Flash Drive: 2010 Chevrolet Equinox AWD
This 2010 review is representative of model years 2010 to 2013.
By Staff of MSN Autos
Taking cues from the new Malibu, the all-new Equinox is stylish, with large headlights, broad fender flares and a sculpted hood. Inside materials are much nicer as well, with comfortable seats and plenty of legroom in the rear. The information display is one of the best in the business, with intuitive controls and easy-to-read screens. There is also plenty of cool tech onboard — I was automatically alerted to a traffic slowdown five miles ahead, and the 5-day weather forecast was easily located. Our tester was equipped with the 264-horsepower V6 engine, which sounds great on acceleration but just didn't feel that powerful. The ride was quiet and smooth, and although handling was relatively tight, the turning radius was much larger than expected, making maneuvering into parking spots more difficult. Visibility was good out the rear, but the large A-pillar combined with the big mirrors made it difficult to see out to the right, making turns in that direction almost blind. – Perry Stern
The Equinox is a natural competitor to the Ford Edge, or you could think of it as a monster-truck version of a Subaru Outback. These oversized wagons with honest, all-conditions flexibility keep growing on me, and I like the Equinox more than I expected. The interior fit and finish is a little better than in other Chevys I'd driven recently, although it's still not best in class. The Equinox may not offer a great deal of ground clearance, but its on-road performance is excellent. It has a well-judged suspension that is comfortable and well-controlled; it doesn't wallow from side to side at all. In all types of driving, the Equinox feels unstressed and confidence-inspiring. Overall, this utility vehicle is a very good car and a pleasure to drive. – Paul Hagger
Great-looking design and the latest technology make the all-new 2010 Chevrolet Equinox a serious player in the compact-crossover arena. A new direct-injection 3.0-liter V6 engine delivers plenty of power. The platform feels rigid and the steering is crisp, providing a nice balance of suppleness and sportiness. The massive A-pillars, which no doubt add to the solid feel, combined with the outside mirrors to create blinds spots that take some getting used to. Inside, the center stack is nicely laid out, with all controls easy to find and intuitive to use. A thoughtful safety feature that was new to me is a button on the dash to lock and unlock the rear-door child safety locks — it seems like such a good idea that I'm surprised I have not seen it before. – Mike Meredith