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Our Expert Review: 2013 Chevrolet Equinox

Stylish, Comfortable, Good Value

by from Southern California on March 25, 2013

It looks good, drives like a car, and is comfortable for freeway commuting. The dashboard instruments are where I expected them, and easy to reach. Heating and cooling kick in quickly. The accelerati...
It looks good, drives like a car, and is comfortable for freeway commuting. The dashboard instruments are where I expected them, and easy to reach. Heating and cooling kick in quickly. The acceleration is acceptable for freeway driving, but the car struggles a little on an extended uphill; there's plenty of oomph, the engine just has to downshift to keep up to speed. The cruise control is easy to understand, but a bit quirky with the "squishy" controls; compared to the Impala's buttons, it was a bit to get accustomed to. Mileage is a solid 28-30 mpg highway, right on what I expected. Good cup holders, very clever mirror-in-mirror rear views on each side makes it easy to see who's in the blind spot. Lots of headroom, acceptable leg room - you are tempted to rest your leg on the side of the car. Really nice seat adjustments; easy to move the seat to that 'just right' point of comfort. Front and rear windshield wipers a big plus, grab bars on the windows very nice. Overall, a really good car at a reasonable price.
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Love my LTZ

by from Los Angeles, CA on December 13, 2012

The fully loaded 2013 LTZ is a great SUV with lots of terrific options. I was looking to purchase a 2010 used LTZ, but got a great lease price on a new one and indulged in options I couldn't otherwise...
The fully loaded 2013 LTZ is a great SUV with lots of terrific options. I was looking to purchase a 2010 used LTZ, but got a great lease price on a new one and indulged in options I couldn't otherwise afford. I got the saftey package that warns me if I get too close to the car in front of me and if I drift lanes. I would highly reccommend this package for anyone who knows they tend to become distracted while driving. My husband hates the warnings, but they are easily turned off right from the steering wheel. The backup camera with parking assist is also fantastic for those of us who are not great parkers. I thought I could live without the heated seats and power liftgate, but now I'm totally spoiled. The remote engine starter is also a very impressive feature and starts the climate control system where you left it so you can pre-heat or pre-cool the car. The ECO button combined with the real time display of your gas mileage turns driving into a money saving video game on the 4 cylinder model. It actual displays your "Best Score" which encourages you to pay close attention to your driving habits. I had perfect highway conditions the other day for a road trip and using the ECO button and cruise control was able to average over 33 MPG! City driving is a whole different story of course, but you know that going into an SUV purchase. I love the styling and interior accent lighting at night too. I only see room for improvement in the electronics. I found the navigation system to be less intuitive than others I have had and I really had to read the manual to get the hang of it. They give you options to controll it via touch screen or control buttons or voice. Options are great, but it is confusing until you know it. Spend a good amount of time with the salesman to learn it before you drive off the lot! The option to play a movie while parked on that little screen is ridiculous, but the option to connect your phone via Bluetooth as an audio device is very nice. On Star is not worth the money in my opinion. It did not save me much time over checking something on Yelp on my smartphone. The safety feature of the car calling for help if you have had an accident is comforting, but I don't want to pay a huge monthly fee for that. I will cancel after the free subscription expires.
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A great car for a fantastic price

by from Chicago IL on November 12, 2012

The Chevy Equinox offers great performance and technology for the price. This SUV provide a smooth comfortable and quiet ride, one that can not be found in a much more expensive "luxury cars". The sea...
The Chevy Equinox offers great performance and technology for the price. This SUV provide a smooth comfortable and quiet ride, one that can not be found in a much more expensive "luxury cars". The seats are very comfortable and there much leg room space for the rear passengers withe the sliding rear seat. I test drove many cars in the class withe conclusion that the Equinox is ahead of the competition. The entry level engine has plenty of power. Chevy's "My Link" offers great integration with my Iphone. The Iphone applications voids the need for an inferior in-dash or separate GPS. You can get vocal GPS commands through the car speakers. A big positive surprise from an American car maker
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Not A Bad Little SUV

by from Weedsport, NY on February 24, 2013

Pros-I like the Equinox and it is nice for a couple. It rides exceptionally well. I like the way it handles turns & braking. It is sharp looking too. Cons-There is not anywhere to hook your grocery ba...
Pros-I like the Equinox and it is nice for a couple. It rides exceptionally well. I like the way it handles turns & braking. It is sharp looking too. Cons-There is not anywhere to hook your grocery bags to, which means your food is rolling around and breaking if not placed carefully. I have also noticed on the front doors that the built in pockets are so small I can't put a magazine or map book there without it falling out. This vehicle is a great replacement for downsizing as long as you can live without any kind of storage.
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i am glad I did it

by from Mason City, Iowa on April 19, 2013

As a long time Honda owner, I was hesitant to leave and go over to a Chevy. The Equinox tops its competition and is a great choice.
As a long time Honda owner, I was hesitant to leave and go over to a Chevy. The Equinox tops its competition and is a great choice.
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Owned 2013 Equinox 6 cyl for one year

by from Northwest, Indiana on May 4, 2014

Never owned suv or a chevy. But this is a hot looking suv. My 6 cyl responds quickly, save more gas when i use the manual shift, but also use automatic. Just depends, but I have choice. Cool... The pa...
Never owned suv or a chevy. But this is a hot looking suv. My 6 cyl responds quickly, save more gas when i use the manual shift, but also use automatic. Just depends, but I have choice. Cool... The paint used is excellent. Love the metal flake finish,moon /sun roof, auto start, great sound system and the ride is quiet. Messed around with MyLink....still want to figure out my own route, but it does other things, if you are in to that. Wish the doors were heavier and more space between seat and doors, but it keeps the noise out. Also, at first I felt like I couldn't see that well out the back side windows. Now not a problem, just one day didn't think about it and realized I had not thought about it for awhile. I just had to adjust from a car to suv.
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Excellent Vehicle

by from Western WI on March 14, 2013

Just brought a new 2013 AWD V6 Equinox LT. Very well equiped and excellent value. Never would have thought GM could mange to make such a great vehicle. Well done GM! Vehicle is still breaking in and t...
Just brought a new 2013 AWD V6 Equinox LT. Very well equiped and excellent value. Never would have thought GM could mange to make such a great vehicle. Well done GM! Vehicle is still breaking in and the gas milage has been impressive. Handling and features are impressive as well. Handles the WI frozen tundra conditions with no problems at all. Two thumbs up from a die hard Ford guy.
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Surprisingly nice

by from Terre Haute, IN on July 31, 2016

Purchased a 2013 Equinox after our 2010 Silverado developed engine problems beyond what we were willing to spend. Initially wasn't sure if we had made a good choice or not, going from a full size truc...
Purchased a 2013 Equinox after our 2010 Silverado developed engine problems beyond what we were willing to spend. Initially wasn't sure if we had made a good choice or not, going from a full size truck to this. But after just 3 months and a vacation trip to Texas which was 2200 miles round trip - we're convinced we did. Very comfortable, stylish, the sliding rear seat is a nice feature, and average 30mpg with as much as 34mpg - which is obviously better than the 16-18mpg the truck had. Average distance on a full tank is about 530 miles. Of course our friends said that we would miss having a truck, but given the fact I drive an average of 18,000 miles a year and drove a truck for comfort, style and not so much because I haul a lot, because after thinking about it - I don't. This Equinox made perfect sense economically. As for those rare times that I need to haul something, I purchased a factory fit Reese hitch and an 8x5 trailer and the problem is solved. The only drawback and it is maybe trivial, but the rear seat area does not have any cup holders except for the ones in the door panels and they are not made for anything bigger than a can, small bottle. Our Equinox has the 4cly engine in it and I had read the reviews about how unresponsive it was. Well, it's not a 5.3 V8 but having driven in Houston traffic with 6 lanes of chaos and a GPS (not the built in one) that would tell us we had a mile (or less sometimes) to move over 4 lanes - I think it handled GREAT. Overall, I would not have any hesitation convincing someone to purchase one of these vehicles and look forward to driving ours until it's time to buy another.
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best vehicle ive ever owned

by from napa ca. on May 6, 2014

Bought the 2013 used in 2013 with 17k miles on it, its just now about a year old and has 30k miles. This is a comfortable, great riding SUV that if you try gets great gas millage. I've gotten 35mpg on...
Bought the 2013 used in 2013 with 17k miles on it, its just now about a year old and has 30k miles. This is a comfortable, great riding SUV that if you try gets great gas millage. I've gotten 35mpg on the flat road between Napa and Sacramento a 60 mile trip. I tried ALL the SUVs at the dealers before buying this one and would not trade for any of them, its bigger than the rest, just put the front seat all the way back and try to sit in the back seat of any of the others. Never taken it to dealer for anything, The 4 cylinder is a little growly and it will not win any races unless its the passing gas station race which in California is the only race that counts. The electronics have worked flawlessly, and at 30k miles the standard Michelin 90k mile tires are almost like new. If your the stomp on the gas I just want power at any price kind of person this is NOT the SUV for you, the engineering is not perfect, and the interior a little boring, but while your sitting in the gas station wave to me as I pass you by, it only cost me $20 to put in a half a tank.
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Good value

by from Endwell ny on October 22, 2012

Great buy. Good ride. Practical.I believe the foreign competition is not equal in the same price range.
Great buy. Good ride. Practical.I believe the foreign competition is not equal in the same price range.
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