seats in the Equinox are of much better quality than those that were in my Vette, The Pioneer stereo system kicks A, and it has a great nav system, back up camera, parking assist, power tailgate, Onstar, Sirius/XM, a super quiet ride, and it's great for long road trips.
If you want the best gas mileage from your Equinox you have to get it with the 4 cyl, FWD, and the 17" wheels. If you pretend you have a egg behind the gas peddle when your accelerating, and set the cruise control between 55 - 60 mph on a flat highway the car will get 32 mpg. At 65 - 70 mph it'll get 29 - 30 mpg, and at 75 mph you're going to get just over 27 mpg. Now if you drive your Equinox like you're use to driving a '08 Vette, you'll still get mixed mileage in the mid to high 20's. I haven't gotten less than a mixed 24.?? mpg, and I actually set the trip meter and do the math with each fill up.
Those of you with the 18" or either set of the 19" wheels and tires will get less mpg and a worse ride. The weight difference between the stock 17" wheels and tires and the 18" and 19" wheel choices is drastic. With heavier wheels you'll burn more fuel to get the car rolling and use more brake to get it to stop, and with less side wall compliance on the tires your ride will be rougher too.
The Equinox is a car so nice I'd buy it twice!