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2007 Chevrolet Equinox Review

Has fairly standard performance within its class, though it lacks power.

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Overview

The Equinox is a midsize sport utility vehicle (SUV) from Chevrolet and introduced for the 2005 model year. It is a relatively popular SUV in its class and has enjoyed good sales over the years. It is known for being dependable, roomy, and convenient for an SUV when it comes to city driving. The first generation models included those sold from 2005 through 2009. These were built with a 3.4-liter V-6 or a 3.6-liter V-6 and a five or six-speed automatic. Two-door and four-door models were available, and it had a front-engine and a front- or all-wheel-drive layout.

The 2007 models include several improvements and additions over previous models, including an all-wheel-drive option, electrically assisted rack-and-pinion steering, and a more powerful engine than previously available.

The Range

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

What's New

The 2007 Chevrolet Equinox includes a number of changes, redesigns, and upgrades over past versions. Some of these include the option of front-wheel or all-wheel drive, a more versatile cargo and passenger area, improved electric power steering, an upgraded interior with a smarter layout and higher-quality materials, better handling, more precise steering, and improved braking. Additionally, an anti-lock braking system (and) electronic stability control now come standard.

Exterior

The 2007 Chevrolet Equinox has a fairly standard midsize SUV profile, but with some unique details that make it recognizable around the front and rear. It has a 112.5-inch wheelbase with a wide, 71.4-inch stance. Its body has full-length frame rails and a safety cage. Its independent suspension uses coil springs. The LS model has a body-color fascias and 16-inch wheels standard. The LT has body-color mirrors, standard 16-inch alloy wheels, and available 17-inch alloy wheels.

Interior

Much of the interior is changed for the 2007 models. The instrument panel, steering wheel, climate control, and radio are all redone and re-placed for more convenience. The 2007 Equinox has a vehicle information center with 20 personalized functions and vehicle information. It has split folding rear seats, which also slide about eight inches, as well as a flat folding passenger seat to accommodate different types of cargo. Some optional features include satellite radio, an audio upgrade, a navigation system, OnStar, leather heated seats, and a moonroof.

Performance & Handling

The Equinox has a 3.4-liter, V-6 engine that produces 185-hp and 210 lb-ft of torque. It’s mated to a five-speed automatic transmission. On-demand, all-wheel drive is optional, delivering power to the front wheels in normal driving conditions and then switching power to the back when traction is lost. Traction control is standard on all models. When fully equipped, the Equinox can tow up to 3500 pounds. Acceleration for the 2007 models is decent within its class, and it provides a comfortable ride in most situations. It handles well both on the highway and in city traffic.

Safety

The 2007 Chevrolet Equinox adds more safety features than before. Some standard features include four-wheel disc brakes with ABS, an electronic stability system, and daytime running lights. Optional features include side curtain airbags with a sensor that keeps them inflated if a rollover is detected.

EPA Fuel Economy

Chevrolet Equinox: 17/24 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • A roomy interior
  • Responsive transmission
  • Cargo/passenger space versatility
  • AWD

You Won't Like

  • Loud engine
  • Poor visibility
  • Sub-standard construction quality

Sum Up

Has fairly standard performance within its class, though it lacks power.

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