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    Default Equinox or Terrain - Looking at one for a commuter car

    Chevy EquinoxI've driven both the Equinox and also the Terrain in the past years, and I've been thinking alot about getting one as a commuter vehicle for myself.

    • It's not that small. I'm 6'4" and I fit inside it perfectly well. It's cozy, but not cramped for me.
    • It gets great gas mileage, perfect for a commuter car. Should see MPG around 25 for where I drive.
    • I can tow my utility trailer and/or a pop-up camper trailer with it, so it could be used for utility purposes with the 3.4 or 3.6 engine.
    • We should be able to get 3 kids across the rear seat if we need to. Two car seats and the oldest is just about done with the booster.
    • If it's treated right, should last to 200,000 miles w/o any major mechanical issues.
    • I like the styling of it, will do just fine for a monday to friday commuter.

    • It's not that big. It would be nice to find something that's slightly larger, but that would give lower MPG.
    • Getting three kids in here would be snug. 95% of the time it would be just me though, so that's not a major issue.
    • Can't tow a full-sized trailer if we go with the 2.4L ecotec four-cylinder that gets the good MPG. Would have to get the 3.4 or 3.6.
    • Would have to take the trailer each time I made a run to the hardware store.

    Thoughts from equinox owners? Am I right on the money on this for everything that I want to do with it?
    Last edited by ChevyFan; 03-27-2012 at 01:24 PM.

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    I have a 2010 with the 2.4. I got it for the exact reason you are looking at them, the commute. I love it. I still have my old 95 truck so I use that to move the 4-wheeler, lawn mower, or runs to the hardware store. I would get the 2.4 and get an older truck to pull a trailer.
    2010 Equinox LT
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    I kind of like the terrains. I think they're pretty cool and the interior is nice too. They are sort of like an envoy a little. I thought about getting one when I traded my truck in a while back.

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    I have looked at the Equinox for a new vehicle for my wife. You can't beat the fuel milage and the interior layout is extremely well thought out. The one I looked at was a Mocha Brown LTZ with Tan and Black leather. I think they are a really sharp truck!!

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    ill add in my .02 here as well. im toying with going this route as well, rather then trade my truck in, get a new or couple year old equinox for the wife for the same reasons as you steve. mileage, room (im 6'3) plus its a little larger for more interior hauling room (car trips)

    lets face it, gas isnt goingto get cheap any time soon, so mileage is the big thing for me. why buy a crew bab truck, that might get 18 for a average, when we could get a equinox, that will do most of the same stuff, get better mileage, and keep the truck i have now for the truck stuff.


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    My commute isn't all that hard anymore, but I'll be on a tight budget until I get some debt paid off and let's face it, none of us are getting any younger.

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