Chevrolet's Equinox, a compact sport-utility vehicle that debuted in 2005, is comfort food for the road. Right-sized for many families, relatively fuel-efficient, roomy, medium-priced and all-weather capable, it rides comfortably and handles like a passenger car. Thanks to Chevrolet's massive dealer network, a repair shop is always near at hand.
Like comfort food, however, the Equinox has one shortcoming: It's on the bland side. The base engine, a 182-horsepower Four, delivers leisurely acceleration and can be buzzy when pushed. The car's handling is competent but unexciting. The styling, while relentlessly inoffensive, won't attract many smiles, waves and thumbs-up signals on the highway. And there's an enormous amount of competition; the Equinox vies for attention in a segment – compact SUVs – that Americans have grown to love.