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2013 Chevrolet Equinox
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As one can tell from my photos Ottawa has been a non-stop snowfest for the past few weeks. So one would think that I would be glad to be jumping into an all-wheel-drive compact SUV with winter tires. In some ways I am, but part of me thinks I’d rather be driving something lighter and nimbler – but that I’m sure will happen later this month anyways.

The first vehicle up for review for me in 2013 is the 2013 Chevrolet Equinox. This compact crossover / SUV was redesigned in 2010 and for 2013 GM is bringing a new powertrain to the table after many complained the 3.0L V6 was not enough to get this SUV moving.

2013 Chevrolet Equinox
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So the 3.0L engine that produced 264 horsepower is gone and has been replaced by a 3.6L engine that produces 301 horsepower and 272 lb-ft of torque. This of course is mated to GM’s new and smooth six-speed automatic transmission and my tester is equipped with the all-wheel-drive powertrain, offering up maximum acceleration performance in my snow-covered neighbourhood.

My tester is a 2LT model equipped with quite a few options, including heated leather seating, power liftgate, sunroof, MyLink navigation and entertainment system with XM radio and collision avoidance protection. All of these options bring my tester into a realm that I feel is a little bit too pricey for a compact crossover, but it is what it is at just over $42,000 after freight.

MSRP as tested (including destination): $42,595

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