I bought a 2013 6 cylinder AWD 2LT Equinox with leather as a winter/extra vehicle to keep miles off my more expensive cars. I didn't expect a Chevy to be this comfortable, well designed, and almost "elegant" inside. I cross shopped a 2013 Escape SEL, which is sportier but lost points in every other category. The Chevy won with roomier interior, huge backseat room, more comfortable seats, better organized dash, intuitive controls, 301 hp V-6 for the price of a Ford 4 cyl, more refined drive train, quieter ride, classier interior. The Escape had a disjointed "chaotic" non-intuitive dash and controls, uncomfortable back seat with tight leg room, narrow front seats, awkward driving position.
Very refined drive train also used in Cadillac and GMC. Comfy back seat that slides AND reclines for huge legroom. Intuitive touch screen that took only a few minutes to program all the favorites and customize the screen with no need to read the manual. OnStar goodness. Streaming media, iPod/MP3, satellite, movie and fuel apps. Very comfortable driving position and seats. Lots of little touches that show GM was paying attention: textured exterior plastic trim, water bottle holders in all the doors, huge lighted storage compartment, multiple power ports, "tunnels" that allow charger cables to run out from the USB/power port while the armrest lid is closed. 2 yrs free satellite radio.
Headlights are barely adequate, need to upgrade to xenon. Options get pricey and GM obviously broke up the packages to be able to charge more for options like leather, parking distance, garage door opener, etc. that should be included in a 2LT package. But so far, I'm much happier with this vehicle than I expected. Who would have thought it?
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