If you are looking for a comfortable family car that’s well-equipped, easy to park, and reasonably priced, you should give the 2014 Chevrolet Equinox a look. It gives you a luxury-crossover-like experience without requiring too much cash. But of course, many of its rivals cost less.
UNDER THE HOOD
Standard on all 2014 Equinox models are front-wheel drive system, a 6-speed automatic transmission, and a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine that makes 182 horsepower and 172 pound-feet of torque. All-wheel drive is an option.
Equinox LT and LTZ models can get a 3.6-liter V6 engine that puts out 301 horsepower and 272 pound-feet of torque. It can work with either front-wheel or all-wheel drive system.
The EPA fuel economy estimates for the 2014 Chevrolet Equinox are:
|Equinox LS FWD||22/32/26|
|Equinox LS AWD||20/29/23|
|Equinox LT/LTZ FWD||17/24/20|
|Equinox LT/LTZ AWD||16/23/19|
ON THE ROAD
The 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine returns impressive fuel economy for a crossover, but it sacrifices performance. That missing smooth and strong performance can be experienced in the available V6, though.
Reviewers didn’t find anything special about the Equinox’s handling. Steering is precise and the brakes are smooth. The automatic transmission also responds well regardless of the engine it is paired with. But the ride comfort it provides and the quiet cabin it has make it appear to be a pricier vehicle.
INSIDE THE 2014 EQUINOX
Just like its comfortable and serene ride, the Equinox’s cabin looks upscale. The design is stylish and the two-tone color scheme makes it more appealing. With such interior in the Equinox, the Chevy is a step above its rivals when it comes to interior design. Most automakers in the class do not prioritize the cabin’s look.
Aside from style, the Equinox also has a lot of technology to offer for its price. Stepping up to the 1LT trim level gets you smartphone integration and rearview camera, among others. Some options include rear-seat entertainment system, heated front seats and Pioneer audio system.
All seats are comfortable. If ample room for passengers is a priority, you wouldn’t be disappointed with the Equinox. The downside of this, though, is limited cargo space. The Chevy only has 31.4 cubic feet of space, which is less than many of its rivals, and 63.7 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down.
Here are some of the standard and optional features available for the 2014 Chevrolet Equinox:
LS: blind spot mirrors, hill start assist, daytime running lights, 60/40 split folding rear seatback, driver information center, Bluetooth, OnStar, satellite radio, USB port, auxiliary audio jack, CD player, 6 airbags, 17-inch aluminum wheels, cloth upholstery
1LT: leather-wrapped steering wheel, rearview camera, Chevrolet MyLink Radio (with 7-inch diagonal color touchscreen, smartphone integration, voice command technology, Gracenote and Siri Eyes Free)
2LT: fog lights, heated front seats, 8-way power driver seat, auto-dimming rearview mirror, remote start, automatic climate control, 8-speaker Pioneer sound system
LTZ: chrome door handles, forward collision alert, lane departure warning, 8-way power front-passenger seat, leather-appointed seats, power liftgate, driver memory settings, rear park assist, 18-inch chrome-clad aluminum wheels
Options: navigation system, power sunroof, carpeted floor mats, hydraulic power steering, rear-seat entertainment system, 19-inch wheels
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