The Chevrolet Equinox is a midsize crossover SUV based on the Theta unibody platform used in a number of GM models. The Equinox went into production in 2004 and the first model year was 2005. The Equinox is currently still in production. It was the first crossover to be marketed by Chevrolet, is designed as a four-door with two rows of seats, and has a front engine layout with front-wheel drive or four-wheel drive.
The first generation Equinox spanned models from 2005 to 2009. These came with a five-speed or six-speed automatic transmission and a 3.4 or a 3.6-liter V-6. Second generation models start with the 2010 lineup and continues production today. These models were available as a 2.4-liter direct-inject and a three-liter direct inject V-6. All models featured only a six-speed automatic transmission. Though engine and transmission options were limited, Chevrolet released a wide variety of trim levels with each model year.
The Equinox has a considerable amount of interior space for a compact SUV due to the versatility of the seating arrangement. The 2008 model offers a very comfortable ride according to most reviews, and some of the technologies, which have been praised, include a responsive automatic transmission and an advanced available all-wheel drive.
Some of the criticisms include engine noise, poor visibility, and many reviews criticized the overall construction quality of the 2008 Chevrolet Equinox.
Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 185-hp 3.4-liter V-6, 264-hp 3.6-liter V-6
Transmissions: six-speed automatic with overdrive and auto-manual, five-speed automatic
Models: LS, LT, LTZ, Sport
The body design was tweaked slightly for the 2008 models. Some of the notable new features include a performance sport edition, the option of front- or all-wheel drive, the electronic power steering was updated, and ABS is now standard along with the electronic stability system.
The exterior of the 2008 Chevrolet Equinox received a slight redesign. Overall, the compact SUV has a rounded and well-balanced look, which is fairly mainstream within the compact SUV line. The LS has 16-inch wheels, the LT has body-color mirrors, and the option of 16- or 17-inch alloy wheels. The LTZ has 17-inch alloy wheels standard, while the Sport model gets 18-inch wheels standard. 2008 models added a range of new colors including Navy Blue Metallic, Black Granite Metallic, and Golden Teal Metallic.
Along with larger wheels, the top of the line Sport model has a range of additional exterior features, such as a sportier front and a rear with a lower stance.
The Equinox has a 112.5-inch wheelbase and is 71.4 inches wide. The body uses full-length frame rails to increase stability and the cabin is built around a safety cage. The independent rear suspension uses coil springs.
One of the unique features of the 2008 Equinox is the Multi-Flex rear seating, which offers a flexible cargo passenger combination and can be adjusted for maximum convenience. The front passenger seat folds down as well, leaving an impressive amount of cargo space for a compact SUV. One of the areas of focus for the 2008 models was the stereo system. Some of the upgrades include satellite radio, a six-disc CD changer with MP3 compatibility, and a higher-quality sound system. Some available luxury features include optional heated front seats, leather upholstery, and a moonroof.
Performance & Handling
The 2008 Chevrolet Equinox displays good handling for a compact SUV and it offers passengers a smooth ride overall. The smaller engine models are below average in power output compared to the class, but the larger engine is an improvement. The available engines include a 185-horsepower 3.4-liter V-6 and a 264-horsepower 3.6-liter V-6. Both run on regular gas. Available transmissions include a six-speed automatic with overdrive and auto-manual, and the base five-speed automatic. There is no manual edition. Top-end and fully-equipped models can reach a towing capacity of 3500 pounds.
Standard features on the 2008 Chevrolet Equinox include four-wheel-disc anti-lock brakes (ABS) and electronic stability technology, which includes Electronic Trailer Sway Control. Side-curtain airbags are optional and include a sensor that will keep the airbags inflated in case of a rollover.
EPA Fuel Economy
Chevrolet Equinox LA, LT, LTZ: 17/24 mpg city/highway
Chevrolet Equinox Sport: 16/24 mpg city/highway
- Interior space
- Fold-down and removable passenger seats
- Responsive automatic transmission
You Won't Like
- Construction quality
Competitively priced and reliable with plenty of cargo space and passenger space.
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