The Chevrolet Equinox is part of a growing segment of "plus-sized" small crossover SUVs. Like other vehicles of this type, the Equinox provides the style and utility one normally associates with more traditional SUVs, but without their clumsy driving dynamics and poor fuel economy. As with other crossovers, the Equinox is built on a carlike platform that provides superior on-road comfort and crashworthiness.
There have been two Equinox generations. Earlier models were known for their roomy interiors and easy-driving nature, but they also suffered from substandard interior materials. The second-generation Equinox, thanks to its sharper styling, improved cabin fit and finish, additional features and new engine choices, is a much-improved vehicle and a solid choice for a small crossover SUV.
Current Chevrolet Equinox
The Chevrolet Equinox crossover SUV is available in LS, 1LT, 2LT and LTZ trim levels. Even the LS comes well-equipped, with a sliding and reclining backseat, OnStar, Bluetooth and a sound system with a CD player, satellite radio and a USB/iPod interface. The other trims add such features as a rearview camera, automatic climate control, leather upholstery and heated seats. Major options include a hard-drive-based navigation system, smartphone app integration, a rear seat entertainment system and a lane-departure warning system.
A 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine (182 horsepower and 172 pound-feet of torque) is standard and a 3.6-liter V6 (301 hp and 272 lb-ft) is optional on all but the LS. A six-speed automatic is the sole transmission offered. Front-wheel drive is standard, with all-wheel drive optional. Fuel economy estimates with the four-cylinder are very good for the class, though in testing we've discovered that the Equinox doesn't quite live up to them in the real world.
In reviews, we've been quite impressed with the current Chevy Equinox. In addition to its handsome styling, the Equinox boasts a supple, composed ride and a quiet, comfortable cabin that benefits in particular from stylish design and a sliding rear seat. Many other crossovers come with this latter feature, but the travel of the Equinox's is greater, allowing for limolike legroom. Cargo capacity is less than in some rivals (especially with the backseat in its rearmost position), but the well-equipped and well-rounded Equinox is one of the strongest entries in the compact crossover segment.
Read the most recent 2014 Chevrolet Equinox review.
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