2009 Chevrolet Equinox Pricing, Specs & Reviews

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$24,315-$31,440
$22,978-$29,711
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What Changed for 2009:

  • Optional Bluetooth connectivity for hands-free calling available with OnStar
  • Standard head curtain side-impact air bags with rollover protection sensors
  • Three new exterior colors
  • Standard XM satellite radio on all models
Overview
For 2009, the 5-passenger Chevrolet Equinox compact SUV adds a few items as standard equipment that were previously optional. Available in four models, including the return of Equinox Sport and Equinox LTZ, the lineup is powered by two V-6 engines and features optional on-demand all-wheel drive (AWD). The front-wheel-drive (FWD) Equinox has one of the longest wheelbases in its class at 112.5 inches and has electronic trailer sway control integrated with standard electronic stability control. Three new colors are added for 2009: Silver Ice Metallic, Gold Mist Metallic and Cyber Gray Metallic.

Model Lineup
The 2009 Chevrolet Equinox is available in four models: Equinox LS, LT, LTZ and Sport, in FWD or optional AWD. Standard equipment includes 5-passenger seating; StabiliTrak electronic stability control with integrated trailer sway control; power door locks with remote keyless entry; power windows; air conditioning; tilt steering; rear liftgate with washer/wiper and defogger; fold-down front passenger seat to carry longer cargo; sliding rear seat with 60/40-split seatback and 2-position recline; OnStar; and XM satellite radio. Equinox LT models feature body-colored door handles, outside mirrors and roof rail side bars, as well as optional remote vehicle start and an upgraded Pioneer 7-speaker sound system.

The Equinox LTZ has 17-inch, bright chrome-clad aluminum wheels, bright chrome door handles, and luggage rack side rail inserts. Inside the LTZ are heated front seats with leather seating inserts, AM/FM stereo with 6-disc in-dash CD changer and MP3 CD playback capability, and a Pioneer 7-speaker sound system. Equinox Sport, the performance model, not only has a unique 3.6-liter V-6 engine and 6-speed automatic transmission, but it also has specific body-colored front and rear fascias and grille cross bar; 18-inch flangeless, high-polished, forged aluminum 5-spoke wheels; and P235/50R18 tires. Inside, the Equinox Sport has standard all-ebony trim, leather-wrapped steering wheel, 140-mph speedometer, and a unique shifter.

Powertrain
The 2009 Chevrolet Equinox is powered by a 3.4-liter V-6 engine that generates 185 hp at 5200 rpm and 210 lb.-ft. of torque at 3800 rpm. The engine is mated to an electronically controlled 5-speed automatic transmission. The Equinox Sport features the more powerful, \"high-feature\" 3.6-liter dual-overhead cam (DOHC) V-6 engine that delivers 264 hp at 6500 rpm and 250 lb.-ft. of torque at 2300 rpm, paired with a 6-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission with manual shift mode. EPA fuel-economy estimates are 17 mpg city/24 mpg highway for the FWD 3.4-liter V-6 engine and FWD 3.6-liter V-6 engine. In AWD configuration, the 3.4-liter V-6 engine's numbers are the same: 17 mpg city/24 mpg highway. The EPA estimates for the AWD 3.6-liter V-6 engine are 16 mpg city/24 mpg highway.

The Equinox's suspension is independent MacPherson strut in front and 4-link coil springs in the rear. All Equinox models for 2009 have standard vented front disc brakes with dual-piston calipers and rear disc brakes, anti-lock brakes (ABS), and electronic stability control with integrated trailer sway and traction control.

Safety
Standard safety features on the Chevrolet Equinox include dual-stage front air bags with GM's passenger-sensing system and, new for 2009, curtain side air bags with rollover protection sensors; front safety belt pre-tensioners; Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren (LATCH) system; child-safe door locks; ABS; traction control; tire-pressure monitor; 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 2009 Chevrolet 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 Chevrolet Equinox models for 2009 have standard XM satellite radio. Models equipped with OnStar are also ready for OnStar's Turn-by-Turn Navigation, the first fully integrated and factory-installed GPS navigation system from OnStar (requires a monthly fee). In terms of sound systems, the choices for 2009 include an AM/FM stereo with CD player; one with CD/MP3 player and Radio Data System (RDS); AM/FM stereo with 6-disc in-dash CD/MP3 and RDS; AM/FM stereo with CD/MP3 player with DVD playback and RDS, and AM/FM stereo with DC/MP3 player with full-feature navigation with touch screen, voice control and RDS.

What Changed for 2009:

  • Optional Bluetooth connectivity for hands-free calling available with OnStar
  • Standard head curtain side-impact air bags with rollover protection sensors
  • Three new exterior colors
  • Standard XM satellite radio on all models
Overview
For 2009, the 5-passenger Chevrolet Equinox compact SUV adds a few items as standard equipment that were previously optional. Available in four models, including the return of Equinox Sport and Equinox LTZ, the lineup is powered by two V-6 engines and features optional on-demand all-wheel drive (AWD). The front-wheel-drive (FWD) Equinox has one of the longest wheelbases in its class at 112.5 inches and has electronic trailer sway control integrated with standard electronic stability control. Three new colors are added for 2009: Silver Ice Metallic, Gold Mist Metallic and Cyber Gray Metallic.

Model Lineup
The 2009 Chevrolet Equinox is available in four models: Equinox LS, LT, LTZ and Sport, in FWD or optional AWD. Standard equipment includes 5-passenger seating; StabiliTrak electronic stability control with integrated trailer sway control; power door locks with remote keyless entry; power windows; air conditioning; tilt steering; rear liftgate with washer/wiper and defogger; fold-down front passenger seat to carry longer cargo; sliding rear seat with 60/40-split seatback and 2-position recline; OnStar; and XM satellite radio. Equinox LT models feature body-colored door handles, outside mirrors and roof rail side bars, as well as optional remote vehicle start and an upgraded Pioneer 7-speaker sound system.

The Equinox LTZ has 17-inch, bright chrome-clad aluminum wheels, bright chrome door handles, and luggage rack side rail inserts. Inside the LTZ are heated front seats with leather seating inserts, AM/FM stereo with 6-disc in-dash CD changer and MP3 CD playback capability, and a Pioneer 7-speaker sound system. Equinox Sport, the performance model, not only has a unique 3.6-liter V-6 engine and 6-speed automatic transmission, but it also has specific body-colored front and rear fascias and grille cross bar; 18-inch flangeless, high-polished, forged aluminum 5-spoke wheels; and P235/50R18 tires. Inside, the Equinox Sport has standard all-ebony trim, leather-wrapped steering wheel, 140-mph speedometer, and a unique shifter.

Powertrain
The 2009 Chevrolet Equinox is powered by a 3.4-liter V-6 engine that generates 185 hp at 5200 rpm and 210 lb.-ft. of torque at 3800 rpm. The engine is mated to an electronically controlled 5-speed automatic transmission. The Equinox Sport features the more powerful, \"high-feature\" 3.6-liter dual-overhead cam (DOHC) V-6 engine that delivers 264 hp at 6500 rpm and 250 lb.-ft. of torque at 2300 rpm, paired with a 6-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission with manual shift mode. EPA fuel-economy estimates are 17 mpg city/24 mpg highway for the FWD 3.4-liter V-6 engine and FWD 3.6-liter V-6 engine. In AWD configuration, the 3.4-liter V-6 engine's numbers are the same: 17 mpg city/24 mpg highway. The EPA estimates for the AWD 3.6-liter V-6 engine are 16 mpg city/24 mpg highway.

The Equinox's suspension is independent MacPherson strut in front and 4-link coil springs in the rear. All Equinox models for 2009 have standard vented front disc brakes with dual-piston calipers and rear disc brakes, anti-lock brakes (ABS), and electronic stability control with integrated trailer sway and traction control.

Safety
Standard safety features on the Chevrolet Equinox include dual-stage front air bags with GM's passenger-sensing system and, new for 2009, curtain side air bags with rollover protection sensors; front safety belt pre-tensioners; Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren (LATCH) system; child-safe door locks; ABS; traction control; tire-pressure monitor; 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 2009 Chevrolet 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 Chevrolet Equinox models for 2009 have standard XM satellite radio. Models equipped with OnStar are also ready for OnStar's Turn-by-Turn Navigation, the first fully integrated and factory-installed GPS navigation system from OnStar (requires a monthly fee). In terms of sound systems, the choices for 2009 include an AM/FM stereo with CD player; one with CD/MP3 player and Radio Data System (RDS); AM/FM stereo with 6-disc in-dash CD/MP3 and RDS; AM/FM stereo with CD/MP3 player with DVD playback and RDS, and AM/FM stereo with DC/MP3 player with full-feature navigation with touch screen, voice control and RDS.

Available Trims for the 2009 Chevrolet Equinox
Transmission MSRP Engine City/Hwy MPG
Name LS (FWD 4dr) Transmission Automatic MSRP 24315.00 Engine 3.4L/209 City/Hwy MPG 17/24
Name LT w/1LT (FWD 4dr) Transmission Automatic MSRP 25235.00 Engine 3.4L/209 City/Hwy MPG 17/24
Name LT w/2LT (FWD 4dr) Transmission Automatic MSRP 25235.00 Engine 3.4L/209 City/Hwy MPG 17/24
Name LTZ (FWD 4dr) Transmission Automatic MSRP 29140.00 Engine 3.4L/209 City/Hwy MPG 17/24
Name Sport (FWD 4dr) Transmission Automatic MSRP 29445.00 Engine 3.6L/220 City/Hwy MPG 17/24
Name LS (AWD 4dr) Transmission Automatic MSRP 26310.00 Engine 3.4L/209 City/Hwy MPG 17/24
Name LT w/1LT (AWD 4dr) Transmission Automatic MSRP 27230.00 Engine 3.4L/209 City/Hwy MPG 17/24
Name LT w/2LT (AWD 4dr) Transmission Automatic MSRP 27230.00 Engine 3.4L/209 City/Hwy MPG 17/24
Name LTZ (AWD 4dr) Transmission Automatic MSRP 31135.00 Engine 3.4L/209 City/Hwy MPG 17/24
Name Sport (AWD 4dr) Transmission Automatic MSRP 31440.00 Engine 3.6L/220 City/Hwy MPG 16/24
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INTERIOR
  • Seats, front reclining buckets
  • 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
  • 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
  • Cupholders, 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
  • Armrest, center, rear with 2 additional cupholders
  • Steering wheel, leather-wrapped
  • Steering wheel controls, mounted audio controls
  • Floor mats, carpeted front and rear, removable
  • Instrument panel trim, warm Sycamore
  • Remote vehicle starter prep package, includes enhanced remote keyless entry
  • Cargo net, full-across rear
  • Seat adjuster, driver 6-way power with manual lumbar adjuster and map pocket
  • Remote vehicle start includes enhanced Remote Keyless Entry
  • Mirror, inside rearview, self-dimming
  • Compass display
  • Seat trim, leather seating inserts
  • Seats, heated driver and front passenger
  • Seats, Sport specific high bolstered front buckets
  • Instrumentation Sport specific speedometer, single trip odometer, fuel level, engine temperature and tachometer
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
  • Body, liftgate with fixed glass
  • Luggage rack side rails, roof-mounted, Black
  • Spoiler, rear, integrated, body-color
  • Moldings, body-color bodyside
  • Moldings, Charcoal lower rocker
  • Bumpers, front and rear, body-color with Charcoal lowers
  • Headlamps, halogen composite with automatic exterior lamp control
  • Mirrors, outside power-adjustable, Black, manual folding
  • Wipers, front intermittent
  • Wiper, rear intermittent with washer
  • Luggage rack side rails, roof-mounted, Black (Body-color.)
  • Glass, deep-tinted (all windows except light-tinted glass on windshield and driver-and front passenger-side glass)
  • Mirrors, outside power-adjustable, body-color, manual folding
  • Wheels, 4-17" x 7" (43.2 cm x 17.8 cm) pearl chrome clad aluminum (Upgradeable to (N77) 4-17" x 7" bright chrome clad aluminum wheels.)
  • Tires, P235/60R17 all-season, blackwall
  • Fog lamps, front halogen
  • Wheels, 4-17" x 7" (43.2 cm x 17.8 cm) bright chrome clad aluminum
  • Luggage rack side rails, roof-mounted with bright chrome inserts (Body-color with bright chrome insert)
  • Wheels, 4 - 18" x 8" (45.7 cm x 20.3 cm) flangeless polished machined forged aluminum
  • Tires, P235/50R18 all-season, blackwall
  • Moldings, body-color lower rocker
  • Bumpers, front and rear body-color with body-color lowers, Sport specific
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
  • LS Exterior Appearance includes body-color bumpers with Charcoal lowers, Charcoal luggage rails, Black door handles and 16" cast aluminum wheels
  • LS Interior Trim Package, with Manhattan Cloth
  • 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
  • LT Trim Package, with Premium Cloth, cargo net and driver seatback map pocket
  • 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 17" bright chrome clad aluminum wheels
  • LTZ Trim Package, with Leather seat inserts, cargo net and driver seatback map pocket
  • Sport Exterior Appearance includes body-color bumpers with Sport specific body-color lowers, rocker moldings, door handles, outside mirrors and 18" aluminum wheels
  • Sport Interior Trim Package with Sport specific Sport Cloth and driver seatback map pocket
SAFETY
  • Brakes, 4-wheel antilock, 4-wheel disc
  • StabiliTrak, electronic stability control system
  • Traction control
  • Daytime Running Lamps
  • 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.)
  • 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 child's age and size, even in vehicles equipped with air bags. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat. See the vehicle's Owners Manual and child safety seat instructions for more safety information.)
  • OnStar, 1-year of Safe and Sound plan. Includes Automatic Crash Notification, Automatic Notification of Air Bag Deployment, Stolen Vehicle Location Assistance, a link to all Emergency Services, Roadside Assistance, Remote Door Unlock, OnStar Vehicle Diagnostics, Hands-Free Calling and Remote Horn and 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 onsta
  • 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
  • Tire Pressure Monitor (Does not monitor spare.)
ENTERTAINMENT
  • 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 Radio. XM Radio includes 3 trial months of service. XM turns your world on with commercial-free music channels from Rock to Jazz, Country to Classical, Latin Pop to Hip Hop, and virtually everything in between, all in amazing digital sound. Turn on your favorite Sports with every Major League Baseball game from Opening Day until the World Series, NHL Hockey, the PGA TOUR and college football and basketball. Plus XM brings you the biggest names in news and talk, outrageous comedy, award-winning family programming -- wherever you go from coast to coast. Exclusive live concerts, Oprah and Friends, Radio Disney, and so much more. Find what turns you on (Available only in the 48 contiguous United States. Required $12.95 monthly subscription sold separately aft
  • Antenna, roof-mounted
  • Bluetooth for phone personal cell phone connectivity to vehicle audio system and HMI (Human Machine Interface) (Requires (UE1) OnStar and (UK3) steering wheel mounted audio controls. Not available with (UE0) OnStar delete.)
  • 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
  • Audio system feature, Pioneer premium 7-speaker system with amplifier and subwoofer

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