Chevrolet Equinox Wins USA Today Crossover Award
“The Equinox is the clear winner in my book, seemingly belonging to a completely different category of cars: the luxury category,” wrote one of the reviewers.
The nine crossovers, all costing below the $29,000 mark, were put through a series of tests and then judged by an actual family to decide which was the best. The Equinox was well liked for its four-cylinder engine, fit and finish, and the features a family desires in a vehicle.
It managed to beat other favorites, such as the Kia Sportage, Hyundai Tuscon, Subaru Forester, Nissan Rogue, Toyota RAV4, Ford Escape and Honda CR-V, in order to take the top prize.
The all-new model was launched as a crossover that combines efficiency with comfort. The new 2.4-liter direct injection four-cylinder engine helps the Chevrolet Equinox deliver an estimated highway fuel economy of 30 mpg in the US, a 25 percent improvement over the previous model.
The exterior design of the vehicle is inspired by the Chevrolet Malibu sedan and Traverse crossover. "With the 2010 Equinox, we focused on appealing to the senses - from the overall design to the feel of the interior," Peper, GM North America vice president, describes the vehicle.
Inside the Chevrolet Equinox, all features show a strong attention to detail, including a number of storage bins, like an oversized glove box, a closed storage bin in the instrument panel above the center stack and closed storage under the center armrest large enough for a laptop computer.