2011 Chevrolet Equinox Price, Review & Picture – New Car Reviews, The Equinox’s V-6 is flex fuel capable for ’11. Heated cloth seats are standard on 2LT. Bluetooth for the phone, USB port and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls comes standard on 1LT. The LS gets a compass. Directions and Connections is free for the OnStar six-month trial. Twilight Blue is a new exterior color, and Summit White is “upgraded.”
The Chevrolet Equinox is a symbol of GM’s rebirth and competes with the CR-V Honda. The first incarnation of the Equinox couldn’t make progress in the market because it had issues with design and engineering. Nevertheless, last year’s newer crossover variation has met consumer demand delivering more car/truck for the money. Consumers are now demanding the Equinox and the carmaker is producing more vehicles to keep up with the demand.
Originally, the Equinox had two engine options: the 3.0 L V-6 with direct injection or the 2.4 L Inline-four. At one time, the carmaker may have tried to offer the Equinox with a V-6 engine to rival the four-cylinder Japanese vehicles. The newer Equinox, however, sports a four cylinder, front wheel drive configuration rather than the all-wheel drive option because the carmaker realizes that consumers are buying the car for daily driving, not off-road excursions. Since the Equinox comes with an EcoTec motor delivering an EPA equaling 32 miles per gallon on the highway, the car is one of GM’s best newer vehicles. It will prove a leader in sales.
There are no styling changes for the model’s second model year. The Equinox, with its “mutl-dimensional” hood (Chevy’s words) and wraparound rear glass looks elegant beyond the brand’s place in the automotive class hierarchy. Four-cylinder Equinoxes come with Active Noise Cancellation, a premium touch typical of the design. Generally, the Equinox uses good quality leathers, vinyls and cloth inside, though some hard-plastic surfaces remain, notably top of the dash.
Equinox’s base four-cylinder is unexpectedly impressive for a 182 horsepower engine. Avoid all-wheel drive and you can avoid springing an extra $1,500 for the 264-horsepower V-6 and its considerably lower fuel economy. The ride is smooth and nicely damped, with handling and predictable understeer well suited for a crossover SUV. Equinox has six airbags, including head curtain side bags and pelvic/thorax seat-mounted bags. Brakes are four-wheel disc, and StabiliTrak electronic stability control and traction control comes standard. OnStar with Directions and Connections also is standard.
Bodystyle: Crossover SUV
Engines: 2.4L I-4, 3.0L V-6
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Models: LS, LT, LTZ
EPA Fuel Economy
LS, LT, LTZ (2.4L) FWD: 22 mpg city/32 mpg highway
LS, LT, LTZ (2.4L) AWD: 20 mpg city/29 mpg highway
LS, LT, LTZ (3.0L) FWD: 17 mpg city/25 mpg highway
LS, LT, LTZ (3.0L) AWD: 17 mpg city/24 mpg highway
Price : $22,995 – $30,320