2013 Chevrolet Equinox

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2013 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 3 6 Front Left View
Chevrolet is sticking to the old adage "if it's not broken, don't fix it" for the 2013 Equinox, its third-best-selling model, which topped 20,000 sales in May alone. The update for 2013 may not be visual, but it brings with it three welcome new additions: General Motors' ubiquitous 3.6-liter V-6, Chevrolet's MyLink infotainment system, and a new set of dual-flow dampers for the front suspension. This may not sound like much, but it has given Chevy's small crossover a whole new character.
Chevrolet has retired its 3.0-liter V-6 as the optional engine for the Equinox, replacing it with the direct-injected 3.6-liter V-6 seen elsewhere in the GM stable. (The 3.6 is used in at least two models in each of the General's four brands.) In the Equinox, the six-cylinder is rated at 301 hp and 272 lb-ft of torque, an increase of 37 hp and 50 lb-ft over the old 3.0-liter. What's more, the 3.6 offers 32 hp and 26 lb-ft more than the Toyota RAV4, the only other compact crossover with an available V-6. Despite the Equinox's generous power increase, the new engine is still expected to achieve the same fuel economy as the outgoing V-6: 17/24 mpg city/highway in front-wheel-drive guise, 16/23 mpg with all-wheel drive. The base engine remains a 182-hp, 172-lb-ft 2.4-liter I-4.
From behind the wheel, it's no surprise that the Equinox feels much more powerful. The 3.6-liter is strong and sounds great, just as it does in the numerous other applications across GM's model line. Chevrolet has continued to use a hydraulic steering setup for V-6-powered models -- four-cylinder models use electric power assist -- and the traditional setup pays off in more precise steering. There still isn't great feedback, but the steering instills more confidence compared with the old V-6 model. Getting out of a 2012 Equinox V-6 and into a new 2013 Equinox V-6, as we did during Chevy's 2013 preview event, you notice that the brake pedal seems to have more travel in the 2013 model. We would like to have seen a brake upgrade along with the more powerful V-6.
While the engine is in the headlines, the new dual-flow dampers, standard on V-6 models with 18- or 19-inch wheels, utterly transform the Equinox's handling. Body motions are now well controlled, making the Equinox feel less top-heavy. The dampers also do a good job of absorbing mid-corner bumps, keeping the SUV on track with minimal jitters through the steering column. In highway driving, the Equinox feels firmly planted. Combined with the hydraulic steering, the dual-flow dampers make the Equinox feel sure-footed and easy to drive in any situation.
Chevrolet has also made other upgrades to the Equinox lineup for 2013. The Equinox already offered navigation and the MyLink infotainment system as separate options for 2012 and has bundled them together for 2013. MyLink allows owners to stream music from internet radio services like Pandora and Stitcher or to play music from their smart phones, and it includes a seven-inch high-res touch-screen display. OnStar is standard, which allows buyers to receive turn-by-turn directions without having the MyLink system. Other updates for the 2013 Equinox include a new rear-seat entertainment system, expanded availability of the forward collision alert and lane departure warning systems, some reshuffled packages, and three new exterior colors (champagne silver metallic, atlantis metallic, and tungsten metallic).
Chevrolet hasn't released full pricing for the 2013 Equinox yet, but an LT-trim model with the 3.6-liter V-6 will start at $28,095 including destination. The 3.0-liter V-6 had been a $1500 option on the LT and LTZ trim levels for 2012, the cheapest of which costs $27,770 with the V-6. GM will also offer the 3.6-liter V-6 and dual-flow dampers in the 2013 GMC Terrain Denali that goes on sale in September and starts at $35,350, although the base Denali still uses the four-cylinder. The revised Equinox will go on sale later this summer.
2013 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 3.6
On Sale: Summer 2012
MSRP (with destination): $28,095
Price as Tested: $38,000 (est.)
3.6-liter V-6
Horsepower (hp): 301 @ 6500 rpm
Torque (lb-ft): 276 @ 4800 rpm
TRANSMISSION: 6-speed automatic
DRIVE: All-wheel
19-inch five-spoke aluminum wheels
P235/55R19 all-season
FUEL ECONOMY (city/highway/combined):
16/23/19 mpg
Doors/Passengers: 4/5
Cargo (rear seats up/down): 31.4/63.7 cu ft
Legroom (front/rear): 41.2/39.9 in
Headroom (front/rear): 40.9/39.2 in
2013 Chevrolet Equinox
2013 Chevrolet Equinox

New For 2013

A new 3.6-liter V-6 provides an increase of 37 hp and 50 lb-ft of torque with no detriment to fuel economy. The optional Chevrolet MyLink integrates Pandora and Stitcher internet radio and can be controlled via a Bluetooth-enabled phone using voice and touch-screen controls. MyLink with navigation is optional on 2LT and LTZ trims. Forward-collision alert and lane-departure warning are now available with either engine.


Although the Equinox is not the freshest vehicle in the burgeoning mid-size-crossover segment, it nonetheless remains an excellent choice. The cabin is largely finished in textured plastics and soft leather, and the wraparound dash, upright center stack, and cool blue lighting give it a contemporary ambience that is on par with that of many luxury makes. As for exterior design, the Equinox is arguably the most handsome vehicle in its class. Its sweptback headlights and sharply raked windshield impart a dramatic profile that, along with several aerodynamic aids, helps the Equinox achieve a 0.36 drag coefficient. The base engine is a refined 182-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder. Although it’s no powerhouse, it provides adequate power and, with ample use of the “Eco” mode—a fuel-saving setting selected using a button on the dash that adjusts transmission shift points—it can return a class-leading 32 mpg on the highway. The Equinox can also be had with a new 301-hp, 3.0-liter V-6 that is a must-have if you plan to tow. Both engines have direct injection and variable valve timing and are mated to a smooth-shifting six-speed automatic. Although the Equinox comes well equipped, there are many ways to upgrade its look and content, including eighteen- or nineteen-inch wheels, a Pioneer eight-speaker stereo, all-wheel drive, and a power liftgate.


Front, side, and side curtain air bags; ABS; and a tire-pressure monitoring system are standard. A backup camera is optional on the LT and standard on the LTZ. Lane-departure warning is optional on the LTZ. OnStar is standard and includes Automatic Crash Response free for six months.

You'll like:

  • Handsome inside and out
  • Excellent fuel economy
  • Roomy

You won't like:

  • Slightly busy center console
  • Some hard interior plastics

Key Competitors For The 2013 Chevrolet Equinox

  • Ford Escape
  • Honda CR-V
  • Hyundai Santa Fe
  • Toyota RAV4
2012 Honda CRV Front Three Quarter View
The Honda CR-V managed to outsell the Ford Escape by less than 900 units in October, taking the compact crossover crown with 20,295 examples sold. Bumped down to second, the Escape was good for 19,832 units sold, while the Chevrolet Equinox remained steady with the bronze, selling 15,387 CUVS.
2013 Chevrolet Equinox Rear Three Quarter
Still unable to reach an agreement on labor terms with Detroit's Big Three automakers, the Canadian Auto Workers Union is making preparations for a strike starting Monday, September 17. That could spell disaster for Chrysler, Ford, and General Motors, all of which build popular models at Canadian manufacturing plants. If a strike does occur, it could halt production of at least 17 vehicles assembled in Canada -- and production halts at powertrain facilities there could further affect U.S.-built cars. The CAW represents about 193,000 workers across Canada.
2013 Ford Escape Side View
The Ford Escape takes the compact crossover crown once again, beating the Honda CR-V for a second month in a row. While the Escape sold better than the CR-V, sales were actually down compared to July 2011. The Chevy Equinox gave the CR-V a run for its money last month, coming in a close third.

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2013 Chevrolet Equinox Specifications

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2.4L I4Engine
Fuel economy City:
22 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
32 MPG
182 hp @ 6700rpm
172 ft lb of torque @ 4900rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation
36,000 miles / 36 months
100,000 miles / 60 months
100,000 miles / 72 months
100,000 miles / 60 months
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