2011 Chevrolet Equinox

MSRP $22,995 - $30,320

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2011 Chevrolet Equinox Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 9, 2021

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To compete in the crossover SUV segment, Chevrolet came out with the Equinox- a two-row mid-size SUV. The Equinox shows Chevy's prowess with a blend of impressive design and engineering along with practicality. The 2011 model year, particularly, brings out a more refined and premium form of the crossover, making it more desirable. The Equinox claims to favor those who prioritize efficiency, while the spacious interiors can fit their growing family and their weekend vacation luggage.

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Pros

Impressive fuel economy

Great handling for an SUV

Superb-quality interior

Cons

Vague steering feedback

Not the most intuitive dash layout

Lacks cargo space

What's New?

2LT trim gets heated seats

1LT trim gets a leather-wrapped steering wheel and Bluetooth connectivity

V6 engine gets E85 capability


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$22995

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

top speed

123 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

145 cu.in.

horsepower

182 hp @ 6700 rpm

torque

172 lb.-ft. @ 4900 rpm

transmission

6 speed automatic w/OD and auto manual

chassis

suspension front

MacPherson strut front suspension

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

112.5 in.

length

187.8 in.

width

72.5 in.

height

66.3 in.

curb weight

3761 lbs.

ground clearance

8 in.

capacity

passenger volume

99.7 cu ft.

cargo volume

63.7 cu ft.

towing capacity

1500 lbs.

payload capacity

1190 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8.7 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

16.7 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

22/27/32 mpg

highway range

576 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36,000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 100,000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr./ 100,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

6 yr./100,000 mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

LTZ$28,570 onwards

LT1$24,160 onwards

LS$22,995 onwards

LT2$26,220 onwards

Colors and Styles

2011 Chevrolet Equinox in Black Granite Metallic color
Black Granite Metallic

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Ratings

Pricing and Feature

9.0

Features

8.5

Engine and Performance

9.0

Fuel Economy

8.0

Interior

6.0

Exterior

6.0

Safety

8.0

Competition

9.0

7.8

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.8

Overall Rating


For 2011, the 2LT models of the Equinox get heated seats, while the 1LT models come with a standard leather-wrapped steering wheel and Bluetooth connectivity. Pricing starts at $22,995 for the base trim and climbs to more than $30,320 for the top-end model. Against stalwarts like the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, and the Ford Escape, the Equinox brings in adoring attire and upmarket interiors. In this review, let’s introspect the different attributes of the 2011 Equinox.


8.5/10
Features

9.0/10
Engine and Performance

8.0/10
Fuel Economy

6.0/10
Interior

6.0/10
Exterior

8.0/10
Safety


2011 Chevrolet Equinox Features

8.5/10

The 2011 Chevrolet Equinox comes in four different trim levels, these include LS, 1LT, 2LT, and LTZ being the top model. The LS trim starts the Equinox portfolio with a price tag of $22,995, while the top-end LTZ starts from $28,570. There are two engines on offer with the Equinox. The base engine is a 2.4 L Inline-4, while the 1LT trim and upwards could also be equipped with a stronger 3.0L V6. All models are available in both FWD as well as AWD configuration, and the following table shows the detailed feature list and prices of each trim. 

Trims

LS

1LT

2LT

LTZ

MSRP(FWD)

$22,995

$24,160

$26,220

$28,570

MSRP(AWD)

$24,745

$25,910

$27,970

$30,320

Key Features

17-inch Alloy Wheels

Premium Cloth Seats

Fog Lamps

Available 19-inch Chrome-clad Wheels

 

Cruise Control

Available 18" Machined-aluminum Wheels

Remote Ignition

Memory Settings For Driver And Exterior Mirrors

 

Air-conditioning

Roof Rails

Heated Front Seats

Perforated Leather-Appointed Seats 

 

Full Power Accessories

Leather-wrapped Steering Wheel

Automatic Climate Control

Digital Music Storage

 

Front, Driver, Power Lumbar, and Power Height Adjuster

Bluetooth Connectivity

An Eight-way Power Driver Seat

Chrome Appearance Package

 

Sliding And Reclining Backseat

Deep Tinted Glass

Pioneer Premium 250-watt 8-speaker Sound System 

Ultrasonic Rear Parking Assist

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The LTZ Equinox is a pure bargain for the goodies it has to offer at its price range. The cabin is upmarket with leather upholstery, while the trim also incorporates almost every feature one might think of. Under the hood, the LTZ can also be equipped with the optional V6 for added punch and opt for the all-wheel-drive for enhanced handling and better grip.

2011 Chevrolet Equinox Engine and Performance

9.0/10

The 2011 Chevrolet Equinox houses an ECOTEC 2.4L Inline-4 engine under the hood that punches out 182-hp and 172 lb-ft of torque. The engine is paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission that transfers the power to the front wheels. There’s an optional 3.0L V6 engine available in all trims except the LS that cranks out 264-hp and 222 lb-ft of torque, making the Equinox more potent and quicker. 

The Inline-4 engine makes the Chevy crossover sprint from 0-60 mph in 9 seconds, while the V6 model scoots off to 60 mph in 7.8 seconds. Moreover, front-wheel-drive comes as standard for all models, while buyers can also opt for all-wheel-drive for added confidence and grip. The handling of the Equinox is good, but the uncommunicative and unresponsive steering wheel takes away all the fun. The ride quality is good, and the cabin is free of road noises. 

Model

2011 Chevrolet Equinox 1LT

2011 Honda CR-V EX 

2011 Toyota RAV4 Sport

2011 Ford Escape XLT

MSRP

$24,160

$24,195

$24,175

$24,670

Engine

2.4L Inline-4

2.4L Inline-4

2.5L Inline-4

2.5 L Inline-4

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

6 Speed Shiftable Automatic

5 Speed Automatic

4 speed automatic

6-speed automatic

Power

182 hp @ 6700 rpm

185 hp @ 6800 rpm

179 hp @ 6000 rpm

171 hp @ 6000 rpm

Torque

172 lb-ft @ 4900 rpm

161 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm

172 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm

171 ft-lbs. @ 4500 rpm

0-60 (seconds)

9.0

9.3

9.6

8.8

Quarter Mile (seconds)

16.1

15.5

16.5

15.1

Top Speed (MPH)

115

121

128

125

The Equinox is quite potent even with the standard inline-4 engine, but it’s the V6 that makes it more agile and swift. The Honda CR-V sports some exciting figures, but it’s the Ford Escape that turns out to be the quickest in the lot. The Toyota RAV4 also offers two powertrain options, while the Ford Escape has three engine options to choose from. The 2011 Honda CR-V is the only option in the competition that sticks to a single powertrain only.

2011 Chevrolet Equinox Fuel Economy

8.0/10

The Equinox with its refined inline-4 engine is quite efficient to run with. It delivers economical figures like 22 MPG in the city, 32 MPG on the highway, and 26 MPG combined. The Chevy’s optional V6 engine offers EPA estimates of 17/25/20 in city/highway/combined, respectively. The all-wheel-drive trades better handling over the economy, with 4-pot banger offering estimates like 20/29/23 for city/highway/combined, while with the V6 engine, the estimates drop by just 1 MPG on highways.

Model

2011 Chevrolet Equinox 1LT

2011 Honda CR-V EX 

2011 Toyota RAV4 Sport

2011 Ford Escape XLT

MPG (City)

22

21

22

2

MPG (Highway)

32

28

28

28

MPG (Combined)

26

24

24

23

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

18.8

15.3

15.9

17.5

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

413/601/468

321/428/367

349/445/397

368/490/402

The 2011 Equinox grabbed the top position in terms of economy, followed by Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV, and Ford Escape at the last spot. Not only that, but the Equinox also has the biggest fuel tank of the lot at 18.8 gallons that helps it to go over 600 miles in highway range. The Equinox is the winner in terms of fuel economy as it also comes with a strong engine and good power output and response. 

2011 Chevrolet Equinox Interior

6.0/10

The interior of the 2011 Chevrolet Equinox offers upscale and premium touches without any extravagant additions. The spacious cabin adds up to seating space for five passengers, and there’s ample room in both rows. The front seats offer bolstered support and adequate cushioning that makes long journeys hassle-free. The dash design is subtle, and the soft curves offer top-notch looks. There are soft-touch surfaces wherever necessary, but hard plastic still dominates the cabin. At the rear, the wide-opening doors allow easy ingress and egress. Once seated, the rear occupants would appreciate the breezy headroom and legroom available in addition to supportive seating surfaces. 

There is also a slide and recline function for the added comfort of passengers. The dual-tone interior scheme uplifts the cabin attire to light and airy space, while upper trims offer leather upholstery. The brushed aluminum touches are prevalent even from the lower trims, while shapes like square bezel driver cluster gauges add quirkiness to the cabin. There’s 31.4 cubic feet of cargo space, while the 60/40 split rear seat could be easily folded down to take advantage of the expanded 63.7 cubic feet of space.

Model

2011 Chevrolet Equinox 1LT

2011 Honda CR-V EX 

2011 Toyota RAV4 Sport

2011 Ford Escape XLT

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulders/Legs) (in)

40.9/55.8/41.2

38.9/56.9/41.3

40.8/57.1/41.8

40.4/56.6/41.6

Second Row (Head/Shoulders/Legs) (in)

39.2/55.3/39.9

38.5/56.0/38.5

39.7/55.3/38.3

39.2/55.9/35.6

Cargo Capacity (cubic feet)

31.4

35.7

36.4

31.4

The big boxy shape of the Chevrolet Equinox translates into a spacious cabin, leading the rivals. The quality of the Equinox’s interiors makes it premium enough to rival the likes of Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4, while the Ford Escape is tight in terms of legroom in the rear seats. The RAV4 leads in terms of most cargo space behind the rear seats and even with them folded. Some of the key interior highlights of the Chevy Equinox are:

  • Air conditioning: automatic climate control
  • Front, driver, eight-way power seats with tilt cushion, recline, and lumbar support
  • Multi-Flex sliding rear seat with 60/40 split-folding seatback and three-position recline S
  • Front and rear, leather-appointed seats with perforated leather inserts
  • Driver and front passenger heated seats

How intuitive is the 2011 Chevrolet Equinoxs infotainment unit?

The Equinox is fitted with a 6-speaker sound system with a CD player in the entry-level LS trim. The trim also incorporates satellite radio and an auxiliary audio jack. The center stack is busy with loads of buttons and dials, which can be a bit confusing, especially while driving. The upper trims bring additions like a rearview camera (mounted in the rearview mirror) and an eight-speaker Pioneer stereo system. The LTZ brings rear parking sensors to an already plentiful infotainment list. The following are the standout infotainment features:

  • AM/FM stereo
  • XM Radio10 with three trial months 
  • CD/MP3 player and six-speaker system
  • Pioneer premium 250-watt eight-speaker system
  • USB port connectivity
  • Available rear-seat entertainment system 

2011 Chevrolet Equinox Exterior

6.0/10

The 2011 Chevrolet Equinox hasn’t changed ever since the last redesign, and the design still looks eye-catchy. The Equinox seems to resemble the sedan siblings (yes the Malibu). The front split grille holds the bow-tie emblem embossed right in the center and carries it with pride. The side stance offers a bulky presence with clean sheet metal surfaces. 

The rear portion is majorly glass that runs from C-pillar left to right. The upper trims garnish the exteriors with chrome touches along with roof rails, while the V6 LTZ trim comes with larger 19-inch wheels. The Equinox is definitely not the best-looking machine in this segment, but it is one of the better-looking ones. 

Model

2011 Chevrolet Equinox 1LT

2011 Honda CR-V EX 

2011 Toyota RAV4 Sport

2011 Ford Escape XLT

Curb Weight (lbs)

3,779

3,413

3,435

3,302

Length (in)

187.8

179.3

181.9

174.7

Width (in)

72.5

71.6

73.0

71.1

Height (in)

69.3

66.1

66.3

67.9

Wheelbase (in)

112.5

103.1

104.7

103.1

Ground Clearance (in)

7.8

6.7

7.5

8.4

The Chevrolet Equinox poses as the heftiest SUV in the lot, stretching 187.8 inches in length and 72.5-inches in width. The long wheelbase and high ground clearance add to rough and tough looks. The Ford Escape is the lightest and comes with the highest ground clearance. The CR-V and the Equinox are the best-looking ones, while the RAV4 and Escape look dull. Some of the key exterior highlights of the Equinox are:

  • Standard 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Tinted rear windows
  • Roof rails
  • Fog Lamps
  • Automatic headlamps
  • Optional 19-inch chrome-clad wheels 
  • Front and rear body-color bumpers with bright front and rear lower

2011 Chevrolet Equinox Safety

8.0/10

The 2011 model year of the Equinox has been safety tested by both NHTSA as well as IIHS. NHTSA has given it an overall safety rating of 4-stars, which is impressive. The Equinox doesn’t get a rating lower than 4-stars in any of the tests conducted, including for rollover protection. IIHS has also selected the Equinox as one of its Top Safety Picks of the year in this segment, which further ensures the safety of the Equinox. The following are its prominent safety features:

  • Daytime Running Lamps with Automatic Exterior 
  • Lamp Control 
  • LATCH (Lower Anchors and Top tethers for Children) system
  • Automatic Crash Response 
  • Power rear door child safety locks 
  • StabiliTrak Electronic Stability Control System 
  • Traction Control and rollover mitigation 
  • Theft-deterrent system: content-theft alarm 

2011 Chevrolet Equinox Final Verdict

To conclude, the 2011 Chevrolet Equinox is a strong competitor in its segment. It is generously loaded, the standard engine offers refined ride quality, while the optional V6 adds more grunt and swiftness. The interior layout is upscale and offers segment-leading space. However, the safety aids do lack as compared to some of the Japanese rivals, but it’s still fitted with adequate tech and should be fine for most of us out there.

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