Chevy Equinox

The Tracker had seen the end coming and Chevrolet quickly got ready with a replacement. The Chevrolet Equinox was launched with just the purpose in mind in 2004 for the 2005 model year. It is a mid-size crossover SUV that is mechanically similar to the Saturn VUE, although the styling is quite different. The Equinox sits somewhere between the HHR and the TrailBlazer. It is the first crossover SUV from Chevrolet. It is based on the GM Theta platform and is manufactured in Ingersoll, Ontario, Canada at the CAMI Automotive GM/Suzuki joint venture plant. Although, one really cannot call this a Canadian made car given that the 3.4 L LNJ V6 engine is made in China and the Aisin AF33 transmission is made in Japan. It does come standard in front wheel drive and has all wheel drive available as an option. Don't get carried away though, this baby is not meant for extreme driving and it is not designed for serious off roading. For drivers seeking that sort of equipment, they would be better suited taking a look at the Chevrolet Tahoe or the Chevrolet TrailBlazer. However, for those energy conscious individuals, there is available a Chevrolet Equinox Fuel Cell vehicle. This model uses only hydrogen for fuel and its only emission is water. This has surprisingly elevated Chevrolet in the rush to find alternative powered vehicles given the state of oil prices today and the concern over global warming. The technology was unveiled on the Equinox in September. It does seem though that the technology is not quite up to speed with where consumers would hope, give that the Equinox Fuel Cell is designed for only 50,000 miles of driving. However, this is the car for Alaska, given that it is engineered to be operable in subfreezing temperatures throughout its life.