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Equinox, the forgotten child?

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How come I never see anything in this section about the Equinox? I know they sell pretty well. Does anyone have one or know somebody with one? I'd be interested to hear some feedback about the Nox. :)
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There just isn't much news on it. It's carryover for 06, and it is a solid vehicle and has been a solid seller. What's there to talk about?
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I am your man. I own one and my parents also own one. So far we both like ours. Gas mileage is about 17 in the city and 23 on the highway. They handle pretty well. Ride well. They are as quiet as most cars. Both of ours have enough power for our needs.
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Does anybody know why the 06's dropped 2 mpg on the highway? They went from 25 to just 23 on the same 4 wheel drive model. I can't understand why they wouldn't get 25 or more mpg on a trip. They have the same 3400 designed engine as the minivans and have a newer more efficient tranny and about the same curbweight too. Add a 2.65 final drive ratio into the mix. The 3400 minivans are well known to achieve 22 mpg combined and over 26 on the road. Most everyone with an EXT lenght version seems to get these figures.
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New EPA mileage for all cars in all car companies. A lot of them decreased in mileage.
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I am curious how that Chinese engine in the Equinox is doing. Still makes me nervous about the reliability and integrity of the materials used. Does anyone know if this engine is entirely made in China or just assembled there?
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I dislike car based SUVs. GM or not. WTF is the point of designing a mini "suv" around a corolla/civic/cobalt chassis? Retarded. That's why they've traditionaly scored the lowest in crash tests. That being said I'm sure the Equinox is better than most. I'd never buy one. Edited by Sixty8panther
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I dislike car based SUVs. GM or not. WTF is the point of designing a mini "suv" around a corolla/civic/cobalt chassis? Retarded. That's why they've traditionaly scored the lowest in crash tests.

That being said I'm sure the Equinox is better than most. I'd never buy one.

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The Equinox isn't based on any GM car. Theta is original, unibody or not.
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Back to the question, the Equinox is one of my favorite Chevys in that it does every right. It looks sharp, has an inoffensive interior, and drives well enough. While some trim levels are ridiculously overpriced ($30K+), a "simple" LT with cloth upholstery and the mandatory beige interior and 17" wheels (it looks drab with grey interior and the base wheels) is good value after discounts and incentives.
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I dislike car based SUVs. GM or not. WTF is the point of designing a mini "suv" around a corolla/civic/cobalt chassis? Retarded. That's why they've traditionaly scored the lowest in crash tests.

That being said I'm sure the Equinox is better than most. I'd never buy one.

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Dude...do you read anything, like the NHTSA site?

2006 Chevy Equinox
2006 Ford Freestyle
2006 Nissan Murano

2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer
2006 Ford Explorer
2006 Nissan Pathfinder

Car-based SUVs scored similar or - in most respects - better than their traditional SUV counterparts.

Both have advantages and disadvantages and tradeoffs. Both are also just jacked-up station wagons. And if you don't like them, fine, but c'mon now...
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Dude...do you read anything, like the NHTSA site?

2006 Chevy Equinox
2006 Ford Freestyle
2006 Nissan Murano

2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer
2006 Ford Explorer
2006 Nissan Pathfinder

Car-based SUVs scored similar or - in most respects - better than their traditional SUV counterparts.

Both have advantages and disadvantages and tradeoffs. Both are also just jacked-up station wagons. And if you don't like them, fine, but c'mon now...

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I think its more anti-unibody crap. The Volvo XC90 is probably the safest SUV you can buy, and gasp, it's not BOF. Ditto overweight (but sturdy) pigs like the Cayenne and Touareg.
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Yea, some posters here are a broken record and just post for the sake of posting without adding any meaningful insight. Completely unlike this post. This post is extremely insightful, and as a result of reading it, you have a great understanding of not only the Chevrolet Equinox, but also of the entire auto industry as it pertains to North America. Pretty impressive, eh?
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Fly: I was referring to a few years ago (like ealry 2000s) when I read several articles abotu how small cute-utes like the Escape/CRV/Rav4 are less safe than any other type of vehicle... they had crappy crash test scores and worse still their high center of gravity combined wiht a narrow wheelbase made them very prone to rollovers in emergency manouvers esp. with the typical demographic they were selling to: teenage inexperienced drivers and Soccer moms. If I'm going to roll over at least a Wrangler has a roll cage and it's wheelbase is not as narrow as a Corollas. I like certain car based SUVs (original X5 and SRX come to mind) but not the compact ones... why be cramped in a stupid little Civic based CRV or a Corolla based Rav4 when you can buy a decent midsize sedan for the same amount of money. Empowah: the XC90 is NOT a small "cute ute" based on the underpinnings of a compact car so it has no relevance to my argument. Plus, it's Vovlo... obviously it's going to be ahead of the curve in terms of safety. It's thier specialty & no. 1 selling point after all. And for the record I did not bring up or alude to BOF vs. Unibody. <_< As far as the Equinox, call me naive but I'm pretty sure Theta shares more than a few things with delta... but perhaps I'm wrong. It would be pretty unorthodox in todays day and age. Croc: drop dead You want to talk about meaningful insight? You consider the SSR a "sports car"... enough said. :lol: Edited by Sixty8panther
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Fly: I was referring to a few years ago (like ealry 2000s) when I read several articles abotu how small cute-utes like the Escape/CRV/Rav4 are less safe than any other type of vehicle... they had crappy crash test scores and worse still their high center of gravity combined wiht a narrow wheelbase made them very prone to rollovers in emergency manouvers esp. with the typical demographic they were selling to: teenage inexperienced drivers and Soccer moms.

If I'm going to roll over at least a Wrangler has a roll cage and it's wheelbase is not as narrow as a Corollas.
I like certain car based SUVs (original X5 and SRX come to mind) but not the compact ones... why be cramped in a stupid little Civic based CRV or a Corolla based Rav4 when you can buy a decent midsize sedan for the same amount of money.

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But that makes them no different than many truck-based SUVs of their time either, which is what you were saying. Look at how well the Isuzu Rodeo/Honda Passport, Chevy Blazer, and others performed.

As far as Wrangler vs. Corolla(?)...
2005 Wranger (Ftrack/Rtrack): 57.80/58.30
2005 Corolla: 58.30/57.50
2005 RAV4: 59.30/58.90
2002 Corolla: 57.50/57.10
2000 RAV4: 57.50/57.70

The current RAV4 has the widest track and sits lower to the ground (less ground clearance & overall height). It has more safety features and also, how many RAV4s have you seen with jacked up springs and knobby 'offroad' tires?

Wrangler is a fine vehicle for offroading and it looks cute on the beach, but I wouldn't consider it the best thing for an urban environment.

As for your last comment, I don't know. I also don't know why a family of four buys a Ford Excursion or why an executive thinks he looks good pulling up to a nice restaurant in a Cummins Dodge Ram 3500 or why some little bitch likes to do burnouts in his POS '89 Firebird in front of my house every night at 12:30am, but its called 'choice' and 'preference' and as dumb or confunding as I may think their choices are, its theirs, not mine...except for the Firebird bitch, he's getting on my nerves.
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What inconsiderate guys wiht 3rd gen. F-bodys have to do wiht thiis thread I'm not sure. Ever heard of getting a license plate number and calling the cops??? I do my burnouts in industrial parking lots or behind the mill building... usualy in the afternoon not even at night. The only time I've ever been doing them past midnight was at the Worcester Burnout contest... 100% legal, police presance and the whole city is aware of them. So don't try to group me wiht this asshole. Now as far as the RAv4 and CRV, I guess I was wrong about the wheelbase... do those figures take into account wheels offset? Either way take a Rav4 or CRV for a spin... they handle worse than my old Blazer IMHO.
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So don't try to group me wiht this asshole.

Never did. Merely saying that people buy/have certain tastes for vehicles for various reasons and - as long as those don't bother others - its okay.

Now as far as the RAv4 and CRV, I guess I was wrong about the wheelbase... do those figures take into account wheels offset?

Yes.

Either way take a Rav4 or CRV for a spin... they handle worse than my old Blazer IMHO.

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My father had a '95 4-door Blazer as a company truck for a few years. Handled like shit and felt very disconcerting on the offramps here, which aren't really graded that well for turns. Still, felt bad.
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My father had a '95 4-door Blazer as a company truck for a few years. Handled like crap and felt very disconcerting on the offramps here, which aren't really graded that well for turns. Still, felt bad.

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They did drive like crap,they were so clumsy.My bro had one but sold it after 2 years. The Equinox is so much better.
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As far as the Equinox, call me naive but I'm pretty sure Theta shares more than a few things with delta... but perhaps I'm wrong. It would be pretty unorthodox in todays day and age. 

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Again, the Equinox isn't based on any car. Theta is in an entirely different size classification from Delta. The Equinox is 8.8" longer, 3.5" wider, and ~800+ lbs. heavier than the Cobalt.
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Does anybody realize the Equinox recieved a 5 star crash rating? Yes it did which makes me feel pretty good. I think mine feels very solid when driving it. The parents think the same of theirs. I think the revised EPA estimates come closer to showing the real world mileage of the Equinox. Overall I like it and think it was a good choice for me. My parents like theirs too.
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Yeah, well, now that the Torrent is around to steal her Thunder, GM had better being planning a major refresh for 2007. The 2006 model has redesigned a/c controls and shrunken rear head rests. Big deal. Get rid of the ugly cloth. GM has a big hole at this time because we don't have a 7 passenger SUV that isn't a pig on gas. We need something to battle the Pilot, the Freestyle, Pacifica and others that have a 3rd row bench and are smaller than the Tahoe or Trailblazer EXT.
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I dont think te Equinox should have a 3rd row, being I own there isnt enough room in the trunk as it is, but it drives very well and is very solid, and on that Equinox Central site it shows a orange Equniox, GM changed any plans of making it in pronage last minute because they didnt have enought ornage paint to supply the car i wonder how they found one. Edited by BlkHhr104
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Fly: I was referring to a few years ago (like ealry 2000s) when I read several articles abotu how small cute-utes like the Escape/CRV/Rav4 are less safe than any other type of vehicle... they had crappy crash test scores and worse still their high center of gravity combined wiht a narrow wheelbase made them very prone to rollovers in emergency manouvers esp. with the typical demographic they were selling to: teenage inexperienced drivers and Soccer moms.

If I'm going to roll over at least a Wrangler has a roll cage and it's wheelbase is not as narrow as a Corollas.
I like certain car based SUVs (original X5 and SRX come to mind) but not the compact ones... why be cramped in a stupid little Civic based CRV or a Corolla based Rav4 when you can buy a decent midsize sedan for the same amount of money.
Empowah: the XC90 is NOT a small "cute ute" based on the underpinnings of a compact car so it has no relevance to my argument. Plus, it's Vovlo... obviously it's going to be ahead of the curve in terms of safety. It's thier specialty & no. 1 selling point after all. And for the record I did not bring up or alude to BOF vs. Unibody. <_<

As far as the Equinox, call me naive but I'm pretty sure Theta shares more than a few things with delta... but perhaps I'm wrong. It would be pretty unorthodox in todays day and age. 

Croc: drop dead

You want to talk about meaningful insight? You consider the SSR a "sports car"... enough said. :lol:

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I'm not partial to either truck-based SUVs or unibody-based SUVs.....they both have their advantages and disadvantages.

The reason many people buy those Escapes, CR-Vs, and RAV-4, or those "cute-utes" is because they don't need off-road capability, but like a higher seating position combined with the flexibility of a usable cargo hold, front-or-all wheel drive for rainy or snowy conditions, ALL of this combined with an "SUV" that pretty much drives like a car.

Equinox is a great GM product that would only really benefit from the Honda V6 from the VUE. The pushrod 3.5L is really the only aspect of the Chevy SUV that I dislike. Interior quality in some parts might be questionable, but the interior design overall is attractive, roomy, and quite functional.
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