The Chevrolet Equinox aims straight at the popular compact SUV segment, with its high-tech features, accomplished road manners and generous interior room. However, it doesn't quite deliver on its promise of good performance and fuel economy from its standard engine, and the interior is rather drab.
The 1.5-liter turbo four-cylinder engine is a bit of a letdown, as it doesn't pack a lot of reserve power. At least it delivers a decent 25 mpg. The six-speed automatic transmission isn't the slickest -- you do feel some shifts -- but it's not annoying. The standard gas-saving stop/start feature is unobtrusive.
To its credit, the Equinox is roomy, has a quiet interior, absorbent and controlled ride, and responsive handling.