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2010 Chevrolet Equinox Sport Utility Crossover

FWD 4dr LT w/2LT

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2010 Chevrolet Equinox Sport Utility Crossover

Benefits of Driving a 2010 Chevrolet Equinox Sport Utility Crossover

Starting at $23,185, the 2010 Chevy Equinox is one of the most affordable vehicles in its class, which includes competitors Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4. The interior features a dual-cockpit design, ice-blue ambient lighting and other accents that turns up the class and appeal of the Equinox. Storage areas are everywhere in the cabin, such as an oversized glove box, a closed storage bin in the instrument panel above the center stack, and a closed storage bin under the center armrest large enough for a laptop computer. The rear seats again in 2010 feature MultiFlex, which allows the seats to move back and forth a total of eight inches for the best rear legroom in the segment.

What's new for 2010?

The 2010 Chevy Equinox features a unibody construction with clean sculpted lines and prominent wheel arches. New for 2010 is a standard 2.4L direct-injection 4-cylinder Ecotec engine, with 182 horsepower at 6700 rpm and 172 pounds-feet of torque at 4900 rpm. An optional 3.0L V6 engine with 264 horsepower and 214 pounds-feet of torque is available on all but the base LS model. Gone is the 3.4L V6 engine from 2009, yet the new 2.4L engine delivers mileage of 21 city / 30 highway.

Model Strengths

  • Powerful compact crossover that seats five
  • sharp-looking exterior with strong lines
  • stylish interior with ambient lighting

Model Review

The Chevrolet Equinox has been completely redesigned for 2010. A new set of engines, completely new sheet metal and a much improved interior has made the new Equinox an exciting contender in the mid-size crossover segment.

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PINCKNEY, Mich. -- Just west of Detroit on rolling terrain dented by glacial lakes, we're scooting along two-laner Michigan 36 from Stockbridge to Pinckney in the driver's bucket of a new rendition of a crossover utility vehicle by Chevrolet.

Stretching more than 15 feet long and six feet wide, this slippery wagon rides on a stretched platform with two doors on each flank of the elongated cabin and a hatchback lid at the tail.

It wears chiseled sheetmetal with a muscular bulge ringing each wheel but elegant decorative appointments.

Focal point is the bold front-end carved in smooth lines of a sculpted block with a sharp rake to the windshield and down-sloping hood, and a single-bar grille with mesh inserts and oversized corner headlamp clusters.

Chrome-coated block letters mounted on the lip of the tailgate identify Chevy's new CUV as the E-Q-U-I-N-O-X, a word referring to that moment in spring and fall when day and night are equal and the world is in perfect balance.

This theme of equilibrium applies to Equinox the Chevy CUV because it strikes a balance as a car-based vehicle which resembles a sleek sport utility wagon but functions like a family-friendly minivan and drives like an easy-riding sedan.

It blends the best traits of a traditional SUV -- such as the tall stance and spacious cabin with flexible seating and generous cargo capacity -- with favored traits of a tightly constructed sedan, as it's easy to enter the low-rise cabin, easy to maneuver the vehicle around town in traffic and easy to park it on a crowded lot.

The original Equinox debuted in Chevrolet's 2005 line stocking a V6 engine with front-wheel-drive (FWD) or all-wheel-drive (AWD) traction.

The 2010 Chevrolet Equinox, completely redesigned with a choice of two new fuel-thrifty engines, also adds FWD or AWD options.

Trims for the 2010 CUV line up as the Equinox LS, LT and LTZ.

Equinox is constructed with an integral body-frame structure which compares to a FWD car rather than the conventional SUV's rear-wheel-drive (RWD) body-on-frame truck platform.

Size-wise, the new Equinox rides on a platform which has the same 112.5-inch wheelbase as the original edition, yet the front wheel track measures about an inch wider to improve ride and handling traits.

The sleek structure, comprising targeted applications of high-strength steel, adds an inch in overall width compared to the 2005 version but lops off about an inch in length and height.

A fully independent suspension features struts up front with tuned coil springs and direct-acting stabilizer bar.

In back Equinox totes a four-link design with coil springs and trailing arm, a stabilizer bar and hydraulic link bushings.

Steering is a rack and pinion design with variable assistance. An electric power steering (EPS) system replaces an hydraulic apparatus with the base four-cylinder engine.

The brakes have been upgraded to include a large disc at every wheel with linkage to an anti-lock brake system (ABS) plus StabiliTrak, GM's electronic vehicle skid control system.

All editions roll on standard 17-inch painted aluminum wheels capped by P225/65R17 all-season blackwall tires.

However, there are optional 18-inch aluminum rollers for Equinox LT and LTZ or even 19-inch chrome-clad aluminum wheels for the LTZ.

GM brings two new high-tech engines to the 2010 Equinox featuring dual overhead cams (DOHC), electronic throttle control (ETC), direct injection (DI) technology and variable valve timing (VVT).

The transaxle is a fuel-saving Hydra-Matic six-speed electronically controlled automatic. The Hydra-Matic 6T45 mates with the four-cylinder engine and the Hydra-Matic 6T70 applies to the V6.

Standard plant for all three trims is the Ecotec 2.4-liter cast aluminum in-line-four engine which develops 182 hp at 6700 rpm and 172 lb-ft of torque at 4900 rpm.

The federal EPA sets fuel economy numbers for this Equinox powertrain at 22 mpg City and 30 mpg Highway with FWD, or 20 mpg City and 29 mpg Highway with AWD.

Optional engine for Equinox LT or LTZ is a cast aluminum 3.0-liter V6 which generates 264 hp at 6950 rpm and 222 lb-ft of torque at 5100 rpm.

With the V6 aboard, EPA fuel economy scores amount to 17 mpg City and 25 mpg Highway with FWD, or 17 mpg City and 24 mpg Highway with AWD gear.

The optional AWD device for Equinox is always engaged and uses a computer to determine how much power to apply at each wheel for maintaining tire traction on slippery roads.

Normally it runs in FWD mode for driving on dry pavement. When front wheels begin to slip in wet or icy weather, however, the power shifts automatically to the rear wheels temporarily to keep the CUV moving forward safely on a non-skid trajectory.

We steer both FWD and AWD versions of the 2010 Equinox on twisty two-lane roads skirting Michigan lakes and find sure-footed traction along with a comfortable ride quality.

And the passenger compartment seems spacious and filled with lots of favored amenities.

Plan for the five-seat cabin pitches a pair of comfortable bucket seats on the cockpit row separated by a floor-mounted console.

A bench seat on the second row splits and folds and also slides fore and aft by eight inches to vary legroom. Chevy labels this bench as a Multi-Flex seat. In the rear-most position the legroom is by far the best in class.

Cargo space in Equinox is also good. With the rear bench up, the flat-floored cargo bay has 31.4 cubic feet of stow room. With the back bench folded down, the bay expands to 63.7 cubic feet.

Gear standard on Equinox LS ranges from air conditioning and power controls for windows and door locks and mirrors to daytime running lights, a steering wheel that tilts and telescopes, the driver's seat with four-way manual movements, cruise control and remote keyless entry device, a driver information system, the audio kit with six speakers and AM/FM/CD/MP3 player, plus XM satellite radio and GM's OnStar telecommunications equipment.

Chevrolet establishes MSRP figures as low as $22,450 for Equinox LS FWD and $24,200 for Equinox LS AWD.

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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 Opt

Passenger Restraint

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

Road Visibility

Daytime Running Lights Std
Fog Lamps Std
Electrochromic Rearview Mirror Std
Intermittent Wipers Std
Variable Inter. Wipers Std

Accident Prevention

Rear Parking Aid Opt
Back-Up Camera Std
Handsfree Wireless Std

Security

Alarm Std
Anti-theft System 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 3 Years/36,000 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 for model years up to 2014.

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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