2011 Chevrolet Equinox Interiors

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2011 Chevrolet Equinox SUV Infotainment, Seating and Interior Features

Updated on: June 10, 2022

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Nathan Dyer 

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Chevrolet has proved time and again that they possess quite the experience in making inexpensive and value-for-money utility vehicles. The Equinox was launched back in 2004 and within a span of 6 years, the crossover has managed to come up among the top-ranking offerings in its class. Being an important and highly-competitive vehicle from the brand,

2011 Chevrolet Equinox SUV Cockpit Area

Chevy has been providing the Equinox with on-time updates and it looks and feels the part too. With a seating capacity of 5, the 2011 Chevrolet Equinox comes with some tasteful feature updates and additions on the inside. Apart from being handsomely equipped with useful techs and features, the plush ride quality of the SUV further enhances the comfort factor and as you climb up the trim ladder, things just keep on getting better. In its class, the 2011 Chevy Equinox rivals the Honda CR-V, the Ford Escape, and the Hyundai Tucson.

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How comfortable is the 2011 Chevrolet Equinox?

Open the sizable doors of the SUV, and the cabin attracts you with its classy yet premium appeal. Even though there are a lot of hard plastic surfaces throughout the interior, the fit and finish levels are commendable, and going over bad patches of roads will eventually reveal the panels’ robustness. Sit on the driver’s seat and the dual-cowl setup of the instrument cluster along with the speedo and tacho gives a sporty feel while the vertically mounted aircon vents and the infotainment section look neat.

2011 Chevrolet Equinox SUV Front Seats

The centrally-mounted display screen is neatly placed within a cavity on the dashboard and the dashboard extension on top of it keeps the visibility unhindered under direct sunlight. The seats offer adequate cushioning and support while the headroom and legroom are sufficient for tall occupants as well. The center console houses a couple of big cup holders with tasteful chrome trim and a gear selector. The armrest gets storage below it and the cabin gets an adequate number of useful storage cubbies too.

Model

Chevrolet Equinox

Ford Escape

Honda CR-V

Hyundai Tucson

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head / Shoulder / Leg) (in)

40.9 / 55.8 / 41.2

40.4 / 56.6 / 41.6

40.9 / 56.9 / 41.3

39.4 / 57.1 / 42.1

Rear Row (Head / Shoulder / Leg) (in)

39.2 / 55.3 / 39.9

39.2 / 55.9 / 35.6

38.6 / 56.4 / 38.3

39.1 / 55.1 / 38.7

The Ford Escape’s interior looks heavily dated and is in dire need of an upgrade. However, the headroom and legroom both at the front and rear are plenty. The Honda CR-V gets one of the best cabins in the entire segment in terms of practicality. However, on the design part, it lags behind the Equinox. The Hyundai Tucson’s interior is among the most stylish ones among its rivals but now everyone might appreciate the quirky design. Headroom and legroom are at par with the rest of the rivals here.

How good is the 2011 Chevrolet Equinox’s infotainment system?

The infotainment features of the 2011 Chevrolet Equinox don’t disappoint a bit even from its base trim. As standard, the base LS trim gets equipped with a six-speaker audio system with CD Player, satellite radio, and an auxiliary audio input. Moving up to the 1LT trim will get you the 7-inch touchscreen display that runs the proprietary MyLink user interface.

2011 Chevrolet Equinox SUV Infotainment System

Moreover, an interface to run Bluetooth along with iPod and USB is also added. The 2LT trim finally adds the 8-speaker Pioneer audio system.

Highlight points of the infotainment system:

  • 7-inch touchscreen display
  • Bluetooth
  • Satellite radio
  • Navigation system with voice controls
  • iPod and USB interface

What are the creature comforts inside the SUV?

The creature comfort features of the 2011 Chevrolet Equinox starts right from the base trim. The entry-level LS trim gets power-adjustable height settings for the front seats along with sliding and reclining rear seats and tilt-and-telescoping adjustment for the steering wheel. The leather-wrapped steering wheel is seen from the 1LT trim onward while the 2LT trim gets a rather handsome list of features. The features include a heating function for the front seats, automatic climate control, an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, and auto-dimming IRVM.

What is the cargo capacity on offer?

The cargo capacity department of the 2011 Chevrolet Equinox shows that the guys at the brand were not so generous in this area. The SUV offers a maximum cargo capacity of 31.5 cu-ft with the rear seats upright which is a bit lower than some of the SUV’s peers. Folding down the rear seats completely opens up a maximum space of 63.7 cu-ft that is again on the lower side amongst its peers.

2011 Chevrolet Equinox SUV Cargo Space

However, the 60/40 split-folding feature of the rear seat comes in handy while stowing long cargo items along with a passenger at the back.

Models

Chevrolet Equinox

Ford Escape

Honda CR-V

Hyundai Tucson

Cargo Capacity with Rear Seat Upright (cu-ft)

31.5

31.4

35.7

25.7

Cargo Capacity with Rear Seat Folded (cu-ft)

63.7

67.2

72.9

55.8

The Ford Escape offers a similar cargo capacity to the Equinox behind its rear seats. Folding down the seats frees up 67.2 cu-ft of space, a marginally better capacity than the Chevy. The Honda CR-V has a spacious 35.7 cu-ft of capacity while folding down its rear seats opens up a segment-leading 72.9 cu-ft of capacity. The Hyundai Tucson takes the back seat here with its dismal cargo capacity numbers.

Is the interior of the 2011 Chevrolet Equinox spacious and luxurious enough?

The 2011 Chevrolet Equinox offers decent practicality on the inside but the focus is more on the comfort of the occupants. The cabin feels premium enough for the price it retails at and the generous list of features onboard makes the deal even sweeter. Cargo capacity is on the lower side as compared to some of the rivals but it’s manageable for shoppers who don't need a cavernous boot. Overall, the Chevy Equinox comes out as a preferable option in the segment riding on its strengths.

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