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in 2009 Affordable Compact SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $10,467 - $13,740
Original MSRP: $24,315 - $31,440
MPG: 17 City / 24 Hwy
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2009 Chevrolet Equinox Interior

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In addition to its quiet cabin, interior style and comfort, the Equinox earns favorable feedback because of its useful cargo features. However, some reviewers find the quality of materials disappointing.

  • "The empty space is the high point in an interior marked by ill-fitting plastic, ho-hum cloth upholstery and a general lack of sophistication. Those seeking a more upscale interior should look to the Sport trim." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Assembly and paint quality are fine but not exceptional." -- Consumer Guide

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Seating

Reviewers generally agree the Chevy Equinox can comfortably seat two adults or three children (including three child safety seats) in the rear. Many also note the ease of rear seat entry and exit.

  • "With its longer than average wheelbase, the Equinox provides lots of stretch-out room for both rows." -- Edmunds
  • "Chevy's Multi-Flex sliding rear seat easily adjusts to create generous legroom. Its clever 60/40 split design can accommodate three child safety seats, and two can remain in place while one of the seatbacks is folded." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Ultra easy in and out for rear passengers." -- MSN
  • "Rear-passenger legroom in the Equinox is excellent. The rear seat rides on a track that allows it to slide back and forth up to eight inches, to bring kids or briefcases closer to the front, or to provide extra legroom for tall second-row passengers. With both front and rear seats in the full rearward positions, there's more rear-passenger legroom in the Equinox than you'll found in many larger SUVs: a full 40.2 inches." -- New Car Test Drive

Interior Features

Most test drivers agree the interior styling of the Equinox is a highlight, though materials quality is lacking. On the plus side, the gauges and dashboard layout are straightforward.

  • "The gauges are easy to read, and the climate controls are simple and handy. Ditto the simple audio deck on models without the navigation system. The power window switches, however, are inconveniently staggered around the center console shift lever." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The layout is generally straightforward, with GM's ergonomic stereo and climate controls, but the cabin is let down by a lot of low-quality plastic and poorly located cupholders." -- Edmunds

Cargo

Most reviewers see cargo space as a major plus for the Equinox. It offers 35.7 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row of seats. Space expands to 67.1 cubic feet with the seats folded down.

  • "Interior storage is below average for the class, with a shallow tray between the front seats and a smallish glovebox." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Out back, the Equinox offers an above-average 35 cubic feet of luggage space behind the rear seats. With the second-row seats folded down, it offers a generous 69 cubic feet of total cargo capacity." -- Edmunds
  • "A movable rear shelf allows for two levels of cargo or, for tailgate parties, two levels of chips, dips and dogs." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The split, folding rear seat slides nearly 8 inches. Combined with the flat-folding front passenger seat, the Equinox can carry extra-long cargo." -- Cars.com

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