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2008 Chevrolet Equinox

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2008 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 2008 Equinox, Chevrolet has a major player, a vehicle larger than the redesigned 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 2008 Chevrolet Equinox offers some of the best passenger and cargo space in its class, as well a standard V6 engine. 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 minimal feedback of the electrically-assisted power steering of the LS, LT and LTZ trim levels 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 New for 2008

Two new trims, the Sport and LTZ, join the Equinox line. The Sport trim features a 264 horsepower V6 engine, six-speed automatic transmission and a sport-tuned suspension, while the LTZ adds a generous helping of chrome trim and interior luxury features.

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 Equinox also corners reasonably well, while remaining comfortable and quiet on the highway. For those drivers who may be more enthusiastic, one less-than-appealing aspect of the driving experience is the electric power steering system of the LS, LT and LTZ trims, which offers little feedback and an unnatural feel; we prefer the hydraulic system of the Sport trim level. And, 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.

2008 Chevrolet Equinox Details
2008 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
2008 Chevrolet Equinox photo

In compact SUV terms, the 2008 Chevrolet Equinox is enormous. Its wheelbase is nearly 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 2008 Chevrolet Equinox LS features air conditioning, AM/FM stereo with single CD and six speakers, power door locks/windows/mirrors, remote keyless entry, 16-inch aluminum wheels, 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 and head-curtain airbags.

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. Buyers who can afford the Sport model get a smoother and more efficient 3.6-liter V6 featuring variable valve timing, dual overhead cams and a hydraulic power steering system for improved steering feedback.

3.4-liter V6
185 horsepower @ 5200 rpm
210 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/24 (FWD), 17/24 (AWD)

3.6-liter V6
264 horsepower @ 6500 rpm
250 lb.-ft. of torque @ 2300 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/24 (FWD), 16/24 (AWD)

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2008 Chevrolet Equinox Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
7.2
Out of 10

Based on 799 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

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."

8 people out of 9 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."

4 people out of 8 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."

6 people out of 9 found this review helpful

Best vehicle we've ever owned

By on Monday, February 09, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 78,000

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: "feel safe driving it"

Cons: "no back seat nets"

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

"This is the first SUV we've owned and love it! The AWD has literally been a life saver since we live in a northern climate."

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

great car

By on Saturday, February 07, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 60,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "great gas milage, lots of pep, comfortable drive."

Cons: "blind spots,"

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

"I love this car, It has been a great car all around. Great gas milage, a few blind spots, what can I say its a Chevy. I love chevy's. Going to buy a suburban next."

4 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Major issues, one of the worst

By on Monday, February 02, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 121,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
5/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Lots of Space"

Cons: "Costly to maintain"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 4

"I have owned this car for a little over 2 years. Bought is car with 47,000 miles on it. 2 months later, I had to take it back due to blown head gasket never mentioned to me. Dealer did fix the issue under the 3 month warranty with car. Fast forwarding 2 years, I now have a blown head gasket again, losing coolant weekly, dead battery, had to replace a (full)rear drive shaft, and have a leaking exhaust. Now all of a sudden without warning, I need to replace a bad engine which will cost me approx. $3000. So the money I used to buy the expensive rear drive shaft went down the drain. So now I have to decide do I fix this car or buy a new one?? This car does drive nice and has plenty of space and storage room but very expensive to maintain. I understand based on the amount of time I drove the car I would have to maintain the vehicle more often but I shouldn't be having major issues that would cost more than just simply buying a new car in that short amount of time. To sum this up, I recommend this car for someone driving mostly local, wants a lower priced Suv, and wants lots of space. Don't recommend this to someone traveling often, and not looking to spend a ton of money on maintenance and repairs. I have all receipts and videos proving everything i'm saying is true."

8 people out of 9 found this review helpful

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