Equinox, as cool and interesting as it sounds!

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After a mid-cycle update in 2016, changes for the 2017 Chevrolet Equinox are limited to a pair of special-edition models: the Midnight Edition and Sports Edition. Available on the LT with the Convenience package, both special-edition models feature blacked out exterior details including the front grille, front and rear Chevrolet bowtie emblems, 18-inch alloy wheels, roof rack cross bars, and black mirror caps. The interior features Jet Black perforated leather seats with memory for the driver’s seat and exterior mirrors. The Nighttime Edition is finished in Mosaic Dark Metallic Paint, and the Sports Edition features a Summit White exterior.

Since it arrived intended for 2005, the Chevrolet Equinox has been the bowtie brand’s entrant in the compact crossover segment. Slotting between the subcompact Trax and three-row Traverse in size and price, the Equinox is larger than many of its direct competitors and one of few models to offer a V-6 engine. The Equinox has seen sales gains over the past five years, making it Chevrolet’s second-best- selling model behind the Silverado pickup to get all of 2015.

Don’t forget that it’s available with two engine motor options; the first is a 2. 4-liter I -4 rated 182 hp and 172 lb.-ft. Also available is a 3. 6-liter V-6 rated 301 hp and 272 lb-ft. Both engines are backed by a six-speed automatic and are available with front side – or all-wheel-drive. Four-cylinder models are EPA-rated 20-21/28-31 mpg city /highway, and fuel economy for the more powerful V-6 engine drops to 16-17/23-24 mpg.

The recent update also brought simplified trim levels, which now includes the base L, midrange LS and LT, and top-spec Premier. Other changes include revised front end styling and new taillight graphics as well as a new 7. 0-inch color touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth and a rearview camera standard.

The Chevrolet Equinox crossover has a four-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars) and is considered a 2016 Top Security Pick by the IIHS. The Equinox received a Basic rating for front crash prevention for its Forward Collision Alert program. The optional Driver Confidence Package (LT and LTZ) includes Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, and Back Park Assist and the Driver Self-confidence Package II (LTZ) contains Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning. A rearview camera is standard.

We preferred the six-cylinder engine in a review of the mechanically related GMC Terrain: “On the street, the power difference with the V-6 is noticeable. Where the four-cylinder-powered Chevrolet Equinox felt merely adequate, the better Terrain Denali felt confident pulling away from side streets and parking lots and merging on the highway. ” This means that if you are still looking for a nice and violable car in 2017 you can always go with the Equinox. It really is as cool and interesting as it sounds. I have learned that names say a lot about something. I recommend this one a lot to anyone.

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