First Drive: 2005 Chevrolet Equinox

Equinox isn't meant for serious off-roading, it's made for comfort.

Allyson Harwood
Apr 22, 2004
Photographers: The Manufacturer
When the old compact Blazer evolved into the midsize TrailBlazer, it left a hole in Chevrolet's lineup. As of early 2004, that space will be filled by the Equinox, built to compete with the Ford Escape, Honda CR-V, and Toyota RAV4. Unlike the Blazer, the car-based Equinox isn't meant for serious off-roading, but what it lacks in trail prowess it makes up for in comfort, interior versatility, and luxury at a bargain price.

The sport/utility will be powered by GM's 3.4-liter OHV V-6 and backed by a five-speed Aisin-Warner automatic. Suspension consists of a MacPherson-strut front and a four-link coil-spring rear. Front-drive is standard, with all-wheel drive optional. Front discs and rear drums come on all levels of the Equinox. Four-wheel ABS is standard on all-wheel-drive models and optional for front-drivers.
The Equinox's second-row Multi-Flex bench seat has eight inches of travel, meaning the cargo or passenger areas can quickly be made a higher priority. Chevy states the Equinox's rear-seat legroom (maximum 42.7 inches) is not only best in class, but exceeds that of the Expedition. The 60/40 rear seats have two recline positions and fold flat, as does the front passenger seat. Chevrolet is offering several options, including OnStar, XM Satellite Radio, steering-wheel radio controls, a 3500-pound tow package, and side head-curtain airbags.
With the Equinox's versatile interior, ample power, and upscale design, inside and out, Chevrolet is aggressively entering a highly competitive market segment with a very capable product.
Photo 2/7   |   2005 Chevrolet Equinox Front Drivers Side View
Photo 3/7   |   2005 Chevrolet Equinox Rear Drivers Side View

Photo 4/7   |   Chevrolet's television commerical "Doors" is another element of its American Revolution advertising campaign. The campaign was launched on Dec. 31, 2003 and will advance the introduction of 10 new Chevy products within a 20-month timeframe.
Photo 5/7   |   The all-new Chevrolet Equinox compact SUV can accommodate three child seats in the rear seat of the vehicle.

Photo 6/7   |   2005 Chevy Equinox reconfigurable rear cargo area.
Photo 7/7   |   2005 Chevrolet Equinox Interior View Steering Wheel



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