2008 Chevrolet Equinox Review
This review was written when the 2008 Chevrolet Equinox was new.
The Equinox delivers two powerful V6 engine choices, crisp styling, and an interior noteworthy for its space and comfort. However, the steering and handling are not quite up to par -- rendering the Equinox a ranking in the bottom half of its class.
For 2008, the Equinox gets two new trim levels. The ultra-performance Sport model boasts a V6 engine with an extra 79 horsepower and a new six-speed automatic transmission. The luxury-minded LTZ model comes with upscale interior and exterior touches. "This car has a subtle refinement of its own," says the Boston Globe. "It's not much shorter than either a Ford Explorer or Chevrolet TrailBlazer, and yet it feels like a much smaller, gentler vehicle. That's probably because, from its base, it is built more like a car, with unibody construction instead of the truck-like, body-on-frame architecture of the other two."
The Equinox SUV is the subject of much criticism for its steering and handling, even in the new Sport version. Many test drivers feel steering does not provide adequate response. resulting in an overall ranking near the bottom of the Affordable Crossover SUV class. Still, many appreciate the Equinox's expanded cargo space and the V6 engine's acceleration.
Chevrolet has managed to squeeze 17/24 mpg fuel economy from the Equinox -- not bad for a V6. But that rating does place the SUV in the bottom half of the small SUV class -- ominous for Chevy in an era of record high gas prices.
The Equinox comes in several trims -- the base LS, mid-level LT, luxurious LTZ, and performance-minded Sport. The Equinox comes in either front- or all-wheel drive.
- "The Equinox Sport, and its counterpart, the Pontiac Torrent GXP, add some genuine spark to serviceable but otherwise dull vehicles. Good for General Motors." -- Orlando Sentinel
- "So this is an affordable people and cargo hauler from Chevy and a gigantic improvement from its old Trackers. This is a solid, well-mannered truck, but the test model was nothing fancy." -- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel