We’re really enjoying the 2010 Equinox here in the Grant household, as it really does feel like The General’s team has done their homework bringing this unit to market. We’ll have more about the actual driving experience in another segment because today we have more important stuff to discuss: utility.
October has arrived cold and wet here in Ontario, which means a fire on the hearth and a car load of stinky, sweaty hockey bags each weekend. That’s right folks, hockey season has arrived. With it comes our signature 3 hockey bag test. In other words, can the parent of 2 little hockey players get all their crap and his own to the rink in one vehicle? This test was made a little more challenging last Christmas, when the boys got new, giant sized, hockey bags.
Typically, the smaller suv/cuv type vehicles don’t fare as well here as their larger brethren, simply because the cargo area is too small. I was unsure if we would fit one of these new bags in the Equinox, as the cargo area appears narrow though deep. I was pleasantly surprised to find that it actually swallowed 1 big bag, my smaller bag and a gigantic bag of goalie gear along with all my trainer’s junk. If there was any down side, it is the fact that all of this sits quite high in the cargo area and covers half of the rear glass. Still, far better than I expected and better than some much larger machines we’ve driven. Along with usable space, the cargo area contains a couple of side pockets that are quite handy for storing small stuff. We tucked a half dozen water bottles in one. There are also tie down spots strategically placed around the cargo area, which make holding that BBQ propane tank upright a breeze.
Later in the weekend we’ll get a little more in depth about the rest of the vehicle. Just a little hint though – CR-V and RAV-4 had best watch out!