2013 Chevrolet Equinox – More Guts Less Glory
Updated February 2, 2017
In the competitive compact crossover class it’s eat or be eaten. So far in one year the Honda CR-V and the Ford Escape had been wiped clean and totally redesigned. And word is the Toyota RAV4 is scheduled for an appointment for reconstructive surgery as well. With the trend toward hybrids and economically minded cars in general Honda dropped the V6 package from the CR-V. And the Escape was whittled down to a one option four cylinder turbo engine. Even the Mazda CX-5 is swinging in for the least amount of power in the class. So it leaves everyone wondering why Chevy decided to boost the Equinox from its 264-hp 3.0-liter V-6 up to a 301-hp, 3.6-liter direct-injected V-6.
This latest version of the 3.6liter is a strong and reliable motor and is equipped in several GM vehicles from their Cadillac CTS to the 2013 GMC Terrain and several others. The interesting part is that GMC has honed the motor for fuel efficiency so well that its estimated economy figures new V-6 against the previous 3.0 liter are identical. To be exact the numbers are 17 mpg city and 24 highway running front-wheel drive and 16/23 running in AWD. It is estimated the 2013 Chevrolet Equinox will be able to manage a 0-to-60-mph time of roughly 6.8 seconds when in front wheel drive and 7.2 seconds for all wheel drive.
There was found to be literally no difference in drivability besides the obvious added horsepower. And nobody is going to complain about that. The six-speed automatic transmission will carry over to the new model. As do high output peaks that encourage a heavy right foot and make frugality difficult. It can also be said that the 3.6 liter is noticeably louder, but that’s to be expected with all the extra horsepower.
There have also been revisions to the suspension. The 2013 Equinox features dual-flow dampers. This translates to a more stable ride over uneven road conditions and an improved grip on the road where handling is concerned.
GMC has included the ChevyMyLink with navigation as a bundle option. Which is nice since GMC use to make a buyer choose between the two. The higher end two trims will also have an eight-way power passenger seat as well. And an additional Safety package consisting of forward-collision alert, lane-departure warning, and radar-based rear park assist. Like so many crossovers now there are options including monitors in the back of the front headrests, dual wireless headphones, and a dual-player DVD.
The 2013 Chevrolet Equinox is a great truck if not a little on the boring side. It would do GMC good to reinvent this car come 2014. Make it a little more palatable for those looking for something to rival the style of its competitors. There is the Chevy faithful out there who would certainly reward Chevrolet for making the step. They could take advantage of a new design by addressing the poor rear visibility and its considerable weight. These factors alone are what keep people leaning more towards its competitors such as the Ford Escape. ‘Good enough for now’ seems to be GMC’s approach and its no attitude for an automaker in these times.