2014 Chevrolet Equinox

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The 2014 Chevrolet Equinox carries over unchanged from last year’s model bringing with it a higher than average price tag and middling fuel economy. Nevertheless, it remains a top choice in this otherwise boring segment. It stands put amongst competitors like the Honda CRV, Toyota RAV4 and the Hyundai Santa Fe. This is partly thanks to its compelling mix of interior comfort and functionality, styling and high-tech offerings.

The 2014 Chevrolet Equinox is available in three trim levels- LS, LT and LTZ. Each trim level is available in your choice of front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive and features a standard 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. A stronger 3.6-liter V6 engine is available on all trims except the LS and will allow you to tow up to 3,500 pounds when properly equipped.

Standard features on the entry level LS includes 17-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry, full-power accessories, a 60/40 split rear seat with 3-way recline, cruise control, steering wheel mounted cruise and audio controls, Bluetooth® and a 6-speaker audio system with satellite radio, a USB port and an auxiliary input jack.

The 1LT adds luggage rack side rails, heated mirrors, privacy glass, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, premium cloth upholstery and a Chevrolet MyLink™ radio featuring a 7-inch color touchscreen display.

Steeping up to the 2LT includes equipment from the 1LT and tacks on fog lamps, remote vehicle start, automatic climate control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, an 8-way power adjustable driver’s seat, heated front seats and a premium 250-watt, 8-speaker Pioneer® audio system.

The top-of-the-line LTZ adds a power rear liftgate, leather upholstery, an 8-way power adjustable front passenger seat, driver seat and mirror memory settings and additional safety features.

Various packages are available on lower trim levels that will add many of the features found on upper trim levels. Other options include a sunroof, a choice of 18- or 19-inch wheels, navigation and a rear seat entertainment system.

Standard safety features across the board include six airbags, daytime running lamps, traction and stability control, antilock disc brakes, hill start assist and OnStar® emergency services. A rearview camera is standard on all trims except for the base LS while a rear park assist, forward collision alert and a lane departure warning system are standard on the LTZ and optional on the 2LT.

Prices cover a 20 grand spread but start at just $25,235. Going with a fully loaded LTZ equipped with all-wheel drive will set you back almost $45 grand.

 Stylish; quiet and spacious interior; strong acceleration; smooth ride

 Short on cargo space; middling fuel economy, numb steering

Christine is a Contributing Editor at DriverPulse, a provider of online automotive editorial reviews and news. She is also an Account Manager and Head of Client Services for Nusani Media. She drinks a lot of coffee, loves to drive (manual, of course) and enjoys the company of her dog. She spends her free time exploring the great outdoors, painting and volunteering at her local animal shelter. Her passion for cars started at an early age. While most little girls were playing with dolls, she was playing with matchbox cars and watching her grandfather work on his prized Fords. She believes a vehicle should not only give you goosebumps while speeding around the circuit, its design should be purpose focused and elicit a pure emotional response. Her dream car, the Porsche Carrara GT, may not be easy to control however it is the perfect definition of form following function; mind blowing performance and beauty.

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