The Chevrolet Equinox was introduced as a 2005 model, so there aren't any major changes for 2006. Slight modifications include reducing the size of the rear seat headrest to improve rear visibility, increasing cargo capacity by eliminating the rear cargo panel, and offering optional heated front seats on models with cloth interior.
The car-like Equinox is Chevrolet's replacement for the truck-based Tracker. Although it is classified as a compact crossover utility, this five-passenger vehicle is one of the largest of its kind and tends to blur the distinction between compact and midsize. It has an extra-long 112.5-inch wheelbase and is one of the few compact SUVs that come standard with a V-6 engine-GM's 3.4L 3400 unit. This overhead-valve engine delivers 185 hp and is coupeed to an electronically-controlled 5-speed automatic transmission. Properly equipped, it can tow up to 3,500 pounds. The Equinox comes in two trim levels-LS and LT-with either front-wheel or optional all-wheel drive (AWD). The on-demand AWD system automatically switches power from the front wheels to the rear wheels if front-wheel slippage is detected.
The versatile Equinox offers a reconfigurable interior; the adjustable rear seat slides up to eight inches forward or backward, and the backrest reclines. Utilizing the rear seat's 60/40 split can expand its cargo capacity while still accommodating two rear seat passengers. With the entire seat folded down there is 69 cubic feet of cargo space (35 cubic feet with the seat in the upright position). Items up to eight feet in length can be carried by folding the front passenger seat flat. The Equinox features dual-stage frontal air bags and safety belt pre-tensioners as standard, while head curtain side air bags are optional. All models come with ventilated front disc brakes with dual-piston calipers and rear drum brakes. Anti-lock brakes are also standard on all models.
The Equinox competes in the crowded Compact Crossover Utility Vehicle segment with 23 other vehicles that share the same basic formula; they are based on passenger-car designs and feature unit-body construction to provide better ride and handling.
With sales of 1,206,653 units in calendar year 2005, the Compact Crossover Utility Vehicle segment accounts for approximately 7% of the overall U.S. light-vehicle market, according to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report.SM Leading the pack in 2005 was the Ford Escape (165,122 units sold), followed by the Honda CR-V (150,219) and Chrysler PT Cruiser (133,740). The Equinox was fourth, with 130,542 units sold in calendar year 2005. Ten other models had sales greater than 30,000 units in 2005.
|LS||5 speed automatic||$21,400||185-hp / 3.4L 6-cyl||19/24|
|LT||5 speed automatic||$22,400||185-hp / 3.4L 6-cyl||19/24|