Phil, I see we are 'almost' neighbors. I did what you are doing, plus looked at others from Honda, Mazda, Toyota, Hyundai, Ford, etc. My goals, in order of importance, were: 1. ability to climb my hilly driveway in winter. 2. Lots of space for my electronic gadgets, especially in center console area. 3. Ride quality. 4. Price.
It wasn't hard, the Equinox won easily. So:
1. for my winter driveway - V6 and AWD.
2. lots of room in the console (Yaesu).
3. ride comes close to xyl's Lexus.
4. discounts, plus GM supplier/employee/relative discount.($1250); and the best by far, trade in for my old toyota (beat the others by $2K).
Very pleased with the rear seat room, much better than Lexus. But wish the luggage area was wider.
Mounting new Diamond dual-band fold-over next week with permanent roof top mount. Power leads are run for 2 rigs. Looking at options for HF: mag mounts do not perfectly line up with flat spots in roof; and the roof rails are a bit too big for the bolt-on mounts. I'll come up with something.
I am extremely pleased with the fuel usage: 17 mpg city and 24-26 hiway at 65., now with 3K miles.
As for maintenance:
Let's look at the Corvette: oil change every 5K ($70). Then nothing until about 40K, when you change anti-freeze ($80). Tranny fluid at 100K. A couple of air filters along the way. That's about it for scheduled maint. I am not a believer in tire rotation, brake inspections, etc.
PS: bought my EQ in Indiana, ordered it with the exact options/colors etc.