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2007 Chevrolet Equinox

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2007 Chevrolet Equinox Review

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Amid GM's imposing SUV and pickup truck fleet is a vehicle massive not so much in size, but in importance. Honda, Toyota and Ford have tended to dominate the compact SUV market, and Chevrolet needs to make a big splash. With the Equinox, Chevrolet has a major player, a vehicle larger and more refined than the aging Ford Escape and offering a V6 engine, an important feature not found on the Honda CR-V. Available in front or all-wheel drive, with a wide and roomy interior and loaded with standard and optional features demanded by today's modern mobile family, the Equinox is one of Chevrolet's best offerings.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you need power and room, the Equinox offers the most passenger and cargo space in its class, as well as the most powerful standard engine in the entire compact SUV category. The muscular good looks, comfy seats and long list of optional features are just icing on the cake.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you're enthusiastic about the driving experience, the lack of a manual shifter and the numb electric power steering may not appeal to you. And the Equinox's well laid-out interior begs for more in the way of color and contrast.

What's Significant About This Car?

Standard safety features include the StabiliTrak stability control system, four-wheel disc brakes and a tire-pressure monitoring system. A revised instrument panel includes a new instrument cluster with a 20-setting Driver Information Center, and the Equinox's rear seat receives a folding armrest with built-in cup holders.

Driving the Equinox

Driving Impressions Put a heavy foot on the pedal and the Equinox takes it as a command, not a suggestion. While pulling away from a stop or negotiating slower traffic on a...

two-lane road, the 3.4-liter V6 always delivers plenty of power. The maxi mini-SUV also corners reasonably well, while remaining comfortable and quiet on the highway. The glaring weak spot from behind the steering wheel for aggressive drivers is the steering itself. The electric power steering system offers little feedback and an unnatural feel, while a 40-foot turning diameter can make the Equinox seem like a full-size SUV in just about any parking lot.

Sliding Rear Seat
Slide it forward for more room in the cargo area. Then slide it back for more rear-seat legroom than even the biggest SUVs.

Multi-Level Cargo Area
A movable rear shelf allows for two levels of cargo or, for tailgate parties, two levels of chips, dips and dogs.

2007 Chevrolet Equinox Details
2007 Chevrolet Equinox photo Interior

The increased length differentiating the Equinox from the outside also helps set the not-so-compact SUV apart inside. Generous headroom and legroom complement a clever sliding rear seat to maximize passenger or cargo space. The empty space is the high point in an interior marked by ill-fitting plastic, ho-hum cloth upholstery and a general lack of sophistication.

Exterior
2007 Chevrolet Equinox photo

In compact SUV terms, the Chevy Equinox is enormous. Its wheelbase is a full 10- inches longer than a Honda CR-V's and just a half-inch shorter than Chevy's own TrailBlazer mid-size SUV. Overall length falls an inch shy of the mid-size Ford Explorer. 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.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The Equinox LS has air conditioning, AM/FM/CD stereo, power door locks/windows/mirrors, remote keyless entry, height-adjustable driver's seat, fold-flat front passenger seat, sliding/split-folding rear seat and a multi-tier cargo storage system. Standard safety features include dual-stage front airbags, StabiliTrak, four-wheel disc brakes and a tire pressure monitor.

Optional Equipment

Popular Equinox options include leather seating, heated front seats, six-way power driver's seat, AM/FM/6CD/MP3 audio system, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, power moonroof, 17-inch wheels, OnStar, DVD navigation, remote start, electrochromic rearview mirror, head-curtain airbags, traction control and anti-lock brakes (ABS).

Under the Hood

Yes, the 3.4-liter pushrod engine is an old design, but it works well. The nearly vibration-free Equinox runs smoothly without protest and is jackrabbit quick when it comes to crossing crowded intersections. Passing at high speed is another matter as the engine seems to lose some of its kick past the 70-mile per hour mark. One of the nicest features of this engine is it won't bankrupt you at the gas pump.

3.4-liter V6
185 horsepower @ 5200 rpm
210 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/26 (FWD), 19/25 (AWD)

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2007 Chevrolet Equinox Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
7.3
Out of 10

Based on 803 Ratings for the 2005 - 2009 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    7.7/10
    Quality
    7.5/10
  • Reliability
    8.0/10
    Performance
    7.8/10
  • Comfort
    7.9/10
    Styling
    8.0/10

very nice car...little to no maintence needed

By on Saturday, July 18, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 120,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "very reliable"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"i have had not a day that it didnt start right up and perform perfectly on the road...easy to manage in high traffic....small yet holds alot...4 people and groceries in the back...."

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

First car I've owned that has high mileage

By on Monday, June 29, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 85,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
Not Rated
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
Not Rated

Pros: "Peppy, roomy, great visibility"

Cons: "China-made replacement parts causes delays"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I hesitate to trade this car, even for a new Chevrolet Equinox. The six-cylinder engine has plenty of pep, there are enough bells and whistles without many of the extra's now part of every vehicle's package that most older drivers don't want. Plenty of room for four, a squeeze for five, lots of storage space in the rear. Great highway vehicle, great around town vehicle. This is the first car AS AN ADULT that I have held this long, and I am at an age where I can buy what I want without hesitation. I may very well drive this smart and sassy SUV for another 85,000 miles!"

7 people out of 10 found this review helpful

I love my Equinox!

By on Monday, May 04, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 137,200

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I love my sport edition Equinox! This is the first vehicle I have ever NOT wanted to trade in! I have put a lot of miles on it in a small amount of time, and it's never missed a beat!"

7 people out of 11 found this review helpful

22 mpg bought dealer I guess I paid to much very h

By on Wednesday, March 11, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 92,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

Looks good fun to drive to big for wife me 250 6.1

"Bought at retai with miles of 84000. Uses little oil. Gets 22 mpg. Silver seems to work great. Read some reviews. Waiting for something to break. Drive 50 or more miles a day. When cold wiper sprayer freezes. Other times work great. Enjoy driving and looks good. Had new brakes, tires, 4 months no trouble but head light. Bought 2 used cars. Looks like I owe on this car about market value. Hope it lasts. Cover over motor. Must cover a older motor that I hope holds up. 93000 now."

14 people out of 19 found this review helpful

Looks good fun to drive to big for wife me 250 6.1

Not the best

By on Monday, February 23, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 125,000

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
1/10
Styling
1/10
Comfort
5/10

Cons: "Gas mileage isnt great"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"I purchased a 2007 Chevy equinox from a private seller. Before purchasing, I had a chevy dealership go through the car, they said things looked great. About a month after owning the vehicle, the heat stopped working and the memo "reduced engine power" appeared on the dash. I immediately took it to a mechanic and learned that the vehicle had a blown headgassget, stripped spark plugs, the motor on the windshield wipers was going,the throttle body needed to be replaced and the left front tire speed sensor needed to be replaced. Needless to say, I am not pleased with the vehicle."

11 people out of 19 found this review helpful

Reliable,Could have better Gas mileage but not bad

By on Tuesday, February 10, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 102,300

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Spacious, Hauls well, Great speakers, Good 1st car"

Cons: "No Aux plugin, Charger Plugin is in an awkwar spot"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"It was my mom's car, she payed it off and then wrecked it. After my dad fixed the front end and replaced the headlights this beauty was mine. The gas mileage isn't all too bad for a SUV, but as a part time worker/college student of course I'm going to wish it was better. I wish it had an AUX plugin - but I just dealt with that by using an FM transmitter. After 100,00 miles the CD ejector stopped working, and the placement of the front car lighter/charger port thing is a bit awkward. It doesn't feel like I'm driving something to big like a truck, but I do enjoy sitting up a bit higher. The car is easy for my 5'11 long legged self to get in and out of. It's easy to maneuver and is very spacious. I sleep in it during music festivals and It's Bueno so far. I was able to haul a bale of hay and Steer food in the trunk/backseat very well, also my goat made an hour long car trip in the trunk. So you can pretty much carry whatever."

15 people out of 21 found this review helpful

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