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Video: Chevrolet Equinox SUV is night and day from the best in class

Consumer Reports News: June 24, 2013 10:08 AM

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For many buyers, the Chevrolet Equinox is the perfect size between too big and too small. It's easy to get in and out of, has a relatively comfortable ride, and a spacious backseat. And several of us were also taken by our level LTZ's two-tone black and brown interior trim. But the good news pretty much ends there.

We're not just blindly knocking the Equinox, as this SUV has some serious shortcomings. Visibility is challenged by very thick windshield pillars and a small rear window. Handling is just OK but falls flat when pushed at our track. And despite a seemingly impressive 300-hp on-tap from the 3.6-liter V6, the Equinox feels sluggish and lazy in everyday driving—not helped by the six-speed automatic transmission that jumps into fuel-saving higher gears way too eagerly.

Finally, when you look at how much our mostly-loaded V6-powered Equinox costs—$37,000—most of us think about what else we could buy with that pile of cash. The base model Acura RDX, Ford Escape Titanium, Hyundai Santa Fe, and Kia Sorento come to mind.

For more Equinox insight, watch the video below and read the full road test.

Mike Quincy

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