2011 Chevrolet Equinox
The 2011 Chevrolet Equinox is a user-friendly SUV suited to family and daily use. This car’s spacious interior guarantees comfort and a smooth driving experience. It has one of the best fuel averages in its class and is great for long road trips. It doesn’t offer that much in looks, but in terms of performance does better than its competitors for the same, if not lower, price.
Overview of the car:
The 2011 Chevrolet Equinox is offered in 4 trims, with 2WD being the standard and an optional AWD available. All trims are pre-equipped with a standard 6-speed auto transmission. The base model, the LS, comes with a 182hp, 2.4L, 4-cylinder engine. The LT models, with 1LT and 2LT, are available with a 264hp, 3.0L, V6 engine and are a key upgrade over the LS in terms of features, such as Bluetooth, a USB port, a rear-view camera, auto climate control, and more. The highest-end LTZ model comes with the same engine options and has, by standard, leather seats, a power liftgate, and more.
Performance and Fuel Economy:
The 2011 Chevrolet Equinox offers a smooth driving experience, even at 70mph and above speeds. The car offers balanced handling and a soothing ride over bumpy roads and winding corners. The steering is responsive, and the car has good stability on the road. However, when fully packed, the sluggish and underperforming engine might struggle to pull its weight, and you might hear straining noises from under the hood.
According to the EPA, Equinox’s 4-cylinder engine with 2WD averages around 22mpg in the city and 31mpg on the highway. For the same engine with 4WD, the stats drop to 20mpg in the city and 28mpg on the expressway. With the optional V6, these numbers drop further to 17mpg on the city roads and 24mpg on the highway.
Design, Comfort, and Quality:
In terms of design, Equinox has a simple and plain exterior design. It doesn’t offer sporty looks, nor is it a head-turner. Its interior offers a somewhat premium feel; cloth upholstery is replaceable with leather padding, and heated front seats are available too. The seats are quite relaxing and provide ample leg and head space on the front and back. There are no issues with rear visibility, making the car perfect for daily and long drive use.
By standard, the 2011 Chevrolet Equinox includes a six-speaker sound system, an aux input jack, and a radio. Additional features include a leather padded steering wheel, a rear-view camera, auto climate adjustment, remote start, a sunroof, an infotainment setup with a 7-inch touchscreen, a better stereo system, second-row DVD entertainment setup, a USB port, and BT connectivity.
The NHTSA awarded Equinox a general safety rating of 4/5 stars, with 5 stars in the side crash test and 4 stars in other tests. The car received a Top Safety Pick and a rating of Good in the strength department by the IIHS.
Standard safety features of the car include:
- Electronic Stability system
- Side airbags for front and rear seats
- Front and side-impact airbags in the front seats
- Antilock brakes
Dimensions (inches): 188x73x66
Trunk Vol. (ft3): 31.4
Base Curb Weight (kg): 1717
Wheelbase (inches): 112.5
Fuel Capacity (gal): 18.8
2011 Chevrolet Equinox – Factory Service Manual:
A 2011 Chevrolet Equinox Repair Manual helps you identify and fix any problems that you may run into with your vehicle. Inside each FSM Factory Service Manual, you’ll find fixed data the vendor prepared to help specialists utilize in case of repairs or other workshop maintenance works. Most parts in the car have their codes and specific numbers to help mechanics and owners identify and understand the working more easily and where exactly to look for the problem. Some examples include:
- Body control module
- Video display
- HVAC control module
- Instrument Cluster
- Audio Amplifier
2011 Chevrolet Equinox – Owner’s Manual:
Upon purchase, customers are given a Chevrolet Equinox Owners Manual that includes all of Equinox’s important information for future use. The contents include information about certain parts of the car, how to operate the vehicle, what specific sensors do, what some signs on the speedometer mean for the vehicle, and more. Chevrolet advises customers to go through the manual before jumping in the vehicle. Some contents of the manual are:
- Keys, Doors, and Windows
- Infotainment System
- Service and Maintenance
- Technical Data
2011 Chevrolet Equinox – Pricing
Chevrolet offers an AWD option for all of its trims, as well as a V6 engine option. Hence, these prices are subject to change depending on the trim, engine type, and drivetrain that the customer chooses to go with. Following are the MSRP prices for the 2011 Chevrolet Equinox at the time of release:
LS: Starts at $22,995
LT (1LT): Starts at $24,160
LT (2LT): Starts at $26,220
LTZ: Starts at $28,570
Frequently Asked Questions
What problems does the 2011 Equinox have?
Reported problems include steering problems and excessive oil use
What is the reliability rating of the 2011 Equinox?
3.5 out of 5
how long will my 2011 Equinox last?