• May 4, 2009
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When General Motors rolled out the new 2010 Chevy Equinox in January, they announced the new EcoTec 2.4-liter four-cylinder version equipped with direct injection was expected to get 30 mpg on EPA highway cycle. Since then, the powertrain engineers have continued to tweak the calibrations to eek out every last mile from every gallon of gas. The EPA is still finishing up its evaluation of the Equinox but Chevy spokesman Brian Goebel sent out a note this morning that the latest internal tests at GM are showing the Equinox hitting 32 mpg on the highway cycle. In the city, the Equinox is expected to achieve a rating of 22 mpg. Those numbers easily top competitors like the Honda CR-V at 20/27 mpg and the Toyota Rav4 at 22/28 mpg. The Equinox should be in dealer showrooms in June.




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      • 5 Years Ago
      Is that in 6th gear?
      • 5 Years Ago
      No manual = NO SALE!

      I really would have bought one, but without a stick its NO DEAL.

      GM, do you have any cars left with a manual? You've killed off every brand that sells them I think!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Uh, what do you call the Aveo, Cobalt, HHR, Colorado, Silverado, Canyon, Sierra, and CTS? They're all available with manual transmissions and all of them are in the brands that GM is keeping.

        To note, the current Equinox doesn't come with a manual, either. And neither do the CR-V, RAV4, or Element.

        Few compact SUVs are sold with manual transmissions anymore. I think that's a shame. But it's not like GM's any worse in this respect. Face it, we enthusiasts are in the minority.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @inline6,

        Don't forget Camaro and Corvette, both have 6sp manuals standard.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Actually, the EPA numbers simply reflect a straight 20% net-down of the actual numbers they achieve on their tests.

      So if the Equinox gets 32mpg highway according to the EPA reg, it's actually getting 40mpg in their tests.

      GM may be calibrating its vehicles to achieve good results in those tests, but they're still getting netted down 20% to reflect more "real world" results.

      To note, my '08 Astra is rated 24/32, and I drive 67% city and 33% highway, with a combined rating of 27mpg for a 55/45 city/highway mix. I'm consistently getting 29-30.5mpg on every tank, and I'm no lightfoot.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah, sorry about that.

        I'd be happy to perform "Shilo" for you, instead.
        • 5 Years Ago
        That's a shame, as I was going to request you perform "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald".
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's certainly shaping up to be a good competitor to the Edge, Venza, and Murano. With a fairly heavy AWD SUV though, I'd like to see the application of the 3.6L for torque reasons.

      Side note: New vehicles are often getting too much chrome again.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Saturn VUE Hybrid gets 32 MPG Highway, and its a heavy vehicle for the segment, plus the extra batteries and the mild-hybrid system typically doesn't help highway driving (just more stuff/mass).

      It seems feasible that with the SIDI, 6-Speed Trans (vs 4) and a little less mass (despite the longer wheelbase), the Equinox can do it.

      Now GM just needs a zillion more good news to make up for the ass-whoopin they have been receiving.
      • 5 Years Ago
      NICE! Way to go, GM!
      • 5 Years Ago
      ojopopjpj :

      No manual = NO SALE!

      Right...

      There are way too many clueless drivers (with the attention span of a fruit fly) on the roads these days who are preoccupied their cellphones, ipods, etc..

      Adding the task of shifting a manual transmissions will result in massive information overload - thus pushing these drivers over the edge and leading to massive pileups and carnage on the roadways...

      CUV drivers are more interested in reaching the mall or the nearest latte shop than actual driving... They should stick to automatics...

      • 5 Years Ago
      It looks GM is sacrificing city mileage and usability for highway MPG with the new Equinox.

      I wouldn't be too sure about the 180hp figure either. That engine is closer to 165 with all of the extra bolt ons. The 6 speed auto probably sucks a lot of HP out of the engine before it gets to the wheels.

      I'd rather have a nice V6 that gets 26mpg and has enough torque to move everything around. My experience with small fours in vehicles like this is that they aren't very good to drive.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The SAE numbers consider the "extra bolt-ons". It is net horsepower at the crank with all the parasitics (sans A/C and/or PS load).
        • 5 Years Ago
        You could just option the 3.0L SIDI V6 if you don't like the four-pot.
        • 5 Years Ago
        1) HOW is GM sacrificing city mileage to get highway MPG? Right now, Toyota's Camry 4cyl/5MT gets 21 city/31 highway. The Equinox getting 22/32 is in the same league.

        2) Horsepower figures are certified by the SAE. So, uh, no, the engine wouldn't be getting 165 actual when it's rated at 180-ish.

        3) 2.4L is NOT a "small four". And if you're really worried about it, talk to Honda, the company that offers ONLY a 166hp 2.4L I-4 in their 3600-lb CR-V. No V6 available.

        Are you seriously just grasping at straws in a vain attempt to deny GM credit where credit is due?

        By the way, do you know what the Equinox's optional 3.0 V6 economy is estimated to be?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Are you serious? Will people actually believe it will get even over 28mpg? I hope not. Why would anyone even buy an Equinox? They have no resale, bad reliabilty, and they are really ugly. Have you ever seen the interior of a current equinox. OMG looks like a kid with downsyndrome came up with it!
        • 5 Years Ago
        "Why would anyone even buy an Equinox? They have no resale, bad reliabilty, and they are really ugly. Have you ever seen the interior of a current equinox. OMG looks like a kid with downsyndrome came up with it!"

        And this has what to do with the new model?
        • 5 Years Ago
        "And this has what to do with the new model?"

        I think it has more to do with his user name.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm callin' BS on this one. It's like the GM Acadia which is rated at 25mpg on the highway but typically scores about 17mpg per fueleconomy.gov.

      • 5 Years Ago
      looks way nicer than the crv or the rav4. nice job GM.
      • 5 Years Ago
      One thing worth mentioning is that I was able to verify that this increased fuel economy with come at the cost of driveability and NVH.
      MikeW mentioned the "ECO Button" - and that is present on the new Equinox. I don't know all of the specifics, but with the button depressed, you can expect a lower idle speed, more aggressive upshifts and lock-ups and less responsive accelerator/resistance to downshift/engine lugging.

      The idea is that if you are willing to achieve the absolute best fuel economy in this vehicle, you're willing to live with different vehicle characteristics. I believe that the initial 30 MPG figure was without using the "ECO Button".

      I like it - it gives those of us obsessed with fuel economy another feature to play with. :)
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