Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Chevy Equinox Experience


Time for some car talk! A few weeks ago I had the chance to test drive a 2013 Chevy Equinox AWD LTZ (retail value: $36,385) for a week. This blog has given me quite a few awesome opportunities, but this was far and away the coolest (so far!). When I was approached by GM's marketing company I was given the choice of a few different vehicles; a couple different sedans, the Equinox and the GMC Acadia.

I've been obsessed with the Chevy Equinox for years and was thrilled to find it was available the week I had requested. When I bought my car in 2009 I test drove the 2010 model and desperately wanted to buy it. At the time it was out of my price range and I went with a similar model from Saturn.

Here's some information about the car.
  • Fuel economy: 17 MPG city/24 MPG highway (19 MPG combined)
  • 301 Horsepower 
  • Towing capacity: 3,500 pounds
  • 6 standard airbags
  • Front headroom: 39.8 inches, Rear headroom: 39.2 inches
  • Front legroom: 41.2 inches, Rear legroom: 37.2 inches
  • Max cargo room: 63.7 cubic feet
  • Color touch screen radio with optional navigation
  • Available rear-vision camera
  • Optional Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning
The LTZ is the highest trim model and the car came with all the bells and whistles which were fun to play around with. It was fun listening to Sirius radio for the week and we used the navigation system more than once.


PROS
There was a lot I loved about the car. Here are some of the main features that really stood out to me.

Seats
The car had leather seats, something I'm usually indifferent about. But these were so comfortable! I felt like I just sunk into it each time. The bucket seats in the front are fully adjustable in a billion different directions so you can find the perfect position. 

The coolest thing about the driver's seat is the memory presets. You can save up to 2 different settings so you can have the perfect driving chair every time.

Backup Camera
I'd never driven a car with a backup camera before. In the Equinox it comes on automatically when the car is put in reverse. It is so helpful! We tested the limits by having Ant stand behind the car while I backed up. It gave me a stern warning when I was getting too close and started blaring an alarm when I was just about to hit him.


Backseat Room
In my car, Harry's car seat barely fits in the back. The passenger side seat is pushed so far forward Ant's head nearly hits the visor when he sits there. In the Equinox, we had room to spare with the passenger seat in a comfortable position. Ant installed the car seat and said using the Equinox's LATCH system much easier than in our car... the bars stuck out further or something like that.


Overall Driveability
I could go on and on about what I loved about the Equinox. But I'll just leave my last point as driveability. I thought the Equinox handled extremely well. The LTZ model even warns you when you get too close to the car in front of you and an alarm sounds if it thinks you're going to crash (it's a very sensitive system and went off twice while I was driving, even though we weren't in any danger).

The pickup was nice in the SUV and even though it was bigger than what I'm used to driving, I was able to maneuver it very well. Cabin noise was nearly non-existent and the pedals were very responsive.

CONS

Trunk Space
The only flaw I could find with the car was that the trunk is surprisingly small. In my car both of our strollers fit side to side in the trunk easily. Our umbrella stroller would only fit at an angle in the Equinox. Before we went grocery shopping we removed the stroller since we weren't sure how all our bags would fit. You can see it was kind of a tight squeeze!


Harry photo bomb!
Overall I really loved our experience with the Equinox. I'd drive it again in a second! We drove the SUV every day and added 250 miles to the odometer throughout the week. The last night I had it I was able to take it out myself and had a so much fun driving it around town. I was able to roll the windows down, blast the speakers and take full advantage of the satellite radio stations. I almost felt like I was back in high school cruising around with my friends. It was awesome!

If you're in the market for a new car and are considering a mid-sized SUV, go give the Equinox a test drive. It was an absolute joy to drive and many thanks are owed to GM and their marketing company for loaning it to us. I should mention that we are not currently looking to buy a new car, but when it comes time to replace mine we'll most certainly consider the Equinox again.

Disclaimer: In exchange for this blog post I was given the Chevorlet Equinox free to drive for a week. I was not otherwise compensated. All opinions are 100% my own.

2 comments:

  1. wow! what a cool experience!! I love, love my backup camera!

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