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2009 Chevrolet Equinox

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2009 Chevrolet Equinox Review

Performance, comfort, and fuel efficiency in a stylish package.

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A new addition to the great line of Chevrolet vehicles hits the market with the production of the 2009 Chevrolet Equinox. This new four-door crossover has a fuel efficient 2.4-liter engine, producing 182 horsepower and 172 lb-ft torque. Falling in line with the popular line of sport models that have been produced in recent years, this crossover continues to be a powertrain heavy hitter.

Known for its ever-changing ability to keep up with trends in automobiles, Chevrolet produces a Team Canada line of the same vehicle, highlighting the Vancouver Olympics by showing off its new crossover in chrome-clad wheels, with a sunroof, and a premium sound system. The Equinox Crossover uses a state-of-the-art fusion core to ensure that hydrogen is used for fuel. The exhaust from the vehicle remains only in the form of water. Never sacrificing performance for beauty, you will be proud to add this crossover to your family’s personal lineup of vehicles.

The Range

Body styles: four-door crossover
Engines: 2.4-liter direct injection LAF I4, 3.0-liter direct-injection flex fuel compatible LF1 V-6
Transmissions: six-speed automatic
Models: Chevrolet Equinox Sport, Chevrolet Equinox LTZ, Chevrolet Equinox LS, Chevrolet Equinox LT

What's New

The 2009 Equinox comes equipped with a dual direct-injection gasoline engine to ensure better fuel economy. Its dashboard inlet screen shows drivers the actual amount of fuel saved while driving this vehicle, and it includes a kilowatt meter to display the energy reserved while driving. Certified by the EPA as a ""Zero Emissions"" vehicle, you can rest assured that you drive a car that is not only powerful, but friendly to the environment. It has the same get-up-and-go attitude of other Chevy vehicles without wallet-draining fuel consumption.


Standard exterior on the 2009 Equinox varies by model, but across the board this model features 16-inch aluminum alloy wheels, a roof rack, automatic headlights, and a trailer sway option that alerts the driver of unsafe hitches in the back of the vehicle. This stylish vehicle is great for all-wheel driving without the use of chains and is compact enough to park in standard spaces. The exterior comes in a wide selection of colors and trims. Special options such as remote hatch-unlock, anti-theft devices, and specialized stereo systems are also available.


The interior of this vehicle includes standard air-conditioning, OnStar navigation, flat-folding driver and passenger seats, split-folding rear seats, and an adjustable steering column. Options for this model include a leather-trimmed steering wheel, tinted windows, a power driver’s seat, heated front seats, and auto-dimming mirrors. The Equinox offers a sleek, smooth, and comfortable ride for your whole family. Dual rear air-conditioners ensure that passengers can enjoy different temperatures. Heated rear seats can adjust from the front dash, so even the family pet can curl up comfortably when travelling long distances.

Performance & Handling

The Equinox, with its all-wheel drive, makes highway driving blissfully smooth. Snow chains are no longer necessary since the Equinox can handle those slippery roads with ease at all times. With the ability to go from zero to 60 in 8.5 seconds, you won’t have to worry about lacking speed when you want it.

With a towing capacity upwards of 3500 pounds, you won’t think twice if your vehicle can handle a heavy load. The sport model boasts one of the most powerful engines in its class, cranking out 250 lb-ft of torque. Featuring a quiet and insulated cabin, the Equinox is especially good on long rides. Dual-control air-conditioning keeps the ride at a comfortable temperature without the noise of a fan.


With stability control, full-length curtain airbags, anti-lock brakes, and OnStar standard, you can feel safe driving with your family in this vehicle. In crash testing, the Equinox receives a distinguishable five stars by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for front-end collisions.

EPA Fuel Economy

Chevrolet Equinox: 25/39 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Sport-like suspension
  • High crash test safety ratings
  • Whisper-quiet air-conditioning
  • Sleek and stylish exterior and interior

You Won't Like

  • Light electric power steering
  • Keeping the battery charged to keep up fuel economy
  • Large turning radius
  • Lack of dash-mounted hatch lift

Sum Up

Performance, comfort, and fuel efficiency in a stylish package.

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