The Equinox benefits from three available engines that are powerful and efficient, each making use of variable valve timing, and direct injection. A standard 1.5L turbocharged 4-cylinder makes an impressive 170 horsepower and delivers 30 mpg on the highway. Front-wheel drive is the standard drivetrain, but all-wheel drive is available.
Storage areas are abundant and include an oversized glovebox, a closed storage bin in the instrument panel above the center stack and a closed storage bin under the center armrest that is large enough for a laptop computer.
Standard equipment on all trims includes 17-inch painted aluminum wheels, Stabilitrak stability control, traction control, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes, six air bags, an anti-theft system, an XM satellite radio-ready system, iPod and MP3 capability, Bluetooth and OnStar with 4G LTE and Wi-Fi hotspot readiness. Power windows, door locks, remote keyless entry, a tilt and telescoping steering wheel, as well as power mirrors and automatic headlamps round out the generous standards list.
Optional equipment on the LS trim includes deep-tinted glass and a leather wrapped steering wheel. The LT trim features HID headlights, power driver seat, steering wheel audio controls, a remote starter system and a power sunroof as optional equipment. A blind spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert is also available.
The top-of-the-line Premier trim includes a power liftgate, Bose speaker system and heated leather seats. With all this standard equipment, the Premier can also be outfitted with a navigation system, a power sunroof and 18 or 19-inch machine aluminum wheels.
A Confidence and Convenience Package II adds Low-Speed Forward Automatic Braking, heated steering wheel, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning as well as Forward Collision Alert, Surround Vision and IntelliBeam headlights.