2013 Chevrolet Equinox 2LT AWD V6
2013 Chevrolet Equinox 2LT AWD V6
2013 Chevrolet Equinox 2LT AWD V6. Click image to enlarge

Comparison Test: Compact Crossovers, Round Two
Quick Spin: 2013 Ford Escape SE 4WD
First Drive: 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport
Test Drive: 2012 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ

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Review and photos by Mike Schlee

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2013 Chevrolet Equinox

The Chevrolet Equinox is a bit of an anomaly in the ‘compact’ crossover segment. While most other auto manufacturers are replacing the V6 engines in their compact crossovers with turbocharged four-cylinder units, Chevrolet has actually increased the size of the V6 engine in the Equinox. Sure, calling the 4,771-mm long Equinox a compact may be ‘a stretch’, but price-wise and content-wise, the Equinox matches up head to head with the likes of the Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V, and Ford Escape. It just plays in a bigger sandbox like the all-new Hyundai Santa Fe Sport.

Heavily worked over in 2010, Chevrolet continues to tweak the Equinox to keep it competitive. Aside from the addition of the larger V6 engine, 2013 brings the addition of MyLink Radio with Navigation, FE2 suspension package, eight-way power front passenger seat, rear-seat entertainment system, forward collision alert, lane departure warning, rear park assist, a programmable rear liftgate, and more. Is this enough to keep the Equinox relevant? Well, if you were to read our Compact Crossover Comparison Test, the answer would be no. However, there are still many redeeming factors to the Chevrolet Equinox.

2013 Chevrolet Equinox 2LT AWD V6
2013 Chevrolet Equinox 2LT AWD V6. Click image to enlarge

Most noteworthy is the newly introduced 3.6L V6 that produces 301 hp and 272 lb-ft of torque. Previously exclusive to the Equinox’s distant sibling, the Cadillac SRX, the addition of this engine really gives a shot in the arm to the Equinox range. The V6 sounds great and is plenty powerful, which is good because the vehicle weighs in excess of 1,779 kg thanks to a plethora of options on my tester.

The six-speed transmission is very smooth and capable of handling the Equinox’s 1,588 kg tow rating. The downside of this big engine is fuel consumption. The Equinox with the 3.6L V6 and all-wheel drive is officially rated at 13.2 L/100 km in the city and 8.4 L/100 km on the highway. I was only able to average 14.3 L/100 km in my time with the vehicle.

On the road the Equinox is incredibly quiet and comfortable. The isolated driving experience is both numb and ordinary, but leads to predictable handling, steering, and braking. Although smooth, my test vehicle would rattle over bumps and imperfections in the road.

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