Consumer Reviews Summary
69 of 79 (87%) customers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.
2013 Chevrolet Equinox Overview
The compact crossover segment has exploded in the past several years, and the 2013 Chevrolet Equinox is the hat that GM has thrown into what’s now a very crowded ring that includes competitors like the Honda CR-V, Hyundai Tucson, and Ford Escape.
For 2013, the Equinox gets a few exciting new additions, most of all a brand new V-6 engine that is more powerful than last year’s engine, while delivering the same fuel economy. There are also a few brand-new options, like a Power Convenience package that adds a power passenger seat, power liftgate, and a universal remote, and Chevrolet’s MyLink entertainment system.
Taking in the Equinox from the outside, it stands out from the curvy crossovers others have been producing with plenty of angular lines, a large front grille that resembles the one found on the Malibu sedan, and exaggerated wheel arches. A power liftgate, power sunroof, and heated side mirrors are optional.
Under the hood the Equinox offers you the choice of two engines. The base engine is a 182-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder that is focused on efficiency, while those looking for more grunt from their Equinox can upgrade to the aforementioned 301-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6. Both are mated to a standard six-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard while all-wheel drive is optional.
Opting for the four-cylinder engine nets you fuel economy ratings of 22 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway, which very class competitive. The V-6 drops those numbers to 17 and 24 mpg respectively. Opting for all-wheel drive with either engine will also ding your mpg slightly.
Inside, the Equinox features a two-tone dash that is similar to those found in many of its passenger cars, but the treatment translate to the crossover well. The 2013 Equinox is well equipped even in the base LS trim as its slightly heftier base price would suggest. A USB/iPod port, auxiliary audio input, air conditioning, remote keyless entry, Bluetooth connectivity, and satellite radio all count as standard equipment.
When it comes to safety, the Equinox has you covered. Standard safety features include four-wheel disc antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability system, blind spot mirrors, and six airbags all come standard. The available Safety Package adds forward collision alert, lane departure warning, and rear park assist to the mix.