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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 810 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

Way too many issues, and high maintanence

By on Thursday, January 14, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 115,000

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
2/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great interior design, room."

Cons: "constant maint. engine & electronic"

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

"After reporting the timing chain ticking at 50,000, finally got it repaired, only to have it go bad again after only 10,000 miles, and GM will not repair again, as seems to be an ongoing issue with these engines. Metal timing chains on plastic rollers is NOT a good idea. The same engine was in the Cadillac and recalled. Why are they not doing anything about this issue in the Equinox's , and Acadia's?"

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

I Love My Truck

By on Wednesday, December 16, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 155,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "comfortable, reliable, fun to drive, sporty, decen"

Cons: "cup holders are too low, no usb port in radio"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"When I first bought it, the dealership neglected to inform me of some vehicular ailments such as the rotors and such. I reported them to the BBB. After I paid almost $700 to have it fixed by someone else, I can truly say that this truck runs very well and I love it!! I haven't had any trouble since I had it fixed...and it is over 10 years old. I think I did good."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Design... who came up with this?

By on Thursday, December 10, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 112,696

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
4/10
Reliability
4/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
1/10
Styling
1/10
Comfort
1/10

Pros: "Cheap to buy"

Cons: "Too many to list"

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

"I bought the Equinox used because it was so cheap. I was in a hurry, so I really didn't choose it carefully. One thing I like to do is drive with my windows down- not a problem on the majority of vehicles. The front windows of the Equinox however stop an inch short of being fully down. So your arm is resting on the glass- not comfortable. The cup holder is under the gear shiftier. The stereo has too much base (music mode selection instead of a bass adjustment). The plastics fade in the sun. It has way too wide of a turn radius. About the only thing I'm happy with is that the engine (which is made in China)does not have a belt- it's a chain. Hope to soon trade this in for a Explorer."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

Goodbye old friend!

By on Wednesday, December 02, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 210,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Comfort, handling, visibility, wipers"

Cons: "console, front-end repairs"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I really enjoyed driving this for the past 7 yrs. Great in snow & sandy trails, peppy, lots of room. Did have some front-end issues, but all clear at last inspection 5/15. It also has only very minimal surface rust after a decade in Michigan!"

6 people out of 11 found this review helpful

Love My Equinox Sport

By on Sunday, September 20, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 63,245

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Great gas mileage, travels well, has auto start."

Cons: "Turning radius seems wide for this vehicle"

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

"I love my car, I can zip around town or go across country in comfort. Have owned it for 6 yrs and have never had to make any repairs. I Love the auto start feature. Dependable!!,"

12 people out of 19 found this review helpful

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...."

11 people out of 12 found this review helpful

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