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New Car Review: 2010 Chevrolet Equinox

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By Bob Plunkett

Just west of Detroit on rolling terrain dented by glacial lakes, we're scooting along two-lane Michigan 36 from Stockbridge to Pinckney in the driver's bucket of the new 2010 Chevrolet Equinox

Stretching more than 15 feet long and six feet wide, the 2010 Chevrolet Equinox wagon rides on a stretched platform with two doors on each flank of the elongated cabin and a hatchback lid at the tail.

Chevy Chrome-coated block letters mounted on the lip of the tailgate identify Chevy's new crossover utility vechicle as the E-Q-U-I-N-O-X, a word referring to that moment in spring and fall when day and night are equal and the world is in perfect balance.

This theme of equilibrium applies to Equinox the Chevy CUV because it strikes a balance as a car-based vehicle which resembles a sleek sport utility wagon but functions like a family-friendly minivan and drives like an easy-riding sedan.

It blends the best traits of a traditional SUV -- such as the tall stance and spacious cabin with flexible seating and generous cargo capacity -- with favored traits of a tightly constructed sedan, as it's easy to enter the low-rise cabin, easy to maneuver the vehicle around town in traffic and easy to park it on a crowded lot.

The 2010 Chevrolet Equinox, completely redesigned with a choice of two new fuel-thrifty engines, also adds FWD or AWD options.

We steered both FWD and AWD versions of the 2010 Equinox on twisty two-lane roads skirting Michigan lakes and find sure-footed traction along with a comfortable ride quality.

Chevrolet establishes MSRP figures as low as $22,450 for Equinox LS FWD and $24,200 for Equinox LS AWD.


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