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Hello all, I am new to these forums. I tried doing some research online, and couldnt get the answers I was looking for, and came across these forums and told myself, there is nothing better then to ask the owners themselves.

Anyways, my parents are looking to finally get rid of their 98 Chevy Venture. My dad has his car, and that has to go soon as well, but one at a time. Anyways, my parents (mid aged) have decided to start to research on new cars. Both my sister and I have thrown out a few options to our parents to consider. Now, my mother wants to get a car we all like, because both my sister and I drive (I am 19, she is 21).. Our parents are the parents that tell us to save our money and invest it into something else, rather then cars, OR, save our money for a brand new car (so that cuts out the opportunity for both my sister and I to buy ourselves our own cars)..

Anyways, a few weeks back, my sister told my parents she needed a co-signer because she was going to finance the 2010 Equinox (it brings a smile to her face every time) They said no, for reasons stated above. So as a family, we decided to go car shopping yesterday. We went to visit Jeep, and test drove the Jeep compass ourself. Not a bad car, fits what we are looking for, so its considerable.. Since my sister is in love with the 2010 Equinox, we went to take a look. We test drove it, and now we are all in love with the car. They really upped their Equinox, and I must say, no offense to Chevy, but it doesnt feel like a Chevy car. Very luxurious. Interior is jaw-dropping. Needless to say, my dad will and always will be a GM guy. We looked at the Nissan Rogue as well..

Now, as a teenager, I am used to smaller, more sportier cars. I drive the van once and a while (I refuse to, very embarrassing LOL) I test drove it, I see potential in driving it. Ive driven SUVs, smaller SUVs at that.. (More so the compass size) Will I be okay to adapt to it? I can easily drive the older Equinox, but I feel the new ones are a lot bigger. I mean, since Ive driven both, I should have a good review as how the two compare, but to me, it seems the new one is a lot bigger, even by the looks of it.. Since I havent driven both for a long period of time, its good to get others opinions. Is there much of a difference between the two, if any? The guys at Chevy say its smaller then my van, but I dont see it. Needless to say, the guys behind counters at Chevy are excellent. Again, should I be okay?

Anyways, without a biased opinion, do you feel the 2010 Chevy Equinox is a good family/young adult car (19 and 21) car (it will be under my mothers name - most likely going to get it in white (what ever car we choose)) We are looking for something that doesnt kill us in insurance, and is great on fuel. Again, I love the SUV (wouldnt be my first choice, as a male myself, but for my parents needs and wants, its unreal, just worried about the size of it.

EDIT: Recommendations/Suggestions doesnt have to strictly be an SUV, and equivilant to the 2010 Equinox 1LT (the one we are looking into) or cheaper in price.

All honest opinions are accepted. Thanks in advance.
 

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First, the Equinox is an AWESOME younger person's car. It has all the latest tech and fun stuff you can get in this level of vehicle.

Second, The newer 'Nox is actually a built on the same platform as the older 'Nox. But, of course with a lot of great changes. And it probably is smaller than the old van. Today's engineers seem to know how to make a small car drive big, yet big cars drive small. It's quite interesting to experience. Test drive a Traverse, or Tahoe, both much bigger than the 'Nox, but they feel small to their size while behind the wheel. Yet the 'Nox feels like it can take on anything of any size! Very neat.

If you want some good opinions, search YouTube for Equinox. There are quite a few dealer submitted driver's opinions there. All positive.
 

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Haha thats an interesting question...

I am a truck lover but got the Equinox for the wife... Would rather have a Tahoe or even a traverse something bigger but she wanted the NOX. Dude I love the Nox for myself.. And it is pimp in comparison to a minivan... The rear seat slides back n forth for larger cargo area or more foot room and it folds down for more cargo space... I do believe in some models that the passenger seat folds down for longer items..

Now I was also asked a similar question when a friend of mine was graduating from college his mom asked me what I thought about the NOX for him as a graduation present.. I thought it was a good idea and they asked me since we had one... He loves it now...

Hopefully they can get a good price on one... Cause sadly enough GM fan or not some people are swayed if the can pay less when they thing they are getting more!
 

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The size should be a non-issue for you once you have driven it a few times. When I was waiting for mine to be built I test drove quite a few Equinoxes, so by the time mine came in I was SUPER comfortable in it. When we picked it up my dad wanted to go for a drive with me to make sure I was comfortable enough driving it home on my own. We didn't get far when he said "well, I guess you don't need me here, you look pretty comfortable already!" I think you would be surprised at how quickly you would adapt. The 'Nox is my upgrade from a 1998 Honda Prelude, that's a little two door car, so MUCH different than the 'Nox in length, width and height, but like I said, I was super comfortable in my new suv in no time at all!
 

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I'm kinda wondering just how old you and your sister will be before your parents will "let" you buy your own car? Just sayin----- :-\
 
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