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2013 Chevrolet Equinox

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2013 Chevrolet Equinox Review

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Chevrolet has long been known as a reliable source for family and performance vehicles. For the 2013 model year, the company has decided to offer their Equinox line of SUVs for another year. Those interested in this model will be delighted to see that it has the elegance and sophistication of the Chevy sedans, but offers the space and seating of a midsize SUV. In many ways, the Equinox looks like a tall station wagon. Additionally, this vehicle has a comfortable and well designed interior designed to suit the needs of any family or large group.

Under the hood, buyers get the choice of a solid four-cylinder engine or V-6 motor. While there are better performing SUVs on the market, the solid design and construction of the Equinox definitely has its place among the SUV family-oriented options. This vehicle is well priced and offers plenty of dependable safety features. It also has the connectivity many people are looking for these days in terms of OnStar emergency services and camera system choices. Overall, the Equinox is worth more than look in the SUV search.

New For 2013

Not much has changed for the Chevrolet Equinox for the 2013 model year except:

  • Upgraded optional engine to 3.6-liter V-6 offering 301 hp
  • Navigation system upgrade
  • New optional Power Convenience Package
  • Safety Package can be added to the LT trim level


As an SUV, it makes sense that this vehicle will be hitting the highways and byways as a family vehicle, if not for the single person with an active lifestyle. As such, Chevrolet has designed the Equinox for the 2013 model year with a more sedan like look than its other SUV options, such as the Suburban or the Tahoe. The front and rear ends of the Equinox are detailed and offer a lot of attractive features to catch the eye. They work together to make the SUV look good parked near your favorite hiking trail or in the shopping mall parking lot. The Equinox has a distinctive grille and headlight design that give the vehicle an impressive look. The sides of the SUV are slightly rounded and add a touch of softness to the overall look.

Interior & Cargo

The 2013 Chevrolet Equinox’s interior is as elegant and good looking as its exterior. Also like the exterior, the cabin sports plenty of car-like qualities and a design that provides both driver and passengers with plenty of comfortable features. The dash is well designed and user friendly with the radio and climate control controls close to the driver. The Equinox also features an instrument control center stack much like those found in the Cruze or Sonic. The various trim levels offer a choice of cloth or leather upholstery, and while the interior may seem a bit over the top for a Chevy and an SUV, the Equinox finds a way to look elegant and refined on the outside as well as the inside without losing its SUV capabilities and convenience.


Safety is a high priority in the 2013 Chevrolet Equinox. At every trim level, this SUV is equipped with standard four-wheel disc brakes, stability control, and OnStar emergency and concierge services. Additionally, the entire Equinox family also has head curtain side airbags and pelvic seat mounted side airbags.

The various trim levels have something special to offer as well. In all trim levels LT and above, the Equinox is equipped with a rearview camera system, lane changing alert, and forward collision warning systems. The biggest safety risk in the Equinox is the somewhat limited rear view due to its body design. Chevrolet has tried to compensate for this with large mirrors and the optional rearview camera systems.

Driving Experience

The best word to describe driving the 2013 Chevrolet Equinox is ?reliable.? This isn’t the most exciting vehicle to drive, but nothing negative can be said about the four-cylinder, 2.4-liter engine and powertrain found in the basic models. Coupled with a six-speed automatic transmission, this offers 182 hp. The larger, V-6 engine option is an improvement over last year’s optional engine choice. The 3.0-liter, V-6 engine offers 264 hp. Most experts agree that for the average family’s needs, the four-cylinder is more than enough.

Key Competitors For The 2013 Chevrolet Equinox

  • Subaru Forester
  • Ford Escape
  • Honda CR-V
  • Hyundai Tucson

See the New 2015 Equinox.

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