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2008 Chevrolet Equinox Sport Utility Crossover

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2008 Chevrolet Equinox Sport Utility Crossover

Benefits of Driving a 2008 Chevrolet Equinox Sport Utility Crossover

The 2008 Chevrolet Equinox is one of only a few compact sport utility vehicles with a standard V6 engine, and it also stands out for its flexible and well-designed interior. It ranks as one of the more affordable compact SUVs in LS or LT trim, and with the new electronic trailer sway control, it's one of the better-equipped small SUVs for light-duty towing such as a small boat or pop-up trailer.

What's new for 2008?

For 2008, the new Chevy Equinox Sport gets a 264-horsepower, 3.6L V6 engine, six-speed automatic transmission, sport-tuned suspension, and unique interior appointments. There's also a new Equinox LTZ that sits above the existing LS and LT models in the pecking order. The LS and LT get a retuned suspension, and electronic trailer sway control is now integrated with StabiliTrak and is standard across the line.

Model Strengths

  • Flexible, roomy interior
  • maneuverability
  • standard V6 in a compact SUV.

Model Review

The Equinox comes with a standard 3.4L overhead-valve V6 engine, making 185 horsepower and 210 lb-ft of torque. It's paired with a five-speed automatic transmission. The top Sport model gets an exclusive powertrain--a 264-horsepower, 3.6L DOHC V6 and six-speed automatic. Each of the four Equinox models--LS, LT, LTZ, and Sport--are available either with front-wheel drive or with an all-wheel-drive system that sends some of the power to the rear wheels when front slippage is detected.

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Review: 2008 Chevrolet Equinox

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The handsome 2008 Chevrolet Equinox midsize SUV drives much like a high, roomy, full-size sedan. New for 2008 are a Sport trim level with more power, sport-tuned suspension, and a new 6-speed automatic transmission. Also new is an upscale LTZ trim level, which joins the base LS and midrange LT versions, which get improved ride and handling. Both front- or all-wheel drive are offered.

Two V6 engines are available. The base 185-horsepower 3.4-liter works with a 5-speed automatic transmission. The up-level, 264-horsepower 3.6-liter mill shoots power through the responsive new 6-speed automatic, which has manual-shift capability. The Equinox has decent estimated highway fuel economy of 24 mpg. City economy is 17 mpg with the 3.4-liter engine and 16 mpg for the 3.6 liter. A plus in these times of high fuel prices is that only regular-grade gasoline is needed for either engine.

Shared Design
The Equinox shares its basic design with the Pontiac Torrent and Suzuki XL7. List prices range from $22,380 for the front-wheel-drive LS to $28,980 for the Sport with all-wheel drive. The base LS and higher-line LT and LTZ trim levels use the 3.4-liter V6, which provides decent acceleration. Both engines are smooth, but the Equinox Sport's 3.6-liter V6 delivers good off-the-line performance and no-fuss merging into fast traffic or 65-80 mph passing.

Even the $22,380 Equinox LS is pretty well equipped. Standard are air conditioning, cruise control, an AM/FM/CD player, a tilt steering wheel, height-adjustable driver's seat, fold-flat front passenger seat, sliding and split-folding rear seat, and power windows, mirrors and door locks with remote keyless entry. The LT adds a leather-wrapped wheel with radio controls and an AM/FM/CD/MP3 player. The LTZ trim provides leather upholstery, a power driver's seat and heated front seats.

All trim levels have anti-lock disc brakes, a stability-control system, traction control and a tire-pressure monitor. The LTZ adds side-curtain airbags with rollover deployment. Those bags can be had for the LS, LT and Sport for $395.

Other options include a $1,325 package for the LT that contains a power driver's seat and remote engine start. A towing package for the LT, LTZ and Sport costs $350, and leather upholstery for the LT and Sport will lighten wallets by $595. Many families will want the DVD entertainment system, a $995 option for the LT, LTZ and Sport. A power sunroof is $695 for those trim levels.

Riding Tall
Since it sits higher than your average sedan, the Equinox requires a little extra effort for ingress and egress. Entry is helped by large door handles, and rear door openings are very wide. Thanks to the elevated seating, visibility from the driver's seat is pretty good, although it's hampered by thick windshield posts and wide rear roof pillars. Large outside rearview mirrors help a bit.

The Sport's front bucket seats are supportive, and with an especially roomy rear seat area, the cabin will comfortably sit four tall adults. Although the center of the back seat is too stiff for comfort for a fifth occupant of any size, that seat slides fore and aft about eight inches to provide impressive legroom or more cargo space.

The main gauges can be read at a glance, but both the coolant temperature and fuel gauges are very small. Audio controls can be easily used, although they could be larger, like the easily managed climate controls. The power window controls are annoyingly located near the center console shift lever. The doors have storage pockets, but the covered center console storage bin is just moderately sized. Dual rear cupholders that pop out from the back of the front console don't look particularly sturdy and are inconveniently located at floor level.

The cargo area is large, although the wheelwell openings consume some space. It does have a low, wide opening that facilitates loading, and the rear seatbacks flip forward to create more cargo capacity. The hood is held up by a prop rod instead of more convenient hydraulic struts, but fluid-filler areas can be easily reached.

Sharp Handling
I tested the front-wheel-drive Equinox Sport ($27,380), which is the most responsive version I've ever driven. Besides the larger V6 and special suspension, the Sport has wide 50-series tires on 18-inch wheels, along with such comfort and convenience features as a power driver's seat, heated front seats and remote engine start.

With its sport suspension and wide tires, my test Equinox Sport had sharp handling, precise steering and nice brake pedal feel. While roomy and comfortable, with its stiffer setup the Sport has a rather truck-like ride on marginal roads, although it never beats you up.

Value Standout
For the sticker price, the 2008 Chevy Equinox offers appreciable content, and a wide variety of trim options to help it slot into many budgets. Though some of its Japanese rivals are more refined than the Equinox, for a similar amount of room and features, expect to pay a significant premium.

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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.

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
Traction/Stability Control Std
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Std

Passenger Restraint

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

Road Visibility

Daytime Running Lights Std
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 5 Years/100,000 Miles
Corrosion 6 Years/100,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance 5 Years/100,000 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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