Which New SUV Is Comparable to the Saturn Vue?

"Which new SUV is comparable to the Saturn Vue? I am driving my fourth Saturn Vue and have been really frustrated at the thought of replacing it. I already looked at the Equinox but passed because it is not comparable — it's bigger and pricier. Then I saw the Chevrolet Captiva! Problem solved — or so I thought (fleet only). If I can't buy a Captiva, I will go to another brand. I buy new, so a used Captiva is not an option in my mind."


By Matt Schmitz | October 20, 2013 | Comments (1)

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

There wasn't a lot of movement among our most-read reviews this week, with six of the top 10 spots going unchanged and the 2013 Toyota RAV4 holding onto first place. The Toyota Avalon jumped two spots to No. 5, bumping the Acura RDX and Nissan Altima down to sixth and seventh place, respectively. The Chevrolet Equinox entered the list in eighth place, knocking the Audi A4 off completely as the Honda Accord and Mazda CX-5 held their places at ninth and 10th.

Check out what else was popular this week:

  • 1. 2013 Toyota RAV4
  • 2. 2013 Ford Explorer
  • 3. 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek
  • 4. 2013 Ford Escape
  • 5. 2013 Toyota Avalon
  • 6. 2013 Acura RDX
  • 7. 2013 Nissan Altima
  • 8. 2013 Chevrolet Equinox
  • 9. 2013 Honda Accord
  • 10. 2013 Mazda CX-5
  • By Matt Schmitz | January 13, 2013 | Comments (0)

    Cars.com Reviews the 2013 Chevrolet Equinox


    "Androgynous" isn't an adjective typically intended or taken as a compliment — except maybe when Cars.com reviewer Kristin Varela uses it to describe a family crossover's appeal for moms and dads alike. The 2013 Chevrolet Equinox is neither too sporty for women nor too curvaceous for guys. The Equinox's creators, she says, understand family needs, as the crossover offers easy access for children while its 60/40-split sliding backseat provides flexibility as they go from child-safety seats to growth spurts. She grades the strong-seller's cargo room, interior and engine noise to determine if the Equinox is still a formidable family option.

    2013 Chevrolet Equinox Review
    By Matt Schmitz | January 7, 2013 | Comments (2)

    2010 Chevy Equinox: Family Tested


    Update: I've altered the headline after many complaints from parents, including me, about the rear headrests being fixed.

    We’ve written about the new Equinox’s Eco mode, Mike Hanley has posted his full review, and I’ve already detailed the iPod interface, but how does the redesigned crossover hold up for families? I tested it out with my growing brood and found it to be an amazing choice for small families.

    I preface that this only applies to small families, because only two child seats will fit in the second row. There is no third row. However, the typical American family has 2.1 children, and I’d bet the backseat could fit that one-tenth-sized child easily…

    With that in mind, I loaded up our two seats: a forward-facing Britax Marathon for Carter, 16 months, and a rear-facing Peg Perego Primo Viaggio infant seat for our 1-month-old, Evie. I would consider both to be on the larger side of the car-seat world.

    By David Thomas | July 8, 2009 | Comments (23)

    2010 Chevy Equinox iPod Interface Tested


    The all-new 2010 Chevy Equinox has a terrific new interior design and, in most models, an all-new stereo with a USB iPod interface. I spent some time testing the new system, and in most ways it shows that GM is at the forefront of utilizing this type of setup. Of course, with others like Hyundai and especially Ford fielding strong competition, GM better be at the top of its game.

    By David Thomas | July 6, 2009 | Comments (27)

    More Details on Chevy Equinox's 'Eco' Mode


    Hop in the redesigned Chevrolet Equinox, and you may notice an “Eco” button ahead of the automatic gearshift. It comes in four-cylinder versions of the Equinox. In other cars, “Eco” or “Econ” buttons can limit A/C usage or, in the case of the Honda Insight and Toyota Highlander Hybrid, scale back accelerator sensitivity. The goal is the same: Improving fuel efficiency.

    The Equinox’s example is one of the few such buttons we’ve seen in a non-hybrid that actually influences the way the engine and transmission react. Thanks in part to that button, GM says the four-cylinder Equinox achieves an impressive EPA-rated 32 mpg on the highway. Eco mode doesn’t come without a cost to the driving experience, though. At a press event last Friday near our Chicago offices, GM program engineering manager Doug Smith gave us a rundown.

    By Kelsey Mays | June 29, 2009 | Comments (37)

    GM Plans Plug-In Hybrid SUV by 2012


    GM plans to have a plug-in hybrid SUV by 2012, according to Tom Stephens, GM’s vice chairman. The technology should be available for limited use in Department of Energy fleets by early 2011, Stephens said.

    While earlier plans called for the Saturn Vue to be GM’s first plug-in SUV, Saturn’s future clearly is not within GM, and its future anywhere remains uncertain. That being said, Stephens said the plug-in will be from one of GM’s four core brands: Chevy, Cadillac, GMC or Buick.

    While Stephens wouldn’t say which brand or SUV is the likely candidate, GM has already equipped a small fleet of Chevrolet Equinoxes as fuel-cell vehicles. Given the size and fuel economy of the next-generation Equinox, we’re thinking that redesigned SUV could be a likely recipient of the plug-in technology. Because the new Equinox is reported to be EPA-rated at 32 mpg on the highway, the plug-in would have to get seriously better mileage to make the extra cost worth it to consumers. A conventional hybrid SUV might be more practical in the short term.

    Plug-in hybrid technology will be applied to one of GM’s four core brands (GM FastLane Blog)

    By Patrick Olsen | May 6, 2009 | Comments (4)

    2010 Chevy Equinox Expected to Get 32 MPG

    2010equinoxlt Today, Chevy announced that its redesigned Equinox crossover is expected to get 32 mpg on the highway. That’s better than the originally predicted 30 mpg, which was a class-leading number itself. City mileage is expected to move up 1 mpg from the previous estimate as well, to 22 mpg. These numbers are for the base, front-wheel-drive, four-cylinder model.

    Comparable four-cylinders include the Honda CR-V (20/27 mpg city/highway), Toyota RAV4 (22/28 mpg), Ford Escape (20/28 mpg with an automatic transmission) and Dodge Journey (19/25 mpg).  

    Final estimates from the EPA aren’t in yet, but manufacturers don’t usually announce such figures without being confident in their own testing.

    The 2010 Chevy Equinox goes on sale this June. The base model will start at $22,440.

    By David Thomas | May 4, 2009 | Comments (29)

    Mileage Wars Are On: Details on GM's New Four-Cylinder Engine

    Gmcterrain270 At GMC’s New York auto show display last week, we asked spokesman Randy Fox for more details about the automaker’s latest engine, a 2.4-liter four-cylinder that helps the GMC Terrain and Chevy Equinox achieve 21/30 mpg city/highway with front-wheel drive, according to preliminary EPA estimates. If the numbers pan out, that means the Terrain and Equinox will beat the thriftiest versions of the Ford Escape and Toyota RAV4 (both 22/28 mpg), as well as the Nissan Rogue (22/27) and Honda CR-V (20/27).

    That’s just the beginning. The four-cylinder is a modular engine that will also make its way under the hood of the redesigned Buick LaCrosse, Fox said. How about the Chevy Malibu? Fox said it’s a possibility.

    With fuel-saving — and power-increasing — direct injection, the engine makes 182 hp in the Equinox and Terrain. If that means the Malibu could make equivalent power (its four-cylinder currently makes 169 hp), that could help with highway passing — and bump mileage beyond the car’s current 22/33 mpg EPA rating. Unlike the horsepower wars, the mileage wars are something we can get behind. Ford stole the title of thriftiest non-hybrid family car with the 23/34 mpg Fusion. Can GM leapfrog that? We’ll have to wait and see.

    By Kelsey Mays | April 13, 2009 | Comments (35)

    2010 Chevy Equinox Priced at $22,440

    2010equinox The all-new 2010 Chevy Equinox will go on sale this June with a starting price of $22,440. That price is $1,875 less than the outgoing Equinox and puts it about on par with the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4. The 2010 Equinox will sport a 182-hp four-cylinder base engine that Chevy estimates will return 21/30 mpg city/highway; final EPA numbers are pending. That number beats the CR-V’s 20/27 mpg figure significantly and tops the RAV4 in terms of highway mileage; that SUV gets 22/28 mpg city/highway.  

    The Equinox’s size, however, puts it a bit between those compact SUVs and larger ones like Ford’s Edge. That’s a good place to be, especially if the price keeps it competitive with the smaller players.

    A V-6 engine will also be available. It produces 264 hp and is estimated to get 18/25 mpg city/highway. That’s just 1 mpg better than the outgoing model’s more antiquated engine, and it’s not as good as the V-6 RAV4, which gets 19/27 mpg.

    We liked the looks and interior of the new Equinox when we saw it at this year’s Detroit auto show, and this price makes the new model even more attractive.

    More news on the Chevy Equinox

    By David Thomas | April 2, 2009 | Comments (0)

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