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Used Car: 2010 Chevrolet Equinox Review

Review Last Updated: 7/26/12

The redesigned-for-2010 Chevrolet Equinox is a versatile and comfortable 2010 compact SUV, making it a great choice for anyone looking for a well-rounded vehicle.

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When it was new, the newly-remodeled 2010 Equinox earned praise for its highly practical and well-designed interior. Critics appreciated the flexibility afforded by the sliding rear seats, which can be moved forward to accommodate more cargo or backward for more passenger space. Generally, reviewers found that the Equinox has a comfortable ride, and all appreciated the excellent fuel economy of four-cylinder models. The Equinox also has excellent safety ratings and an above-average reliability score.

Powering the Equinox is either a 182-horsepower four-cylinder engine or a 264-horsepower V6. While many critics enjoyed the power afforded by the V6, most said the four-cylinder is more than adequate for most drivers. The latter engine also gets significantly better fuel economy. A front-wheel drive Equinox with the four-cylinder manages 22/32 mpg city/highway, which is very good for the class. Alternatively, opting for the V6 drops that to 17/25 mpg. All-wheel drive variants average slightly less with either engine.

Critics generally liked the Equinox’s cabin, which features a contemporary design and seats that are all-day comfortable. Like most 2010 compact SUVs, the Equinox only has two rows of seats for a maximum seating capacity of five. The Equinox can carry 63.7 cubic feet of cargo with its rear seats folded, which is less than what the most cavernous choices in the class can carry. Standard equipment includes cloth seats, satellite radio and an auxiliary input jack. Features on upper trims and in option packages include leather seats, a backup camera, Bluetooth, a rear-seat entertainment system, power sunroof and a USB port.

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Other Cars to Consider

If you like the Equinox, you may also want to look into the 2010 Honda CR-V, which was named our 2010 Best Compact Crossover for the Money. The CR-V is ranked highly in the class, thanks to its comfortable, high-quality cabin and ample cargo space. The CR-V has the same high safety ratings as the Equinox, though the CR-V comes with a class-leading reliability score. Keep in mind that there is no V6 engine option with the CR-V.

Another 2010 compact SUV to consider is the highly-rated 2010 Toyota RAV4. The RAV4 has a cavernous cargo area, comfortable cabin and powerful V6 engine option. It also carries strong safety and reliability ratings. The RAV4 has one of the few third-row seat options in the class, although critics said it is fairly cramped and best left to kids.

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