2010 Chevrolet
Cobalt LT XFE
vs. 2011 Chevrolet
Equinox LT

2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT

9.9

starting from

$24,970

Reasons to buy the Chevrolet Equinox LT

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OK brakes
Disc
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Has stability control system
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Has auxiliary audio input
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Fantastic range on the highway
602 miles
2010 Chevrolet Cobalt LT XFE

8.5

starting from

$17,190

Reasons to buy the Chevrolet Cobalt LT XFE

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Fantastic highway fuel efficiency
37 mpg
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Safer for the front passenger in head-on collisions
5 stars
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Tighter turning radius
33.5 ft
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Great ground clearance for rough terrain
13.0"
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 7.1
2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT Winner: Equinox LT
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  • The Equinox LT's auxiliary audio input jack lets you connect your MP3 player to the car's stereo
  • It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the Equinox LT; but it's not available at all on the Cobalt LT XFE
  • The Equinox LT has 2 more speakers, providing a better entertainment experience, 6 vs 4
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 7.2
2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT Winner: Equinox LT
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  • Conveniently adjust your seat with the Equinox LT's power seats; not available on the Cobalt LT XFE
  • Have your choice of leather or cloth seats on the Equinox LT
Safety Features 10.0 vs 7.8
2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT Winner: Equinox LT
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  • Disc brakes on the Equinox LT can provide better stopping action
  • The Equinox LT's electronic stability control reduces the risk of skidding during cornering
  • Drive with confidence in the Equinox LT, consider upgrading the Cobalt LT XFE to get antilock brakes
Practicality 10.0 vs 8.5
2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT Winner: Equinox LT
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  • Need to carry bulky cargo? The Equinox LT's standard roof rails are great, meanwhile the Cobalt LT XFE cannot be configured with them at any price
  • The Equinox LT offers an optional navigation system; not available on the Cobalt LT XFE
  • A single tank lasts around 30% longer, 602 miles vs 481 miles
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs 9.0
2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT Winner: Equinox LT
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  • The Equinox LT has 2.1x less risk of serious injury, 5 stars vs 4 stars
  • The Equinox LT has 2.0x less risk of serious injury, 4 stars vs 3 stars
Performance 9.5 vs 10.0
2010 Chevrolet Cobalt LT XFE Winner: Cobalt LT XFE
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  • The Cobalt LT XFE needs around 20% less space to turn, 33.5 ft vs 40.0 ft
  • The Cobalt LT XFE's power-to-weight ratio is more than 10% better, providing a sportier ride, 18.1 lb/hp vs 20.8 lb/hp
Cost 9.7 vs 10.0
2010 Chevrolet Cobalt LT XFE Winner: Cobalt LT XFE
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  • Gets more than 10% more miles per gallon in the city, 25 mpg vs 22 mpg
  • The best price we've seen is $7,780 cheaper (more than 30% less), $17,190 vs $24,970
Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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Overall 9.9 vs 8.5

Entertainment System

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Equinox LT
2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT
2010 Chevrolet Cobalt LT XFE Chevrolet
Cobalt LT XFE
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Number of speakers 6 vs 4 The Equinox LT has an OK number of speakers, while the Cobalt LT XFE has very few
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs Yes Both have speed-sensitive volume
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs No The Equinox LT can connect your personal music device to the stereo system
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Has subwoofer No vs No Neither has a subwoofer; audio won't have that deep thumping bass sound
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entertainment system Optional vs Not Available It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the Equinox LT; but it's not available at all on the Cobalt LT XFE

Luxury Features

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Equinox LT
2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT
2010 Chevrolet Cobalt LT XFE Chevrolet
Cobalt LT XFE
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Not Available Conveniently adjust your seat with the Equinox LT's power seats; not available on the Cobalt LT XFE
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Optional vs Not Available Have your choice of leather or cloth seats on the Equinox LT

Safety Features

Chevrolet
Equinox LT
2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT
2010 Chevrolet Cobalt LT XFE Chevrolet
Cobalt LT XFE
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antilock brakes Standard vs Optional Drive with confidence in the Equinox LT, consider upgrading the Cobalt LT XFE to get antilock brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs No The Equinox LT has electronic stability control, but the Cobalt LT XFE does not
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Airbags 5 vs 4 OK number of airbags
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Rear brakes Disc vs Drum The Equinox LT has good brakes for high-performance driving
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system OnStar vs OnStar

Practicality

Chevrolet
Equinox LT
2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT
2010 Chevrolet Cobalt LT XFE Chevrolet
Cobalt LT XFE
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 602 miles vs 481 miles The Equinox LT gets fantastic distance on a single tank, and the Cobalt LT XFE gets OK distance
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Cargo space 63.7 ft3 vs 13.9 ft3 The Equinox LT has OK cargo room, while the Cobalt LT XFE has very little
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front seats 54.4 ft3 vs 49.4 ft3 Very cramped front seats
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folding rear seats Standard vs Standard Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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roof rails Standard vs Not Available Need to carry bulky cargo? The Equinox LT's standard roof rails are great, meanwhile the Cobalt LT XFE cannot be configured with them at any price
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navigation system Optional vs Not Available The Equinox LT offers an optional navigation system; not available on the Cobalt LT XFE
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Cupholders 8 vs 4 The Equinox LT has a good number of cupholders, but the Cobalt LT XFE is just OK
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Crash Test Ratings

Chevrolet
Equinox LT
2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT
2010 Chevrolet Cobalt LT XFE Chevrolet
Cobalt LT XFE
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs 4 stars OK protection, 10% to 20% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
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Front driver crash test 5 stars vs 4 stars The better is 2.1x safer than the Cobalt LT XFE
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Driver side crash test 4 stars vs 3 stars Poor protection, 11% to 20% chance of serious chest injuries in a crash

Performance

Chevrolet
Equinox LT
2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT
2010 Chevrolet Cobalt LT XFE Chevrolet
Cobalt LT XFE
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Horsepower 182 HP @ 6,700 RPM vs 155 HP @ 6,100 RPM Underpowered
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Number of gears 6 vs 5 Average number of gears
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Manual transmission The Equinox LT's automatic transmission is convenient for stop-and-go traffic
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers paddle shifters
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor for increased power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 20.8 lb/hp vs 18.1 lb/hp The Cobalt LT XFE has OK performance while the Equinox LT gives sluggish performance
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Drivetrain type front-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 40.0 ft vs 33.5 ft The Cobalt LT XFE can make tight turns, and the Equinox LT is comparable to most other vehicles

Cost

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Equinox LT
2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT
2010 Chevrolet Cobalt LT XFE Chevrolet
Cobalt LT XFE
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MSRP $24,970 vs $17,190 Inexpensive
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In-city gas mileage 22 mpg vs 25 mpg Both very efficient in the city
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 36,000 mile Shorter basic warranty
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 3 year Shorter-lasting basic warranty

Road Tests

Chevrolet
Equinox LT
2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT
2010 Chevrolet Cobalt LT XFE Chevrolet
Cobalt LT XFE
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0-60 mph 10.7 seconds vs Unknown
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Braking distance at 60mph 138 ft vs Unknown
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1/4 mile 18.0 s @ 80 mph vs Unknown
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Lateral acceleration 0.76 g vs Unknown
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Top speed 112 mph vs Unknown

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