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2014 Chevrolet Equinox: Used Car Review

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author photo by Ron Sessions October 2014

The 2014 Chevrolet Equinox is a car-based compact crossover SUV that slots in between the smaller, retro HHR and the larger, almost full-size Traverse. The 5-passenger Equinox is General Motors' best-selling crossover SUV, with an impressive list of standard equipment for the price. It offers a full complement of safety gear, including 10 airbags, OnStar crash notification, anti-lock brakes and traction and stability control. The second-generation Equinox, introduced for 2010, features a stylish interior, with ice-blue ambient lighting and upgraded materials. A segment-unique feature is its sliding rear seat, which can be moved fore and aft to apportion rear-passenger and cargo space as desired. Available on LT and LTZ models is the excellent Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system with Bluetooth, voice control and a 7-inch high-resolution touchscreen. New content for 2014 includes standard chrome-clad wheels on the LTZ model.

What We Like

Roomy back seat; good fuel economy with 2.4-liter 4-cylinder; attractive interior design and materials; nicely weighted steering

What We Don't

Hard seat cushions; harsh ride impacts; thick roof pillars create blind spots

Fuel Economy & Engine Specs

The base engine is a 182-horsepower 2.4-liter 4-cylinder with a class-leading rating from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of 22 miles per gallon in the city and 32 mpg on the highway on front-wheel-drive models and 20 mpg city/29 mpg hwy on all-wheel-drive (AWD) versions. Optional on LT and LTZ trims is a very responsive 301-hp 3.6-liter V6 that EPA rates at a less impressive 17 mpg city/24 mpg hwy for front-wheel-drive versions and 16 mpg city/23 mpg hwy for AWD models. Both engines are flex-fuel rated, meaning that they can use either unleaded regular, E85 ethanol or a combination of the two fuels. Flex-fuel models have a yellow fuel cap. A 6-speed automatic transmission is standard with both engines.

Notable Features & Options

The Equinox is available in base LS, midlevel LT and premium LTZ trims.

Typical LS fare includes air conditioning, cruise control, a tilt-telescopic steering wheel, remote keyless entry, the OnStar communication system, a 6-speaker AM/FM/CD stereo, a trip computer, a rear wiper/washer, auto headlamps, a power driver's seat, 17-in alloy wheels, stability and traction control, anti-lock brakes, a split folding rear seat, an outside-temperature display and power doors, windows and mirrors.

Upgrading to LT nabs a standard compass. More importantly, it can be upgraded with popular options not available on the LS, including a more powerful V6 engine, a power lift gate, auto air conditioning, a power moonroof, a navigation system, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, an 8-speaker premium DVD audio system, fog lamps, a backup camera, a rear park-assist system, leather seating, heated front seats and 18-in alloy wheels.

Moving up to LTZ typically scores standard heated leather seats with memory, steering-wheel audio controls, auto air conditioning, a power lift gate, a rear camera, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, fog lamps, a premium audio system, forward-collision alert, lane-departure warning, rear park assist and chrome-clad wheels.

Pricing

As long as there are young families with child safety seats, pets, sports gear and all of the related trappings, compact and midsize SUVs and crossovers will be in demand. The current-generation (2010 and newer) Equinox has a better reliability record than the previous version had, and the spate of safety recalls that touched many GM models doesn't seem to have hurt sale or resale values. To get a good idea of the Chevrolet Equinox's price range, we suggest checking out the used-car values at KBB.com. You can also search the AutoTrader Classifieds to see what models are for sale in your area.

Recalls

At the time of publication, neither General Motors nor the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) had announced any safety recalls for the 2014 Equinox.

Recall repairs are required by law even if the vehicle is out of warranty. Your dealer can check to see if the repairs were performed, and if not, will fix the car at no charge to you.

Safety Ratings & Warranties

NHTSA gave the 2014 Equinox a rating of four stars overall, with four stars for front impacts, five stars for side impacts and four stars in rollover performance.

The 2014 Equinox was an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick. IIHS gave the Equinox Good ratings for small-overlap frontal, side and rear impacts.

General Motors covered the 2014 Equinox with a 3-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty with roadside assistance, a 5-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty and a 6-year/100,000-mile corrosion-perforation warranty.

Chevrolet certified used SUVs must be 5 years old or less and have no more than 75,000 miles on the odometer. Each Equinox undergoes a 172-point inspection. Those that pass receive a 12-month/12,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, plus whatever remains on the original, transferable 5-year/100,000-mile powertrain coverage. Also included is a new 2-year/24,000-mile maintenance plan and roadside assistance.

Behind the Wheel

Even though the 2014 Chevrolet Equinox is bigger and heavier than most of its compact-crossover competition, it's one of the better handling examples out there. It's stable on the highway, and the precise steering and lack of body lean in corners help it perform admirably on curvy roads. The ride, however, may be stiffer than some prefer, with bumps and ruts in the road intruding into the otherwise very quiet cabin. Most buyers will be satisfied with the performance and pleased with the fuel economy of the 182-hp 4-cylinder. The 301-hp 3.6-liter V6, optional on LT and LTZ models, makes the Equinox responsive in all driving situations with decent fuel efficiency.

Other Cars to Consider

Honda CR-V -- The CR-V is a top seller in the segment and offers good fuel economy, excellent resale value and generous cargo space for its size. It lacks an optional V6, however, and the rear seat is cumbersome to fold down.

Ford Escape -- The Escape is another top seller among compact crossovers and offers unique features such as a hands-free lift gate that operates with a simple foot wave under the bumper. The V6 and hybrid models are gone, but the 178-hp 1.6-liter engines and the 240-hp 2.0-liter EcoBoost turbo fours add some optional oomph.

AutoTrader's Advice

Look for an Equinox LT or LTZ with a nice level of options, such as heated seats, a power driver's seat, a backup camera and navigation. The premium-level seats have a more comfortable shape, and leather seat trim holds up better than cloth. The peppy, fuel-efficient base 4-cylinder is all that most buyers will need, but the 301-hp V6 is entertaining to drive if you don't mind more frequent fuel stops. Unless you live in the mountains, front-wheel drive offers sufficient winter-weather traction. Go for a Chevrolet certified used car when available, and check with the dealer to make sure that any applicable safety recalls have been done.

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