The new midsize sedan is the compact crossover like this Equinox, and in its third generation that makes this the modern family version of the Malibu. Of course there's still a Malibu, but this largely Canadian-built crossover crushes it. More space for people and stuff with a higher view out the windows plus optional all-wheel drive, it's no wonder the crossover is the new sedan.
The Equinox was expecting a significant refresh for 2021, in fact it was announced very early in the year. Issues during 2020 pushed back the update until model year 2022, but there were still some big changes. The 2.0L turbo four that was the top engine option is gone, as is the available nine-speed automatic that went with it.
Just three trims of Chevrolet Equinox are offered this year, LS, LT, and Premier. LS and LT are front or all-wheel drive, and Premier is AWD only. All get a 1.5L turbo-four with 170 hp and a six-speed auto.
LS comes with driver assistance features like automatic emergency braking, forward collision alert, and front pedestrian braking, lane keeping and lane departure alerts, as well as OnStar, 4G LTE Hotspot, and Teen driver configuration features. A 7.0-inch touchscreen is standard with CarPlay and Auto with six speakers. Active noise cancellation reduces cabin noise, the front seats are heated (cloth), and there is a 3.5-inch single-colour driver info center. All four windows have express down, and there are proxmity key entry and remote start.
LT adds HID headlights outside along with tinted rear glass, body colour mirror caps, and bright lower window trim. Inside is a power driver seat, cargo area rear seat release, premium cloth, and a 4.2-inch digital info cluster.
Premier adds 18-inch alloys and a hands-free power liftgate. Inside are leather seats and dual-zone climate control as well as a larger 8.0-inch screen and wireless phone charging. Rear parking assist, rear cross traffic assist, and blind spot alerts are all added.
Major options on LS include a convenience package with power driver seat and tinted glass. LT offers True North (with a panoramic roof, dual-zone climate, navigation, rear park assist, cross traffic and blind spot alert, and a leather wrapped wheel), Confidence and Convenience (rear park assist, rear cross traffic alert, lane change alert, dual-zone climate, leather-wrapped wheel), and a leather interior package.
Front-drive Equinox is rated to achieve 8.9 L/100 km city, 7.7 highway with the AWD system reducing that only slightly to 9.4/8.0.
A massive class, the Equinox competes with siblings from Buick Envision and GMC Terrain as well as the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, Nissan Rogue, Hyundai Tucson, Kia Sportage, Mitsubishi RVR, Subaru Forester, and more.
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