This crossover SUV is great for a small family. The third row is best suited for children and is not advised for adults. However, if you need more cargo space than passengers, this is an excellent vehicle! Simply lay down the seats and place your cargo in! The vehicle is extremely reliable and has a tight turn radius. Fuel economy is right around 23 MPG. If you are considering the Ford Freestyle, consider the SEL for ultimate comfort. While the SE model does have front individual passenger controls, the air flow to the back of the cabin is limited.
El Paso, Texas
It is a great family SUV/crossover
We needed to get a larger vehicle as having 2 car seats and a teenager was just too cumbersome in a regular car. And we're far too young and cool to get a minivan. The Honda Pilot was the perfect solution for our problems. Although we did scout larger SUVs, the gas mileage of the pilot kept bringing us back. This crossover provides 3 rows of seats that can comfortably seat 7 easily and have room in the back. And for the size you gain, it drives as if you were in a car; it is very easy to maneuver into parking spots.
Awesome crossover with a smooth ride, good gas mileage, and plenty of room.
This is my second Chevy Equinox, so I have to say, I am extremely happy with this vehicle. Chevy has made vast improvements in the handling and ride of this model since the initial redesign in 2010. The outside appearance is very appealing with great lines and the LT trim, which I have, has roof rails that add a sporty look. The chrome accents around the windows and the fog lights are a nice addition that give the car a more upscale feel. The rear lift gate is light weight and easy to handle. Moving inside, there are improvements in the lighting as well. Chevy has added on/off buttons on the backseat overhead lights which is nice when you have passengers. This trim has upgraded cloth seats, which are very comfortable. The only problem is the cloth is mesh, and things get easily caught. I would definitely upgrade to leather if you have kids or eat often in your car. The cabin is very spacious and there is plenty of leg room in the backseat. I don't ride in the backseat, but I have been told that it is not very comfortable for long periods of time as the edge of the seat hits your legs in an odd spot and feels like it hinders circulation. This is not a huge factor for me since I do not often have passengers in the back. The cargo area is fairly large, although some room is taken away by the subwoofer. The Chevy MyLink touch screen radio with upgraded Pioneer speakers and subwoofer is probably my favorite feature of this car. It has many great options such as Pandora and Sticher and the sound is outstanding. It does respond slowly when changing channels or volume from the steering wheel mounted controls, which is a bit of a frustration for me. The car handles extremely well, and the ride is exceptionally smooth, especially compared to the 2010 model. It gets great gas mileage and has an economy button that will get you a few extra miles if you are willing to suffer a little in the performance department. The 4-cylinder engine is not too bad, although it does hesitate a bit when trying to accelerate while going uphill. Overall, I love this car and would recommend it to anyone looking for a small to mid-sized crossover.
What is a CUV?
What is a CUV? It's a compact utility vehicle automakers build on a sedan platform. Called a crossover, it's smaller and lighter than an SUV. Honda CR-V is a CUV.