Chevrolet Equinox

2017 Chevrolet Equinox

The Chevrolet Equinox is a solidly built compact crossover SUV closely related to the GMC Terrain. Last redesigned for 2010, it carries over with little change for the 2017 model year, following the addition of safety features and a light refresh for 2016. The top trim level, formerly LTZ, is now the 2017 Chevrolet Equinox Premier.

While the GMC Terrain proclaims a more masculine aura with its squared-off styling, the Equinox is more rounded. Carlike in operation, the Equinox fits right in among Chevrolets sedans, courtesy of sharp detailing and attractive proportions. Chevrolets compact crossover has sold well, helped by a choice of four-cylinder or V6 powertrain, offered with either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.

Boasting direct injection, the 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine makes 182 horsepower and ranks among the most fuel-efficient in its class. The available 3.6-liter V6 develops 301 horsepower and 272 pound-feet of torque. Both engines mate with a 6-speed automatic transmission.

All-wheel drive, which adds 100 pounds to vehicle weight, is available for every trim level except the base-level Equinox L. An Equinox is considerably more maneuverable than Chevrolets much larger, three-row Traverse.

Comparatively large for a compact crossover, the Equinox is roomy inside. Interior space is easily configurable for cargo or people. The rear bench can slide fore/aft, offering up to 31.4 cubic feet of cargo space with the seat up, and nearly 64 cubic feet with seatbacks flipped down. Moving to the farthest rearward position provides extra room for passenger knees. Two adults can spread out in the second row, with decent legroom and good head clearance.

Crash-test scores have been good, but not top-notch. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has given a four-star rating overall, with the same score for frontal impact and rollover protection. Equinox was rated Good in all categories, including the difficult small-overlap test, by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Chevrolets optional collision-mitigation system got only a Basic rating.

A rearview camera is standard, which is good news because rearward visibility is poor otherwise. Lane-departure and forward-collision warning systems are available, but only in the top trim level.


2016 Chevrolet Equinox

Chevrolet Equinox is a compact SUV similar in size to the Nissan Rogue, Honda CR-V, and Toyota RAV4. Equinox is a crossover utility, meaning its based on a car chassis. Equinox is available with front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.

For 2016, Chevrolet Equinox has been updated with new styling, new safety features, and a 7-inch color touchscreen radio. The 2016 Equinox comes in Equinox L, Equinox LS, Equinox LT, and Equinox LTZ trim levels. A new front fascia with new projector-beam headlights, new taillights and rear fascia, and new wheel designs distinguish the 2016 Chevy Equinox from previous models. Interior fabrics have been enhanced, the instrument panel has been revised, and the transmission shifter has been changed for 2016. The current-generation Equinox debuted as a 2010 model.

Equinox seats five and offers 31.4 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seat and 83.7 cubic feet with the rear seat folded.

Chevrolet MyLink is standard on Equinox LT and Equinox LTZ models, while OnStar with 4G LTE connectivity and built-in WiFi hotpot is offered on all trim levels. The hotspot is on whenever the car is on and comes with a three-month/3GB data trial.


2014 Chevrolet Equinox

Part of Chevrolets lineup for the past decade, Equinox has the pricing and features of a compact crossover SUV, but its slightly larger than its direct competition: closer in dimensions to a midsize model. Standard features are more abundant than typically expected in its price class. Equinox comes in four trim levels: LS, 1LT, 2LT, and top-of-the-line LTZ.

Chrome-clad wheels are standard on 2014 Equinox LTZ models. Otherwise, nothing has changed for 2014, apart from two new exterior colors.

Front-wheel drive is standard, while optional all-wheel drive adds winter weather capability. Chevrolet offers a choice of four-cylinder or V6 engine for the Equinox.

The standard 2.4-liter four-cylinder uses direct injection for more power and better fuel economy. Its smoother than most four-cylinders, and we think its a capable engine. The 2014 Equinox with the 2.4-liter engine and front-wheel drive gets an EPA-estimated 22/32 mpg City/Highway; the 2014 Equinox AWD is rated at 20/29 mpg. With front-drive, in particular, thats an impressively thrifty highway figure for this class.

Gas mileage drops considerably with the optional 3.6-liter V6 engine, which generates 301 horsepower and 272 pound-feet of torque. The 2014 Equinox with 3.6-liter V6 is EPA-estimated at 17/24 mpg City/Highway. With all-wheel drive, the 2014 Equinox AWD is rated 16/23 mpg. Regular gasoline is recommended for all Equinox models; more-expensive Premium is not needed.

We found the more powerful V6 makes upgrading to the bigger engine worthwhile, in spite of the extra cost, though you can expect to spend considerably more on fuel. With either engine, the 6-speed automatic transmission helps delivers a smooth driving experience.

The current Equinox is the second-generation version, which was launched as a 2010 model. Standard features include an eight-way adjustable front passenger seat and a universal garage door opener. Four-cylinder models include an active noise cancellation system. The 2014 Equinox LTZ is available with Lane Departure Warning and Forward Collision Alert, which can help the driver avoid an accident.

Equinox offers good ride quality, absorbing sharp bumps without disrupting passenger comfort, whether its fitted with the 17-inch or 18-inch wheels. Though an Equinox is not sporty, its handling is on par with that of the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4.

Interior roominess is one of its major strengths, with up to 39.9 inches of legroom in the back seat. Equinox has plenty of room for up to five passengers and their cargo. The front seats are comfortable and supportive, and they have 10 inches of travel, so drivers of all sizes will fit. The useful MultiFlex rear seat offers nearly eight inches of fore/aft travel, so tall passengers can ride in back or the driver can push the rear seat forward to carry more cargo.

A closed storage box is located under the center armrest. Chrome option packages are available for LT model. The 1LT package includes door handles, heated power mirrors, 18-inch chrome-clad aluminum wheels, and a driver convenience group. Upper models include a rearview camera.

Equinox has an attractively designed cabin, but the sea of hard plastics and the lack of noise isolation impart a cost-cutting feel. Some nice amenities are available, though, including ice blue ambient lighting, dual-zone automatic climate control, a power liftgate, and a dual-player, dual-screen rear DVD entertainment system with displays in the front seatbacks. Chevrolets MyLink touchscreen infotainment system is also available; it provides a link to apps through smartphones.

That roomy cabin and reasonable pricing make the Chevrolet Equinox an attractive alternative to smaller compact crossovers that cost about the same. Buyers get some tempting amenities, unexpected in this price range.


2013 Chevrolet Equinox

The Chevrolet Equinox has pricing and features of a compact SUV, but it's slightly larger than its direct competition, closer in size to a midsize and it has features not expected in its price class.

Front-wheel drive is standard, optional all-wheel drive adds winter weather capability. Equinox offers a choice of four-cylinder and V6 engines.

The standard 2.4-liter four-cylinder uses direct injection for more power and better fuel economy. It's smoother than most four-cylinders and we think it's a capable engine. The 2013 Equinox with the 2.4-liter engine and front-wheel drive gets an EPA-estimated 22/32 mpg City/Highway; the 2013 Equinox AWD is rated at 20/29 mpg.

For 2013, a 3.6-liter V6 replaces the previous 3.0-liter V6, adding 14 percent more horsepower and 22 percent more torque while delivering virtually equivalent fuel economy. The numbers are 301 horsepower and 272 pound-feet of torque. The 2013 Equinox with 3.6-liter V6 is EPA-rated at 17/24 mpg City/Highway. With all-wheel drive, the 2013 Equinox AWD is rated 16/23 mpg. Regular gasoline is recommended for all Equinox models; more-expensive Premium is not needed. We found the more powerful V6 makes upgrading to the bigger engine worthwhile.

The 6-speed automatic transmission is updated, also, which benefits all 2013 Equinox models with a smoother driving experience than before.

The current model is the second-generation Equinox, which was launched as a 2010 model. 2013 Equinox models come with some new features, including an eight-way adjustable front passenger seat and a universal garage door opener. The 2013 Equinox LTZ is available with Lane Departure Warning and Forward Collision Alert, which can help the driver avoid an accident.

Equinox offers good ride quality, absorbing sharp bumps without disrupting passenger comfort, whether with the 17-inch or 18-inch wheels. The Equinox is not sporty, but its handling is on par with that of the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4.

Interior roominess is one of its major strengths. Equinox has plenty of room for up to five passengers and their cargo. The front seats are comfortable and supportive, and they have 10 inches of travel, so drivers of all sizes will fit. The useful MultiFlex rear seat offers eight inches of travel, so tall passengers can ride in back or the driver can push the rear seat forward to carry more cargo.

Equinox has an attractively designed cabin, but the sea of hard plastics and the lack of noise isolation impart a cost-cutting feel. There are some nice amenities, though, including ice blue ambient lighting, dual-zone automatic climate control, a power liftgate, and a dual-screen rear DVD entertainment system. Chevrolet's MyLink touchscreen infotainment system is also available; it provides a link to apps through smartphones.

A roomy cabin and a reasonable pricing make the Chevrolet Equinox an attractive alternative to smaller compact crossover that cost about the same. Buyers get some nice amenities not expected in this price range.

 

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