General Motors betted high on the Chevrolet Equinox and allowed it to replace a couple of old but trusted utility vehicles, the Tracker and the TrailBlazer. Soon after its launch, the vehicle started to gain traction in the market and rose among the top preferred options in its class. The SUV received a generation upgrade back in 2010 and received some updates for the current model year too. With the generation update, the platform of the SUV was also improved for better safety and the vehicle comes with most of the basic safety techs as standard. In the segment, the Equinox competes with the Honda CR-V, the Ford Escape, and the Toyota RAV4.
The 2011 Chevy Equinox’s skin hides the popular General Motors Theta platform that was also the base for the 1st-generation Equinox as well. However, this platform sees some minor updates here and there to achieve better safety scores and keep the occupants even safer than before during a collision. The platform is specially designed for compact crossovers to provide car-like handling and safety while keeping the weights down. By having this platform, the 2011 Chevy Equinox was awarded handsomely by both the IIHS and the NHTSA in their crash tests.
What features make the 2011 Chevrolet Equinox Safe?
Most of the features found on the Equinox are pretty common for the class. They do not have much to provide towards the overall safety appeal of the car. Some of these features are:
- Rearview camera: This is a simple yet effective safety tech. It comes in handy while reversing a vehicle to look out for any hindrance on the vehicle’s path.
- Traction and stability control: The traction and stability control systems are quite basic yet useful features to have. Both the systems work together to keep the vehicle in control if any loss of traction is detected. It cuts the power to the wheels or modulates the power output to keep the wheels from spinning out.
- OnStar emergency communications services: The OnStar emergency services are special with vehicles from GM and come in handy when required. The system gets an emergency button which, when pressed, connects the vehicle to a trained OnStar Advisor for further advice.
- Rear parking sensor: This feature is optional in the 2011 Chevy Equinox. The sensors are mounted on the rear bumper of the vehicle and use ultrasonic sensors to detect any obstruction near the vehicle while reversing.
Is the 2011 Chevrolet Equinox safe?
The Chevrolet Equinox has a dependable safety department and gets a strong and safe body platform too. Sure, there is still enough room for improvements but the Equinox fared much better in the crashworthiness tests than its rivals such as the Toyota RAV4 and the Ford Escape. With the timely updates that the brand has been giving the crossover, we expect the Equinox to perform even better in the future model years. As for the current model, it is a safer vehicle than some of its competitors too.