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   |   2005 Chevrolet Equinox Passenger Side View
Photo 5/7   |   2005 Chevrolet Equinox Interior View Rear Seats With Children In Car Seats

Photo 6/7   |   2005 Chevrolet Equinox Interior View Trunk Shelf
Photo 7/7   |   2005 Chevrolet Equinox Interior View Steering Wheel

2015 Chevrolet Equinox Specifications

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Fair Market Price $22,004
MSRP $22,120
Editors' Overall Rating
Mileage 22 City / 32 Highway
Engine 2.4L I4
Horse Power 182 hp @ 6,700 rpm
Torque 172 ft lb of torque @ 4,900 rpm
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