The Chevrolet Equinox, also known as the Chevy Equinox, is a product of General Motor's Chevrolet brand. This vehicle was Chevrolet's first crossover SUV and has been reasonably successful. The Equinox has been praised for its fuel-efficiency and appearance, although some have criticized the engine and interior materials used in this SUV.
The Chevy Equinox has an 18.8 gallon fuel tank and great fuel economy. This vehicle has been rated for 22 city miles and 32 highway miles per gallon of fuel. This SUV has four doors and can seat up to five people. The Gas I4 ECOTEC engine produces 182 horsepower, and the Equinox is capable of towing either 1500 or 3500 pounds. This vehicle is part of Chevrolet's Theta" vehicle group. The Chevy Equinox is currently assembled at the CAMI Automotive plant in Ingersoll, Ontario, Canada.
The Chevrolet Equinox first became available in 2005. This first generation received praise for its spacious interior, but consumers were disappointed in materials used in this same interior. The second generation design was shown at the 2009 North American International Auto Show and became available to the public in 2010. This current generation has introduced the Equinox Fuel Cell version of the vehicle.
All trim levels of the 2011 Equinox are available in front-wheel and all-wheel drive. The Chevy Equinox has a six-speed automatic transmission and comes equipped with safety devices like OnStar and an anti-theft system. The 2011 Equinox is available in four trims: the Equinox LS, 1LT, 2LT, and LTZ. The LS is the entry-level model and has the lowest price and best fuel-efficiency. The 1LT adds a few features like Bluetooth and can be equipped with a V6 engine. The 2LT has a few additions including heated front seats and remote ignition. The high-end model is the LTZ, which has rear parking sensors, automatic headlamps, and other extra features.
This popular vehicle has received its share of recognition. The 2010 Equinox was named a Consumers Digest "Best Buy" as well as "Best New SUV of 2010" by Cars.com. This same model won the Drivers' Choice Award for "Best Small Utility" and was named a "Top Safety Pick" by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Finally, in 2010 the Chevrolet Equinox was listed as a Kelley Blue Book Top 10 Family Car. With this impressive list of awards, many expect the 2011 Equinox to earn some recognition as well.
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