For a small crossover SUV, the new 2017 Chevrolet Equinox is definitely a worthy choice, especially if you are interested with on that offers an available V6 engine and a nice ride, however, you might find that other SUVs in the market are better and appealing. Its release date should be expected this July if online rumors are to be trusted.
Some of the highlights for 2017 include an adjustable and spacious backseat, a comfortable ride, an optional V6 engine, and a serene cabin. For 2017, the Equinox gains LED daytime running lights, a revised front-end styling, an updated rear fascia, a new storage shelf, a 7” touchscreen interface, updated control graphics, and new taillights.
With several known competitors nipping at its heels, the Equinox had to undergo a significant refresh in order to match up to customer expectations of a modern SUV. Although the vehicle has been the segment for quite some time, Chevrolet has been able to keep the vehicle fresh and revitalized and the greying areas have been kept to a minimum.
Under its skin, however, the vehicle comes with a base four-cylinder engine that is a sore spot for a majority of users. According to Equinox, the EPA fuel economy ratings are impressive but hard to achieve in real-life cruising. Also, the acceleration is very disappointing in comparison to other vehicles in the segment. This can however be reversed if you opt for the top-of-the-range V6 engine.
Interior wise, the vehicle comes furnished with quality materials even for its base engine, and the backseat reclines and slides. The cabin also offers a serene and smooth ride. Despite the Equinox achieving some commendable updates, the segment still offers better rivals which offer far better equipment and features. Some of the competitors include the 2017 Ford Escape, 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe, 2017 Mazda CX-5, and the multitalented 2017 Honda CR-V.
Available Trims – Chevrolet Equinox
The 2017 Chevrolet Equinox SUV is offered in four variants: base L, mid-trims LS and LT, and the range-topping LTZ trim.
Interior Pictures & Exterior Reviews – 2017 Chevrolet Equinox
Standard accessories and technologies available on the L trim include air-conditioning, cruise control, automatic headlights, 17” alloy wheels, premium cloth upholstery, a trip computer, a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, a partial power driver seat, a 60/40-split second-row seats, and lumbar adjustments. As for the technology details, expect a USB port, an auxiliary audio input, OnStar communications, Bluetooth phone connectivity, and a six-speaker sound system.
Next up is the LS trim which is similarly equipped as the above trim but adds a compass, satellite radio, and a towing package.
The LT trim adds an upgraded audio system, Internet radio apps, rear privacy glass, 17” wheels, heated mirrors, LED daytime running lights, Chevy’s MyLink interface, smartphone integration, Bluetooth audio connectivity, roof rack side sills, and voice controls.
At the top of the trim jungle is the LTZ trim, which is further equipped with driver memory settings, unique exterior trim, 18” alloy wheels, an eight-way power driver seat, leather upholstery, rear parking sensors, automatic climate control, a firmer suspension tuning, a leather wrapped steering wheel, foglights, heated front seats, remote start, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and a chrome accents on the outside.
Standalone options for the lower trims include 18” chrome clad wheels, unique exterior colors, a leather wrapped steering wheel, automatic climate control, remote start, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.
2017 Chevrolet Equinox Engine Specs
A 2.4L four-cylinder engine rated at 182 horsepower and 171 lbs. of torque is the base engine. This output is transmitted to the front wheels via the six-speed automatic transmission system. Additionally, buyers can opt for the 3.6L V6 engine rated at 301 horsepower and 272 lbs. of torque. Six-speed auto transmission system is standard, as is either the front-or all-wheel drive.
With the front-wheel-drive, the four-cylinder engine returns EPA ratings of 32/20/26 mpg in the highway/city/combined, and 29/20/23 mpg with the all-wheel-drive.
We achieved a 0-60 mph acceleration in a record 7.0 seconds with the 3.6L V6 powerplant, which is quite impressive. Its EPA ratings are 24/17/20 mpg with the FWD and 23/16/18 mpg with the AWD.
When properly equipped, expect a maximum towing capacity of 1,500 pounds with the four-cylinder engine, and 3,500 lbs. with the V6 powerplant.
- Wheelbase: 112.5 in
- Length: 187.8 in
- Width: 72.5 in
- Passenger volume: 100 cu ft
- Cargo volume: 32 cu ft
- Curb weight: 3998 lb
- Top Speed: 115 mph
- 0-60: 8.9 sec
- MPG: 20/29 mpg (city/highway)
- Available Exterior Colors: Silver Ice Metallic, Summit White…
- Towing Capacity: 1500 lbs
2017 Chevrolet Equinox Release Date & Price
We should expect the vehicle in dealerships this July, according to online rumors. As for its price, the 2017 Chevrolet Equinox SUV will go for sale for an MSRP starting from $22,600.
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