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in 2010 Affordable Compact SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $12,805 - $17,099
Original MSRP: $22,615 - $29,970
MPG: 22 City / 32 Hwy
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2010 Chevrolet Equinox Interior

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

  • "The new look is a huge improvement over the old model, both aesthetically and functionally. Like several other recent GM vehicles, the dashboard flows into the door panels with a look that provides some continuity." -- Autoblog
  • "While the Equinox delivers in spades when it comes to interior style -- and at all trim levels we might add -- it still, in our mind, falls a bit short of where we wish it would be. We have to keep price point in mind when we're talking about this segment, and while we'd have loved soft-touch plastics, you get solidly constructed rubberized plastic -- like all the competition." -- Jalopnik
  • "The new Equinox looks better than its three rivals [Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4 and Nissan Rogue] inside and out. Overall interior layout is the best, especially in the presentation of climate, sound and hazard-warning controls on the center-mounted instrument console.” -- Washington Post
  • "Equinox's dash and control layout is attractive, contemporary and quite sensible. Materials are a step up from the previous generation, and in the examples that I drove, fit and finish were as good as any in the class." -- About.com

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Seating

Reviewers really like the Equinox's new seats. They especially love the rear seat's ability to slide forward or backward to give rear-seat occupants more legroom or increase cargo room. This is something that isn’t offered on all SUVs, including the Ford Escape Hybrid. However, note that the rear seat takes some work to move and you have to be sitting in it to do it.

The Equinox comes standard with cloth upholstery, while LTZ models get leather. A power height-adjustable driver's seat is standard. If you trade up to a higher trim, you get an eight-way adjustable driver's seat.

For a closer look at the Equinox's seats, check out our Equinox video.

  • "First of all, the seats are very comfortable. Instead of squishy, flat seats, Chevy used a firmer foam for its bolsters, which provides a much snugger and more comfortable feel. The seat can move 10 inches fore or aft." -- Detroit News
  • "I'm 5 ft. 10, and I had to stretch to reach the pedals with the driver's seat all the way back, yet there was still room for an adult passenger to be comfortable in the seat behind me.” -- BusinessWeek
  • "One of the test vehicles featured very handsomely stitched leather seats, while another one came equipped with fabric surfaces. Trust us: go for the leather option. The cloth seats had an unusual two-tone color scheme with a rather unattractive layered mesh appearance.” -- Left Lane News
  • "Whichever subclass of crossover you choose to put the Equinox in, it's fair to say that its backseat accommodations are generously sized. There's plenty of room for 6-footers." -- Edmunds
  • "The Equinox rear-seat legroom simply dwarfs that of similarly priced competitors like the Toyota RAV4 or Honda CR-V. The Equinox's long-wheelbase, larger overall size (while retaining good fuel economy) will make it a compelling choice for the practical-minded small families who buy small crossover vehicles." -- Popular Mechanics
  • "Where the interior excels is with the seats. Here's the weird thing, the cloth option is way better than the leather. It's a sporty, airy neoprene-like material that's grippy and comfortable. Stretched over dual density foam, we sat in complete comfort for hours of driving." -- Jalopnik

Interior Features

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

The Equinox is well-equipped compared to other affordable SUVs. The base model comes standard with single zone climate control, three free months of XM satellite radio, cruise control, an auxiliary audio input jack, and an adjustable steering wheel. A plus is that many of the options are quite inexpensive. These include Bluetooth ($225), a power sunroof ($795), a rearview camera ($320), and a Pioneer sound system ($395).

A rear entertainment system and navigation system are available on 2LT and LTZ models only. You can get both as part of a bundled package for $3,440.

For more about its interior features, be sure to watch our Chevrolet Equinox video.

  • "For our drive opportunity, Chevy brought along a couple of base model competitors, a Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V ... for side-by-side comparison. With almost no options, both were predictably spartan next to the comfortably equipped Equinoxes we had been driving all day. However, we were surprised just how dated their designs appeared and how comparatively cheap the materials were." -- Car and Driver
  • "Our only real complaint about the interior is that once it's been optioned with the navigation system, the center console is littered with all manner of buttons, including, oddly, the button to reset the trip odometer." -- Edmunds
  • "Compare interiors side by side with the chief competition, Ford Escape, Jeep Liberty, Honda CR-V, Hyundai Santa Fe, and Toyota RAV4, and the Chevy eats 'em up and spits 'em out." -- Motor Trend
  • "Ergonomically, everything works fairly well, though the driver's reach for some radio adjustments and the far corners of the touch screen nav system are excessively long. The centralized switch panel works nicely and consolidates everything for easy control." -- Jalopnik
  • "There were a few bits and pieces I would liked to see improved, such as the plastic hood at the top of the dash. It's too thin, but it's a minor point compared with the overall look and feel inside the curvy and spacious cabin." -- Detroit News
  • "Even the LS is pretty well-equipped, and Chevy has kept as many of the options ala carte as possible, though popular combinations will be easiest to find on dealer lots." -- About.com

Cargo

The Equinox’s cargo space is good for its class, but not great. It provides a total of 63.7 cubic feet of cargo space with the second row of seats folded down and 31.4 cubic feet with all seats in use.

The total figure is at least 10 cubic feet less than what the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4 offer. If you’re looking for more cargo space, you can choose one of those vehicles and save about $1,000. But you’ll be missing out on the Equinox’s best-in-class highway fuel economy.

You also won’t get the Equinox’s useful small storage spaces and sliding rear seat. Interior storage includes a center console that’s large enough to fit a laptop.

To see how the Equinox fares with cargo hauling, check out our Equinox video.

  • "The programmable rear liftgate allows you to set the height it opens to -- a very friendly feature for the height-impaired or owners of low-hanging garage doors." -- Detroit News
  • "Models that don't have the optional navigation system get a storage bin above the radio like the one in the Malibu and all models get a bin ahead of the shifter as well as the deep compartment in the center console. That bin is large enough to accommodate a 15-inch laptop computer. It also has auxiliary audio and USB ports that support MP3 players or just thumb-drives with songs on them." -- Autoblog

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