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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 Overnight the Equinox has gone from outdated to outstanding.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 496 Ratings for the 2010 - 2016 models.

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

Lots of driving and has held up well

By on Saturday, May 14, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 142,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "good gas mileage, durable"

Cons: "not sure if I'll make 200,000 miles"

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

"I bought the new Equinox in 2011. I average about 30,000 miles per year. I needed a car that could handle the pounding and do well on gas mileage. I've been very happy with the car. I may not buy another, but only because I want to change it up. I've averaged about 28.5 miles per gallon."

11 people out of 16 found this review helpful

Best SUV

By on Friday, April 22, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 23,400

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: "Good on gas"

Cons: "none"

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

2014 Chevy Equinox

"Great SUV. has never been in the shop! My family has outgrown it. Excellent storage space for a laptop and plenty of USB charging. Champagne 2014 Chevy Equinox 1 owner Non smoker"

9 people out of 18 found this review helpful

2014 Chevy Equinox

Would NOT buy another one!

By on Saturday, April 16, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 12,000

10 1.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
6/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
7/10

Cons: "car is not worth the money! makes noises."

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

"When we bought our equinox it made noises. Had it in and acourse chevy found nothing wrong. After awhile noise went away. Now car makes noises on and off. Bought the car for my wife and she hates it. I have tried to trade it in but chevy is saying the car is worth nothing near what i paid for it even tho we put money down. This is a 2016 LT1 equinox.with 12,000 miles and if we want to get rid of it we would loose $6000 dollars PLUS the money we put down. Over all review… Not worth the money!!"

11 people out of 23 found this review helpful

stays in the repair shop for numerous reasons

By on Thursday, March 24, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 97,000

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
4/10
Comfort
3/10

Pros: "I liked the vehicle until all the problems started"

Cons: "frequent repair costs more than car payments"

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

"I have only had the car for 15 months. After 3 weeks of having the car the problems began. During the first year the car was in the repair shop for 4 to 5 months of the year. The AC compressor motor had to be replaced 2 times from March to June. A/C problems continued throughout the summer.Transmission had to be replaced to the tune of $2300.00. Now the AC compressor motor is giving the same problems as last year. This has been the worst vehicle."

13 people out of 18 found this review helpful

I've liked it

By on Monday, March 07, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 149,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Fun to Drive and handles well"

Cons: "Cargo Space and Oil Consumption"

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

"I've liked the vehicle. I performed regular maintenance and it's treated me well. There is a bit of cabin noise when riding on the highway that I understand is considered normal. I bought it new and have liked the leather heated front seats. I've traveled from NY to FL in this car and the ride was very comfortable and easy to handle. Lately since 2015 there seems to be a lot more oil consumption which I also understand is a problem that GM knows about but hasn't recalled. I just get the oil changed sooner in order to keep it functioning properly. cargo space is smaller than I'd like, which makes luggage rack a nice feature."

13 people out of 18 found this review helpful

Love my new Equinox for city driving

By on Thursday, February 25, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 2,700

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Good value, big and safety features good"

Cons: "Low horsepower"

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

"Did not intend to buy this vehicle but when I test drove while shopping other SUV's, I really liked it for the price and room as I am a big guy! Rides nice and quiet with nice entertainment system for basic model. Safety is very high with ability to see all around the vehicle and sitting up high! Lights are big and bright! Better deal than paying $40,000 for "bells and whistles"! Nice job Chevy!"

18 people out of 26 found this review helpful

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