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Used Car: 2011 Chevrolet Equinox Review

Review Last Updated: 7/25/12

With its comfortable ride, spacious interior and strong safety and reliability scores, the Chevrolet Equinox is a top choice among used compact SUVs.

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When it was new, critics praised the five-seat 2011 Equinox for its voluminous interior, saying that there’s plenty of space for passengers and cargo. Most reviewers agreed that the Equinox is a well-rounded SUV that is free from major faults. It also has strong safety and reliability scores, which help it rank highly within its class.

The Equinox is available with two engine choices: a 182-horsepower four-cylinder and a 264-horsepower V6. Critics largely said the V6 helps the Equinox move with more authority, but said the four-cylinder is fine for day-to-day driving. Four-cylinder models also get significantly better fuel economy. A front-wheel drive Equinox with the four-cylinder engine manages 22/32 mpg city/highway, which is one of the best ratings in the class. Choosing the V6, however, lowers that figure to 17/24 mpg. All-wheel drive models achieve slightly lower fuel economy ratings.

Inside, critics said the Equinox offered a quiet and comfortable cabin, with seats that are supportive and comfortable for long durations. Reviewers especially liked the sliding rear seats that can be moved back to increase rear passenger legroom or forward to accommodate more cargo. With the rear seats folded, the Equinox can carry up to 63.7 cubic feet of cargo, which trails the largest cargo areas in the class, but is still fairly good overall.

The Equinox comes standard with a CD stereo with an auxiliary input jack and satellite radio. Option packages and upper trim levels add features like leather upholstery, a rear-seat entertainment system, navigation, automatic climate control, Bluetooth, a power sunroof and a backup camera.

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Other Cars to Consider

If you like the Equinox, you may also like the 2011 Honda CR-V. Critics said the CR-V has a smooth ride, ample passenger room and one of the greatest cargo capacities in the class. While its four-cylinder engine should be adequate for most drivers, some critics remarked that the CR-V feels sluggish and wished that a V6 was available.

Another 2011 compact SUV you may like is 2011 Hyundai Tucson. Critics liked that the Tucson has a wealth of standard features and a roomy interior. Keep in mind that the Tucson can’t carry as much cargo as the Equinox.

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