A compact crossover that's slightly larger than many competitors, the Equinox also offers buyers what most of its competitors don’t—an optional six-cylinder engine. Front-wheel drive is standard at all trim levels, while all-wheel drive is optional across the range.
What's New for 2014
New features for 2014 include chrome-clad wheels on LTZ models and a pair of exterior colors: Red Rock Metallic and Silver Topaz Metallic.
Choosing Your Chevrolet Equinox The base LS is equipped with a 182-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that returns up to 32 mpg on the highway. Like most Chevrolets, the LS model comes with basic amenities and few extras. Unless a bargain price is your highest priority, or you're not interested in V6 power, we'd recommend the leap to a 1LT. The 1LT ads premium cloth upholstery, a rearview camera, chrome door handles, heated and power-adjustable outside mirrors and 18-inch chrome-clad aluminum wheels. The 301-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 becomes optional at this level. Family-friendly features include several storage bins, an oversized glovebox, enough storage space under the center armrest to accommodate a laptop computer, four 12-volt power outlets and eight cup and bottle holders. The 2LT trim level adds premium exterior colors as choices—Black Granite Metallic or Crystal Red Tintcoat—in addition to standard features like heated front seats and automatic climate control. Options available at on a 2LT include a navigation, programmable power liftgate, forward collision alert, lane departure warning, rear park assist, and leather-appointed seating. With an MSRP that adds $9,000 to the price of a base LS, the LTZ should be packed with extra features—and it is. In addition to the amenities offered on the LT models, LTZ comes with leather upholstery, a universal home remote, an eight-way power front passenger seat, projector-style headlamps, chrome-clad wheels, a programmable power liftgate, heated front seats, forward collision alert, lane departure warning and rear park assist. MyLink navigation is available. The V6 is still optional—not standard—at this level, though, and an LTZ V6 also features a sport-tuned suspension. Choose your Chevrolet Equinox >>
Family-friendly design and a roomy interior make the Equinox a solid option in the sea of crossovers. We recommend a mid-range 1LT or 2LT with a V6 as the best blend of value and performance.