The Chevrolet Equinox – The Stylish New Choice in Small-Crossover SUVs
New and Stylish
The 2011 Chevrolet Equinox still comes with its optional V6 engine, but now with E85 capability. This year, the Equinox received many quality upgrades to both its interior and exterior that have placed it right at the top of the competition in its class. The 2LT models now have heated cloth seats, while the LS models now have a compass. The 1LT now comes standard with Bluetooth connectivity, a USB port, and leather wrapped steering wheel. Directions and Connections now come standard with Onstar service on 2011 Equinox models. Other refinements include sliding rear seats for premium leg room, and a stable solid-feeling ride.
Trims and Options
The 2011 Equinox comes in four trim levels – the LS, 1LT, 2LT and LTZ. Standard features available in all models include 2.4 liter four-cylinder engine, automatic transmission with a maximum of 22 city/32 highway mpg, all-wheel drive, MP3 Player, satellite radio, curtain airbags, stability and traction control. A 3.0 liter V6 flex-fuel and 3.0 liter V6 are other engine choices in the 1LT, 2LT and LTZ trims.
Bluetooth and iPod input also come standard with the 1LT, 2LT and LTZ. A navigation system, MP3 player and DVD player are all available options for the 1LT, 2LT and LTZ.
Other Interior Features
The 2011 Chevy Equinox comes with premium cabin finishes such as two-tone upholstery that compliments the dash-board. These high-end features place it in a notch above the competition. Space is also a plus in the Equinox, both when it comes to passengers and storage. There are many places to store cargo including a large bin below the front row’s center arm rest. Other makes of small cross-over SUVs, however, have a larger storage capacity.
Power Trains, Performance and Driving Impressions
The 2.4 liter four-cylinder engine produces 182 horsepower and 172 pound-feet of torque. The 3.0 liter V6 engines deliver 264 horsepower and 222 pound-feet of torque. The automatic transmission has six speeds. Front-wheel drive is standard on all models and all-wheel drive is optional with the four-cylinder engine. The equinox can reach 60 mph in 9.3 seconds, which is average for this class. All-wheel drive lowers the mile per gallon estimates (22 city/32 hwy mpg) for both city and highway driving. You can buy a used Equinox engine in a 3.4 liter capacity.
The 2011 equinox offers a quiet ride and impressive driving quality on long interstate trips. Handling and steering on the Equinox are quite average for its class.
The 2011 Equinox received top ratings for safety in government crash tests. Additional available safety features include rearview camera and rear parking sensors.
Upgraded and on Top
The 2011 Chevrolet Equinox still has the solid power, driving, safety and roomy cabin features of last year plus new stylish interior and exterior features. Together, these put the 2011 Equinox up on top of its competitors.