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Old 11-11-2009, 08:35 AM   #1
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Hopefully A Thread That Won't be Merged: AOL Gives New Equinox Top Marks




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Oh, man. There aren't cars like this quite often. These are the sorts of things that you remember for a long, long time. We're not talking life-changing, but this is definitely in the category of significantly memorable. Sitting in that row at the ballgame where they hand the free hot dogs out. Hauling in the biggest fish on the boat. Winning the 50/50 raffle at the basketball game.

We've just returned from a week with the 2010 Chevrolet Equinox and we're happy to go on record as putting it up there with all that good stuff. You might think we're crazy, but it's not difficult for us to get excited about a vehicle like a crossover (that strange union of an SUV and a car). Since nearly every manufacturer makes one these days, they tend to get a lot of attention. But the reality is that most haven't been that inspiring. In fact, GM has been in the crossover game for years, too, but nothing they produced ever came this close.

The Equinox changes all of that.
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Old 11-11-2009, 08:40 AM   #2
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Old 11-11-2009, 08:49 AM   #3
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I saw that too. I really love when I sign on and AOL has positive things to say about GM on the homepage. It is a solid vehicle that will meet a lot of peoples' needs..and is...they just announced a major investment at the plant that builds them.
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Old 11-11-2009, 09:19 AM   #4
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I can't for the life of me fathom why anyone would want a CR-V or Rav4 after driving one of these.
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Old 11-11-2009, 09:44 AM   #5
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I can't for the life of me fathom why anyone would want a CR-V or Rav4 after driving one of these.
I agree Fen, just have to get people to "consider" a GM product and with the current (and upcoming) products they will sell themselves...

We were at the Dallas Galleria Mall on Saturday and there was a big Cadillac event going on to showcase the new SRX and CTS wagon. They were doing a test drive of the SRX and they had competitors' vehicles there to test drive too...Mercedes/BMW/Lexus...If you can force people to give GM products a fair shake and compare it to the compitition they will do well with the current line up...GM has not always been able to say that!

The event was a GM event. Not a dealer event, and it was a very good way to expose people to the new cars in a low pressure way. I didn't do a test drive ( I am fortunate enough to have done that), but did check out the cars and talked with a few of the reps and they were very informed and friendly.
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Old 11-11-2009, 10:44 AM   #6
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The 2010 Chevy Equinox and GMC Terrain rock. They cannot be beat in the CUV segment for features/price.
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Old 11-11-2009, 12:35 PM   #7
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My G/F is ordering one later this month. She's coming from an Escape which is a complete POS. These are great SUV's and very comfortable and economic. Cheap too for the content and feature you get.
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Old 11-11-2009, 02:18 PM   #8
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Just hit 1k miles today on my new 2010 Equinox LTZ, very happy!!!


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Old 11-11-2009, 03:15 PM   #9
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The Equinox is selling really well! We can't keep them in stock more than a few days.

When we do have them we get 20 requests from other dealers to trade them. Amazing how they are selling. Makes me happy!

PS...as of right now I have two...just sayin' :-)
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Old 11-11-2009, 06:47 PM   #10
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Very good read!

I'm loving the Equinox, very much!
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Old 11-11-2009, 07:41 PM   #11
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The ride is slick... bottom line. The Terrain tho... in my opinion, is the one. I just LOVE the styling that much more. These two vehicles are the epitome of proper badge engineering.



WOW... and I just bought my mom a 2008 Equinox Sport last year...
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WOW... and I just bought my mom a 2008 Equinox Sport last year...
That's what trade-ins are for.
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Old 11-13-2009, 10:53 AM   #13
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Equinox is a great vehicle. It has appeal to a broad range of customers, there isn't much that GM could have done better with it.
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These two vehicles are the epitome of proper badge engineering.
I'll disagree. I'd say the Traverse, Acadia and Enclave are a much better example of good badge engineering. But either way, they're lightyears ahead of the days of the Cavalier/Sunbird/Cimeron and the rest of 'em.
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Old 11-13-2009, 09:26 PM   #14
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Does the new Equinox have the AWD system that uses the front wheels as the primary drive wheels? The rear wheels are only driven when needed?
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Old 11-13-2009, 09:37 PM   #15
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Does the new Equinox have the AWD system that uses the front wheels as the primary drive wheels? The rear wheels are only driven when needed?
Full time AWD, but FWD biased. This is what's on the website:
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Equinox offers an available full-time AWD system.
This intelligent system constantly monitors road conditions and driver inputs to send the appropriate amount of torque to the rear wheels. As a result, you get traction and handling that is optimal for existing surface conditions. The WED system pro-actively sends torque to the rear wheels during acceleration minimalizing the chances of wheel slip. In demanding conditions such as when the front wheels are on snow or ice, the AWD controller commands additional torque to the rear axle to result in smooth, seamless acceleration.
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Old 11-14-2009, 12:23 AM   #16
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The ride is slick... bottom line. The Terrain tho... in my opinion, is the one. I just LOVE the styling that much more. These two vehicles are the epitome of proper badge engineering.



WOW... and I just bought my mom a 2008 Equinox Sport last year...
I agree. I like the Terrain better even if I know you pay a premium and its the same damn car. The looks really are that much better to me.
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Old 11-14-2009, 01:31 AM   #17
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I agree. I like the Terrain better even if I know you pay a premium and its the same damn car. The looks really are that much better to me.
You don't pay much of a premium for the Terrain actually. It has more standard content than Equinox.
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Old 11-14-2009, 01:33 AM   #18
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I agree. I like the Terrain better even if I know you pay a premium and its the same damn car. The looks really are that much better to me.
My thoughts exactly.
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Full time AWD, but FWD biased. This is what's on the website:

Exactly... The AWD system is essentially the Haldex system used originally in the TurboX.. and now being used in everything coming out of GM with AWD on the back
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I agree. I like the Terrain better even if I know you pay a premium and its the same damn car. The looks really are that much better to me.

Plus.. as my wife says... "it's tougher looking.. more of a truck look than the Chevy."

Meaning GMC did their job
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Plus.. as my wife says... "it's tougher looking.. more of a truck look than the Chevy."

Meaning GMC did their job
The look of the Terrain is a little more "man friendly", but even my wife prefers the look of the Terrain over the Equinox.
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Funny, the general consensus when pictures were first shown is that the Terrain looked awkward, to put it nicely
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I like the equinox better, the terrain seems a bit to wrought for me, anyone agree ?
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you know the gauge surrounds look like the Camaro. i think they've hit the happy medium with these things between the old minivans and suv's.
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Funny, the general consensus when pictures were first shown is that the Terrain looked awkward, to put it nicely
Looks much better in person. Lines flow better. Looks better in motion too.
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