Chevrolet Equinox Review & Ratings
- 14 October 2015
- Author: Nikolas Perseputto
The Chevrolet Equinox is classified as a mid-size crossover SUV and is manufactured by American automaker Chevrolet. This vehicle is based on GM’s Theta unibody platform and is assembled at CAMI Automotive plant, located in Ingersoll, Ontario, Canada. The Equinox was first introduced in 2004 as the 2005 model. Both the Chevrolet Equinox and the Pontiac Torrent were introduced for the 2005 and 2006 model years, and both of them are mid-size crossover SUVs. This vehicle is built on GM’s Theta platform and its unibody design is mechanically similar to that of the Saturn Vue as well as the Suzuki XL7, though the Equinox and Torrent have larger overall dimensions than the Vue.
GM updated the Equinox for the 2006 model year, adding GM badges to the front doors. This vehicle is the first crossover SUV from Chevrolet and was marketed as a compact SUV. The Torrent was initially displayed to the public at the Los Angeles Auto Show in 2005 and went on sale in the summer of the same year, succeeding the Pontiac Aztek. Both the Equinox and the Torrent were produced at the CAMI Automotive GM/Suzuki plant in Ingersoll, Ontario, Canada. The 3.4 liter LNJ V6 engine that this crossover uses was made in China, whereas the Aisin AF33 automatic transmission was made in Japan. Both the Equinox Sport and the Pontiac GXP came with a 3.6 liter V6 engine that was built in the United States.
Even though it is true that the Torrent shares its overall body structure as well as numerous mechanical features with the Equinox, its front and rear styling differs greatly. The suspension on the Torrent as well as the electronic power steering were modified slightly for a sportier feel. The Torrent was ultimately discontinued after the 2009 model was launched as part of the discontinuation of the Pontiac brand. The last Torrent came off the assembly line in early September of 2009.
The sportier versions of the Chevrolet Equinox, named the Sport and GXP, used a new 3.6 LY7 V6 engine that is paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission with Manual Tap up/down shifting capability. The larger and more powerful 264 horsepower engine improved its 0-60 mph acceleration time to just under seven seconds. The sportier Equinox trims received a 1” lowered ride height as well as a performance-tuned suspension and unique front and rear body kits.
There were also numerous changes made to the 2008 model Equinox and Torrent models, including a relocated compass readout from the inside rearview mirror to the driver information center. Three new exterior colors because available for this vehicle as well, including Navy Blue Metallic, Golden Teal Metallic, and Black Granite Metallic. OnStar became a standard feature of the Equinox and Torrent for the 2008 models. This system featured Turn-by-Turn Navigation as well as the first factory-installed and fully integrated GPS navigation system from OnStar. These models also included an enhanced ride and handling package, complete with stiffer shocks, tuned spring rates, and bushings.
The second and current generation of the Equinox introduced quite a few changes and was initially announced in December of 2008 and the 2010 model went on sale in June of 2009. This new Equinox uses a 2.4 liter straight-4 engine made in the US and is capable of producing up to 182 horsepower with a fuel economy of 22 mpg or 11 liters/100 km. There is also an optional 3.0 liter V6 engine that can produce up to 264 horsepower and 214 pound-feet of torque. While the Torrent and the Equinox share many similarities, this vehicle is still very much its own.