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1-Star: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.
2017 Chevrolet Equinox OVERVIEW
Chevrolet's long-running compact crossover, Equinox is larger and heavier than most competitors and specializes in smooth, quiet running. Add the available V6 engine and a few upgrades, and you might find the Equinox to be a solid alternative to full-size family vehicles costing thousands more.
What's New for 2017
Two new style packages are available this year, Sport Edition and Midnight Edition. The former LTZ model is now called Premiere.
Choosing Your Chevrolet Equinox
The Equinox offers a relaxing five-passenger interior with a rear seat that slides and reclines. Ride quality is a definite strong suit, as is the hushed cabin environment. You get 31.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seat and 63.7 cubic feet with it folded, which is typical for this class.
The standard 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine produces 182 horsepower and can be paired with all-wheel drive on most models. The optional 3.6-liter V6, which requires all-wheel drive, provides a massive boost to 301 horsepower and allows the Equinox to tow up to 3,500 pounds. Both engines use a six-speed automatic transmission.
As usual, trim levels range from basic to downright plush:
We recommend starting your build with the LT, which gives you access to the reasonably priced Driver Confidence packages and the excellent V6 engine, which transforms the Equinox into a potent performer.
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