As for passenger volume, the Equinox has 106 cubic feet, compared to 99 cu. Cubby storage: Up front, Equinox carries flexible net storage pockets on both sides of the center tunnel. Equinox has features that enhance its versatility: The back seats are mounted on tracks and slide fore and aft: Slide forward and you have more cargo space, slide rearward for more rear legroom. The Sport model, introduced for 2008, is fitted with the more sophisticated and powerful 264-hp, 3. But even with the seat pushed back into limousine position, there's still plenty of room for your stuff.
Driving Impressions The 2009 Chevy Equinox's fully independent suspension setup offers a satisfying balance between ride comfort and competent handling. The Equinox Sport gets special gauges. The Sport seems a bit happier as people are added because the heavier engine and transmission add a few percentage points to the front of a car already nose-heavy and more people balance that out. Exterior The four-door Equinox incorporates full-length frame rails and a safety cage. The back seat slides fore and aft to accommodate taller passengers or more cargo, which reviewers appreciated.
Obviously, big difference in cachet, resale value and sticker price. Safety Antilock disc brakes, traction control, stability control, full-length head curtain airbags and OnStar are standard on all 2009 Chevrolet Equinox trims. Then the third year the service tration control light came on. According to Chevrolet, the 3. Respectable performance along with decent fuel efficiency highlight the 2009 Chevrolet Equinox's strong points, which also include a space-efficient design, a versatile cabin, a comfortable ride and strong crash test scores.
Both models need nearly 42 feet to affect a U-turn. Several storage compartmants augment the Equinox's front console, reports Edmunds, and integrated storage bins further increase storage space in the rear. The Sport features a more aggressive look and sporting cabin. The program is being billed as a no-lose situation: It's expected to help jumpstart the auto industry and fill the road… It's about 11 p. At this trim level, a navigation system or a rear-seat entertainment system can be added, but not together. We don't think the average driver will feel the difference between this system and more conventional hydraulics, and that's a good thing. Please, please do your research on this.
Higher trim levels get larger wheels and visual upgrades to the exterior. Sport models have a much lower front lip and 1. The Equinox has some pretty impressive scores in crash testing. The standard engine is a 185-horsepower V6, while Sport models offer a potent 264-horsepower unit. Good sound system and lots of room. Five different sound systems are available on the 2009 Chevrolet Equinox models, along with Bluetooth wireless connectivity for hands-free cell phone use.
The ride is firm but compliant, and handling is better than I thought I'd ever see in an Equinox. However, handling remains clumsy, even with electronic stability control. The Equinox is unmistakable as a Chevy with big, gold Chevrolet bowtie badges front and rear, plus angular styling that immediately evokes the automaker's Silverado and Avalanche pickups. The ride quality in the Equinox models is decent, a benefit of its long wheelbase and 3800-pound heft. The armrest flips up, providing better access to an open floor console that's a perfect place for a purse, briefcase or tote bag. Love how the back seat moves forward and back, its nice if there is someone in the back seat with long legs. The vehicle started going down quick.
It drives smooth turns sharp which make it very easy to park. The rear seat rides on a track that allows it to slide back and forth up to eight inches, to bring kids or briefcases closer to the front, or to provide extra legroom for tall second-row passengers. Regardless, the base mill can be mated to either front- or all-wheel drive via a five-speed automatic transmission. It feels strained when pushed at high rpm, however. As for passenger volume, the Equinox has 106 cubic feet, compared to 99 cu.
The more powerful Equinox Sport features a 3. A friend that is a chevy mechanic told us that the head gasket would need to be replaced soon because that is a very common problem. And, the body leans a lot in turns. Rear passengers enjoy a 12-volt power outlet and a fold-down center armrest with two additional cupholders. Stepping up to the Sport model seems to make nearly everything about the Equinox better, though, with Cars. A key feature is the adjustable split rear seat design -- those seats can slide fore and aft to boost cargo capacity or rear legroom as needs dictate. Passing at high speed is another matter as the engine seems to lose some of its kick past the 70 mile-per-hour mark.
The Sport model doesn't handle much better, but in addition to the perkier engine, it better feels the part with a more aggressive exhaust note, 18-inch alloy wheels, and body-color trim—though say goodbye to its roofrack in this trim. Combined with the flat-folding front passenger seat, the Equinox can carry extra-long cargo. The nearly vibration-free Equinox runs smoothly without protest and is jackrabbit quick when it comes to crossing crowded intersections. Noise is another common grievance. Head curtain side-impact airbags with rollover protection sensors are now standard, now bestowing the 2009 Chevrolet Equinox with five-star front and side impact crash ratings.
Those seeking a more upscale interior should look to the Sport trim. When we purchased it finish was starting to come off on the controls, but not bad. With its lower clearance, the front end is more likely to drag on steep driveways, however. You can ask them for the location of the nearest Italian restaurant, for example. I actually made it 21 miles home from leaving the service department this time before it came on.