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My Week with Eq: Studying Up on the Chevrolet Equinox

Sections: Car Audio, Chassis, Fuel Economy, Infotainment, Navigation, Powertrain, Telematics

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The raft of owner's manuals that came with our 2013 Chevrolet Equinox tester

I’ll be thumbing through these during the first couple days with our tester 2013 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ just to see how many cool gadgets and features I can uncover. (Lyndon Johnson photo.)

The folks at General Motors (GM) have sent me a 2013 Chevrolet Equinox crossover in full LTZ trim to test for a week. It’s loaded with tons of features I haven’t used in any car yet, especially those related to its MyLink infotainment system. Let the studying commence!

Let me remind those who don’t remember, my daily driver is the epitome of simple transportation: a 2006 Ford Ranger XL. It’s a work truck, essentially, with only an AM/FM radio and the sweet, sweet sounds of the Magnaflow cat-back exhaust system I installed a couple summers ago serving as entertainment. Coming from that into the Equinox makes me feel under-dressed and uneducated.

That’s because the ‘Nox is so muchnicer in practically every way than my daily. I feel like blue jeans just won’t do when driving it and feel compelled to seek out long-forgotten business casual clothes from the depths of my closet. The Equinox’s heated, eight-way adjustable power leather seats up front, stellar interior noise insulation, cutting-edge infotainment system, and chrome accents everywhere all conspire to make this crossover feel like what adults drive. And those adults, it would appear, are a lot more tech-savvy than I and my 27 years.

So far, I have played with the MyLink system quite a bit, though I feel my understanding of it is too limited at this time to go into much detail. Plus, I have only a dumb phone, so no pairing up a new iPhone with tons of apps that MyLink might be able to use. I do plan on testing out the system’s ability to display various media by loading up a couple of USB sticks with music, photo, and movie files and seeing how it handles them.

Though the Equinox is perhaps the most dated of its size of compact crossovers today, it appears at first blush to be a top-tier effort even now, as its competitors (here’s looking at you, Ford Escape, Mazda CX-5, Toyota RAV4, and Honda CR-V) launch freshly updated versions. Though it saw its last major refresh in 2010, from my brief experience so far, it appears the ‘Nox is aging well with technology, chassis, and engine tweaks– more on those in later posts this week.

In the meantime, if you’ve got any burning questions about the Chevrolet Equinox, now’s your chance to ask in the comments.

Disclosure: General Motors provided the vehicle, insurance, and a full tank of gas.

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