2008 Chevrolet Equinox Pricing, Specs & Reviews

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$23,035-$29,740
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What Changed for 2008:

  • New Equinox Sport model

  • New 3.6-liter V-6 engine with variable valve timing

  • New 6-speed automatic transmission

  • Sport-tuned suspension

  • Unique exterior and interior appointments

  • Equinox LTZ trim added

  • OnStar standard

  • Enhanced ride and handling for LS and LT

  • New Electronic Trailer Sway control integrated into standard stability control system on all models

  • Three new exterior colors
Overview
For 2008, Chevrolet adds the Equinox Sport and Equinox LTZ models to the compact sport utility vehicle (SUV) segment, standard OnStar, stability control, and 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes. The 5-passenger front-wheel-drive Equinox is one of the few compact SUVs on the market with a standard V-6 engine and Chevy appears to be positioned to compete with Mazda CX-7 and Toyota RAV4 Sport V-6. All 2008 Equinox models are available in front- or all-wheel drive (FWD or AWD).

Model Lineup
The 2008 Chevrolet Equinox lineup includes four models: Equinox LS, LT, LTZ and Sport, in FWD or AWD. Standard equipment includes StabiliTrak stability control; remote keyless entry; Multiflex sliding rear seat that can be moved 8 inches fore and aft; OnStar (one year Safe and Sound plan); and XM satellite radio (three months free). New for 2008 is the Equinox Sport model, which includes a 3.6-liter V-6 engine; 6-speed automatic transmission; stiffer suspension; and forged 18-inch wheels. The new Equinox LTZ features 17-inch bright chrome-clad aluminum wheels; bright chrome door handles and luggage rack side rail inserts; heated front seats; leather seating inserts; head-curtain side-impact air bags; and the same enhanced ride and handling package as the LS and LT. Three new colors are available for 2008: Navy Blue Metallic, Black Granite Metallic and Golden Teal Metallic.

Powertrain
Standard engine in the 2008 Equinox LS, LT and LTZ is a 3.4-liter, 12-valve V-6 engine that delivers 185 hp at 5200 rpm and 210 lb.-ft. of torque at 3800 rpm. Power is transferred through a 5-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission. The Equinox Sport is powered by a new 3.6-liter DOHC 24-valve V-6 engine that delivers 264 hp at 6500 rpm (a 42-percent power increase over the Equinox LT) and 250 lb.-ft. of torque at 3100 rpm, paired with a new 6-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission with manual shift mode. EPA fuel economy estimates are 19 mpg city/26 mpg highway for the FWD 3.4-liter V-6 and 18 mpg city/25 mpg highway for the AWD 3.4-liter V-6. For the 3.6-liter V-6 FWD, the numbers are 17 mpg city/24 mpg highway, while the AWD is 16 mpg city/26 mpg highway.

Safety
Safety features on the 2008 Chevrolet Equinox include dual-stage front air bags with passenger sensing system (head curtain side air bags are available as an option); front safety belt pre-tensioners; LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) system; child-safe door locks; anti-lock vented front disc brakes with dual-piston calipers; rear disc brakes; traction control; tire-pressure-monitoring system; electronic trailer sway control integrated into the electronic stability control system; and a multi-function remote that operates anti-theft, door lock/unlock, panic alarm, illuminated entry and remote ignition functions. In crash tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the 2008 Equinox earned perfect 5-star ratings in driver and passenger front and front- and rear-seat side crash tests. In rollover testing, the 2008 Equinox received a 4-star rating for FWD and AWD models.

Technology
All Equinox sound systems for 2008 offer improved sound, a standard 6-speaker system, and an auxiliary input jack for MP3/iPod playback. These include stereo with CD player; stereo with CD/MP3 player and Radio Data System (RDS); stereo with in-dash 6-disc CD/MPS and RDS; stereo with CD/MP3 player with DVD playback capability and RDS; and stereo with CD/MP3 player with full feature navigation with touch-screen, voice control and RDS. The Multiflex sliding rear seat is a standard feature on all 2008 Equinox models and allows the seat to move nearly 8 inches fore and aft, as well as recline. The optional AWD system, although primarily intended for use on-road, also provides traction and mobility during off-road adventures. The electronic sway control that's integrated into the stability control system detects trailer sway that may be caused by improper weight distribution or excessive speed, and automatically applies the brakes independent of the driver, and, if the sway continues, the system reduces engine torque to lower vehicle speed.

What Changed for 2008:

  • New Equinox Sport model

  • New 3.6-liter V-6 engine with variable valve timing

  • New 6-speed automatic transmission

  • Sport-tuned suspension

  • Unique exterior and interior appointments

  • Equinox LTZ trim added

  • OnStar standard

  • Enhanced ride and handling for LS and LT

  • New Electronic Trailer Sway control integrated into standard stability control system on all models

  • Three new exterior colors
Overview
For 2008, Chevrolet adds the Equinox Sport and Equinox LTZ models to the compact sport utility vehicle (SUV) segment, standard OnStar, stability control, and 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes. The 5-passenger front-wheel-drive Equinox is one of the few compact SUVs on the market with a standard V-6 engine and Chevy appears to be positioned to compete with Mazda CX-7 and Toyota RAV4 Sport V-6. All 2008 Equinox models are available in front- or all-wheel drive (FWD or AWD).

Model Lineup
The 2008 Chevrolet Equinox lineup includes four models: Equinox LS, LT, LTZ and Sport, in FWD or AWD. Standard equipment includes StabiliTrak stability control; remote keyless entry; Multiflex sliding rear seat that can be moved 8 inches fore and aft; OnStar (one year Safe and Sound plan); and XM satellite radio (three months free). New for 2008 is the Equinox Sport model, which includes a 3.6-liter V-6 engine; 6-speed automatic transmission; stiffer suspension; and forged 18-inch wheels. The new Equinox LTZ features 17-inch bright chrome-clad aluminum wheels; bright chrome door handles and luggage rack side rail inserts; heated front seats; leather seating inserts; head-curtain side-impact air bags; and the same enhanced ride and handling package as the LS and LT. Three new colors are available for 2008: Navy Blue Metallic, Black Granite Metallic and Golden Teal Metallic.

Powertrain
Standard engine in the 2008 Equinox LS, LT and LTZ is a 3.4-liter, 12-valve V-6 engine that delivers 185 hp at 5200 rpm and 210 lb.-ft. of torque at 3800 rpm. Power is transferred through a 5-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission. The Equinox Sport is powered by a new 3.6-liter DOHC 24-valve V-6 engine that delivers 264 hp at 6500 rpm (a 42-percent power increase over the Equinox LT) and 250 lb.-ft. of torque at 3100 rpm, paired with a new 6-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission with manual shift mode. EPA fuel economy estimates are 19 mpg city/26 mpg highway for the FWD 3.4-liter V-6 and 18 mpg city/25 mpg highway for the AWD 3.4-liter V-6. For the 3.6-liter V-6 FWD, the numbers are 17 mpg city/24 mpg highway, while the AWD is 16 mpg city/26 mpg highway.

Safety
Safety features on the 2008 Chevrolet Equinox include dual-stage front air bags with passenger sensing system (head curtain side air bags are available as an option); front safety belt pre-tensioners; LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) system; child-safe door locks; anti-lock vented front disc brakes with dual-piston calipers; rear disc brakes; traction control; tire-pressure-monitoring system; electronic trailer sway control integrated into the electronic stability control system; and a multi-function remote that operates anti-theft, door lock/unlock, panic alarm, illuminated entry and remote ignition functions. In crash tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the 2008 Equinox earned perfect 5-star ratings in driver and passenger front and front- and rear-seat side crash tests. In rollover testing, the 2008 Equinox received a 4-star rating for FWD and AWD models.

Technology
All Equinox sound systems for 2008 offer improved sound, a standard 6-speaker system, and an auxiliary input jack for MP3/iPod playback. These include stereo with CD player; stereo with CD/MP3 player and Radio Data System (RDS); stereo with in-dash 6-disc CD/MPS and RDS; stereo with CD/MP3 player with DVD playback capability and RDS; and stereo with CD/MP3 player with full feature navigation with touch-screen, voice control and RDS. The Multiflex sliding rear seat is a standard feature on all 2008 Equinox models and allows the seat to move nearly 8 inches fore and aft, as well as recline. The optional AWD system, although primarily intended for use on-road, also provides traction and mobility during off-road adventures. The electronic sway control that's integrated into the stability control system detects trailer sway that may be caused by improper weight distribution or excessive speed, and automatically applies the brakes independent of the driver, and, if the sway continues, the system reduces engine torque to lower vehicle speed.
Available Trims for the 2008 Chevrolet Equinox
Transmission MSRP Engine City/Hwy MPG
Name LS (FWD 4dr) Transmission Automatic MSRP 23035.00 Engine 3.4L/204 City/Hwy MPG 17/24
Name LT (FWD 4dr) Transmission Automatic MSRP 23905.00 Engine 3.4L/204 City/Hwy MPG 17/24
Name Sport (FWD 4dr) Transmission Automatic MSRP 28115.00 Engine 3.6L/220 City/Hwy MPG 16/24
Name LS (AWD 4dr) Transmission Automatic MSRP 24660.00 Engine 3.4L/204 City/Hwy MPG 17/24
Name LT (AWD 4dr) Transmission Automatic MSRP 25530.00 Engine 3.4L/204 City/Hwy MPG 17/24
Name Sport (AWD 4dr) Transmission Automatic MSRP 29740.00 Engine 3.6L/220 City/Hwy MPG 16/24
Name LTZ (FWD 4dr) Transmission Automatic MSRP 27810.00 Engine 3.4L/204 City/Hwy MPG 17/24
Name LTZ (AWD 4dr) Transmission Automatic MSRP 29435.00 Engine 3.4L/204 City/Hwy MPG 17/24
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INTERIOR
  • Seats, front reclining buckets
  • LS Interior Trim Package, with Manhattan Cloth
  • Seat, front passenger flat-folding seatback
  • Seats, rear Multi-Flex 60/40 split-seatback bench with 2-position recline
  • Console, center with armrest and concealed storage
  • Console, floor with storage bin
  • Armrest, front center console with concealed storage
  • Steering wheel, urethane
  • Steering column, tilt
  • Instrumentation, electronic, with speedometer, single trip odometer, fuel level, engine temperature, and tachometer
  • Driver Information Center, monitors various systems
  • Warning tones, headlamp on and key-in-ignition
  • Tire Pressure Monitor
  • Windows, power with driver Express-Down and passenger lockout
  • Door locks, power programmable, includes remote keyless entry
  • Remote Keyless Entry, with 2 transmitters, panic button, content theft alarm, activation verification and illuminated entry
  • Cruise control, electronic with set and resume speed
  • Theft-deterrent system, content theft alarm
  • Air conditioning, single-zone manual
  • Defogger, rear-window electric
  • Cup holders, 3 front and 2 rear
  • Power outlets, 2 auxiliary with covers, 12-volt, includes 1 front and 1 rear
  • Mirror, inside rearview manual day/night
  • Visors, driver and front passenger vanity mirrors
  • Lighting, interior with theatre dimming, center-mounted dome and rear cargo area
  • Floor mats, carpeted front and rear, removable
  • LT Trim Package, with Premium Cloth, cargo net and driver seatback map pocket
  • Armrest, center, rear with 2 additional cupholders
  • Steering wheel, leather-wrapped
  • Steering wheel controls, mounted audio controls
  • Driver Information Center, monitors various systems (with 2LT Preferred Equipment Group Includes compass.)
  • Instrument panel trim, warm Sycamore
  • Remote vehicle starter prep package, includes enhanced remote keyless entry
  • Cargo net, full-across rear
  • Seats, Sport specific high bolstered front buckets
  • Seats, heated driver and front passenger
  • Remote vehicle start includes enhanced Remote Keyless Entry
  • Sport Interior Trim Package, with Sport specific Sport Cloth and driver seatback map pocket
  • Seat adjuster, driver 6-way power with manual lumbar adjuster and map pocket
  • Instrumentation, Sport specific speedometer, single trip odometer, fuel level, engine temperature and tachometer
  • Driver Information Center, monitors various systems (Includes compass.)
  • Mirror, inside rearview, self-dimming
  • Audio system feature, Pioneer premium 7-speaker system with amplifier and subwoofer
  • LTZ Trim Package, with Leather seat inserts, cargo net and driver seatback map pocket
  • Seat trim, leather seating inserts
EXTERIOR
  • Wheels, 4 - 16" x 6.5" (40.6 cm x 16.5 cm) cast aluminum includes steel spare
  • Tires, P235/65R16 all-season, blackwall
  • Luggage rack side rails, roof-mounted, Black
  • LS Exterior Appearance, includes body-color bumpers with Charcoal lowers, Charcoal luggage rails, Black door handles and 16" cast aluminum wheels
  • Body, liftgate with fixed glass
  • Spoiler, rear, integrated, body-color
  • Moldings, body-color bodyside
  • Moldings, Charcoal lower rocker
  • Bumpers, front and rear, body-color with Charcoal lowers
  • Daytime Running Lamps
  • Headlamps, halogen composite with automatic exterior lamp control
  • Mirrors, outside power-adjustable, Black, manual folding
  • Wipers, front intermittent
  • Wiper, rear intermittent with washer
  • Wheels, 4 - 16" x 6.5" (40.6 cm x 16.5 cm) cast aluminum includes steel spare (Requires 1LT Preferred Equipment Group)
  • Tires, P235/65R16 all-season, blackwall (Requires 1LT Preferred Equipment Group)
  • Glass, deep-tinted (all windows except light-tinted glass on windshield and driver-and front passenger-side glass)
  • Luggage rack side rails, roof-mounted, Black (Body-color.)
  • LT Exterior Appearance, includes body-color bumpers with Charcoal lowers, body-color luggage rails, body-color door handles, body-color outside mirrors and cast aluminum wheels
  • Mirrors, outside power-adjustable, body-color, manual folding
  • Wheels, 4 - 18" x 8" (45.7 cm x 20.3 cm) flangeless polished machined forged aluminum
  • Tires, P235/50R18 all-season, blackwall
  • Sport Exterior Appearance, includes body-color bumpers with Sport specific body-color lowers, rocker moldings, door handles, outside mirrors and 18" (45.7 cm) aluminum wheels
  • Moldings, body-color lower rocker
  • Bumpers, front and rear body-color with body-color lowers, Sport specific
  • Fog lamps, front halogen
  • Wheels, 4 - 17" x 7" (43.2 cm x 17.8 cm) bright chrome clad aluminum
  • Tires, P235/60R17 all-season, blackwall
  • LTZ Exterior Appearance, includes body-color bumpers with Charcoal lowers, body-color luggage rails with bright chrome insert, bright chrome door handles, body-color outside mirrors and cast aluminum wheels
MECHANICAL
  • Engine, 3.4L V6 (185 HP [138.0 kW] @ 5200 rpm, 210 lb.-ft of torque [283.8 N-m] @ 3800 rpm)
  • Transmission, 5-speed automatic, electronically controlled
  • Rear axle, 2.48 final drive ratio
  • Front wheel drive
  • Battery, maintenance-free with rundown protection
  • GVWR, 5070 lbs. (2300 kg)
  • Suspension, front independent, strut type with coil springs
  • Suspension, rear independent trailing arm with 3 lateral locating links and coil springs
  • Suspension, ride-handling suspension tuning
  • Steering, power-assist, electric-variable
  • Engine, 3.6L V6 SFI (264 hp [196.8 kW] @ 6500 rpm, 250 lb-ft of torque [337.5 N-n] @ 2300 rpm)
  • Transmission, 6-speed automatic, electronically controlled with tap-up/tap-down
  • Rear axle, 2.77 final drive ratio
  • GVWR, 5115 lbs. (2320 kg)
  • Suspension, Sport suspension tuning
  • Steering, power-assist, hydraulic-variable
  • Exhaust, dual with chrome tips
  • All wheel drive
PACKAGE
    SAFETY
    • Traction control
    • StabiliTrak, electronic stability control system
    • Brakes, 4-wheel antilock, 4-wheel disc
    • OnStar, 1-year of Safe and Sound plan. Includes Automatic Notification of Air Bag Deployment, Stolen Vehicle Location Assistance, Emergency Services, Roadside Assistance, Remote Door Unlock, OnStar Vehicle Diagnostics, Hands-Free Calling, AccidentAssist and Remote Horn & Lights (OnStar services require vehicle electrical system (including battery), wireless service and GPS satellite signals to be available and operating for features to function properly. OnStar acts as a link to existing emergency service providers. Stolen Vehicle Location Assistance and remote Door Unlock success varies with conditions. OnStar Vehicle Diagnostics available on most 2004 MY and newer GM vehicles. Diagnostic capability varies by model. Visit onstar.com for system limitations a
    • Air bags, dual-stage frontal, driver and front passenger with Passenger Sensing System (Always use safety belts and the correct child restraints for your childs age and size. Even in vehicles equipped with air bags and the Passenger Sensing System, children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat. Never place a rear-facing infant restraint in the front seat of any vehicle equipped with an active frontal air bag. See the vehicles Owners Manual and child safety seat instructions for more safety information.)
    • Safety belts, 3-point, driver and right-front passenger, height-adjustable includes pretensioners
    • Safety belts, 3-point, rear, all seating positions
    • Door locks, rear child security
    • LATCH system (Lower Anchors and Top tethers for CHildren) for child safety seats
    • Air bags, head curtain side-impact, front and rear outboard seating positions with rollover sensor (Head curtain side air bags are designed to help reduce the risk of head and neck injuries to front and rear seat occupants on the near side of certain side-impact collisions. Always use safety belts and correct child restraints for your childs age and size, even in vehicles equipped with air bags. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat. See the vehicles Owners Manual and child safety seat instructions for more safety information.)
    ENTERTAINMENT
    • Audio system, AM/FM stereo with CD player seek-and-scan, digital clock, auxiliary input jack for Ipod/MP3 player and 6 speakers
    • Antenna, roof-mounted
    • Audio system, AM/FM stereo with CD/MP3 player seek-scan, digital clock, auto-tone control, Radio Data System (RDS), auxiliary input jack for Ipod/MP3 player and 6 speakers
    • XM Satellite Radio. With a wide variety of programming, XM has something to excite any driver. Whether you want to be entertained or informed, to laugh, think, or sing, XM has the perfect channel for you-coast-to-coast, and in digital-quality sound. 3 trial months-no obligation (Available in the 48 contiguous United States. Required $12.95 monthly subscription sold separately after 3 trial months. All fees and programming subject to change. Subscription subject to customer agreement. For more information, visit gm.xmradio.com.)
    • Audio system, AM/FM stereo with MP3 compatible 6-disc in-dash CD changer seek-and-scan, digital clock, auto-tone control Radio Data System (RDS), auxiliary input jack for Ipod/MP3 player and 6 speakers

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