2010 Chevrolet
Cobalt SS
vs. 2011 Chevrolet
Equinox LS

2011 Chevrolet Equinox LS

9.8

starting from

$23,805

Reasons to buy the Chevrolet Equinox LS

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Fantastic range on the highway
602 miles
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Has auxiliary audio input
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Good range in the city
414 miles
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Average-sized back seats
50.1 ft3
2010 Chevrolet Cobalt SS

9.6

starting from

$25,255

Reasons to buy the Chevrolet Cobalt SS

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Turbocharged engine improves performance
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Very sporty performance
11.2 lb/hp
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Moon roof
Standard
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Safer for the front passenger in head-on collisions
5 stars
Safety Features 10.0 vs 8.5
2011 Chevrolet Equinox LS Winner: Equinox LS
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  • Keep kids safe in the rear seat with standard child door locks on the Equinox LS; optional upgrade on the Cobalt SS
  • The Equinox LS has 1 more airbag (including Side), 5 vs 4
Performance 8.9 vs 10.0
2010 Chevrolet Cobalt SS Winner: Cobalt SS
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  • The Cobalt SS's Turbocharger forces more air into the engine, improving power output, Turbocharger vs None
  • The Cobalt SS's power-to-weight ratio is around 50% better, providing a sportier ride, 11.2 lb/hp vs 20.8 lb/hp
  • More than 40% more powerful, 260 HP @ 5,300 RPM vs 182 HP @ 6,700 RPM
Practicality 10.0 vs 9.0
2011 Chevrolet Equinox LS Winner: Equinox LS
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  • A single tank lasts more than 50% longer, 602 miles vs 390 miles
  • The Equinox LS has 4 more cupholders, 8 vs 4
  • Room for more than 4.5x more stuff, 63.7 ft3 vs 13.9 ft3
Entertainment System 9.4 vs 10.0
2010 Chevrolet Cobalt SS Winner: Cobalt SS
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  • The Cobalt SS's subwoofer accurately reproduces deep bass notes in music
  • The Cobalt SS has 1 more speaker, providing a better entertainment experience, 7 vs 6
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs 9.4
2011 Chevrolet Equinox LS Winner: Equinox LS
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  • The Equinox LS has 2.1x less risk of serious injury, 5 stars vs 4 stars
Cost 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Inexpensive
  • Both very efficient in the city
  • Shorter-lasting basic warranty
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 10.0
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  • Neither offers a leather interior
Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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Overall 9.8 vs 9.6

Safety Features

Chevrolet
Equinox LS
2011 Chevrolet Equinox LS
2010 Chevrolet Cobalt SS Chevrolet
Cobalt SS
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Yes Both have electronic stability control
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Airbags 5 vs 4 OK number of airbags
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Standard vs Not Available Keep kids safe in the rear seat with standard child door locks on the Equinox LS; optional upgrade on the Cobalt SS
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Roadside assistance system OnStar vs OnStar

Performance

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Equinox LS
2011 Chevrolet Equinox LS
2010 Chevrolet Cobalt SS Chevrolet
Cobalt SS
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Horsepower 182 HP @ 6,700 RPM vs 260 HP @ 5,300 RPM The Cobalt SS is of average power, but the Equinox LS is 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 LS'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 Turbocharger The Cobalt SS's Turbocharger lets it maximize power output, quite rare for this class of vehicle
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Power-to-weight ratio 20.8 lb/hp vs 11.2 lb/hp The Cobalt SS is a very sporty car, while the Equinox LS is quite sluggish
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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 39.4 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Practicality

Chevrolet
Equinox LS
2011 Chevrolet Equinox LS
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Cobalt SS
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 602 miles vs 390 miles The Equinox LS gets fantastic distance, but the Cobalt SS is very limited
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Cargo space 63.7 ft3 vs 13.9 ft3 The Equinox LS has OK cargo room, while the Cobalt SS has very little
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front seats 54.4 ft3 vs 49.9 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 Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers roof rails
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navigation system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a navigation system
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Cupholders 8 vs 4 The Equinox LS has a good number of cupholders, but the Cobalt SS is just OK
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Entertainment System

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Equinox LS
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Cobalt SS
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Number of speakers 6 vs 7 Average number of speakers
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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 LS can connect your personal music device to the stereo system
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Has subwoofer No vs Yes The Cobalt SS has a subwoofer to accurately produce deep bass frequencies in music
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entertainment system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

Crash Test Ratings

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Equinox LS
2011 Chevrolet Equinox LS
2010 Chevrolet Cobalt SS Chevrolet
Cobalt SS
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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 SS
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Driver side crash test 4 stars vs 4 stars Poor protection, 6% to 10% chance of serious chest injuries in a crash

Cost

Chevrolet
Equinox LS
2011 Chevrolet Equinox LS
2010 Chevrolet Cobalt SS Chevrolet
Cobalt SS
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MSRP $23,805 vs $25,255 Inexpensive
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In-city gas mileage 22 mpg vs 22 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

Luxury Features

Chevrolet
Equinox LS
2011 Chevrolet Equinox LS
2010 Chevrolet Cobalt SS Chevrolet
Cobalt SS
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moon roof Not Available vs Standard Enjoy additional natural light with the Cobalt SS's standard sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Not Available Conveniently adjust your seat with the Equinox LS's power seats; not available on the Cobalt SS
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a leather interior

Road Tests

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Equinox LS
2011 Chevrolet Equinox LS
2010 Chevrolet Cobalt SS Chevrolet
Cobalt SS
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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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