2013 Chevrolet Equinox

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Pros:  Stylish; quiet and spacious interior; strong acceleration; smooth ride.

Cons: Short on cargo space; middling fuel economy, numb steering.

Overview
Despite its high price tag and low fuel economy ratings, the 2013 Chevrolet Equinox is a top choice in this otherwise boring segment. It offers just enough style, functionality, comfort and high-tech goodies that help it stand out among competitors like the Honda CRV, Toyota RAV4 and Hyundai Santa Fe. The Equinox is due for a revamp in 2014 as a 2015 model and is said to be shrinking in overall size.

Trims
The 2013 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. To learn more about the Chevrolet Equinox and everything that it has to offer, visit your Chevy dealer today to speak with an experienced professional and schedule a test drive.

Safety
Standard safety features includes 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.

Warranty Information
Every new Chevrolet Equinox comes with an impressive 100,000 mile/5-year Transferable Powertrain Warranty with no deductible; a 3-year/36,000 mile Bumper-To-Bumper New Vehicle Limited Warranty; a 100,000 mile/5-year 24/7 Roadside Assistance program; a 100,000/5-year 24/7 Courtesy Transportation program; and a 6-year/100,000 mile Corrosion Protection.

MSRP:  

Available Trims MSRP
2013 Equinox LS FWD $24,155
2013 Equinox LS AWD $25,905
2013 Equinox 1LT FWD $25,800
2013 Equinox 1LT AWD $27,550
2013 Equinox 2LT FWD $27,670
2013 Equinox 2LT AWD $28,620
2013 Equinox LTZ FWD $30,915
2013 Equinox LTZ AWD $32,665
Similar Vehicles MSRP
2013 Honda CRV $22,795
2013 Toyota RAV4 $22,650
2013 Ford Escape $22,470

Engines, Transmissions, & EPA Ratings:

Trim

Engine

Drivetrain

Transmission

Fuel Economy (city/highway)

LS, 1LT, 2LT & LTZ

2.4-liter 4-cylinder (E85 FlexFuel capable)

FWD

6-speed automatic

22/32

LS, 1LT, 2LT & LTZ

2.4-liter 4-cylinder (E85 FlexFuel capable)

AWD

6-speed automatic

20/29

1LT, 2LT, & LTZ

3.6-liter V6

FWD

6-speed automatic

17/24

1LT, 2LT, & LTZ

3.6-liter V6

AWD

6-speed automatic

16/23

 

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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