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2013 Chevrolet Equinox

Monday, February 18th 2013. | Chevrolet

For a small SUV with a spacious passenger space, great fuel economy, and a quiet, comfortable ride, the 2013 Chevrolet Equinox is a no-brainer. It also ranks as one of the most affordable SUVs in the market, which makes it an even better choice versus its rivals.

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The 2013 Equinox underwent a huge redesign—a smart move that evidently pays off, with its crispier, more proportional, and sportier look. The exterior styling looks a lot edgier, topping its full-sized rivals in the large SUV market.

The 2013 Chevrolet Equinox comes in three trim levels: LS, LT, and LTZ. All three comes with the standard 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 182 horsepower and 172 lb-feet of torque, in a six-speed automatic transmission. The front-wheel drive is the default choice, while the all-wheel drive is optional.

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The interior of the Equinox is one of the reasons why it stands out among the sea of SUVs in the market; it feels refined with sophisticated, eye-catching touches. The dashboard looks elegant, with its dual-cowl design and high-grade material.

2013 Chevrolet Equinox engine

There’s an option for those that find the standard engine inadequate; an optional 3.6-liter V6 engine that produces 301 horsepower and 272 lb-feet of torque is available for all trims, except the LS. This engine is a huge step-up from its predecessor by 14% in horsepower, and 22% in torque. The fuel economy, however, is the same at 17 mpg in the city and 24 mpg in the highway for the front-wheel drive option.

There’s also an optional Safety Package, which has lane departure warning and rear park assist systems, and forward collision alert. Another notable feature is the premiere rear-seat entertainment, as the back is equipped with dual wireless headphones, monitors, and a DVD player available for all trims except the LS.

2013 Chevrolet Equinox back (open)

The 2013 Equinox introduces a fresh feature: a universal garage door opener and an eight-way power passenger seat available in the LT and LZ trims. One of the major and delightful highlights of the Equinox is its comfortable and spacious cabin space. The rear seats can also be flipped, allowing long cargo to fit right in and second-row passengers to have plenty of legroom. All passengers in, the cargo space in the Equinox is 31.4 cubic feet, expanding to as much as 63.7 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down.

The 2013 Chevy Equinox is equipped with traction and stability control, front seat side airbags and side curtain airbags, and antilock disc brakes. The standard OnStar emergency communications system is also included in the standard model; the system accounts for an emergency assistance button, automatic crash notification, and remote door unlock and stolen vehicle assistance.

In federal crash tests, the 2013 Equinox received a commendable four out of five rating, broken down into four stars for frontal crash protection, and five for side protection. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Equinox a top rating for frontal-offset, roof-strength, and side impact crash testing.

The pricing for the 2013 Chevrolet Equinox starts at around $24,000 for the LS trim, and can reach up to $30,000 for the LTZ trim.

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