Not being one of lucky ones that could purchase a brand new car--my search had to be limited to a specific price range, but with 4 dogs and living in Wyoming, I also needed another SUV - which limited my choices considerably. This 2007 Equinox was one of the first cars I test drove - having previously driven primarily foreign-brand SUVs (Toyota 4-Runner, Mitsubishi Montero Sport). But the stellar reviews on the 2010 Equinox got me interested in what this car, even in an older model, had to offer. I drove pretty much every other SUV in my price range (Hyundai, Kia, Ford, Nissan, Dodge, Toyota, etc.) But the reason I kept coming back to this Equinox was first and foremost because of the exceptionally smooth ride. Great handling; much more pick-up/power than my Mitsubishi had; incredibly roomy (I love the way the rear seat can be moved forward and back for more leg room!); it gets much better mileage than my last SUV (I'm averaging 28-32 mpg); the style is just right for me - and overall, I fell in love with it on the spot. (But, even at that, I still had to confirm/justify my choice. Impluse purchases not being the best thing for buying a vehicle -- I made it a point to not only drive every other make/model I could find - but to research them extensively, too. By nature, I'm a bit of a pessimist - so I actually looked for reasons NOT to give this Equinox so much credit . . . to no avail. All of the research I did confirmed my initial gut reaction to the Equinox. It was a keeper.) The only concern I had, living in snow-country, was the Front Wheel Drive (rather than All Wheel Drive). But I did my research on that, as well - and these past two months of winter here, I've been driving on new Nokia Hakkapeliitta snow tires - with zero slipping or sliding at all. (Having just rolled my Montero on a bad snow day, I was, understandably, concerned about handling on these roads. So I researched this topic a LOT!) But the snow tires, combined with the Traction Control and Stability Control that comes with this model of Equinox make this front wheel drive car perfect, in my opinion. I'm thrilled with my purchase -- I'm impressed with what Chevrolet has accomplished with this vehicle -- and I'm very happy to once again be driving an American car (even though, who the heck knows where all the parts came from!?). It's been a long time since I felt the quality was there to feel comfortable with buying a Chevrolet. With this car, I can see how they've been changing for the better!
Overall, a very impressive and ecomonical midsize SUV that looks great, is very comfortable and appears solidly built. Pro: - 5 Speed Automatic. Makes the Equinox feel more powerful than it really is. This is for me, an outstanding feature for this vehicle. - Smooth engine with an awesome exhaust note from the 3.4 liter V6. - Great sound system. - Well equipped with safety features. - Love the sliding rear bench seat which gives either more leg room for passengers or more cargo capacity if needed. - Big brakes with ABS. Makes for excellent stopping, especially in the wet. Cons: - Small things GM skipped out on including no coat hanger hooks in the back, no illuminated glove compartment and cheap, thin sun visors. - Not as good on gas as I originally thought, although it still is pretty good. - Could have better placement of either the front cup holders or the hand brake. Hand brake can't be used when cupholders are full. My wife and I are very impressed with our purchase. The 5 speed Auto definately assists in a good way with the 3.4 liter V6, the extra gear really helps with pickup and keeping the revs down at highway speeds, however I really wished GM would make the 3.6 liter standard on all models. 185hp vs 240hp would make a big difference with no loss in fuel economy. The benefits of this vehicle well outweighs any cons people may say against it. I would highly recommend this vehicle for anyone who like us, wanted a safe and reliable SUV while giving plenty of interior room with great standard features, but hot having to purchase a full size wagon with poor fuel ecomomy to acheive this. Go Chevy!