The Chevrolet Equinox aims straight at the popular compact SUV segment, with its high-tech features, accomplished road manners and generous interior room. However, it doesn't quite deliver on its promise of good performance and fuel economy from its standard engine, and the interior is rather drab.
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Chevrolet Equinox Road Test

The Chevrolet Equinox aims straight at the popular compact SUV segment, with its high-tech features, accomplished road manners and generous interior room. However, it doesn't quite deliver on its promise of good performance and fuel economy from its standard engine, and the interior is rather drab.

The base engine is a bit of a letdown; the 1.5-liter turbo four-cylinder doesn't pack a lot of reserve power but delivers a decent 25 mpg. The transmission isn't the slickest -- you do feel some shifts -- but it's not annoying. The standard gas-saving stop/start feature is unobtrusive.

To its credit, the Equinox is roomy, has a quiet interior, absorbent and controlled ride, and responsive handling.

Best Version to Get
Most buyers will go for an LT trim. Opting for this trim with the Confidence and Convenience package gets you blind spot warning as well as rear cross traffic warning, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, a power liftgate, and remote start. One has to go for the top of the line...
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