Tuesday, July 28, 2009

2010 Chevrolet Equinox

Today's post is on the new 2010 Chevrolet Equinox, which is a front wheel drive or all wheel drive five passenger crossover. I am not necessarily an SUV or crossover fan...but I do need to bring up that the crossover segment is going thru some major changes.

Crossovers are continuing to evolve and develop....the new Equinox is a prime example. The 2010 Equinox is a much better vehicle than the model it replaces. It shows GM's resolve to finally get back to building good cars.

The feature to the Equinox that I thought was interesting was the application of GM's Active Noise Cancellation technology. Basically, the there are microphones to monitor the noise level and the speakers generates the opposite sounds to cancel low frequency noises.

This technology has been in development for a number of years....automobile manufacturers are now beginning to deploy the technology. The benefits are that the 2010 Equinox is exceptionally quiet with noise and vibration to a minimum. There was an additional benefit to the deployment of the technology is that the engineers were able to drop the idle speed and gain an additional .1 mpg.

The standard 2.4 liter Ecotec direct injection motor is rated at 182 h.p. with a 0-60 time of 9.6 seconds. An optional 3.0 liter direct injection motor is available with 264 hp and a 0-60 time of 7.8 seconds. The only available transmission is a six-speed automatic. This is not a sports car but GM is working on meeting the new higher CAFE fuel economy regulations.

Fuel economy for the 2.4 liter is an exceptional 21/30 city/highway, meanwhile the 3.0 liter is rated at 18/25 city/highway. All wheel drive is available which should reduce the mileage by 1-2 mpg.

Note that Chevrolet has continued with the two tone interior which is similar to the Chevrolet Malibu. Personally, I find the new interior on the Equinox to be exceptional in the class. The main competitors are the Ford Escape, Jeep Liberty, Honda CR-V, Hyundai Santa Fe, and the Toyota RAV4. This is a substantial change from the prior model.


The new 2010 Chevrolet Equinox is another example that GM has decided to build good products. It has exceptional fuel economy without the necessity of a hybrid or diesel technology. It is an attractive crossover that is extremely competitive in it's class. These are the kind of cars that will bring GM back from the brink!


  1. That is very nice looking. Thank you Peter for sharing this with us. Impressed with this one. Really like the 4 wheel drive for the winter time here.

    Dan and Deanna "Marketing Unscrambled"

  2. Hi Dan & Deanna,

    This new Equinox appears to be a winner! It is kind of unusual to see GM making cars that exceed expectations! If they keep up the good work people will realize that they are serious about building good cars.

    Thanks for the comment!

    Pete Baca
    The Car Enthusiast Online

  3. Hi Pete .. interesting to note that the idling speed adjustment saves an extra .1 mpg .. over time that would amount to something. The Active Noise Cancellation technology I'd never heard of .. so that's interesting ..

    however - what is a crossover??

    Thanks - cheers Hilary Melton-Butcher
    Positive Letters

  4. Hi Hilary,

    One of the advantages of the Active Noise Cancellation technology is to cut down on the weight of the car.

    Insulation apparently is very heavy....thus if you cut the weight you can get better fuel economy. It will probably be installed on many cars in the next few years.

    Your crossover question is a good one! SUV's, which have a body on frame design, are very popular here. The car manufacturers have designed crossovers which are basically a car chasis which has a SUV like unibody on it.

    So, it is like a raised car that looks like an SUV. Thanks for the great question!

    Pete Baca
    The Car Enthusiast Online

  5. Thanks for the information about 2010 Chevrolet Equinox car.The more interesting thing about it is that there are microphones to monitor the noise level and the speakers generates the oppose sounds to cancel low frequency noises.I like the look of 2009 Chevrolet Equinox car.Its interiors are designed with cloth upholstery, and gauges are surrounded by faux aluminum accents which is really a good thing.I like some features which are really very good such as automatic headlights, a driver information center, multi tier cargo storage system etc.It is a very roomy and very comfortable car.So overall this a stunning car.For more detail refer http://www.automotivecraze.com/2009-chevrolet-equinox-review/

  6. Hi Pooja,

    Thanks for your comment! The 2010 Chevy Equinox is an exceptional buy in the small crossover category. I have not driven the car yet....but based on the automobile writers it appears to be the pick in that category.

    Great info. on automotivecraze.com also!

    Best Regards

    Pete Baca
    The Car Enthusiast Online