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2010 Chevrolet Equinox front
2010 Chevrolet Equinox rear
2010 Chevrolet Equinox interior
2010 Chevrolet Equinox cargo area
Forget everything you might remember about the first-generation Equinox. This model is better in every way, boasting quiet powertrains as well as flexible passenger and cargo accommodations. Equinox is no speed demon even with V6 power, and its ride/handling balance doesn’t quite match that of rival import crossover SUVs. Still, Chevrolet has done an excellent job taking Equinox from a segment also-ran to one that earns our Recommended (2010-12) nod and merits serious consideration.
After five seasons in its prior form, Chevrolet redesigned the Equinox for 2010, giving it freshened styling, new engines, and some new features. Seating five, this four-door crossover SUV came in LS, 1LT, 2LT, and LTZ trim levels. Equinox offered a choice of two engines. A 182-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder was standard. A 264-horsepower 3.0-liter V6 was optional on the 1LT, 2LT, and LTZ until 2013 when it was replaced by a 301-horsepower 3.6-liter V6. All engines teamed with a six-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive were available on all models. Maximum towing capacity was 1,500 pounds with the four-cylinder and 3,500 pounds with the V6. Standard safety features included antilock braking, traction control, an antiskid system, front-side airbags, and curtain-side airbags. Available features included remote engine start, a navigation system, a wireless cell-phone link, DVD entertainment, a hard drive for storing digital-music files, a rearview camera, and a power tailgate. Equinox used Chevrolet’s “MultiFlex” rear seat, which can be moved 8 inches fore and aft to better accommodate different storage and passenger needs. Midsize rivals to the Equinox included the Dodge Journey, Ford Edge, Honda Pilot, and Hyundai Santa Fe.
Chevrolet’s midsize crossover saw a few changes following its 2010 redesign. LS, 1LT, 2LT, and LTZ trim levels remained, with a choice of two engines. A 182-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder was standard. A 264-horsepower 3.0-liter V6 was optional on the 1LT, 2LT, and LTZ. New for 2011, the V6 was capable of running on E85 ethanol-blended fuel.
Several new features became available in the 2012 Chevrolet Equinox, including GM’s MyLink infortainment system, lane-departure warning, and forward-collision alert. The standard engine was now able to run on E85 ethanol-blended fuel.
Equinox got a new V6 engine option and some additional equipment for 2013. Equinox LS was newly equipped with a standard USB port. Chevrolet’s MyLink infotainment system was newly standard in 1LT models, and MyLink added optional navigation in 2LT and LTZ models.
Top-line LTZ models got new standard equipment including lane-departure and forward-collision warning systems, 8-way power passenger seat, and a universal garage-door opener. Many of the LTZ’s new features were included in two option packages for 2LT models.
Equinox was unchanged for 2014.
The Chevrolet Equinox saw just one change of note for 2015: the OnStar communications system added 4G LTE Internet connectivity with a Wi-Fi hotspot.