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Pre-2018 Chevy Equinox Overview And How To Buy At The Best Price
The Chevy Equinox is well worth a look for those seeking a used "larger" small SUV that also offers superior handling and driving comfort over traditional truck-based models. As a crossover SUV (built on a carlike platform), the Equinox provides the look and versatility of a traditional SUV, while providing more carlike driving dynamics and better fuel efficiency.
Here's some background information for those who may be considering the purchase of a used Equinox:
The Chevrolet Equinox was first produced for 2005 and this first generation continued through the 2009 model year. Available models include the LS, 1LT, 2LT, LTZ and Sport.
Powering all Equinox models except the Sport is a 3.4 liter V6 that produces 185 horsepower and 210 lb-ft of torque. The more robust Sport model is equipped with a 3.6 liter V6 that delivers 264 horsepower. All models come standard with a five-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive, while all-wheel drive is optional.
Particularly appealing features that have won strong praise include the Equinox's versatile interior. Its 60/40-split rear seat slides nearly 8 inches foreward and back and it has an adjustable rear cargo shelf that boosts storage possibilities while also able to serve as a picnic table.
Storage room is also generous with a cargo capacity of 35 cubic feet. And this can be expanded to a full 69 cubic feet by folding those rear seats. Its smooth drive and quiet cabin have also been noted as significant pluses.
The base LS model is already well-equipped and standard features include items such as full power accessories, air conditioning, keyless entry, cruise control, 16 inch alloy wheels, a height-adjustable driver seat, an alarm system, a driver information center, automatic headlights, a rear window wiper and a 6-speaker CD stereo with a MP3 player jack.
The 1LT comes with 17 inch alloy wheels, foglights, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, upgraded cloth upholstery, faux wood accents, a rear center armrest, and a cargo net, while the 2LT adds the likes of remote start, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a power driver seat, automatic climate control and an upgraded audio system.
The uplevel LTZ then adds features such as a power liftgate, leather-trimmed upholstery, chrome exterior trim, heated front seats, an in-dash 6-disc CD changer and a Pioneer premium sound system.
The Sport model is equipped with the larger engine, a sport-tuned suspension with a lower ride height, 18 inch aluminum wheels, hydaulic power steering, unique exterior trim accents, sport bolstered front seats and special instrumentation. The Equinox Sport has a very quick 0 to 60 mph time of just under 7 seconds.
Used Chevy Equinox models can also be found with options such as a rear entertainment system, a sunroof and a hard-drive-based navigation system.
The Equinox has also earned excellent ratings in government crash tests, scoring perfect five-out-of-five stars in both frontal and side-impact protection for all occupants.
Some of the more significant changes over the years include the addition of antilock brakes (ABS) for 2006, standard stability control and four-wheel disc brakes and an optional navigation system for 2007, the introduction of the Sport and LTZ models for 2008, and standard satellite radio and curtain airbags as well as optional Bluetooth connectivity for 2009.
The second-generation Equinox was introduced for 2010 and produced through 2017, and aside for some minor feature revisions, remained largely unchanged other than a new direct-injected 3.6L V-6 becoming available on LT and LTZ models for the 2013 model. Overall, the second-generation improved over its predecessor with a sharper design, upgraded interior fit and finish, new features and new engine selections.
Available in LS, 1LT, 2LT and LTZ trims, the base LS model is again well-equipped with most of the standard features usually expected in higher trims, while additional features such as leather upholstery, heated seats, a rearview camera, a USB port, Bluetooth and automatic climate control are offered in the other trims. Used models can also be found with options such as navigation and a lane-departure warning system.
Newly available is a standard 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that's good for 182 horsepower and 172 pound-feet of torque. Also available on all but the LS is an upgraded 3.0-liter V6 that pumps out a lively 264 horsepower and 222 lb-ft. These engines are paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission, while front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is optional.
Overall, due to its comfort, driving agility and available features, we think a used Chevy Equinox makes an excellent choice as a second-hand crossover SUV purchase. And we can suggest a number of ways to help you save when buying one.
How To Get The Best Price
There are actually several different ways to buy a used Equinox at the lowest price, and even at wholesale. You can click on the links to each of the following methods to get the specific instructions.
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