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#1 trucc

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Posted 16 April 2010 - 06:09 PM

hello
I want to know if the equinox and terrain 4 cyl they are good initial acceleration? good in lower rpm?
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Posted 20 April 2010 - 04:20 AM

If you keep them revved up they move along fine. I am sure the 6 cyl is much better, but the 4 cyl is built for economy.

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Posted 23 April 2010 - 02:10 PM

i'm just curious why you care about speed on grocery carts? the 6 banger will be faster and quicker on accelration because its not going to have to work as hard to get up the speed...like shaners said the 4 banger is built to sip gas instead of suck it
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Posted 25 April 2010 - 05:48 PM

Just picked up our new 4 cylinder Terrain on Saturday. With two people on board the acceleration is what I consider to be very good for a four cylinder engine. Merges easily onto the highway -w :rolleyes: on't snap your neck - but I never expected it to.
For me, the best news is I'm already getting 30 MPG with just 150 miles on the vehicle!
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Posted 25 April 2010 - 06:26 PM

Glad to hear your happy with it... but everything I've read says the 4 cylinder is under powered. :rolleyes: I've never driven one, so only what I've read.

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Posted 25 April 2010 - 11:00 PM

Glad to hear your happy with it... but everything I've read says the 4 cylinder is under powered. :rolleyes: I've never driven one, so only what I've read.


The Direct Injection 2.4L with the 6-spd in the Equinox/Terrain is very peppy, actually, and many have said it feels spunkier than the optional DI 3.0L V6 that's naturally a little lazier in feel and heavier. That's why most of these sold now are the standard 2.4L, on top of the higher mpg ratings. All depends on what you want or are used to, in a smaller/mid-size ute.
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Posted 13 May 2010 - 09:25 AM

Ordered a 2010 equinox with the 6 cylinder about six weeks ago...should be here in a week or two!!! the Passing power of the 6 cyl by far outweighed the better fuel mileage of the 4 cyl in our decision. When i need to pull out and pass a couple semi trucks, I don't want to wait for a 3 mile stretch of open highway to do so. Just my 2 cents

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Posted 19 May 2010 - 01:05 PM

Well - I now have almost a month of experience with the 4 cylinder Terrain. Although I have never been a big fan of 4 bangers - this is not your grandfather's 4 cyl engine!
From 0 - 60 mph, this Terrain could mop the floor against my 2007 Sierra w/5.3L V-8 - and easily take my wife's 3.6L V-6 Rendezvous!
Whether it is the mating with the 6 speed automatic or the way the engine is tuned - I don't know. My last experience with a 4 cylinder was a Grand Am - absolutely no comparison!
I've never driven the 6 cyl Terrain - but for my usage - (it will never be heavily loaded or towing anything) - I'll gladly take the better gas mileage with this engine! :cool:

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Posted 26 May 2010 - 11:08 AM

Would the Terrain 4cyl be adequate (obviously not the best) for pulling a 20 ft. aluminum boat?

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Posted 30 May 2010 - 03:46 PM

Would the Terrain 4cyl be adequate (obviously not the best) for pulling a 20 ft. aluminum boat?

I doubt if you would have any problems pulling something that light. Having said that, I have not checked the manufacturers tow rating on the 4 cylinder - but generally speaking 4 cylinder vehicles are not made for towing.

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Posted 30 May 2010 - 05:19 PM

We drove a 4 cyl Terrain when we were car shopping. It wasn't going to win any races but it wasn't too bad. Lots of vehicle for a 4 banger though.

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Posted 02 September 2010 - 09:04 AM

When my wife was shopping for a new Equinox, I was skeptical about the 4 cyl, until I drove it. It's nothing like the old 4 bangers in the s10's and mid-size cars. With the direct injection, 6-speed transmission, and lower differential gears (than the optional 6 cyl), it does just fine. When passing, just don't be afraid to let it wind up to high RPMs, as that's where it makes decent power. Granted, my truck feels like a race rocket compared to the Equinox, but that's expected. 30 mpg is pretty hard to beat with a suv. We're very happy with ours! :dunno:

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