For various reasons (warranty running out, wanted a third row, etc) we traded in our Equinox this week for a 2008 Mazda5. I love it!!! It's sort of a car, sort of a mini van, sort of a "sport wagon" ... I'm not exactly sure where it technically falls.
It has sliding doors like a minivan, which I think we're going to love. It sits lower than the Equinox and higher than a car.
The back open ups like a van or SUV.
The middle row is two captain seats and the back row is bench type. (It's folded down right now.)