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2017 Chevrolet Equinox Walk Around


Mechanically, Chevrolet Equinox is practically a twin to the GMC Terrain. While GMC’s version is more aggressively styled, the Equinox doesn’t come across as anonymous, like some crossover models. Somewhat large for a compact crossover, and a bit chunky, the Equinox might also be perceived as a scaled-down version of the three-row Traverse.

Mild facelifting for 2016 gave the Equinox a more contemporary front end, with a sculpted lower fascia. With its dual-port grille, the Equinox more closely resembles other Chevrolet models. Upper trim levels get LED running lights.

Interior

The Chevrolet Equinox compact crossover is a versatile cargo/people hauler for families that don’t need more than two rows of seats. The sliding second-row seat, which travels 8 inches forward/back, permits maximizing interior space to favor either back-seat passengers or cargo.

In every trim level, front passengers get the best seats, which are upright and supportive. The driver’s seat is especially appealing, in good position and carlike. Perforated leather upholstery in the Premier edition has an upscale look and feel.

Materials are good quality. The mild refresh for 2016 dealt with many cheaper-feeling materials.

In total, the cabin is surprisingly well-composed. An effective noise-cancellation system subdues sounds and light vibrations in four-cylinder models. Wind noise is nicely quelled, but the engine can be coarse while idling.

Stowage space is plentiful, for both smaller and bigger items. The deep center console can consume electronic devices and purses. Our only complaint is a cargo floor that should be a bit lower, but there’s a retractable cover and stretchable cargo net.

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