2013 Chevrolet Equinox Interior
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The 2013 Chevy Equinox receives high marks for its comfortable, spacious interior that is notable for its ability to handle rear passengers or cargo with ease. In 2012, Consumer Guide said the Equinox’s cabin is "a vast improvement over the previous generation; it rivals class leaders. Like other Chevrolet models we've tested, Equinox's cabin presents well at first glance, though some materials may disappoint on closer inspection."
- "The Chevy Equinox boasts a stylish cabin filled with premium touches. The available two-tone color schemes are eye-catching, and perfectly complement the dashboard's elegant, swooping dual-cowl design. All in all, the Equinox's interior looks more deluxe than that of most others in this segment. The plethora of difficult-to-distinguish buttons on the center console is a weak point, however." -- Edmunds (2012)
- "Dash materials and the instrument cluster are attractive, especially on models with a 7-inch color screen and 2-tone surfaces." -- Kelley Blue Book
Critics say the Equinox has seats that are comfortable for longer trips. Most say that it is easy to find a comfortable driving position, thanks to the tilt and telescoping steering wheel. Leather upholstery and heated front seats are standard on the top-of-the-line LTZ trim. Reviewers say that generally, outward visibility is fine, though one mentions that the back-seat headrests can obstruct the rear view.
Reviewers generally praise the rear seats. A feature that reviewers like is the sliding second row, which can be moved forward to accommodate more cargo, or back for taller passengers. The Equinox, like most vehicles in the class, seats up to five. However, if you’re looking for a third row, the Dodge Journey offers one that increases its seating capacity to seven.
- "Where the Equinox does have an edge is in passenger comfort, especially in the rear, where the bench seat can move several inches fore and aft to create more legroom. Up front, driver and passenger benefit from generous-sized seats." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "The Equinox boasts a nice expanse of passenger room, with 60/40-split rear seats that slide back to provide substantial rear legroom. The fact that the seatbacks also recline means second-row occupants may have the best seat in the house. But that space does come at the expense of some cargo capacity." -- Edmunds (2012)
- "Headroom and legroom are ample. The seats are long-haul supportive. Visibility is good for the most part, though tall rear headrests partially obscure the view aft." -- Consumer Guide (2012)
The 2013 Chevrolet Equinox comes standard with a six-speaker stereo with auxiliary and USB ports, satellite radio capability and Bluetooth. Also standard is a power driver seat and steering wheel-mounted audio controls. Chevy’s MyLink infotainment system, with or without a navigation system, is optional on upper trim levels. In addition to pairing a Bluetooth-enabled device through the system, MyLink also hosts Pandora and Stitcher Internet radio. For 2013, a rear-seat entertainment system returns to the option list. A backup camera is standard on all but the base model, and safety features like forward collision alert and lane departure warning are optional on some trims.
While the Equinox is available with a navigation system, one critic mentions that it absorbs and complicates some of the stereo functions and will take a while to get used to. So far, few reviewers have commented on MyLink, but many say that the screen and dashboard are generally attractive, and lend an upscale feel to the Equinox. Generally, reviewers are pleased with the functionality and ergonomics of the cabin, though a few gripe about material quality.
- "Primary gauges are large and clear. Standard audio and climate controls are mounted high on the dashboard and are generally simple to operate. Some testers complain that this layout suffers from an overabundance of look-alike buttons that require more familiarization than should be necessary. The optional navigation system incorporates some audio functions. Its seemingly random combination of dashboard buttons and touchscreen controls complicates audio functions and will require acclimation." -- Consumer Guide (2012)
The Equinox has fairly good cargo space for the class, at 63.7 cubic feet with the rear seat folded down. Still, it falls short of the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V, which both offer about 10 cubic feet more. With the rear seats up, there is 31.4 cubic feet available. Reviewers like that the back seats slide forward and back, depending on whether more cargo or rear passenger space is needed. A power-programmable liftgate is optional.
- "The 2013 Chevrolet Equinox has a comfortable and versatile cabin, but despite the boxy design, it does not make the best use of space. The Honda CR-V, for example, is nearly 10 inches shorter in length yet has almost 6 additional cubic feet of storage behind the rear seat." -- Kelley Blue Book