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2010 Chevrolet Equinox

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2010 Chevrolet Equinox Review

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The second-generation Chevy Equinox is a strong new contender in one of our favorite vehicle categories. Compact crossovers like the Equinox offer the raised seating position and much of the flexibility of a larger crossover or SUV, but with lower sticker prices and better fuel economy. The segment has been dominated by the Ford Escape, Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V, but the 2010 Chevy Equinox promises to shake up the category in much the same way the new-in-'08 Chevy Malibu impacted the mid-size sedan segment.

You'll Like This Car If...

If the newfound refinement, sharp styling or quiet and roomy interior don't grab you, perhaps the four-cylinder's 32-mpg highway fuel economy rating will.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Although the 2010 Chevy Equinox is one of the larger vehicles in the segment, it doesn't offer optional third-row seating like the Toyota RAV4 or Hyundai Santa Fe.

What's New for 2010

All new for 2010, the second-generation Chevy Equinox is more attractive, more refined, more powerful, more fuel efficient and more feature-filled than its predecessor. Overnight the Equinox has gone from outdated to outstanding.

Driving the Equinox

Driving Impressions Quiet, comfort and luxury are the impressions you get from behind the wheel of the new Chevrolet Equinox. The V6-equipped version doesn't offer the sporty performance of...

the V6-equipped RAV4, the hot rod of the class, but it certainly delivers more than adequate acceleration and a comfortable ride reminiscent of a larger crossover. Those who opt for the four-cylinder-equipped version will find acceleration better than they might expect, aided by the innovative six-speed automatic transmission. The tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel and power-adjustable seat height make finding a comfortable driving position simple, and rear-seat legroom benefits from the flexible seating configuration. Plus, the ice-blue ambient lighting, the surfeit of storage areas and the available perforated leather seats make you forget you're not in a luxury crossover.

Height-adjustable Tailgate
If you've got low garage clearance or limited vertical reach, you can program the tailgate to open only to a safe or reachable height.

Rear-seat Entertainment
This is an option we think more vehicles in the class should offer. In the 2010 Chevy Equinox, the system features two independent seat-back-mounted screens on which one rear passenger can watch a DVD movie while the other plays a (self-supplied) video game, for instance.

2010 Chevrolet Equinox Details
2010 Chevrolet Equinox photo Interior

The 2010 Chevy Equinox features the most stylish, most contemporary interior in the category. It's also the best-looking interior we've ever seen in a bow tie-badged car. There are some middling materials here and there, including some cheap-looking plastic-chrome accents, but they don't detract from the fact the Equinox has a luxury-grade interior. More than a looker, the new Equinox is also notably quiet and roomy. Four-cylinder versions include an active noise cancellation system (which counters sound waves with sound waves) as standard equipment. One of the roomiest rear seating areas also features seats that slide forward nearly eight inches to provide for even more cargo room in back.

Exterior
2010 Chevrolet Equinox photo

There's a lot we like about the new 2010 Chevy Equinox, but the bold exterior styling is particularly noteworthy. We're fans of the big, complex headlights, two-bar grille and clean but aggressive lower fascia. Moving around to the side, we're partial to the big fender flares, the sharp crease and the overall proportions (especially when outfitted with the optional 19-inch aluminum alloy wheels). Out back, our eyes are drawn to the perfectly sized, crisply styled tail lights. If you want to call it the best-looking vehicle in the segment, you won't hear any argument from us.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

All models have a six-speed automatic transmission, while an "eco" mode on models with the four-cylinder engine alters shift points to improve fuel economy. Standard safety equipment includes six airbags – dual frontal airbags, head curtain side airbags and pelvic/thorax seat-mounted side airbags - plus four-wheel disc brakes with electronic stability control and traction control. Safety and convenience are enhanced with standard OnStar, while XM Satellite Radio provides added entertainment value. The "smart" remote start feature, standard on 2LT and LTZ trims, also activates the heating and air conditioning.

Optional Equipment

The 2010 Chevy Equinox offers a rear-seat DVD entertainment system and a power liftgate, both of which are uncommon in the category. Other notable options include V6 power, all-wheel drive, a navigation system, comprehensive premium audio system, remote vehicle start (1LT), backup camera, leather seating, heated front seats and a memory-enabled driver's seat and mirror.

Under the Hood

Every 2010 Chevy Equinox includes a fuel-efficient four-cylinder engine as standard equipment, and all but the entry LS trim level offers a V6 upgrade for $1,500. The engines feature direct injection technology and are matched with six-speed automatic transmissions, both of which simultaneously increase power and efficiency. Four-cylinder versions offer an "Eco" button that sets the engine and transmission programming to mileage-maxing mode. The optional V6 offers manual shift control, although we felt it could be more responsive. The four- and six-cylinder versions feature tow ratings of 1,500 and 3,500 pounds respectively.

2.4-liter in-line 4
182 horsepower @ 6700 rpm
172 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4900 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 22/32 (FWD) 20/29 (AWD)

3.0-liter V6
264 horsepower @ 6950 rpm
222 lb.-ft. of torque @ 5100 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/25 (FWD) 17/24 (AWD)

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2010 Chevrolet Equinox Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
7.8
Out of 10

Based on 459 Ratings for the 2010 - 2015 models.

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  • Value
    8.1/10
    Quality
    8.1/10
  • Reliability
    8.5/10
    Performance
    8.0/10
  • Comfort
    8.5/10
    Styling
    8.5/10

Reliable and cuter than a mini-van

By on Monday, August 17, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 56,600

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
7/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Stylish, perfect size, easy transition from a car"

Cons: "No rear air vents"

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

"For the most part, I truly enjoy my Equinox. I purchased it shortly after my son turned 2. We upgraded from a Honda Civic so that he would have some room to grow. The vehicle is easy to enter and exit. It does not have the get up that my Civic did and that did take some getting used to but it has alot more to it also. I love my backup camera and the layout of the dashboard. The trunk space is good too. My only real complaint is that the back seat is very hard to cool. Chevy has put rear vents into their 3 row Traverse, but they should have considered them for the Equinox. I can be freezing in the front and the back seat will still be warm. And that is not good in this TEXAS heat."

A very nice 5 passenger AWD SUV

By on Saturday, August 15, 2015

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

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
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Good size, comfortable to drive, nice dash layout"

Cons: "MPG lower than advertised, Too many recalls/SBs"

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

"I bought the vehicle new in July 2009 when they first came to the market. Like the style. It has a good insurance rating, so rates are reasonable. Interior is nicely designed, especially front seat travel for a big guy. The adjustable rear seats are also nice whether you're carrying people or cargo. The cargo area is a bit small but not a big problem for me. The vehicle was the subject of a few recalls/service bulletins. Fortunately the repairs were done at GM's cost and were resolved satisfactorily. GM also extended the warranty on some components to 100K in the event a problem arises. Just invested in my first set of tires 75K, so I plan to keep the vehicle awhile longer."

nothing to get excited about

By on Friday, August 07, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 11,509

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
4/10
Styling
4/10
Comfort
3/10

Pros: "reliable leased vehicle"

Cons: "ugly inside and out. not fun to drive. cheap plasti"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 3

"Note that I have had 3 of this model since 2010 as leased company vehicles. I keep each car until 70,000 miles and about every 18 months. I can honestly say I've never had a mechanical issue or breakdown with any of the vehicles.The six speaker sound system is excellent and blue tooth streaming very good. That being said, here the compliments end. My thoughts and comments have been expressed by other reviewers. If your looking for crossover forget the Equinox. My wife has a 2010 Mazda CX7. We would take on trips as it is a better car Exterior is ok.The Mazda CX7 is sportier. Roll down the Windows, especially the back, road noise or should I say car noise is unbearable. Rides can be bumpy. Driving is uninspiring and is not fun putting on 70,000 over 18 months. All of mine clunk when gears change. Pickup is poor. The 4 cylinder engine has no power with the weight of this vehicle. During the winter a police officer pushed me up a steep hill after I got stuck by another vehicle having trouble in front of me. Note that other vehicles were doing just fine. The cloth seats are without doubt, the ugliest I have had in any vehicle, stain easily and are uncomfortable. Car fogs up terribly unlike any other vehicle I have driven over the past 27 years as a professional driver. Communication via Bluetooth is fair. Many calls between identical vehicles get dropped To sum the Equinox up. Don't buy it. The Mazda CX7 is much better for less. My new 2015 Nissa Sentra, fully loaded is better than either."

Great vehicle, just needs a few tweeks

By on Friday, July 31, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 35,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
4/10

Pros: "stylish, roomy, good fuel economy"

Cons: "lack of ventalation, poor resale value, seat space"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 2

"I purchased my Equinox brand new for 36,000 and within a year the value had dropped drastically and is currently worth a mere 18,000 in Excellent condition. It also has minor design flaws such as the vent system. The placement and movement of only 4 vents allows zero air flow into the rear of the vehicle and I've had issues with temperature control as well. I was also lead to believe it was a spacious vehicle capable of transporting a family of four comfortably, which would be true if my kids were older. However with two car seats in the rear, there is absolutely NO room for a third passage in the rear seat. Plus the infant carrier hits the front seat forcing either the driver or passenger to sit extremely close to the dashboard."

4 people out of 9 found this review helpful

I love this 2012 Equinox.

By on Sunday, July 26, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 34,400

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
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "A joy to drive! Feel very safe in it."

Cons: "Can't think of a thing!"

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

"For many years I have purchased new cars every 18 months. This 2012 Equinox has exceeded my expectations. I love the optional hatch release and bought the cloth with heated seats because I have a large dog who rides with me often. Mine is the Graystone, and it looks really sharp. I would highly recommend this vehicle. I change the oil and rotate tires when my vehicle tells me it is time to, and haven't had one problem with it. The mechanic at my dealership asked if I was interested in selling it as he is looking for one for his wife. I have NO intentions of letting this crossover go!"

4 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Great vehicle

By on Thursday, July 23, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 71,000

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
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "looks sharp, drives smooth, good gas miledge!"

Cons: "seat belt buckle cover broke, sensors are funny"

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

"Love this SUV! The only problems I have had with it is the seat belt clip cover broke and my seatbelt sensor comes on occasionally for no reason or my air bag sensor and then goes away. Wish it has more power when accelerating but hey it's a V4. Depreciates in value quickly unfortunately. Over all I love this vehicle. Nice big trunk and backseat too."

9 people out of 11 found this review helpful

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