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2011 Chevrolet Equinox Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2011 Chevrolet Equinox was new.


Interior: 8.8

In addition to its extremely quiet cabin and interior style and comfort, the interior of the Equinox earns favorable feedback because of its useful organizational and cargo features. The Equinox’s main drawbacks are that it lacks an optional third row and has an interior that some test drivers consider cheap.

  • "The new look is a huge improvement over the old model, both aesthetically and functionally. Like several other recent GM vehicles, the dashboard flows into the door panels with a look that provides some continuity." -- Autoblog
  • "While the Equinox delivers in spades when it comes to interior style -- and at all trim levels we might add -- it still, in our mind, falls a bit short of where we wish it would be. We have to keep price point in mind when we're talking about this segment, and while we'd have loved soft-touch plastics, you get solidly constructed rubberized plastic -- like all the competition." -- Jalopnik
  • "The new Equinox looks better than its three rivals inside and out. Overall interior layout is the best, especially in the presentation of climate, sound and hazard-warning controls on the center-mounted instrument console.” -- The Washington Post


The seats of the Equinox are regarded as long-haul comfortable, and the driver’s seat offers good outward visibility. The Chevrolet Equinox seats a maximum of five, which may give some shoppers pause if they need room for up to eight. The Toyota RAV4 has an optional third row for about $24,400.

  • “Headroom and legroom are ample. The seats are long-haul supportive. Visibility is good for the most part, though tall rear headrests partially obscure the view aft." -- Consumer Guide
  • "If you need the capability afforded by a third-row seat, the 2011 Chevrolet Equinox will take a back seat to competitors such as the Toyota RAV4, Mitsubishi Outlander and Hyundai Santa Fe." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "First of all, the seats are very comfortable. Instead of squishy, flat seats, Chevy used a firmer foam for its bolsters, which provides a much snugger and more comfortable feel. The seat can move 10 inches fore or aft." -- The Detroit News
  • "I'm 5 ft. 10, and I had to stretch to reach the pedals with the driver's seat all the way back, yet there was still room for an adult passenger to be comfortable in the seat behind me.” -- BusinessWeek
  • "The Equinox rear-seat legroom simply dwarfs that of similarly priced competitors like the Toyota RAV4 or Honda CR-V. The Equinox's long-wheelbase, larger overall size (while retaining good fuel economy) will make it a compelling choice for the practical-minded small families who buy small crossover vehicles." -- Popular Mechanics
  • "Where the interior excels is with the seats. Here's the weird thing, the cloth option is way better than the leather. It's a sporty, airy neoprene-like material that's grippy and comfortable. Stretched over dual density foam, we sat in complete comfort for hours of driving." -- Jalopnik

Interior Features

While the 2011 Chevrolet Equinox has some cheap interior materials, reviewers find that its interior is very well executed. Some test drivers even say that the Equinox’s interior easily outshines the Honda CR-V, Hyundai Santa Fe and Toyota RAV4.

The Equinox is well-equipped compared to other affordable compact SUVs. The base model comes standard with three months of XM satellite radio, cruise control and an auxiliary audio input jack. A rearview camera and rear parking assist are available on 1LT models. With the Equinox, to get an entertainment system, a premium sound system and heated front seats, you must upgrade to the 2LT trim, which starts at about $26,200 for two-wheel drive models. Adding an audio system with navigation and rear seat entertainment, which requires leather seats, brings the two-wheel drive 2LT trim to about $32,820.

  • "While we can find fault with some of the plastics and trim pieces, the overall execution is first rate, especially when equipped with the two-tone Jet Black/Brownstone leather seating option." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Primary gauges are large and clear. Standard audio and climate controls are mounted high on the dashboard and are generally simple to operate. Some testers complain that this layout suffers from an overabundance of look-alike buttons that require more familiarization than should be necessary. The optional navigation system incorporates some audio functions. Its seemingly random combination of dashboard buttons and touchscreen controls complicates audio functions and will require acclimation." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Compare interiors side by side with the chief competition, Ford Escape, Jeep Liberty, Honda CR-V, Hyundai Santa Fe, and Toyota RAV4, and the Chevy eats 'em up and spits 'em out." -- Motor Trend
  • "Ergonomically, everything works fairly well, though the driver's reach for some radio adjustments and the far corners of the touch screen nav system are excessively long. The centralized switch panel works nicely and consolidates everything for easy control." -- Jalopnik


The Equinox’s cargo space is good, but not great. It provides a total of 63.7 cubic feet of cargo space. The total figure is about 10 cubic feet less than what the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4 offer, but is still roomy enough to handle most families' gear.

  • "If you have low garage clearance or limited vertical reach, you can program the tailgate to open to only a safe or reachable height." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The MultiFlex rear seat can slide to benefit already generous cargo space. A lack of under-floor storage is disappointing, but Chevy makes up for it with plenty of in-cabin cubbies and bins. All door pockets have bottle holders, and the center console is large." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The programmable rear liftgate allows you to set the height it opens to -- a very friendly feature for the height-impaired or owners of low-hanging garage doors." -- The Detroit News 
  • "Models that don't have the optional navigation system get a storage bin above the radio like the one in the Malibu and all models get a bin ahead of the shifter as well as the deep compartment in the center console. That bin is large enough to accommodate a 15-inch laptop computer. It also has auxiliary audio and USB ports that support MP3 players or just thumb-drives with songs on them." -- Autoblog

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