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2005 Chevrolet Equinox Sport Utility Crossover

4dr 2WD LT

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2005 Chevrolet Equinox

Source: MSN Autos

To see just how much Americans love sport-utility vehicles, you need only look at Chevrolet. The well-known brand has five SUV nameplates, including the popular Tahoe and full-size Suburban.

As a group, they've done extremely well at bringing in buyers. Indeed, Chevy helps parent company, General Motors Corp., remain the only automaker to sell more than 1 million SUVs in the United States in a calendar year.

So Chevy wasn't about to lose momentum by leaving a hole in its showrooms when the aged Chevrolet Tracker compact SUV was being retired.

A new SUV, the five-passenger Chevy Equinox, offers a larger interior than the Tracker had, more comfortable ride and a novel rear seat that can slide forward and back nearly 8 inches to provide a whopping 40.2 inches of back-seat legroom — unheard of in the smaller SUV segment. Also standard in every Equinox: A V6 and automatic transmission.

Based on Saturn VUE platform
You'd be hard-pressed to tell from the outside, but the Equinox rides on the same platform, albeit lengthened, as the Saturn Vue. As Saturn's first and only SUV, the VUE has posted steadily increasing sales since its debut in the 2002 model year.

But where the compact VUE comes with a buzzy, 143-horsepower 2.2-liter four-cylinder base engine, the Equinox has a larger, more powerful, 185-horsepower 3.4-liter overhead valve V6. It's mated to a smooth-shifting 5-speed automatic.

The engine's 210 lb-ft of torque at 3800 rpm provide satisfying get up and go from startup as well as when drivers need to merge onto freeways and dodge into oncoming traffic. And the powerplant moves the Equinox confidently during highway travel.

My main issue was a certain disconnected feel between accelerator and throttle in the test vehicle as I'd let up from the pedal and the Equinox would coast readily down the road and not immediately begin to slow.

As a result, I felt as though I used the brakes more than I wanted. After a few days of this, I also adapted my driving style to let up on the Equinox gas pedal sooner as I approached slowed or stopped traffic ahead.

Not a VUE V6, though
I didn't hear the Equinox engine much as I traveled, but when I did—during hard acceleration—the sound was pleasant in a mainstream way.

Fuel economy for the test Equinox LT with all-wheel drive was rated at 19 miles a gallon in city driving and 25 mpg on the highway, the very same rating that a VUE with all-wheel drive gets when it's fitted with a VUE V6.

Note, though, the VUE's V6 is a different, 3.5-liter single overhead cam engine with much more horsepower—250—and more torque—242 at 4500 rpm—than the Equinox has. This VUE engine comes from Honda as part of a sales agreement between the two automakers, while the Equinox engine comes from within GM.

Length doesn't translate into cargo room
Because of its lengthened platform, the Equinox is larger than the VUE, inside and out.

For example, the Equinox is 7.5 inches longer, or 15.7 feet long from bumper to bumper. The wheelbase, which is the distance from one wheel on one side of the SUV to the center of the other wheel on the same side, is 112.5 inches in the Equinox, compared with 106.6 inches in the VUE.

This, and the seat track that's included to move the Equinox rear seat forward and aft, helps explain why there's all that rear-seat legroom in the Equinox. The VUE's rear-seat legroom is 36.8 inches, which is less than the 39.4 inches in the competing Honda CR-V. The Toyota RAV4, however, has just 32.6 inches of rear-seat legroom. But don't expect a huge increase in cargo room inside the Equinox.

Despite its larger outer size than the VUE, RAV4 and CR-V, the Equinox's maximum 68.6 cubic feet of interior cargo space—with rear seats folded down—is just 0.3 foot more than the 68.3 cubic feet in the RAV4 and less than the 72 cubic feet found at the back of the CR-V.

Some of this has to do with the involved plastic-slot structure built into the sides of the Equinox cargo area. It's there for use with a height-adjustable cargo shelf that can double as a small table back there, but this shelf system also can be less convenient to manage than a simple sliding shade-like vinyl cover. But some of the problem also seems to be the rear seatbacks don't fold flat and the wheel wells intrude into the cargo space.

The Equinox can tow up to 3,500 pounds, according to Chevy, which is far more than the 1,500-pound maximum of the CR-V and RAV4, which come only with four-cylinder engines that produce 160 and 161 horsepower, respectively.

About the ride
While the Equinox works to keep many road bumps away from passengers for a mostly mild ride, passengers notice indications that the suspension is working underneath them.

Among the most annoying indicators in the test vehicle were noisy "boom" sounds that came when the Equinox passed over potholes and other major road bumps. There were "boom" sounds from the 16-inch tires, too, as the Equinox rolled over expansion cracks on highway bridges. But wind noise wasn't obtrusive.

Odds and ends
I had to stay alert making turns at busy intersections, because the pillars around the windshield of the Equinox are large enough to create blind spots where I couldn't see pedestrians.

I liked the high driving position of the Equinox which allowed me to see traffic problems on the road ahead. Too bad the front seats didn't provide enough lumbar support to keep me comfortable.

Still, the seats are nicely positioned so at 5 feet 4, I didn't have to climb up and aboard. I just opened the door, turned and put my rear end on the seat cushion of the test vehicle.

I wish the look of the Equinox interior was a bit more upscale. This vehicle, after all, has a starting MSRP of around $21,000 for a 2005 two-wheel-drive model, while Honda's CR-V and Toyota's RAV4, which come with four-cylinder engines only, start around $19,000.

In the test Equinox, the front-passenger seatback didn't seem to lock fully into place. The seatback distracted me as I sat there, because it shifted forward and back about an inch, with the starting and stopping motions of the vehicle.

Oddly, there are no grab handles at any of the doors of the Equinox. I couldn't even find a hook to hang my dry cleaning on. This SUV's rear-seat floor is completely flat, which makes it accommodating when unsteady-on-their-feet but determined toddlers want to walk across on their own.

An MP3 player and XM satellite radio are among the notable options in the Equinox. Head curtain airbags also are optional, but stability control, which is appearing in more and more SUVs, was not even offered at the start of the 2005 model year.

Lastly, check out the area between the two front seats of the Equinox. It's open and large enough to stow a purse out of the way and out of view.

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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

Driver Crash Grade
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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
Traction/Stability Control Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Side Head Air Bag Opt
Child Safety Locks Std

Road Visibility

Daytime Running Lights Std
Fog Lamps Std
Electrochromic Rearview Mirror Opt
Intermittent Wipers Std

Security

Alarm Std
Telematics Opt
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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Basic 3 Years/36,000 Miles
Drivetrain 3 Years/36,000 Miles
Corrosion 6 Years/100,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance 3 Years/36,000 Miles

Chevrolet Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

2-Year/24,000-Mile1 CPO Scheduled Maintenance Plan.

12-Month/12,000-Mile2 Bumper-to-Bumper Limited Warranty.

5-year/100,000-Mile3 Powertrain Limited Warranty.

1Covers only scheduled oil changes with filter, tire rotations and 27 point inspections, according to your vehicle's recommended maintenance schedule for up to 2 years or 24,000 miles, whichever comes first. Does not include air filters. Maximum of 4 service events. See participating dealer for other restrictions and complete details.

2Whichever comes first from date of purchase. See participating dealer for limited warranty details.

3Whichever comes first from original in-service date. See participating dealers for limited warranty details.
Age/Mileage Eligibility 2009-2014 model year / Under 75,000 miles
Lease Term Certified No
Point Inspection 172-Point Vehicle Inspection and Reconditioning
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Return/Exchange Program 3-Day 150-Mile Satisfaction Guarantee
Roadside Assistance Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $0

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