The compact sport utility vehicle (SUV) market is currently one of the most successful areas of vehicle production. These smaller built SUVs are an ideal mix of just about everything that drivers could want or need. There is normally more space than even full-size cars for additional passengers and cargo. The ability to handle a combination of smooth pavement as well as rougher roads. There is even a standard, stylish appearance to the variable interiors and exteriors of compact SUVs across manufacturer lineups. Finally, there is better fuel economy than for the fuel-guzzling larger SUV selections. The 2005 Chevrolet Equinox embraces all of these traits that have multiple drivers leaning toward buying a compact SUV.
The overall space, engine power, and of course, rugged, yet appealing style, makes the Equinox a very wise choice. The 2005 model is the first release of this favored compact SUV. It was created to be the successor of the aging Chevrolet Tracker and definitely kicked things up several notches. Since the line of Chevrolet trucks are really the heart of the manufacturer, the Equinox builds on a truck's foundation. The extra long wheelbase makes it one of the biggest compact SUVs available. This size advantage makes a difference on the interior as well, since the rear passengers can certainly notice the added legroom and headroom.
Body styles: Four-door compact SUV
Engines: 3.4-liter V-6
Transmissions: Five-speed automatic
Models: Chevrolet Equinox LS, Chevrolet Equinox LT
The 2005 Chevrolet Equinox is a brand new vehicle for the manufacturer's lineup. This all-new compact SUV uses a platform similar to the Saturn Vue in order to offer a great amount of space as well as versatility. It was created to replace the aged Chevrolet Tracker as a practical means of transportation that assists in outdoor fun and recreation.
The exterior look of the 2005 Chevrolet Equinox is a strong selling point. Its stylish design practically sets the bar for the entire compact SUV market, especially for the compact SUVs that want to go for a rugged look. However, the Chevrolet truck-related philosophy of build and style finds its way into many aspects of the Equinox design. The prominent bowtie on the front grille as well as the bold chrome bar across the front definitely resemble vehicles from the Chevy truck line. Additionally, a bold and brawny look is implemented by flared wheel wells matched with the arched rear pillar. This look is very unique among compact SUVs so that drivers do not have to forfeit a muscular appearance for better fuel economy and handling.
Utility and function are the primary keywords of the Equinox interior. The extra space makes the 2005 Equinox one of the largest compact SUVs in terms of interior space. The additional room is most obvious in the rear portion of the vehicle. Passengers in the back seat have a very decent amount of headroom and legroom. The rear seat itself slides both forward and backward with an eight-inch range of motion; this helps when making more room for larger passengers or extra cargo. There is even an adjustable cargo tray that can double as a picnic table in the back of the vehicle. Maximum cargo capacity is 69 cubic feet, and one of the biggest sizes for the small SUV market. The 2005 Equinox comes in two model trims: The LS model is the standard package, while the LT includes several luxurious features in addition to the base elements.
Performance & Handling
All 2005 Chevrolet Equinox models are powered by a 3.4-liter V-6 engine that can produce 185 horsepower and 210 lb-ft of torque. This engine is controlled by a five-speed automatic transmission, which is the only available transmission for the vehicle. Powertrain selection is limited to either an all-wheel-drive or a front-wheel-drive configuration.
All 2005 Equinox vehicles come standard with combination front disc/rear drum brakes that are equipped with four-wheel anti-lock brakes. Traction control is an optional feature on the LS models with front-wheel drive, but comes standard on all LT trims. All models have the option of including full-length side curtain airbags. In terms of government crash tests, the Equinox earned a perfect five-star rating for the protection of front occupants in frontal crashes. It also earned five stars in side collisions for the protection of both front and rear occupants.
EPA Fuel Economy
Chevrolet Equinox: 17/23 mpg city/highway
- Plenty of interior space
- Standard V-6 engine
- Adjustable rear seats
You Won't Like
- Limited drive-train selections
Ample interior space and a strong standard engine.
If You Like This Vehicle
- Saturn Vue
- Toyota 4Runner
- Honda CR-V