The base 2010 Chevrolet Equinox is both cheaper and more fuel-efficient than the outgoing 2009 modelEnlarge Photo
Dealers are expecting nearly two-thirds of customers will choose the base four-cylinder 182hp (135kW) 2.4L engine over the 264hp (190kW) 3.0L model, not only because it’s cheaper but also because the 2.4L model deliver best-in-segment highway fuel economy of 32mpg when equipped with standard FWD – a 25% improvement over the previous model. Efficiency around town is pretty good to, checking in at 22mpg.
Those figures easily match or outperform both the Honda CR-V (20mpg city/27mpg highway) and the Toyota RAV-4 (22mpg city/28mpg highway), GM's primary targets for the Equinox. With its 32mpg highway rating, the Equinox can cover up to 600mi (960km) on a single tank of fuel.
The 3.0L V6 is expected to be EPA rated at 25mpg on the highway and 18mpg in the city, also when equipped with FWD, but official figures for that engine haven't been released.
The Equinox is available in LS, LT and LTZ trim, with standard FWD or optional AWD. Two new engines are offered, each with fuel-saving direct injection and variable valve timing technology.
Standard features include six airbags, four-wheel disc brakes with StabiliTrak electronic stability control and traction control, OnStar connectivity, XM Satellite Radio and 17in alloy wheels. Check out our previous story for more details.