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Pros: The Chevrolet Equinox is a class leader in storage space behind the seats, and will hold five adults in relative comfort. This will appeal to the price-conscious consumer as will the choice between FWD and AWD as well as choosing between a four or a V6.

Cons: The Equinox is in need of an update and could seem dated inside and out to some potential buyers.

Price: The Chevy Equinox Basic MSRP consists of four trim levels and a choice of front- or all-wheel drive.
Front Wheel Drive  All Wheel Drive
LS:$26,375  LS:$28,575
1 LT:$28,375  1 LT:$30,575
2 LT:$30,475  2 LT:$32,675
LTZ:$35,875  LTZ:$37,175

Chevrolet Equinox 2014
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Fuel Economy:
Front-wheel drive (city/highway/combined in L/100km)
• 2.4L I4:9.2/6.1/7.8
• 3.6L V6:12.4/8.1/10.5
All-wheel drive (city/highway/combined in L/100km)
• 2.4L I4:10.1/6.9/8.7
• 3.6L V6:13.2/8.4/11.0

Improvements and Changes: Chevrolet has left the Equinox alone for 2014 with the only changes being chrome-clad wheels on the LTZ trim level and a new colour called Silver Topaz Metallic.

Exterior: Equinox now wears Chevrolet’s Global face which is a two tier grille with a prominent Bow tie insignia. Wrap around headlamps can be upgraded to projector-style lamps by moving up to the LTZ trim package. Another must-have for those cold and rainy days is the power programmable rear lift gate.

Interior: The Chevy Equinox offers rear seat passengers the most rear-seat legroom in its class. There’s a closed storage space under the front seat armrest that can hold a laptop, and there are four 12-volt power outlets, as well as eight cup and bottle holders throughout the interior.

Some models of the Equinox have an Active Noise Cancellation System that contributes to the exceptional interior quietness. Another interesting option is a remote starter that, on cold days, activates the front and rear defrosters, seat heaters, and the heated external mirrors via a touch of a button on the key fob.

Cargo/Towing/Payload/Capacity: The Chevrolet Equinox has 892 litres of space behind the rear seats so that you can haul a month’s worth of groceries for four quite easily. Towing a trailer requires the trailer towing package, the trailer hitch, the V6 engine option, and limiting your trailer to a total weight of 1,588 kg (3,500 lb).

Powertrain: Standard on all Equinox models is a 6-speed automatic with an “Eco” mode when ordered with the 2.4L four. This feature alters shift points to improve fuel economy.

Engine choices include the standard 2.4L Ecotec four that produces 182 horsepower and 172 lb-ft of torque. The optional V6 produces a heady 301 horsepower and 272 lb-ft of torque.

The 3.6 integrates the exhaust manifold with the cylinder head for a weight saving of close to 6 kilos while switching to a composite intake system shaves another 3 kilos from the engine. Internals, such as connecting rods, have been both strengthened and lightened.

Safety: Front, front seat side impact and side curtain airbags are standard as are four-wheel disc brakes with ABS, Stabilitrak stability control, traction control, roll mitigation, and electronic brake force control. In addition, daytime running lights and a Tire Pressure Monitoring System make the standard equipment list.

All Equinoxes have a six-month subscription to OnStar™, t the global leading provider of connected safety, security, mobility solutions, and advanced information technology.

A back-up camera, forward collision alert, lane departure warning, and rear park assist are optional or standard on upper trim levels.

Comparables: Honda CR-V, Mazda CX-5, Ford Escape, and Dodge Journey, Jeep Cherokee, Subaru Forester, Nissan Rouge, Ford Escape.