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2006 Chevrolet Equinox

  • 2006 Chevrolet Equinox LS Sport Utility

    LS Sport Utility

    • MAX MPG
      23
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      185/210
    • ENGINE
      3.4L V6
    • MSRP
      $21,400
  • 2006 Chevrolet Equinox LT Sport Utility

    LT Sport Utility

    • MAX MPG
      23
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      185/210
    • ENGINE
      3.4L V6
    • MSRP
      $22,400
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2006 Chevrolet Equinox Review

A worthwhile buy for a family that wants a compact SUV.

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Overview

The 2006 Chevrolet Equinox is an affordably-priced sport utility vehicle (SUV) with flexible interior space. The engine is a strong V-6 that supplies enough power that the driver does not feel the Equinox is lacking. Its modern styling is current with today’s SUV design, and is attractive to onlookers that see it pass by. Available in two submodels, the LS and LT, it has all-wheel drive (AWD) and traction control to ensure a strong grip on the roadway. Placed in the class of compact SUVs and a replacement for the Chevrolet Tracker, this vehicle made its debut in 2005 and is the largest compact SUV available in the 2006 models. The extra size comes in handy for rear passengers, as this vehicle has more legroom and headroom than its competitors. It also has a tougher, burlier look than some of the competition.

The Range

Body Styles: compact SUV
Engines: 3.4-liter V-6
Transmissions: five-speed automatic
Models: Chevrolet Equinox LS, Chevrolet Equinox LT

What's New

The 2006 Chevrolet Equinox comes with standard anti-lock brakes. The front seats are heated, and the fascias and rearview mirrors are colored to match the paint on the body.

Exterior

The 2006 Chevrolet Equinox's rear spoiler helps the AWD and traction control keep a grip on the road at high speeds. It comes with 16-inch wheels. The wheels on the LS are steel while the LT has alloy wheels. Both models come with a matching spare wheel and all-season tires, and have a rear defogger and rear intermittent wiper, but only the LT submodel has privacy glass installed to keep outsiders from looking in. Cargo tie-downs are available to provide for extra cargo carrying capacity on the exterior. It is a strong competitor in the growing class of compact SUVs.

Interior

The 2006 Chevrolet Equinox's front and rear seats are all very roomy and comfortable. The LS seats are upholstered with regular cloth, and the LT seats have a higher quality cloth. The front seats are bucket seats and the rear seats have a split-folding seatback and are capable of reclining. The doors are equipped with remote power windows and the external rearview mirrors also have power. The comfort features are slim and the best one listed for both models is the air-conditioning. The audio system on both models have six speakers and a single-disc CD player that is programmed to be speed-sensitive so adjustment is not needed when pulling onto the highway. A radio data system is also included in the audio system. The interior materials are not the highest quality available, but that may contribute to the affordable pricing of this vehicle.

Performance & Handling

The 2006 Chevrolet Equinox is equipped with a 3.4-liter, 185 hp, V-6 that delivers 210 lb-ft of torque to the drive train. The only transmission available is a five-speed automatic. The towing capacity is less than three tons, with a maximum towing capacity of 3,600 pounds. The 3.4-liter engine is a design that is common to many GM models and has always delivered a satisfying amount of power. It has a suspension that is more comfortable than performance-driven. Some drivers have complained that the steering and handling are not precise and seem slow to respond in turns. For the price tag, there is not a lot to complain about as it is much more affordable than a full-size SUV from Chevrolet or other competing brands.

Safety

The designers of the 2006 Chevrolet Equinox did not leave the model lacking in satisfactory safety features. The four-wheel anti-lock brake system is equipped with electronic brake force distribution for further assurance that the vehicle will not slide during hard braking. The AWD and traction control guarantee a tight grip on the roadway, which may outweigh the effect on the fuel economy in the minds of some car buyers looking to invest in a compact SUV. A rear-center three-point seatbelt keeps the fifth passenger as safe and secure as the others riding in the SUV. The dusk-sensing headlamps are accompanied with fog lights that serve two functions: to make the car more visible to other drivers, and to help the driver see in less-than-perfect driving conditions.

EPA Fuel Economy

Chevrolet Equinox LS: 17/22 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • AWD
  • Affordable pricing
  • Six-speaker audio system
  • Power supplied by the V-6
  • Dependability

You Won't Like

  • Lower than average fuel economy
  • Lack of extensive comfort features
  • Interior materials are only average quality

Sum Up

A worthwhile buy for a family that wants a compact SUV.

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