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2009 Chevrolet Equinox

Small SUV
Crashworthiness
  • Moderate overlap front
    G
  • Roof strength
    A
  • Head restraints & seats
    M

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Ratings shown are the latest available for this model year.
See below for ratings based on manufacture date.
1
Side airbags: front and rear head curtain airbags (standard beginning with 2009 models, optional in 2006-08 models)
2
Rollover sensor: designed to deploy the side curtain airbags, if equipped, in the event of an impending rollover (beginning with 2007 models)
3
Electronic stability control (beginning with 2007 models)
4
Antilock brakes
5
Daytime running lights
Model year Front overlap SideRoof strengthHead restraints & seatsFront crash prevention
SmallModerate
2015
G
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Basic
2014
G
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Basic
2013
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Basic
2012
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
2011
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
2010
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
2009
G
A
M
Crash avoidance rating
2008
G
M
A
M
Crash avoidance rating
2007
G
M
A
M
Crash avoidance rating
2006
G
M
A
M
Crash avoidance rating
2005
M
A
M
Crash avoidance rating

Applies to 2006-09 models built after January 2006

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Injury measures
Head/neck
G
Chest
G
Leg/foot, left
G
Leg/foot, right
G
Restraints and dummy kinematics
G
Important: Frontal crash test ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

This rating applies to vehicles other than the specific model and body style tested.

The Pontiac Torrent was introduced in the 2006 model year, and the Chevrolet Equinox was introduced in the 2005 model year. All 2006 and later Torrent and Equinox models built after January 2006 include structural changes to improve occupant protection in frontal crashes (note: information about when a specific vehicle was manufactured is on the certification label typically affixed to the car on or near the driver door).

Frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by General Motors as part of frontal crash test verification. The tested vehicle was manufactured after the structural modifications had been made.

Injury measures

Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity. Head acceleration from the B-pillar hit was low.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement was well controlled. During rebound, the dummy's head hit the B-pillar.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2007 Pontiac Torrent LS 4-door 4x2
Weight 3,790 lbs.
Side airbagsnone
Wheelbase112 in.
Length189 in.
Width72 in.
Engine3.4 L V6
EPA ratings19 mpg city / 24 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDVTF0605
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm)12
Left (cm)22
Center (cm)20
Right (cm)13
Brake pedal (cm)11
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm)3
Right (cm)3
Steering column movement
Upward (cm)2
Rearward (cm)-1
A-pillar rearward movement (cm)2

Driver injury measures

Test IDVTF0605
Head
HIC-15230
Peak gs at hard contact25
Neck
Tension (kN)1.0
Extension bending moment (Nm)10
Maximum Nij 0.37
Chest maximum compression (mm)30
Legs
Femur force - left (kN)1.8
Femur force - right (kN)2.6
Knee displacement - left (mm)0
Knee displacement - right (mm)0
Maximum tibia index - left0.42
Maximum tibia index - right0.39
Tibia axial force - left (kN)1.1
Tibia axial force - right (kN)2.3
Foot acceleration (g)
Left81
Right65

Applies to 2005-09 models

Overall evaluation
A
Curb weight3,821 lbs
Peak force13,253 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio3.47
Tested vehicle
2009 Chevrolet Equinox LS 4-door 2wd
Roof strength test ratings can be compared across vehicle categories.

How this test is conducted

Applies to 2005-09 models

Overall evaluation
M
Dynamic rating
M
Seat/head restraint geometry
G
Important: Ratings for head restraints & seats should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

Seat type

All seats

How this test is conducted

Seat typeAll seats
Geometry
Backset (mm)60
Distance below top of head (mm)26
Seat design parameters
Pass/failFail
Max T1 acceleration (g)10.3
Head contact time (ms)76
Force rating2
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N)155
Max neck tension (N)780

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