Chevrolet’s lineup of sport utility vehicles and crossovers is quite extensive. From the five-passenger Equinox all the way to the mammoth three-quarter ton Suburban, there’s something for every SUV driver’s need. All Chevy SUVs and crossovers get a 3 year/36,000 mile basic warranty, a 5 year/100,000 mile transferrable powertrain warranty, a 6 year/100,000 mile rust warranty and 5 year/100,000 mile roadside assistance.
Equinox has undergone a major makeover for 2010. Introduced as a 2004 model, Equinox is available with front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. LS, LT and LTZ models arrive with a 2.4 liter direct injection engine that sends 182 hp and 172 lb-ft of torque through a 6-speed automatic. An optional 3.0 liter direct injection V6 (264 hp/222 lb-ft) is available on the LT and LTZ with a 6-speed automatic transmission. Base prices start at $23,185 and go to $29,795, plus options. The EPA estimates Equinox’s fuel economy from 17 mpg city/24 mpg highway (V6 AWD) to 22 city/32 highway (I4 FWD).
Traverse is the fourth seven-passenger crossover to ride on General Motors’ Lambda platform, following the Saturn Outlook, Buick Enclave and GMC Acadia. New for 2009, Chevy’s version is a mechanical clone of the other GM offerings, with cosmetic differences and slightly different trim. Available with one engine and transmission package, a 3.6 liter V6 and a 6-speed automatic, Traverse arrives in two levels of tune: 281 hp/266 lb-ft of torque for LS and LT1; 288 hp/270 lb-ft of torque for LT2 models. Base prices start at $29,990 and go up to $42,750 plus options. EPA estimates for the front-wheel drive Traverse are 17 mpg city/24 mpg highway; 16 mpg city/23 mpg highway for the all-wheel drive.
Tahoe evolved from the Chevy Blazer back in 1995 (a change of name from the same vehicle that had been on the road since 1992). A second generation Tahoe hit the showroom floors for the 2000 model year, and the current Tahoe emerged for 2007. Tahoe rides on the GMT900 platform, which underlies the GMC Yukon and Cadillac Escalade, as well as the Chevy Suburban and GM’s full-size pickups. Available in LS trim with a 4.8 liter V8 (295 hp/305 lb-ft) and a 4-speed automatic transmission; LT trim with a 5.3 liter V8 (310 hp/335 lb-ft) and a 6-speed automatic; LT2 trim with a gas/ethanol 5.3 liter V8 (320 hp/340 lb-ft) and a 6-speed automatic; or a gas/electric hybrid powertrain with a 6.0 liter V8 (332 hp/367 lb-ft) and a 4-speed automatic. Base prices start at $37,915 and go to $54,210 plus options. EPA estimates for the gas and gas/ethanol (rear-wheel or all-wheel drive) Tahoe are 14 mpg city/20 mpg highway; for the four-wheel drive Hybrid Tahoe, expect 20 mpg city/20 mpg highway; for the rear-wheel drive Hybrid Tahoe, it’s 21 mpg city/22 mpg highway.
There are times when only a full-size SUV will do, and Chevy’s Suburban fits the bill. Available in half-ton and three-quarter ton configurations, Suburban has been around in one form or another since 1933. The current generation rides on GM’s GMT900 platform, and can be set up to carry up to 9 passengers, each with distinct seating positions and seatbelts. Half-ton Suburbans are powered by a 5.3 liter V8 that sends 310 hp and 335 lb-ft of torque through a 6-speed automatic transmission. The three-quarter ton Suburban gets a 6.0 liter V8 that pumps 352 hp and 382 lb-ft of torque through its 6-speed auto. Base prices start at $41,320 and go up to $49,290 plus options. The EPA estimates that the half-ton Suburban can achieve 14 mpg city/20 mpg highway with rear-wheel drive, 14 mpg city/19 mpg highway with four-wheel drive. The three-quarter ton Suburban is not subject to EPA fuel economy estimates.