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2010 Chevrolet Equinox: Finally, a serious cute-ute contender

Posted by Clifford Atiyeh  August 27, 2009 11:39 AM

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(All photos: Clifford Atiyeh/Boston.com)

Even with a backup camera and bumper sensors, would we really want to park the Equinox in Beacon Hill? No, thanks.

One look is all it takes to explain the weak sales of the first-generation Chevrolet Equinox. It's essentially a scaled-down version of Chevy's other tired workhorse, the Trailblazer, a larger truck that was popular when Circuit City sold CRT monitors. Circuit City subsequently went bankrupt and closed all its stores, but not because sleeker, widescreen LCD monitors became the industry standard. General Motors, it's fair to say, went bankrupt in a huge part by hanging on to outdated products like the Trailblazer and Equinox.

Even in futuristic hydrogen-powered fuel cell trim, the old Equinox was a weak competitor in the compact SUV segment, which had long adopted fresher faces, greater fuel efficiency, and higher-quality interiors.

Buyers have instead gravitated toward the Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V, and Ford Escape. Last year's Equinox sales of 67,447 were about 130,000 below the CR-V. The Escape, an 8-year-old model kept afloat with steady upgrades and a sophisticated hybrid, outsold the Chevy by more than double. If you'd like to be positive, Chevy was only 4,000 cars short of Toyota's SUV in 2008, as long you ignore RAV4 sales for the last six months of the year.

The 2010 Equinox has finally caught up, and in some areas, passed its competitors.

Replacing the 3.4 liter V-6 is a direct-injection 2.4 liter four, which despite lower torque, boosts fuel economy to a best in-class EPA 22/32 on the front-wheel drive model, far above the previous model's 17/24 (the front-wheel drive CR-V and RAV4 four-cylinder return 20/27 and 22/28, respectively).

An optional 3.0 liter V-6 engine makes 79 more horsepower and gets slightly better mileage than the old engine. An "eco" mode on the four-cylinder trim we tested is supposed to soften throttle response and make the transmission shift earlier. If anything changed, we didn't notice.

Being stuck in the city for much of our 258-mile drive kept us from achieving high numbers, and we averaged 21 miles per gallon - unremarkable but competitive - especially given that curb weight increased 178 pounds to 3,838, putting it about 400 pounds above the Japanese 'utes. On a brief highway stretch, we easily saw 32 miles per gallon on the trip computer display.

But the Equinox, while not towering in width or height, is a longer vehicle, with a wheelbase stretched almost a foot beyond the CR-V. That translates into a roomy backseat with generous legroom, and the dual flip-out LCD monitors with RCA inputs integrated into the front seats would be icing on the upscale, two-tone leather atmosphere, were it not for missing rear air vents and center headrest.

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Up front is a space-age V-shaped dash laid out like an MP3 player. There's a record button for storing music on the 40 GB hard drive, and even the air-conditioning (single-zone only) has a power button like those found on, well, computer monitors. The gauges are surrounded in silver plastic molds that nod to the Camaro, and the whole dash is filled with high-quality, attractive plastics and easy-to-read buttons.

Outside, the big-mouth split grille proudly shows off its gold bow tie emblem, and the body's high beltline and sloping crease along the side give less of a "truck" appearance and more of a sporty crossover look than before. Optional 18-inch wheels, unlike our tester's 17s, would better fill out those big fender flares.

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GM's navigation and infotainment system, which can't match all of Ford's SYNC voice features (nothing else can), is nonetheless a great effort. Maps are rendered in smooth vector images, and the system kindly interrupts your drive to inform of traffic delays and weather advisories. A traffic alert icon on the map of I-93 South indicated a broken-down vehicle ahead, and soon enough, the tow truck with lights flashing came into view in the right lane.

It's all part of XM's satellite service, but no other manufacturer has integrated this data so well. BMW, for example, makes its owners wade through iDrive submenus to find it, and even then, the information isn't specific enough to be helpful. The dashboard's angle on the Equinox, however, made it tough to use the touch-screen without leaning far forward.

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With 182 horsepower coming at 6,700 rpm and only 174 pound-feet of torque at a rather peaky 4,800, the engine sweats to push every pound when called upon. Most drivers will enjoy the engine's efficiency, but there's zero fun to be had here. The six-speed automatic is up to task, downshifting quickly when summoned and clicking off smooth upshifts when the smoke clears. At cruise or on city streets, the Equinox shows off its Cadillac side - a quiet cabin combined with a tied-down chassis that ate some large ruts and bumps without any kickback through the steering column. Body roll is relatively minor considering the plush ride.

Mushy brake feel with long pedal travel and loosey-goosey steering disappoint. Granted, it's not competing against the BMW X3, but those two dynamics make the Equinox feel larger and less stable than it really is. Can we get an SS package, pretty please?

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All told, the $32,330 sticker on our loaded LTZ, with destination, includes the navigation/infotainment system, rear multimedia displays, heated seats, leather with red stitching, Bluetooth, USB port, hard drive, remote start, and power everything, including the liftgate. It's s a solid deal for something this stylish, roomy, and adorned with fine materials and attention to detail. The base model starts at $23,185 with destination, and all-wheel drive is optional with either four-cylinder or V-6 engines.

Chevy's effort at making refinement and interior quality its top priorities have paid off in the Equinox, similar to what the Malibu achieved in 2008. With the 2011 Cruze replacing the Cobalt and 2011 Spark up against the aging Aveo, Chevy seems committed to changing its substandard reputation against the imports. So long as the money doesn't run out, we're confident they'll have a good shot.

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128 comments so far...
  1. Still not buying American cars because of low resale values. Thanks, but no thanks.

    Posted by Pluto Nash August 27, 09 01:09 PM
  1. Still not convinced. If I had 33K, there are still better crossovers on the market that are better. I'm not paying 33K to take a chance. No way has GM got their act together. Bob Lutz is still there and he was the one who pulled the plug (no pun) on the first batch of GM electric cars back in the early 90's. He was also the one that said cut production on compacts and build massive SUVs. With management like that still around, are they going to give us smoke and mirrors? Promising better vehicles? They are still financially in the hole and they need us customers to bail us out. My money is elsewhere.

    Posted by DontBuyMe August 27, 09 01:15 PM
  1. I love this vehicle in all its variations(Chevy/Saturn/Cadillac). It just makes sense. It stylish without being too over the top and the interior seems interesting but again not too overdone.

    Honda prides itself on not overdoing any aspects of their vehicles. But those cars pale in interesting looking vehicles. GM is going to be a great brand again.

    I hope these models can prove themselves in reliability. I'm rooting for it.

    Posted by Andy August 27, 09 01:18 PM
  1. How does the hard drive work? You hit record while listening to the radio, and it stores the song? What level do you have to buy to get that?

    Posted by E August 27, 09 03:36 PM
  1. has anyone actually seen the inside of a cr-v or rav 4? there about as boring as they come. at least this has style

    Posted by kyle August 27, 09 03:43 PM
  1. I don't get it. This review, like others I've read, said the Equinox is "zero fun." I'm sure the CR-V and the RAV4 rate higher than zero on the fun scale. So in what way does this car surpass those? The interior? Cool electronics? I'll go with the ones that drive well.

    The extra 400 pounds are the giveaway.

    Never mind that you'd be better off with a wagon ... I bet the VW Sportwagen has more interior room. If I wanted a loaded car in this price range, with storage, that seems to be the one. (Look how much less porky even the Volvo wagon across the street looks, in the last pic!)

    I don't want to slight GM -- the Malibu looks pretty sweet, and even the Equinox seems like a step in the right direction.

    Posted by CTS August 27, 09 03:46 PM
  1. Yes it looks nice and the 500 + miles on a tank of gas are compelling but...I am still hearing about major transmission issues in consumer forums and after having that dance in previous Trailblazers and other Chevys, I'll pass. If GM ever improved their reliability they would be successful because I just don't have enough estrogen to appreciate the styling of the CRVs and RAV4s of the world.

    Posted by Peterj6 August 27, 09 04:19 PM
  1. i'd never buy a car assembled by union labor...end of story.

    Posted by jake August 27, 09 06:01 PM
  1. For the "fun" seeking driver above, there is an optional 3.0L 6 cyl engine that pumps out a lot more horses. The one tested was the 4 cyl. The interior is gorgeous!

    Posted by Anonymous August 27, 09 07:55 PM
  1. The "new" GM is headed in the right direction. Great to see a real "American" car that's sure to be a competitor!

    Posted by stevej August 27, 09 08:47 PM
  1. Check out the power liftgate. Allows you to program the height at which it opens. Also, no ugly added push rod (which looks like an added broom stick to push it open (like all Toyotas and the Ford Edge). In fact this vehicle is as nice and roomy as an Edge with better fuel economy than the Escape hybrid.

    Posted by Anonymous August 27, 09 10:12 PM
  1. GM still has many years of bad products to live down. How long did it take Honda and Toyota to overcome GM's clout? They're now the runner-up player. They need to over-deliver in every aspect just to stay in the game. This is a better start, something they should have thought of a couple years earlier, but I'd never buy one until GM fixes the worst thing about their cars: the handling is still mushy.

    Posted by jason August 27, 09 10:39 PM
  1. This is for Jake I know you made that stupid comment to raise some eyebrows. Well my little man and you know how I mean by that. If it wasn't for unions you would be working 7 days a week for meanial pay and no benefits. So someday when you get a job you can thank the men and women who made this country a better place to work. Little little man.

    Posted by Michael Mac August 28, 09 07:33 AM
  1. I've been in the Vovlo wagon and it's got less legroom than my Miata. No kidding. The interior felt cramped too. Those Volvo station wagons especially the older models looked like caskets. Sure they're safe but I'd like more room.

    The side profile picture of the new Equinox reminds me of the Buick Rendezvous. I wonder if they will bring that models back and if that was the small crossover hybrid mentioned in the news a few weeks back.

    Posted by Archer August 28, 09 09:04 AM
  1. Who cares about style if the quality is not there? When GM begins to match the long term durability of Honda and Toyota I'll consider taking one for a test drive.

    Posted by volunteerforfun August 28, 09 09:05 AM
  1. This statement by DontBuyMe (and don't you love how some people come up with new names for every post?) - "If I had 33K, there are still better crossovers on the market that are better." is indicative of the 'I read it but won't believe it' closed minded attitude that prevails no matter the article says "The 2010 Equinox has finally caught up, and in some areas, passed its competitors." Sure, model A from X may be better than model B from Y for YOU, but that doesn't mean that in all cases A is better than B for everyone.

    Is it perfect? No. What is? I've done lots of riding in RAV4s (the new ones and old ones). Lots of plastic and boring stuff happening there. The new RAV4 with the powerful V6 is really quick, but then that isn't the right comparison here. And what kind of fun are the people who buy these looking for anyway? If you are looking for family lifestyle fun than cute utes do deliver that, but if you want real sporty handling fun buy a Camaro, Mustang, or a Celica. Oh, sorry, they don't make those anymore do they?

    Posted by Marie August 28, 09 09:11 AM
  1. I recently was in the market for a CUV and during my preliminary research was leaning towards the 2010 Equinox and the bride was leaning towards the Ford Edge. We went to look at this first and we were not impressed. The interior has red stitching, the back has no air vents, the center console looked cheap and it didn’t feel wide enough to fit all of our ‘cargo’ (we have a 7 month old and plan on a second one within a year or so). We then went to look at the Edge and I was converted in a second. While this particular vehicle was not for us, I will give Chevy credit for making this model much more visually appealing compared to previous years models. Its looks got us in the door, we just felt like it lacked substance.

    Posted by KeyserSoze August 28, 09 09:18 AM
  1. What an ugly vehicle. Chevy really needs to re-think it's styling. Every grille looks the same on every model. And 22mpg in this day and age is far from great. Is it any wonder there were no GM-manufactured vehicles in the recent Globe story on the top 10 vehicles sold under the "Cash for Clunkers" program? This ugly beast is a clunker already.

    Posted by TrueFaith August 28, 09 09:32 AM
  1. To the guy who would never buy a union car: So no Corvette, BMW, Mercedes, Volkswagen, Porsche or Jaguar for you, ever? Your loss ...

    Posted by CTS August 28, 09 09:45 AM
  1. "Jake" - Something tells me you'd like to go back to ten hour work days and 6 day work weeks and no benefits!

    Posted by PETAgirl August 28, 09 09:48 AM
  1. Seems like (almost) successful styling & electronics over substance, plus it weighs too much. I'm trying to be fair, and I think the review is a balanced one.

    Let's see: smoothly-cushioned bumps and a good transmission are nice, but "zero fun" and "the engine sweats to push every pound when called upon" and "Mushy brake feel with long pedal travel and loosey-goosey steering"?! Oh, and if you gotta get 18-in wheels just so the ridiculous look too small, that's a design problem, and the overall styling is basically Nissan's Murano/Rogue look + Toyota Highlander + a Chevy grille.

    Finally, this is what the first Equinox should have been, right? Typical GM: one generation behind the benchmark. Right direction, folks, now keep pushing!

    NOTE: but I would definitely consider the Traverse in order to buy a GM SUV. I think you're getting more for the $ there.

    Posted by jchristian August 28, 09 10:39 AM
  1. $33 grand? Holy crap it's expensive.

    Posted by LM August 28, 09 10:46 AM
  1. To everyone who just blindly says "GM need to improve their quality and reliability before I'll consider buying one" you're just proving you're not paying attention. This isn't 1995. Do some research, check the surveys, go to JD Power, APPEAL, Harbour or any other industry survey. GM has improved their quality and reliability! They meet or beat the imports in category after category. They've fixed their mistakes - check the facts and give them a chance.

    Posted by bostnbird33 August 28, 09 11:31 AM
  1. Ha the comments appear to be basically - its too heavy, looks same as many other GM SUV's from past(which year is it ? anybodys guess, 1999?, 2002?...2008?), tranny is not reliable and some complain 'the union built it' so they cant buy it
    Other side of coin, it looks ok, it drives nice, it has much improved technology and for its wt and size, "great mileage' for a large SUV
    For me, Id have to say its too large, too heavy, way too expensive for 'average Joe'(unless you wanna mortgage the house), and looks like any other SUV GM has built in last 10 years - sorry. I believe Unions have had their place for sure in past, but in global community they can not compete and most people knows it..........just look at Mexico, Korea, etc they are making amazing cheaper vehicles much less expensively - but yes the standard of living for those other workers is terrible :(

    Posted by Seren August 28, 09 11:43 AM
  1. Recently bought a Saturn Outlook AWD. We had a van for a number of years. I have a Lexus ES 350. Very different vehicles obviously. But everyone loves the Outlook (which is basically the same as its cousins the GMC Acadia, Buick Enclave, Chevy Traverse). We took it to Washington. It was very comfortable, roomy, safe, and fairly good gas mileage for an AWD. It's deceiving as to the amount of room that it has inside. We have 4 kids and my wife is a nurse who works at night so we wanted the AWD factor. It's been great. We hope that the quality is there in the years to come.

    Posted by Joe August 28, 09 12:25 PM
  1. As long as GM, Ford, and Chrysler continue to create cars, with massive grills on the front, and a giant logo of the brand i'm not interested. Big hulking grills make cars look dated and ugly.

    Posted by Brendan August 28, 09 12:43 PM
  1. The Equinox does a good job of blending in. It's nothing really. Not sexy, not fun, not exciting in the least bit. Though from my experiences with other generic Chevy rental cars (Malibu, Impala, etc.), I'm sure it's a solid dependable ride.

    Keep in mind that $33k is for the fully loaded version with blue tooth, navigation, leather, etc - which is actually a good deal when you consider how much all of that would cost on an X3.

    Posted by kdilkington August 28, 09 12:51 PM
  1. Whoever says GM is unreliable were the people buying the wrong cars.

    Didn't JD Power rate BUICK as the leader in reliability either last year or the year before with their LaCrosse model? Hell, even Jaguar has moved up to some amazing reliabilty scores just short of Toyota and Honda and they have a reputation for being unreliable. It's time to stop being brainwashed and buy what you like.

    But for those few that think these reliability lists are pointless since they rate fairly new cars, I bought a 1995 Riviera by BUICK in 2002 and later another 1995 Riv in 2008. Both cars ran seamlessly and still do.

    I hope GM doesn't dig itself a grave by getting rid of the 3.8 ohv V6 engines that have proved their worth over the years. My Riv easily weighs similar to this small crossover and I get 29mpg hwy, 24-25mpg general driving. Yes, in a BUICK.

    BUICKs are not just for old people anymore. I'm 24.

    Posted by Andy August 28, 09 01:27 PM
  1. Reliability? I have a 1995 Chevy pickup that's doing just fine. My son wants to steal it from me, total strangers stop and compliment me on it, and nobody is ever going to get their hands on in until I die. Just bought a 1996 Buick wagon with over 150K on it and don't doubt it's good for another 100k. Try getting a station wagon with a Corvette motor from anyone else. As for unions, if we still had unions maybe we'd also still have job security, manageable workloads, pay that keeps up with inflation, and affordable insurance. Wait until that Japanese or Korean workforce ages and see what it costs to take care of them. If anyone bothers.

    Posted by Doug August 28, 09 02:56 PM
  1. I agree with Jake- I have not ever, nor will I, buy a car made by union labor. Unions are our economic cancer and are the primary reason jobs are sent overseas. Guys like Michael Mac are the same ones who threaten your families and slash your tires when you speak out against the union. Because of unions, "Made in the USA" doesn't mean much anymore. Unions are nothing more than occupational terrorism, and they are no longer needed in America.

    Posted by Steve Leonard August 28, 09 03:38 PM
  1. Wow- Steve Leonard- you're an angry guy. I assume you own or are a partner in a company. I agree that some unions have abused their power and there is definitely a need for them and their constituents to wake up to a new economic reality, but saying we don't need unions is like saying we don't need civil rights laws. If you'd like to get a taste of how things were before unions, head on over to a sweat shop in southeast Asia and have a blast.

    Posted by tiredof thereactionaries August 28, 09 05:08 PM
  1. I just have to chuckle at some of the commentary. Too large a grill and logo? I guess some folks haven't seen a BMW, Mercedes, Lexus, or Toyota lately. I think Mercedes wins for biggest logo. They're the size of serving platters! And that Honda across the street seems to have a huge grill, and it's ugly as sin to boot. What's it called, oh, yeah: Ridgeline.

    Union labour is bad? Unions were bad, the labour may have been bad. But they've come around to realize this isn't the 30s and this isn't an us-vs-them thing. The company and the labour are in it together. As one poster commented, if you hate unions there's a lot of cars (and other products) you won't be buying, including anything made in Europe or Japan. Ironic, eh, that the Japanese use union labour in Japan but not here. I guess they care about their employees more at home than here if they allow them to unionize and aren't afraid of them being unionized.

    And quality. That one is always brought up, but it's based on cars from the 80s and early 90s and not cars of more recent vintage. I constantly hear stories like: "My 1986 Chev blew up after 100,000 miles. I'll never buy another one." And then, when they have their Camry transmission grenade multiple times it's a "fluke". I know, my sister-in-law in on her 4th tranny on her 2007 Camry but that's OK, it's a fluke. It'd be worse had she bought a Malibu. Sigh. And didn't Toyota just recall the RAV-4 because of transmission problems? Nah. Can't be. Toyotas are perfect.

    Today, as JD Power and others have shown, cars about equal in quality. Today's average is about where Lexus was when it first came out! Think about that! Cars today are simply amazing.

    And Lutz had nothing to do with the cancelation of the EV-1. He joined GM in 2001. The last EV-1 was made in 1999, by which time GM had already realized the program was massively unprofitable and was to be terminated as no one was buying the cars -- the program cost billions. GM was able to interest less than 1200 people. The hype, in this case, greatly exceeded any demand.

    It's so nice to see so much misinformation in the comments. A bit of fact checking would be much nicer, though.

    Posted by Gene August 29, 09 12:44 PM
  1. To those "anti-union" folks. FYI: Any Japanese made toyota, honda, nissan, etc., is made by a union member.

    Posted by Dsuupr August 29, 09 12:57 PM
  1. For those of you who say the quality and reliability of american vehicles aren't as good, then why is it i've only had problems with imports? I work in an oil field and everyone i work with or for is driving american. We have never had problems except for routine maintenance. The other day i seen to new Tundras broke down one the front axle was snapped, i know that through abuse this can happen to any but for a brand new truck..., and the other i dont know. And those who complain about gm transmissions have you not heard what just came out about some toyota transmissions and how they are handling it or perhaps the brake recalls. I do have alot more to say but i just dont care to write it right now, especially when people will still put down what im saying and say it a load of crap.

    Posted by Lj August 29, 09 01:09 PM
  1. To Jake, what car do you by, Honda, Toyota,BMW ,,, Every large car manufacturer uses union labor. Even those with non union shops in America;s south, a low wage labor source for them, are unionizes in their home countries, Does it make you happy that Americans earn less have fewer benefits than the employees of thosecompanies in their home countries.

    Jake why do expect so little for Americans employees. Dosn't sound vbery partiotic

    Posted by guanna August 29, 09 01:13 PM
  1. Nice to know people do a lot of "research" before posting. Especially Dontbuyme. I had no idea that Bob Lutz pulled the plug on GM's electric vehicles. Who knew that someone who worked at Chrysler from 1986 to 2002, could make decisions on product at GM during the early 90s when he was still working at Chrysler? Even more interesting, GM was already producing a ton of large SUVs when he arrived in 2002.

    I guess he must be part of the illuminati or something in order to have so much control over a competitor.

    GM's new product should speak for itself and I think a lot of people will be surprised at the high quality and attractive styling with all the new vehicles.

    Yes, this is very overdue but I think with it's great fuel economy, high quality interior, and vast amounts of tech, this vehicle doesn't make Chevy competitve in the compact SUV field, it makes it one of the best.


    Posted by Andy August 29, 09 02:03 PM
  1. "Bob Lutz is still there and he was the one who pulled the plug (no pun) on the first batch of GM electric cars back in the early 90's."

    Bob Lutz was working for Chrysler in the '90's. He didn't begin working for GM until 2002.

    Like so many fountains of misinformation when it comes to GM, "Don't Buy This" needs to go out and buy a clue...

    Posted by eaton53 August 29, 09 02:26 PM
  1. "No way has GM got their act together. Bob Lutz is still there and he was the one who pulled the plug (no pun) on the first batch of GM electric cars back in the early 90's."

    Lutz has been with GM since 2001. As with most GM bashing Toyota lovers this poster has no clue what he is talking about. How could Lutz kill a GM car when he didn't work for GM? Those talking about quality need to get out of the 1980s. Gm models do well in quality surveys and Buick is tied with Lexus in JD Power's dependability study. Saying "I wont test drive a GM vehicle until they can last" is just stupid. How would you know about the reliability of a modern GM product if you don't own one? Those talking about tranny issues should not that Toyota has had problems with RAV4 transmissions. Its all over the internet right now.

    Those complaining about price should note the BASE PRICE- $23,000. This is a loaded FWD model. A loaded VW Tiguan is $37k and that is smaller than this. A loaded Escape is over $35k and it too has less room and power. Complaining about union labor is just absurd. Why would you NOT buy a nice vehicle just because its built by union workers? I guess its better to buy a union made vehicle from Germany.

    Posted by Syjones August 29, 09 02:33 PM
  1. I've read some rather unintelligible and rather logic-lacking posts here. Are you aware that GM dealers are clamoring for these units as they are selling way faster than anybody can get them in the door? Are you aware that the only reason imports have higher resale values than domestics is because people are willing to pay more for them based on some non-factual info? If I could wave a magic wand and convince people that Daewoo makes the best cars, and you looked at the amrket sheets in 6 months, guess what? You know what. This is an excellent vehicle, and there is no competition for it. But then again, Ill bet you didnt know about the several hundred thousand Toyotas recalled for brakes last week, and Ill bet you are all too aware of a rear tail light recall on a Chevy. Get real.

    Posted by Mike August 29, 09 02:51 PM
  1. Beautiful vehicle, I would be proud to own the 2010 Equinox it's easily a much nicer vehicle than the CR-V and that Toyota POS whose name escapes my mind. I am so impressed that such a large vehicle can get 32 MPG. I only wish this vehicle was available to cross shop back when my family bought a 2009 Ford Escape Limited, another great little crossover that we are very happy to own.

    However I have to say I am disappointed in all the negative, ignorant, and biased comments posted by these import lovers. Our family owned a 1983 Toyota Tercel and a 1994 Honda Accord, both the cars had very expensive problems. The Tercel was especially terrible since it left us stranded on 2 occasions over the 60k miles we owned it. The Accord never left us stranded but it was constantly in the shop for expensive repairs to the ABS, A/C systems, and a few other things. The Accord was traded in a few months ago at 97k miles for a Ford Escape Limited V6 AWD since the Catalytic Converter was on it's way out.

    I just hope these ignorant import lovers would wake up and see the improvements companies like Ford and GM had made in the past 5 years. Think with your heads Toyota/Honda lovers and stop being shills for the Japanese auto industry. Cars like the Ford Escape, 2010 Ford Taurus, the 2010 Ford Fusion, the 2010 Chevy Equinox the Cadillac CTS, Chevy Camaro, and upcoming Chevy Volt show me that the majority of the American auto makers finally get it and at a moment too soon.

    I'm not asking you to buy American products but to have an open mind and cross shop and research American products when it comes time to purchase your next car. Don't dismiss American products because toy heard a friend, of a friends father had a bad Chevy, Cadillac, Ford, Chrysler back in 1978 that would be just stupid. Look at my family the Ford Escape is the first American vehicle we owned in 25 years and we are extremely pleased with it.

    Posted by Chris of Pennsylvania August 29, 09 03:06 PM
  1. "TrueFaith" people like you disgust me. You come make comments about how the Equinox's fuel economy, but do you realize this BIGGER and MORE POWERFUL crossover uses less gas than the much smaller, less-powerful CR-V and Rav4? Put down your import-loving kool-aid and open your eyes. Americans are starting to catch up and even surpass foreign automakers, but some will always be too blind to see it.

    Posted by mustang1 August 29, 09 03:38 PM
  1. I once drove my mother-in-law's car which was a Toyota Carolla. It was so boring, the ride and all. I have more fun in my Mini Cooper S. The Mini Cooper company knows how to make a fun car to drive! Looking at the Equinox and, if you are driving alone, you're carting around an awful lot of weight and wasting gas! No thanks, I wouldn't buy any Chevy, Ford or any Japanese cars...

    Posted by 03miniac August 29, 09 03:39 PM
  1. I hope they improved the wear and tear too. I have an 06 and so much non-warranty stuff has bonked out on it, radio antenna base, ignition key wearing out, and the crack between the seat and the center console is AWESOME for requiring a contortionist act to get your chapstick or pen back.

    I rented an Escape for three weeks after a crash, and think that might be my next buy, after being a diehard Chevy fan for years :/

    Posted by Nomorechevys August 29, 09 04:22 PM
  1. I've owned Honda's for over twenty years (bought new) along with GM vehicles. With the Honda's I had two transmissions go bad, (go to the Edmunds bolg to see people rant and rave about this issue) two A/C compressors and a burnt valve needing replaced. These were all expensive repairs. The Civic left me stranded by the road. None of this happened to the GM vehicles. And with the Honda's you have to replace that stupid timing belt ever 60,000 miles, so the foreign cars are not as perfect as everyone thinks. I now have an Acadia and it is one of the best crossovers on the market.

    Posted by Randy K August 29, 09 05:20 PM
  1. My next car will get >50 MPG, and I do not care who makes it, and I've been "driving American" since 1967.

    Posted by Dave August 29, 09 07:10 PM
  1. "When GM begins to match the long term durability of Honda and Toyota I'll consider taking one for a test drive".

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    They already do today and now. Go to the JD Power site.

    Posted by Keith August 29, 09 07:12 PM
  1. The ECO button when used during highway travel is quite useful and efficient. I drove my new Nox 120 miles from the dealer without ECO and using cruise control. The number of downshifts were significant when climbing hills and traveling below cruise speed. With the ECO button engaged, downshifts are much more infrequent, saving on gasoline while not significantly decreasing the cruise speed.

    Posted by Steve Parker August 29, 09 07:27 PM
  1. I truly believe American cars are not made well because American workers are not as motivated to build a car to perfection. (or much of anything) Unfortunately, there are few artisans by heart in America. There is a reason Swiss make the watches, Asians, technology and Cars and I will throw in German auto engineering..They care internally about doing the best they can, no matter their pay. Americans are a gimme gimme people and care only about the paycheck and not self-fulfillment through a job well done. Sorry, but its true.

    Posted by Mary August 29, 09 09:01 PM
  1. I truly believe American cars are not made well because American workers are not as motivated to build a car to perfection. (or much of anything) Unfortunately, there are few artisans by heart in America. There is a reason Swiss make the watches, Asians, technology and Cars and I will throw in German auto engineering..They care internally about doing the best they can, no matter their pay. Americans are a gimme gimme people and care only about the paycheck and not self-fulfillment through a job well done. Sorry, but its true.

    Posted by Mary August 29, 09 09:01 PM
  1. 32MPG, Good Looking, PROVEN GM Reliability, and almost as many creature comforts as an RX350. I mean U can get a heated and cooled seats, a 40 GB HD, back-up sensors and a rear-view camera... and we still get these BMW and Honda lovin Yuppies hating on the vehicle simply because its American.

    Let's be honest here... If Toyota still had a Supra... a SC400 or even a older MR2.. yeah.. there would be something to be excited about and I could see a reason outside of perception to buy their cars... Ask any JOE off the streets why people would buy a Toyota and I guarantee U at least 3 out 4 will say these 3 things:

    1) Toyota are reliable... I've have never heard of things going bad on them. (Bull CRAP)

    2) Consumer Reports says they are a Recommended buy (CR Admitted that they weren't even testing Toyotas before recommending them (up until the most recent unreliable 07 Tundra and Camry) due to PAST perceptions of the brand)

    3) Toyotas get the best Gas Mileage of all the automakers... (LOL.. as Chevy beats them in the Compact, Mid-Size, Small CUV, Large CUV, and Large SUV segments)

    WE KNOW the TRUTH.. most people do not.

    My reasons for buying my most recent 4 Domestics, 09 CTS-V, 08 Vette Z51, 07 Tahoe LTZ, and 06 G6 3.5L, over Foreign are contradictory to that specific ideology... but my methodology and reason buying domestics stands firm on the beliefs that the Foreign makers DO NOT... and HAVE NOT 4 a long time.. made the better vehicle. And I have proof, not just my own anymore, 2 back me up...

    Compare a Camry to a Malibu.. or Aura.. or a Fusion... U will see what I mean.
    I believe that OUR ECONOMY DEMANDS THAT AMERICANS TAKE A LOOK at ALL Manufacturers in order to make an informed decision. My belief is that if U have experienced a car in a negative light, it will and should influence your views on a particular car maker more negatively. If an AUTOMAKER is perceived to make bad products... then stay away from their products.

    This is not about how bad Toyota and Honda are... but how MEDIOCRE they are. My point is: With perceptions in place it is well considered, but slowly changing, that Honda and Toyota are the Compact/Mid-size cars to have based on reliability, resale, value, and quality... altho last year and this year Toyota suffered unbelievable amounts of recalls, quality issues, and even Class-Action Suits due to cover-ups of issues that span back 10 years... a time period when this FALSE PERCEPTION was being forged about their products. Honda has also had it's share of woes and quality issues... witness the Civic, Accord, Odyssey, and RL. How about Nissan... the Altima, Qx56, Armada etc..

    To Summarize: Buy from the Domestics, stop succumbing to the LIES that are perpetuated by false perceptions of the ignorant .

    Posted by CmicasatheGreatXvX August 29, 09 09:26 PM
  1. The 2010 Equinox is easily, and I mean easily, the best "small" crossover sold in the States right now. If you have driven the competition, as I have for my job(I work for a fleet service that caters to businesses), you'll find that NONE of the crossovers are "fun" to drive. But the Equinox is by far the most refined of the bunch. It rides much smoother and is far more quiet than any of the Asian entrants... And gets better fuel mileage than any of them. When my lease is up next year I know I'll be looking at the Chevrolet or GMC Terrain as a replacement.
    One other thing that the author of the article failed to mention... Yes, the previous generation Equinox was not a great vehicle. Neither were any of the competition. But the sales differential was because of one thing: Chevrolet did not offer a 4 cylinder variant for the Equinox. Any auto journalist worth his keep knows that 4 cylinders rule the roost in the small crossover market. Hell, Honda doesn't even offer the CR-V with a V6. Also, to even mention that the Equinox was a scaled down Trailblazer is ridiculous. Other than the "bowtie" on the grill, they had nothing in common. The Equinox was a Theta, same as the Saturn Vue, which sold better than the Chevrolet for one reason(In one eighth the amount of stores), They offered a 4 cylinder variant... Hmmm... Imagine that.

    Posted by Realworlddriver August 29, 09 09:45 PM
  1. "I truly believe American cars are not made well because American workers are not as motivated to build a car to perfection. (or much of anything) Unfortunately, there are few artisans by heart in America."

    Are you serious? Are you aware that BMWs are made in South Carolina and Mercedes models are made in Alabama? You would buy those vehicles but not a GM vehicle made in Michigan or Ohio? That is ridiculous. I live on the East Coast and the comments posted by ignorant import owners are embarrassing. If Germans and Japanese have come to the US and taught Southerners how to assemble cars by their high standards why would you believe GM cannot train its employees in a similar fashion?


    I checked out an Equinox 2LT today. The salesman told me that the next 6 models coming in from the factory are spoken for. He only had ONE on the lot. In spite of all the anti GM rhetoric there are some Americans who will buy the best product if its provided by an American company. Inside and out this vehicle is best in class. Period.

    Posted by Syjones August 29, 09 10:37 PM
  1. CmicasatheGreatXvX ... makes a lot of valid points.

    The arrogance... and ignorance of some of the first posters here is unreal. Open your eyes people. Think about it. Every single auto reviewer loves the Equinox. It is an excellent alternative to the high-selling CR-v and Rav4.

    The new Equinox is great. It is not lacking in content/style/utility. The only thing dragging it down is people who don’t have the ability to be free-thinkers and are blindly following some pre-conceived opinion that Japanese vehicles are better.

    These things will change. Only a matter of time.

    The Rav4 owner with the malfunctioning transmission, the Corolla owner with brakes that don’t work in cold weather… these people may start to take notice to their neighbor who loves his brand new Equinox.

    Posted by PistonsFan August 29, 09 11:54 PM
  1. I'm an American living in Europe and from this vantage point things look pretty out of kilter back there. I have the mid-sized Volvo wagon (V40) with a diesel engine in it. I have averaged 40 mpg for the last 6 months. In driving through Germany I set my cruise control at 100 mph which the car comfortable attains and maintains and I still get better than 30 mpg. BTW, the last trip through Germany the 4 of us we were returning from a week ski holiday for which there was more than sufficient space in the car. Let's see any of your S(C)UVs do that! The only down point is that in the past couple of years Europeans have been needlessly falling for these wasteful cars as well.

    Posted by Gregg Siegal August 30, 09 06:01 AM
  1. Re: Mary: "..because American workers are not as motivated to build a car to perfection. (or much of anything)"

    One wonders from what country Mary is writing, or if she does not work herself.

    Posted by Marie August 30, 09 07:34 AM
  1. It is not an American car it is made in Canada.

    Posted by why August 30, 09 08:13 AM
  1. I always like to start with safety when looking at new cars. When you go to Chevy's website and look at the Equinox, one of the things they highlight under safety is Onstar to automatically call when you have an accident. If you look at the historically bad crash test results for the Equinox, you're definitely going to appreciate that Onstar feature. http://www.iihs.org/ratings/summary.aspx?class=58 You'll notice Equinox is at the bottom of the list. Granted the newest model year has not been tested and hopefully there is improvement. But personally, take away all the hoopla about grills and engines, I like to know if I have a good chance of walking away from an accident when a drunk driver plows into the side of my car (which has happened before). That's a big part as to why I just purchased a VW Tiguan.

    Posted by Phillip August 30, 09 08:16 AM
  1. Honda's are boring, This SUV is a game changer. Long Live GM!!

    Posted by Tom August 30, 09 08:41 AM
  1. For those who don't want to purchase union labor produced products, go to walmart and buy products made by teenagers/children in China. Maybe walmart can open car dealerships selling child made cars. The Equinox looks reasonable enough, and I understand why people have trepidation about GM cars, after the garbage they produced in the 1980's. There seems to be some degree of elitism out there, where blue collar people are blamed for the ills of the nation. I would rather union employees get bail out money rather than Goldman Sachs executives.

    Posted by gary noroian August 30, 09 09:51 AM
  1. "Americans are a gimme gimme people and care only about the paycheck and not self-fulfillment through a job well done. Sorry, but its true. "

    Gee, Mary... are you an American?
    If so you are talking about YOURSELF. Gimme, gimme!!

    It simply amazes me how many Americans think "Americans are stupid, lazy, etc." Must be those "other" Americans... if you asked them if "they" were stupid and lazy they would surely deny it.

    Can't deny that some were too lazy to do their research before posting tho...

    Posted by eaton53 August 30, 09 09:58 AM
  1. "Americans are a gimme gimme people and care only about the paycheck and not self-fulfillment through a job well done. Sorry, but its true. "

    Gee, Mary... are you an American?
    If so you are talking about YOURSELF. Gimme, gimme!!

    It simply amazes me how many Americans think "Americans are stupid, lazy, etc." Must be those "other" Americans... if you asked them if "they" were stupid and lazy they would surely deny it.

    Can't deny that some were too lazy to do their research before posting tho...

    Posted by eaton53 August 30, 09 10:17 AM
  1. I have heard the 'we have turn around' song and dance before, no to mention actually getting burned by it with the purchase of an expensive Mercedes ML320.

    Loosey-goosey steering?! You must be joking! That is the first thing I check when test-driving a vehicle. A vehicle with loosey-goosey steering does not meet my definition of 'car', it is a 'thing', it is something else - I do not care how many USB ports it has on it.

    I BADLY WANT to buy American, but it will be many years (in the order of decades) before I even consider buying my first American vehicle. And then again, only after millions of buyers have bought and enthusiastically endorsed the vehicle I am considering buying for myself.

    I have been lied to too much. Thanks but no thanks. Keep it for yourselves.

    Posted by Bill Ghates August 30, 09 11:39 AM
  1. Where is the ugly front license plate to ruin the crisp lines of the car?

    Posted by dandono August 30, 09 12:23 PM
  1. Where is the ugly front license plate to ruin the crisp lines of the car?

    Posted by dandono August 30, 09 12:23 PM
  1. All my life GM has promised great things. So far they have delivered on one thing, a 70,000 mile car with a bunch of new options they let the customer beta test...at the customers expense. I'll have to wait 5 years on this one and if actual owners of this vehicle then say they are as fine as you article implies, I'll buy one.

    Posted by Jonathan Xi August 30, 09 12:53 PM
  1. It does work without unions! I have lived and worked outside of the US for 5 years, earned a far better salary, have excellent health care, saved money. Don't be bamboozled to think that the current state of the US and European unions is the same worker-protecting labor organizations that they were at the beginning of the industrial age!

    Posted by Marcus Grotzke August 30, 09 02:12 PM
  1. Thanx PistonsFan. It's been a while since they shut me down at the "other place" for saying good things about Cadillac at the same time as calling the European Luxo makes like Audi, Benz, BMW, and the ultimate unreliable Euro-Trash... Land Rover... "Service Bay Queens." Tell Ms.Gcuro and Sigma I said HI.

    As for the rest. U people are amazing in that U can't support your own industry, which had been making strides to out do both the Asians and the Europeans, all the while supporting companies like Toyota who has quite possible been covering up evidence in Roll-Over cases.

    Pathetic.

    Posted by CmicasatheGreatXvX August 30, 09 03:37 PM
  1. The plant in Ingersol Ontario where these are built have just added a third shift. I just bought one yesterday. For you people complaining about quality, the Impala/ Camaro plant in Oshawa where I work has finished in either first or second place in the J.D. Power quality surveys for at least the last five years. Hard to believe my brothers and I are union labour eh?

    Posted by Frank Van Roessel August 30, 09 03:50 PM
  1. VERY NICE CAR! And this one is far above the competitors products expecially the Rav4. Fit/finish and quality of materials can only be determined through a personal examination. NVH is best in class. The title of this article is dead-on. This vehicle is a real competitor based on Eurpean model reviews (same Chevy is sold in Europe and getting good reviews.) I look forward to more American magazine reviews. If you are in the market for such vehicle, consider all options - don't rule it out just because its from an American parent company. Times change. BTW 32 mpg highway from this SUV is better than a 4 cylinder Accord.

    Posted by xman August 30, 09 04:02 PM
  1. Sorry to have ruffled the feathers of "American Car Buyers"..and BTW, so what if some foreign cars are "put together" here..it is the Engineering that is pertinent to my point..and as for Mercedes? Its not a foreign car anymore..its a junky American car...

    Difference between German and Japanese engineering is how sound the car is "designed"... Its foreign engineering that tops the list, why? Because Europeans and Japanese do care more about the details in the engineering and their craftmanship will always be superior..

    They are generally much safer cars

    and Americans ARE a Gimme Gimme country...

    and for anyone who could dare argue that point, YOU SCARE ME...

    and as for Marie, your comment made no sense...

    and to all you "know it alls"..Volkswagon is #1 selling brand...

    Posted by Mary August 30, 09 04:16 PM
  1. Sorry to have ruffled the feathers of "American Car Buyers"..and BTW, so what if some foreign cars are "put together" here..it is the Engineering that is pertinent to my point..and as for Mercedes? Its not a foreign car anymore..its a junky American car...

    Difference between German and Japanese engineering is how sound the car is "designed"... Its foreign engineering that tops the list, why? Because Europeans and Japanese do care more about the details in the engineering and their craftmanship will always be superior..

    They are generally much safer cars

    and Americans ARE a Gimme Gimme country...

    and for anyone who could dare argue that point, YOU SCARE ME...

    and as for Marie, your comment made no sense...

    and to all you "know it alls"..Volkswagon is #1 selling brand...

    Posted by Mary August 30, 09 04:17 PM
  1. Gee, eaton53, mr. so proud of americans who rush into a walmart and stampede over a man and kill him all over sales for electronics? So proud of a country who just continues to feed the lazy? So proud of a country whose economics is screwed up because we think everyone should own a house no matter their credit or work ethic? Gee, eaton, maybe you should open your eyes and quit hiding behind what is really going on here..

    and BTW syjones
    "Are you serious? Are you aware that BMWs are made in South Carolina and Mercedes models are made in Alabama? You would buy those vehicles but not a GM vehicle made in Michigan or Ohio? That is ridiculous. I live on the East Coast and the comments posted by ignorant import owners are embarrassing. If Germans and Japanese have come to the US and taught Southerners how to assemble cars by their high standards why would you believe GM cannot train its employees in a similar fashion?"

    THOSE CARS ARE ASSEMBLED NOT MADE in AMERICA.... GET YOUR FACTS RIGHT..

    Posted by Mary August 30, 09 04:30 PM
  1. Hey Mary.. It's SAD to see U try and justify your unsubstantiated support for the Asian and German makers over your own. I'm dying to see how U explain the plethora of recalls, quality faults, and consumer dissatisfaction with those makers over the last 5 years since they are so much more caring "about the details in the engineering and their craftsmanship will always be superior.." (BULLCRAP!!!)

    I'm lost. Because every quality survey I have seen over the last 5 years has had American makers either at the top or damn near. What's even more encouraging is that the Domestics have been RISING while the Foreign makes have been FALLING. That fact alone is magnificent and tells a great deal of the story in differences between perception and reality.

    REALITY.. now there's a crazy word. (Rolling Eyes)

    Flag Waving for other Countries??? Didn't that Die with Benedict Arnold?

    The Truth of the matter is... 2 much is at stake. WE kno that Japan is putting out a bunch of mediocrity... and I'm sorry if I have to be the one 2 break it 2 U, but... they've been doing it 4 a while, just under the radar. The massive recalls on BOTH OLD and new cars are proof of this. No one is saying that the Big 3 are impervious to recalls, and quality issues. Lord knows they are not... What I am saying is that Toyota, Honda, Nissan, and the rest are no better, and perhaps worse than any of the Domestics.

    Only perceptions won't allow for reality to catch up yet.

    Posted by CmicasatheGreatXvX August 30, 09 07:19 PM
  1. If you hate it here so much why don't you just leave, Mary? It's quite obvious you loathe this country and are extremely keen to sell it out.

    Maybe you should move to China, they've got it so good over there, No unions and lots of hard work for all. And how 'bout the crackin' great job the Germans did with Chrysler, eh??

    And BTW... GM still outsells VW. Just found me another lazy American!!

    Posted by eaton53 August 30, 09 08:02 PM
  1. Steve Leonard I am glad you are do so well in life that the basic rights of working people are not important to you. I actually despise the bully tactics that were used a long time ago by unions. However those were different times and some tactics were in response to overwelming force used by union busters. Men, women and childrens were shot to death while at a labor day picnic by the thugs from pinkerton, hired by Carnegie's vice president of this steel mill. All these people were trying to do at the time was fight for fair wages and better working conditions, all of which you enjoy today. So keep your snide comments to yourself and learn before you speak.

    Posted by Michael MacDonnell August 31, 09 08:00 AM
  1. I think I'd rather have a Subaru Forester Turbo for about $7,000 less, or a Subaru Forester non turbo for about $11,000 less. Better repair record, good space, lower center of gravity not significantly different gas mileage. My '04 Forester Turbo 5 speed stick is a great car.

    Posted by Habakkuk B August 31, 09 08:10 AM
  1. "f you look at the historically bad crash test results for the Equinox, you're definitely going to appreciate that Onstar feature. http://www.iihs.org/ratings/summary.aspx?class=58 You'll notice Equinox is at the bottom of the list."

    The safety ratings of the old model are irrelevant. New models typically do better than the older models in crash tests. The 2010 will get 5 star ratings just like other recently designed GM models.

    MAry:

    You have no clue what you are talking about. GM was engineering cars long before the Japanese could do so effectively. Many cars (like the Camaro, Lacrosse) are partially designed overseas. For example, the Buick Lacrosse shares its chassis with the GERMAN designed Opel Insignia and German engineers played a key role in developing the ride and handling. Many US market foreign products are primarily designed by Americas- big pikcups and SUVS are typically designed here. Interestingly enough some of those very models (Tundra for example) are not seen as best in class. VW is not the #1 selling brand in the world and it has not done well in the US for decades. Why? Quality concerns. Like GM, VW has been tainted by quality issues from the 80s and 90s and as a result they are WAY behind Toyota, GM and Ford in US sales. Why is that the case if the cars are designed by genius German engineers? Why did MB have major quality issues in the 90s? You brag about how being engineered overseas guarantees quality and ignore the fact that US and German built MB models were of poor quality in the 90s.

    Those saying that they need to see domestic products last for decades before buying one are ridiculous. The proof is in the CR and JD power ratings and the reduced warranty expenditures. The proof is there but some people refuse to acknowledge it. CR has already said that Ford quality is about equal to Toyota and Honda quality and almost every Ford product is now recommended. How has that gone unnoticed by the American car bashers? The same people who usually swear by CR suddenly seem not to know that CR recommends Ford products.

    Also, Mary- your assertion that foreign cars are "usually" safer is bogus. Do some research on the subject before making incorrect blanket statements. Most recent American models get 5 star crash ratings.

    Posted by syjones August 31, 09 08:37 AM
  1. "All my life GM has promised great things. So far they have delivered on one thing, a 70,000 mile car with a bunch of new options they let the customer beta test...at the customers expense."

    How could GM be selling a 70k mile beta test when their powertrain warranty is good for up to 100k miles. Does that make any sense to you? Why do Toyota and Honda offer less comprehensive warranties if their products are more durable? Ever thought about that? In the 90s Honda, not GM, was the one known for expensive transmission issues. Of course you probably were unaware of that. When the new Camry came out it wasn't recommended by CR due to transmission problems.

    Posted by syjones August 31, 09 08:41 AM
  1. Mary - I was trying to be open minded and kind by asking questions rather than throwing acusations and slinging generalizations. However since you didn't get it, if what you say is true for all Americans why would a buy a product or service from your company or organization (assuming you are an American working in a company)?

    Eaton53 said what I usually say when an American generalizes about Americans as being less than other people: the writer seldom includes themselves because it must be all those OTHER Americans who are whatever they say Americans are (selfish and lazy in this case I think). In my experience people tend to generalize outward - assuming most people are like them, or nothing like them.

    In terms of America being gimme, gimme, I would offer that:
    A) Americans are simply the most charitable people in the world whether measure in absolute dollars or as a percent of our wealth (GNP). As percentage American's are more than twice as giving as people from the the #2 nation (UK). (Easy Google search).
    B) The American volunteer rate is among the hightest in the world in absolute and percentage terms. (The Values of Volunteering - by Paul Dekker and Loek Halman). Easily ahead of most other countries in the world.

    Neither seem to support the idea of American being gimme, gimme.

    And in an autmotive sense (getting back on topic) the latest JD Powers results do not support the idea that American (even GM) producers can't build quality.

    All this seems to be hard evidence that your feelings and opinions don't stand up to scruntiny. But I've learned when people hold strong beliefs evidence to the contrary is seldom acccepted because it can always be rationalized or explained away.

    Also I have personal experience with people who were eligible for welfare or state assisstance and never acccepted anything. Worked at 2 or 3 jobs and did nothing illegal to accept your view of America and Americans as being all inclusive.

    Why some people only choose to focus on the negative is beyond me when there is so much good and wonderful things to take joy and pride in. Of course there is room for improvement. That is the American spirit: we can do it, and we can help others do it too.

    Posted by Marie August 31, 09 09:06 AM
  1. SO you think GM is reliable. Tell the thousands of 2000-2006 Malibu, Grand Am and Impala owners whose cars do not start due to poor quality BCM(body control monitors) and Passlock)security systems. There are thousands of complaints about these vehicles and GM does nothing about it. People are paying thousands of dollars to fix these issues and GM ignores or denies the issue. Some of these cars actually just shut off while driving. NO RECALL! NO HELP FROM GM!. I will never purchase another GM vehicle for as long as I live. I just fixed my 2002 Impala on my own thanks to smart people on the web posting a fix to bypass the security system. Now my car starts all the time and the stupid security light does not come on while driving.

    Posted by grouchy August 31, 09 09:22 AM
  1. It's true, Bob Lutz wasn't there when GM pulled the plug on the first batch of electric cars but it seems his demeanor towards global warming and promoting SUVs is what may have caused GM to take a step back:

    http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/10/05/60minutes/main4502448_page2.shtml?tag=contentMain;contentBody

    How can a car company with his vision succeed going forward? He should have stayed retired when he announced it in February of 2009.

    Posted by toobad4GM@gmail.com August 31, 09 09:56 AM
  1. To those who think anyone who is skeptical about this vehicle is an import-lover, take a look at my post #21. I think it's a fair assessment, and I said I'd buy a GM Lambda-model. I am cheering for the US industry, but this one is not enough.

    Someone above said every reviewer has loved this vehicle... really? What about Cliff's review above? It is a VERY split review, and all one has to do is go through what he actually wrote and give it a plus/minus & tally it up. Below I've got his quotes from the article. (Double +/- mark the ones I find particularly important personally.)
    ***************************************************************
    ++ direct-injection 2.4 liter four, which despite lower torque, boosts fuel economy to a best in-class EPA 22/32 on the front-wheel drive model
    ++ optional 3.0 liter V-6 engine makes 79 more horsepower and gets slightly better mileage than the old engine
    -- curb weight increased 178 pounds to 3,838, putting it about 400 pounds above the Japanese 'utes
    ++ a roomy backseat with generous legroom
    + dual flip-out LCD monitors with RCA inputs integrated into the front seats would be icing on the upscale, two-tone leather atmosphere
    - missing rear air vents and center headrest
    + record button for storing music on the 40 GB hard drive
    + dash is filled with high-quality, attractive plastics and easy-to-read buttons.
    -- Optional 18-inch wheels, unlike our tester's 17s, would better fill out those big fender flares.
    + GM's navigation and infotainment system... nonetheless a great effort
    - dashboard's angle on the Equinox, however, made it tough to use the touch-screen without leaning far forward
    -- the engine sweats to push every pound when called upon. Most drivers will enjoy the engine's efficiency, but there's zero fun to be had here
    ++ The six-speed automatic is up to task, downshifting quickly when summoned and clicking off smooth upshifts
    ++ a quiet cabin combined with a tied-down chassis that ate some large ruts and bumps without any kickback through the steering column. Body roll is relatively minor considering the plush ride.
    -- Mushy brake feel with long pedal travel
    -- loosey-goosey steering

    Posted by jchristian August 31, 09 10:46 AM
  1. Any chance of an American Car Company making an all-wheel passenger vehicle other than an SUV or mini-van? It seems that all of the European car manufacturers have one as do many of the Japanese car companies. Yet, not a single American car to compete with a Subaru, Audi Quattro, the BMW 328XI, 535XI, etc.

    Posted by Jeff_s August 31, 09 10:48 AM
  1. CmicasatheGreatXvX - you make some very good points about Hondas and Toyotas being boring, but I disagree with your points about the Altima being of the same ilk. I have '07 SE model that is leagues better than the Accord or Camry in style, fit and finish and will easily rival those two cars in reliability. I have 37K without a whit of problems on it.

    The reality is ALL MANUFACTURERS HAVE DEFECTS - while Hondas and Toyotas historically have some of the lowest rates, their numbers have climbed in recent years. Ford and GM historically have had sub par quality, but are making good strides. Chrysler was doing good for awhile and seems to have tanked again in that dept.

    I'd been a loyal American car buyer for many years and had 3 Chryslers that lasted me at least 150K miles or more each, until I bought a 2005 Dodge Stratus R/T that had so many problems, I ended up trading it in with less than 3 years on it for my Altima. Best decision I've ever made and given it's like the 7th best selling car in the country, a lot of others think so too.

    To those folks saying buy American just for the sake of buying American, no way - I'm going to buy a vehicle that is good looking, high quality and spacious enough for my 6'3" body and cargo needs and right now I don't see any American cars that fit that build.

    I've known too many GM owners with loads of problems in recent year model cars to buy that they've improved their quality enough for me to consider this vehicle. While they may be improving, you're still going to have a very good chance of problems. And at $33K for an LTZ, I'd rather go out and buy a Nissan Murano, which is way better looking and better quality.

    Posted by nhmtnbkr August 31, 09 10:53 AM
  1. The figures you received in your testing (21 mpg) do not surprise me that they failed to meet the estimated city MPG for this vehicle. We had an earlier version of the Equinox and the two other couples we know also had the Equinox. ALL of us failed to meet the estimated city MPG, even though we all drove city and highway mileage everyday. This is the core reason we all traded them in for other vehicles. Reading your review had re-enforced our feeling that the Chevy Equinox is STILL not ready for prime time, and is FAR below the competition. If you read any of internet blogs or twitter updates, there are SO many instances where customers have experienced the exact same problem. Chevy says that the MPG estimates are just that, only estimates, yet their advertisements push that their vehicles are so much better. Not based on actuals, but based on statistical estimates. A play on words that fools no one. Customers are not that stupid.

    Posted by Chris August 31, 09 10:54 AM
  1. I think it is foolish for us not to give these vehicles a chance. We all paid for GM to reemerge from bankruptcy, so essentially we all own a part of the company. They obviously believe in the realiabilty of the vehicles, putting a 5 year, 100,000 mile warranty on the powertrain. Not a lot of risk on our part, but a lot to gain for America. Let's at least keep some business in this country. I say we owe it to them to give the product a chance. They built the products that defended this country during WWII and helped the economy stabilize after 9/11 with Keep America Rolling. This does not excuse the mistakes that were made in the past, but lets at least consider the product.

    Posted by Jason August 31, 09 11:13 AM
  1. Who cares about fun. Cars should only be made to get me from point A to point B in comfort and effeciently. You fools waste more fuel on fun. You are the morons who will fund the Middle East wars because of your "fun"

    Posted by Thanos73 August 31, 09 11:16 AM
  1. To correct "Syjones" - only the X5, X6 models are currently manufactured in South Carolina. All other BMW models are assembled in various places across the world.

    Posted by kdilkington August 31, 09 11:29 AM
  1. 33large for this? no thanks. i'll spend far less than that on a 4Motion Tiguan loaded with more features (i could care less about backseat entertainment systems)

    Posted by erik August 31, 09 11:58 AM
  1. Regarding GMs lack of credibility in regards to quality: quality is difficult to appraise. You can could features, you can see styling, feel ride, and compare prices. Some 'quality' does show through during a test drive, such as fit and finish. But quality and reliability are only apparent after many miles and years. A company has to build a reputation on quality. There are few people willing to spend lots of money to gamble on quality, regardless of the number of features a car has. This is why automakers need to start humbly, prove their ability to assemble a quality car, and then move to bigger, faster, more featureful cars. Look at what the Japanese did - those 1970s cars of Honda and Toyota were far from impressive at first glace, but they were cheap to buy and operate, and proved reliable. In the 90s, the Koreans came to the US, but quality was spotty at first. They made no progress in the market until their quality improved, and now they're doing well - but still, their products don't fetch the high prices that the Japanese get. GM needs to be humble and cheap again, while they rebuild their engineering and reputation on simple cars. How about it, GM, can you sell the Equinox for $13,000 instead of $33,000? Can you build a 'plain old car' that sells for under $10,000 and is reliable and efficient? In the past, Detroit wouldn't want to do this because they'd be taking money away from their own higher priced offerings. Well, GM, you're no longer in the "driver's seat" of the industry. You have lots of market share to regain. This is how you do it. Act now, before Tata of India enters the US market.

    Posted by R. Keyes August 31, 09 12:19 PM
  1. Re: Jeff_s comment that "Any chance of an American Car Company making an all-wheel passenger vehicle other than an SUV or mini-van?"

    He may not be aware of the following with AWD availability:

    2010 Buick LaCrosse
    Cadillac CTS
    Cadillac STS
    Chrysler 300
    Ford Fusion
    Ford Taurus
    Lincoln MKS
    Lincoln MKZ
    Mercury Milan
    Mercury Sable

    Several if which have been available for years. Except for Mercedes Benz which has an AWD option for most passenger call models most companies (domestic and foreign) seem to have AWD available in the CUV and SUV segments as that was what people were buying.

    I'd find the Cadillacs very competitive with the higher end models that Jeff notes.

    Interestingly the Chrsyler Sebring and Dodge Caliber AWD models were phased out. Lack of demand? A lot of companies have brought out AWD and the lack of demand caused them to retreat so they saw AWD as a niche (Subaru and Audi) market.

    Posted by Jeff_s"

    Posted by Marie August 31, 09 12:20 PM
  1. My first car was a Chevy and I have had many more over the 40+ years I have been driving. I got away from GM about 20 years back because of reliability/resale issues. I am now driving a Toyota Camry and am very satisfied. I still have a desire to "buy American" but won't do it until their quality and reliability matches Toyota & Honda. Hopefully GM is on that path.

    Posted by Ned August 31, 09 12:30 PM
  1. GM has to get rid of that ugly logo before I buy one of their cars.

    Posted by Justice Allah August 31, 09 01:08 PM
  1. A photo essay love letter to Beacon Hill, but the car does not impress fpr MPG, looks or price. NEXT!

    Posted by atts bb3 August 31, 09 01:11 PM
  1. We lost so much on Gm stocks so i think every american
    got fooled in great Gm co.I dont think
    for while people are ready to buy GM cars.

    Posted by souren August 31, 09 01:50 PM
  1. Wow with all you folks being so down on Ameroican car manufacturer's why do you still live here.
    Move to India where our high tech jobs are !
    I'm sure the Vet's out there are impressed with this American bashing

    Yea, the American big three have not done thjer homework, done a poor job in general, made poor decesions, but who hasn''t in life?
    I've had good luck with ford products over the years,
    Hopefully we will get better if not we will lose.
    I donb't think the troops in Afghanistan and Iraq are getting killed left and right so we can purchase foreign products and make ligth of large American corporations, think about that before you tee off on American companies.......

    Posted by American Supporter August 31, 09 03:07 PM
  1. GM's biggest mistake: Four brands over two.

    Successful car companies in todays market: Nissan/Infiniti, Toyota/Lexus, Honda/Acura

    Drop Buick and GMC and develop Chevy and Cadillac, saving millions on marketing four versions of every model.

    Posted by besmart August 31, 09 04:01 PM
  1. Plastic clunker! When do the rebates for this crap come out

    Posted by Anonymous August 31, 09 04:41 PM
  1. Actually, Toyota has 3 brands.
    You forgot Scion but that's ok... their sales are so low everyone else forgot about 'em too!!

    Posted by eaton53 August 31, 09 06:41 PM
  1. @ jchristian

    Google it. The major reviewers think the Equinox is great. The consensus is 2010 Equinox = best-in-class. A family member of mine is considering the Equinox, so I have taken a personal interest into it. I've probably seen close to 20 reviews and none of them negative. Most of them can't say enough good things about it.

    @ CmicasatheGreatXvX
    OFF-TOPIC: In case you didn't know, "Mgescuro" was demoted. He was becoming a problem.

    Posted by PistonsFan August 31, 09 06:55 PM
  1. Re: besmart, Toyota has two brands? Hmm... who makes Scion I wonder?


    But I think the sadder comment on the idea is that uniqueness is seldom seen as a virture now. Everyone wants to line up and buy another cookie-cutter Corrolla, Camry, Civic, or Accord. Thank goodness there are still some unique models and model line ups out there. Both foreign and domestic.


    Posted by Marie August 31, 09 07:22 PM
  1. Hey Besmart...

    Toyota is comprised of 3 brands in the U.S. (Toyota, Lexus, and Scion) not including their interests in Subaru. They have less market share in the U.S. than GM still to this day. Also by market share Honda/Acura should be no more than a SINGLE sales channel.. esecially when one considers that Acuras, MORE THAN EVER, are seriously derived from Hondas. Nissan/Infiniti "Successful???" PLEASE. Do your research and U will see the only real sales strength they have had over the last year is the ALTIMA... which sells more to Fleet than almost any single nameplate with exception to the Sonata.

    Bottom line is GMC is their most profitable brand, and Buick is extremely successful in the world second largest market.

    Posted by Cmicasa the Great XvX August 31, 09 09:43 PM
  1. Anyone who buys this or any other GM product will continue to fund the losers who make up the GM management, the corrupt Auto Workers Union management and the socialistic policies of this anti-business President Obama. Much rather buy a car from a Honda or Toyota which is built by workers here in the U.S. To continue to buy from GM is like buying drugs for an addict.

    Posted by Paul Whitehouse September 1, 09 03:03 AM
  1. I just bought a Pontiac Vibe and I'm in love! I have always bought American made, won't have it any other way. I can't stop driving this car. It handles like a dream. I am up to 29 miles per gallon in the city and I'm hoping to get a long drive in to clock highway MPG. GM is doing it's best and I'm happy. I miss the Oldsmobile's, poor mans Cadillac. They were awesome cars for a good long time. Guess I've been lucky over the years.

    EG

    Posted by Anonymous September 1, 09 07:52 AM
  1. Only buying Ford if I am getting an American Car. GM has always made crap. I owned two Chevy's both had the same problem at the same mileage. Ford is making GREAT cars right now, Fusion, 2010 Taurus, Focus, Edge, for those that are paying attention. Dont like toyota, dont like Honda, Nissan is the only Japanese cars I like. The Maxima is sweet. But for the money I like the Fusion better.

    Posted by matt September 1, 09 09:21 AM
  1. I owned a 199 VW Passat which was made in Germany (German Quality). Hands down was the worst car I ever owned. Was in the shop about 20-30 times over the 5 years I owned it (7 times over a 6 month period). The engine blew up at 58,000 miles along with the Turbo. The reason I bought it was German engineering. Swore I would never buy German again. Bought a 2008 MINI Cooper Clubman S (owned by BMW). It lasted me 8 months . Had an electrical issue that MINI/BMW could not resolve and MINI ended up buying it back from me. It had less than 6500 miles. Had a 2006 Pontiac Solstice (1st model year) for about 2 and a half years and thought I would have problems with it, but never had one problem. It seems based on my experience Americans are doing better with quality while the foreign makers are getting worse.

    Posted by JT September 1, 09 11:15 AM
  1. Just bought the '10 Equinox for the wife and we love it. MSRP $25,450. It has everything the model shown for this article has with the exception of leather seats(best cloth I've ever seen), video in back (who needs it), and auto tailgate. Liked the styling better than Ford Edge, and no comparison in MPG.
    Rides tight, very comfortable. LOTS of room. Steering is responsive.(Maybe not like the sports cars the author of the article often drives...but fine.) I've owned several SAABS, a couple Mercedes, a Cadillac STS, and a Honda Accord Hybrid. This is a good vehicle. For the money, maybe an excellent one.

    Posted by dancing foot September 1, 09 12:39 PM
  1. Besmart - Two brands is the right number? And Toyota has how many brands in the US? Two you say? Have you forgotten Scion? So, lets see that is, well, three brands for Toyota. So is that one too many or is it OK because it is Toyota?

    The big difference is that in GM's case Chevrolet, Buick, Oldsmobile, Oakland-Pontiac, Cadillac were actually seperate companies that sold seperately developed cars that were bought out and brought together under one corporation, GM, whereas Acura, Lexus, Inifiniti were invented to sell more expensive versions of existing models that marketers in the US didn't think people would buy with the Honda, Toyota, or Nissan brand on them. In many markets cars we bought as Acuras were sold as what they really were, Hondas. Later the companies devoted more development so that they sold unique cars with these nameplates. In GMs case at one time it made sense to have the seperate brands, else why buy them, and coninue to sell them. There really was a difference between a Buick, a Chevrolet, and a Cadillac.

    Over time the seperate GM companies lost their uniqueness to become more what the Japanese companies are now: one larger maker marketing cars under different brands. One could argue that what GM used to offer under one corporate structure (lots of brands and models), is now offered by many different companies (lots of brands and models).

    Posted by Marie September 1, 09 01:21 PM
  1. A scaled down version of the Trailblazer? Um, that would be no. In fact, not at all. They are not even remotely related.

    The Trailblazer was a body-on-frame truck, normally rear-wheel-drive (when not in 4WD), with a longitudinally mounted engine (either a V6 or V8). The Trailblazer competed with the Ford Explorer and Honda Pilot.

    The 2010 Chevy Equinox is a unibody cross-over. It is normally front-wheel-drive and has a transversely mounted, 4-cylinder engine. The Equinox will compete with the Ford Escape and Honda CRV. The Equinox is far smaller, lighter, and less capable towing or offroad than the Trailblazer.

    Posted by JaredN September 1, 09 02:24 PM
  1. JaredN, re-read the first sentence. I was referring to the first-generation Equinox, which looked similar to the Trailblazer, in addition to sharing OHV engine tech. You're right about the details, but I wasn't trying for that kind of comparison.

    Posted by Clifford Atiyeh September 1, 09 02:28 PM
  1. I find the only people that knock American cars are people who cant afford them and think these plastic, boring, all look a like rice burners are "nice".....right. Whatever get's you through the day.
    Oh well. When life hands you lemons, make lemonade, huh?

    Posted by american made September 1, 09 02:34 PM
  1. Love the pic of the guy in the background with the Crown Vic working under the hood...
    Someday I would like to afford one of these.

    Posted by habib September 1, 09 03:56 PM
  1. Aren't we having fun now! Actually one of the reasons I like to buy American cars, aside from the fact that they have served me well, is what you might call enlightened self-interest. Any healthy heavy industry helps to keep our balance of payments up, gives other employers an incentive to pay their workers decently, returns employee dollars into the local economy, even saves on fuel compared to transporting product from halfway around the world. There are all kinds of reasons why we would do well to maintain a competitive domestic auto industry. I have eaten their bread, and likely so have many of you, either directly or indirectly. A very smart man told me back in 1971, "If you want to destroy the American economy buy a Japanese car." By the way, the last time I checked a vehicle's actual mileage performance was on a '92 Blazer and it got exactly the mileage that was advertised. The last new car I bought was Japanese, I won't mention the make, and it didn't even come close. Bear in mind that all manufacturers do those tests under ideal conditions we're unlikely to see very often.

    Posted by Doug September 1, 09 05:19 PM
  1. "@ CmicasatheGreatXvX
    OFF-TOPIC: In case you didn't know, "Mgescuro" was demoted. He was becoming a problem."

    Hey, Cmicasa... come on back then. I always thought you made a good contribution. That you got banned made zero sense to me.

    On the Nox, it is going to be a hot seller like the Traverse, which is now outselling both Pilot and Highlander. Make a great vehicle and it sells...

    Posted by eaton53 September 1, 09 05:28 PM
  1. We buy the canoodle out of Trailblazers and Equinox's at the auctions whenever we can. who are you kidding? they fly out of the lot as fast as we put them there...this new model will do well, whether some of these above me feel otherwise, we are the buyers for the largest dealers on the east coast and let me assure you GM will be back.

    Posted by cf September 1, 09 06:01 PM
  1. If this industry is in trouble, nobody has told its salespeople.

    Spent the weekend trying to buy a small SUV for less than 29K fully loaded. Not easy.

    I'm a full time sales pro. If this is tough for me, I imagine it's quite tough for the average buyer with less negotiations and sales experience.

    Good luck to everyone dealing with these jerks.

    Posted by pappynothappy September 1, 09 08:14 PM
  1. cant believe that there are some people that blame the unions for the problems with the American car manufactors. The upper management made all the poor decisions over the past 25 years. The unions asked for decent wages and management said yes. The upper management were getting extremely rich and extremely lazy and did not pay attention to its competitors and the market trends.
    This new Chevy looks and sounds great but I believe the American car manufactors need to be less expensive than its competitors if they wish to regain market share

    Posted by edzo September 2, 09 10:27 AM
  1. GM, Ford and Chrysler all continue to have some work to do in actually improving quality and styling. However, the Japenese and the Gernans have work to do too. They've been slowly sliding towards the old American model of too many trim levels and unneeded extras. Even some Mercedes models were rated less reliable for these reasons. Also, anyone ever have good experiences with VWs or Audis? You can have them all... nothing but expensive trouble.

    GM? Ford? Chrysler? Please just build a good looking reliable car. Reduce the number of platforms use use and make the remaining ones world-class and we'll do better.

    Unions? The unions for all intents and purposes now own GM and Chrysler, lets see if they ease up on their work rules and become more flexible in order to build Great American cars.

    Posted by bxbx September 2, 09 11:15 AM
  1. Listen, the fact of the matter is GM has gone bankrupt for whatever the multiple reasons... poor management, poor labor negotiations, poor selection of brands, poor quality of vehicles, bloated balance sheet, burning cash left and right and losing up to 1500.00 for each new vechicle sold. Not to mention their stock isn't even listed anymore and GM management telling investors NOT to buy their bankrupt stock when it went to the pink sheets. Tell me, how does that inspire anyone to buy GM? If you still have old school management in there (i.e. Bob Lutz who thought that global warming is a joke and boosted production on SUVs rather than manufactuing small compacts.. see interview on 60 minutes) how is this company going to emerge?

    You want quality? You want Americana? Watch the Barrett Jackson auction and see all of those wonderful cars GM built in the past. They were solid, inspiring must haves. Corvettes, GTOs, 57 Chevys. Those days are gone and unfortunately GM's spirit is dead, GM really hasn't made a good car since the late 70's. Now GM ran into the ground and it's now controlled by the government.

    And unfortunately, for all of those still wanting to buy GM, your hard earned money is like throwing rocks against the tide. It's futile. Go ahead, buy your Equinoxes with the rattling exhaust, the Cadillacs with pinging engines, the overlapping model selections, and uninspiring designs

    Did anyone check the latest as to who benefitted the most for the Cash for Clunkers? Unfortunately not GM. Top 3 were Honda, Ford, and Toyota.

    GM is certainly not where it should be now. The urban professionals are buying Audi's, BMWs, and Volkswagens. The efficient ones are buying the Toyota Prius. Soccer Moms are buying the Toyota RAV 4 or the Honda Odyssey, The so called boring but reliable customers are buying Toyota and Honda.

    It is what it is for now with GM. Hey, Mazda got out of their funk with their new Mazda redesigns. They went after the younger crowd.

    GM needs to find their identity. They don't have one. It's in their rear view mirror.

    Posted by LetsFacetheFacts September 2, 09 11:41 AM
  1. I have had my 2009 Pontiac Vibe GT (2.4L Engine) for one year now. I am very interested in the GMC Terrain (Chevy Equinox) as a replacement for my 2004 GMC Envoy. My Vibe gets 25.5 around town and while I have only made one road trip of 1650 miles which averaged 32.3 MPG. I will wait and see what the true mileage is on this Chevy Equinox. The test only showed 22 city driving and 32 on the vehicle fuel computer (usually not very accurate) and if it would get close to my Vibe's mileage, I might take the plunge, but not for $33.K. I remember GM's past experience with 4 cylinder engines (unreliable, oil leakers and noisy) - The Vibe's engine is a Toyota 2.4 along with the transmission. Will it go 200,000 miles without blowing up? My GMC Envoy SLE w/leather seats MSRP was around $34K and now after 5 years, only worth about $8-9K if you can find a buyer. It is a wait and see game now.

    Posted by John B September 2, 09 02:55 PM
  1. I looked, hoping GM would produce an all around small SUV competitor. Unfortunately, if you want a small SUV with some cargo capacity, the Equinox's back seats fold only at 45 degree angles instead of flat. This, for me, was a deal-breaker.

    Posted by Howard lenow September 6, 09 12:53 PM
  1. Please tell me why my post wasn't allowed in this thread. I posted it the 3rd day of this thread. Nothing nasty or argumentative, just the facts from an owner of a 2010 Nox.
    If this was North Korea, I could understand, but this kind of censorship in America will have me banning the Boston Globe forever!

    Posted by SunRa September 8, 09 11:05 PM
  1. The 2007 Honda CRV which I purchaesd new is a great car up to a point , it does great on ice and snow with AWD, best car I ever owned,BUT, I t eats up tires, 16000 miles on first set of Brunswick, alignment was good rotated tires every 5000K, second set of tires were Goodyear Integrity, they llasted 16000K, rotated tires every 3000k, Honda will not answer my plea for what the problem is, 2010 Chevy, Equinox may be the answer!

    Posted by Mac Sept. 16,2009 09:30 PM September 16, 09 10:31 PM
  1. Well as much as I hate that the Govt. owns two of the big three automakers in this country. I can tell by alot of the disloyalty to american products (if your not loyal to one its a safe bet your not loyal to many at all) in comments above, that maybe it was a necessary evil. Ameican vehicles have gotten a bad rap over the years, and they deserved it. But I can honestly say now after looking at vehicles like the equinox and the cruze with their very attractive looking exterior and interior that not only are the big three companies in this country pushing out some very reliable cars, but man are some of these vehicles sexy!

    Posted by Ryan September 19, 09 08:59 AM
  1. the trailblazer and equinox have absolutely nothing in common either in engineering or styling. and the trailblazer never was available with a V-6. it had an inline 6 .I own a 2003 trailblazer with 4wd and have taken it on numerous vacation trips and i have not had any problems with the truck and in the winter it is great in the snow. i also own a 1998 cadillac deville with the northstar V-8 and i have never had a problem with the engine pinging. although i have never owned anything other than GM cars several of my brothers and sisters have and they had more than their share of reliability issues and in the case with two of my brothers they went back to GM vehicles and they say they will stick with american cars

    Posted by jim September 24, 09 11:04 AM
  1. We have been trying to find one of these and actually called up over 10 dealerships before we found one. ALL of them were sold out! We looked at all the competitors, Honda, Toyota, Hyundai..none compared to this. The quality of the materials were excellent, ride was impressive (very quiet), overall It just feels so much more expensive than it is. After a test drive in the LTZ we were hooked. HIghly recommended!

    Posted by Mike September 25, 09 02:03 PM
  1. Looks nice GM, but after spending $40k on a suburban in '07 I was un-pleasantly surprised for the need of new engine AND a new transmission in '09. Yes, the warranty covered it, but I am running from this vehicle as soon as the warranty is gone. I have yet to even replace a lightbulb on my '95 toyota.

    Posted by Anonymous September 27, 09 10:03 AM
  1. To poster #116:

    Check out the Mazda Tribute. Same as the Ford Escape minus some of the chrome and with a cleaner looking front grille. US made on the same assembly line as the Fords, if you prefer to buy American-made. Fully loaded Grand Touring with nice 240hp V6, 6-speed, leather, premium radio/etc. sticker price is in your price range and with rebates/incentives and some negotiating you'll be able to get it NEW in the mid $20k's range. Very useful sized vehicle, lots of cargo capacity yet easy (and fun) to drive size. I tried two times in the past to buy a Ford Escape (2006 and 2009)...and both times I ended up with the Mazda-badged version for a lot less $$, I found they are much more willing to deal and offered better trade-in pricing.

    I find the Chevy to be nice esp. the direct-injection engines...but seems overpriced...$33k for a 4-cyl with FWD is in Acura RDX range and the Acura is a STRONG (ie non-bankrupt) brand with excellent quality and resale.

    Posted by carguy October 1, 09 05:40 PM
 

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