Equinox vs Malibu

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Sport utility vehicles have come a long way since the clunky box that had little control on the highway. SUV’s used to be built on truck platforms, which gave them a heavier feel and bulkier ride. Now built on a car platform (http://www.edmunds.com/suv/before-buy.html), these crossover vehicles can be competitively compared to a standard sedan. The Chevy Equinox is a car-based SUV that has the same attributes as the mid-size passenger car, the Chevrolet Malibu, such as easier handling and a quieter, more enjoyable ride. The Malibu has been redesigned to be as comfortable as a luxury vehicle with a better performance than other vehicles in its class. The Chevrolet Equinox might boast a roomier interior like most crossovers, but the Chevrolet Malibu is a better value, not only because of price but also gas mileage, safety and interior space.
While the price of an SUV used to be significantly higher than a mid-size sedan, with the invention of the smaller, car-based models, prices are now comparable. The Malibu starts at $21,995 and goes up to $29,700. (http://autos.aol.com/cars-Chevrolet-Malibu-2013/safety-features/) The Equinox starts at $24,155 and, depending on the features, can max out at $32,665. (http://usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/cars-trucks/Chevrolet_Equinox/) Projected resale value for a standard model Malibu priced at $23,150 after one year is 68% or $15,742. After five years, it drops to 36% or $8,334. (http://www.kbb.com/chevrolet/malibu/2013-chevrolet-malibu/ls/?vehicleid=378427&intent=buy-new) The Equinox’s projected resale value for a standard model after one year is slightly higher at 71% or $17,761. It equals the Malibu at 36% or $9.005 after 5 years. (http://www.kbb.com/chevrolet/equinox/2013-chevrolet-equinox/) For a long term commitment, the sedan holds its value as well as the SUV. The gas mileage between the Malibu and…...

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