2013 CHEVROLET EQUINOX-FIRST DRIVE
As winter steadily approaches, we took Chevrolet’s Equinox out for a test drive to see what the compact, all-wheel-drive crossover had to offer.
While it does not have the largest cargo area in its class, the Equinox offers notable storage space. The rear seats fold down and the second row can slide forward, creating considerable storage area. The second row can also be moved back to create more legroom for taller passengers. Road trip passengers will appreciate the reclining second row.
From the driver’s seat, we were impressed with the Equinox’s 7-inch, color touch-screen featuring a rear-back up camera and Chevrolet’s MyLink infotainment system. The center console seems to be a bit cluttered with various temperature, volume and entertainment controls; but the strong design of the dash balances the confusion.
Another hidden surprise in the Chevrolet Equinox was the center storage compartment that was very deep. It could easily hold a small handbag or tablet.
On the gear shift we noticed plus and minus symbols that resembled manual shift buttons, but though further research we discovered that the button was “Electronic Range Select Mode.” This allows the driver to manually select the range of gear positions, which would come in handy while towing or driving downhill
When we hit the road, the Chevrolet Equinox provided plenty of power. Similar to other small SUVs and crossovers, the line of sight was slightly obscured by stocky rear pillars.
The 2013 Chevrolet Equinox is available in various trim levels including: LS, 1LT, 2LT and LTZ. The model we took out was a 2013 Equinox AWD 1LT with a four-cylinder engine. The four-cylinder comes standard on the Chevrolet Equinox but a V6 option is available on all but the LS model. The standard four-cylinder gets an EPA-estimated 22 MPG city/32 highway.
Noteworthy Options: Forward Collision Alert, Lane Departure Warning