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    Question 2011 4 Cylinder Equinox AWD - Can It handle 140 Miles per Day? Downsizing Tahoe Z71

    Just looking for feedback on if a Equinox 4 cylinder can handle my normal commute of 140 miles per day? I presently have a 2004 Chevy Tahoe Z71, and the cost in gas is crushing me. I am seriously looking at downsizing from an 8 to 4 to save $$ on gas. Many have told me that the 4 cylinder engine will simply be beat to death on a 140 mile a day commute. Moving to a 6 cylinder will gain me a little better milage that the 8 I presently have, but I am really into saving $$. Any thoughts are welcome.

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    Welcome to the GMTC. My friend's wife has an Equinox w/ the 4 in it and she puts about 90 to 100 miles a day on it. She hasn't had any complaints about it (which is very surprising for her). I've got a GMC 1500 with the Active Fuel Management system and the 6 speed transmission and I get about 19.8 mpg on average and my commute is 80 miles a day.

    PS. My sister has a Honda Pilot with the V6 w/ "eco mode" and she loves that damn thing.
    Last edited by KWG08VMI; 09-08-2010 at 11:49 AM.
    2002 Chevy 1500 Ex-cab Z71: 5.3L, auto 4, shorties, hi-flow cats, true dual 2.5" straight pipes, AirAid intake, TBS, Platinum plugs, 8.5mm wires, programmer, 3in w/ 33s, also has the composite bed

    2010 GMC 1500 Crew Cab Z71 w/ All Terrain package: 5.3L, auto 6, 2" Zone leveling kit, AirAid Jr. Intake Kit

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    The new 4cyl motors are designed for the highway, and milage like that. You will find that the little 4cyl actually moves that truck around quite easly.. I would go for it.. and i dont know everything but have you looked at the HHR?? Ive had one of those and averaged 33-34 on the highway, and it sat up similar to an SUV, and drove great.. Just a thought as well.


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