in 2013 Affordable Compact SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $19,519 - $25,008
Original MSRP: $24,225 - $32,735
MPG: 22 City / 32 Hwy
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Used Car: 2013 Chevrolet Equinox Review

Review Last Updated: 4/17/15

Most car reviewers agreed that the 2013 Chevrolet Equinox is versatile and practical, with a flexible seating arrangement and good fuel economy with its four-cylinder engine.

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The 2013 Chevy Equinox is powered by a standard four-cylinder engine, though aV6 engine is available.  An automatic transmission is standard with either engine. When equipped with the four-cylinder engine and front-wheel drive, the 2013 Equinox gets 22/32 mpg city/highway, which is good for the class. Though most reviewers preferred the power of the V6 engine, a few noted that they’d pick the smaller engine for its fuel economy. On the other hand, others commented that the four-cylinder engine could use more power for highway driving. The Equinox’s suspension was upgraded for the 2013 model year, and test drivers reported that the ride quality is comfortable and composed.

The 2013 Chevrolet Equinox has one of the top-rated cabins in the class. Reviewers liked the interior for its passenger space in both rows of seats, as well as the quality materials and assembly. The Equinox’s overall cargo space is not especially impressive for the class, though the back seat can slide back and forth, increasing cargo space or giving passengers more legroom. Standard features in the 2013 Chevrolet Equinox include Bluetooth, an auxiliary input jack and a USB port. Available features include navigation, a rearview camera, leather upholstery, dual-zone climate control, Chevrolet’s MyLink infotainment system and a rear-seat DVD entertainment system. Some reviewers said that MyLink is straightforward but can be slow to respond to commands.

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Other SUVs to Consider

The 2013 Mazda CX-5 has very good fuel economy, and reviewers said it is one of the sportier SUVs in the segment. Adding to the CX-5’s sport appeal is the fact that it was able to be outfitted with a manual transmission when it was new, which is rare in this class.

The 2013 Honda CR-V has more cargo space than the Equinox and one of the best reliability ratings in the class. Reviewers liked its nimble handling and comfortable ride, and it was named our 2013 Best Compact SUV for Families when it was new.

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