1. Exterior Styling
While some have said that the ‘Nox’s rear-end makes it look like a tall wagon, the rest of the crossover is well-proportioned and has tasteful lines with a rugged edge. Add some bling, courtesy, of the LTZ trim, and you’re suddenly attracting stares from even the most unexpected folks.
2. Interior & MyLink Infotainment System
During our extensive time with three Equinox testers, we couldn’t find anything wrong with the crossover’s interior. Sure, some components — such as the dash and door arm rests — are of the hard-touch variety… but they’re put together in a solid fashion that produces no squeaks or rattles. What’s more, the cabin’s ability to keep road noise out is nothing short of impeccable. Add to that the intuitive steering wheel-mounted audio controls and the new Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system, which is standard on 2012 model year Equinoxes, and what you get is a great interior made even better by the latest technology in the biz. Oh, and did we mention the fact that the ‘Nox has 18 storage areas?
3. Second Row Flexibility
Speaking of the interior, the Equinox’s Multi-Flex sliding rear seat offers the most rear-seat legroom in its class by having nearly eight inches of sliding space, resulting in up to 39.9 inches of leg room for back-seat passengers. With the second row pushed all the way back, simply tilt those rear seatbacks backward and enjoy the ride! Need more cargo space? Simply slide that second row forward and you reclaim valuable trunk space.
4. Driving Characteristics
What’s the benefit of engineering a vehicle that’s a bit heavier than its classmates? Solidity — the concrete and planted feeling of certainty while driving. And that’s exactly what the Equinox provides, even in windy mountainous areas such as the Colorado rockies, where wind speeds are high and gusts are aplenty. We like to call it solidly planted — and it’s a good thing.
5. OnStar, RemoteLink, FamilyLink
We don’t need to extoll the praises of OnStar, since it’s common knowledge that it’s the best automotive telematics system on the planet. If you don’t think so, go ahead and try the copycat systems of the competition… and then get back to us. But what makes the experience even better is the OnStar RemoteLink app, which offers the ability to remotely start, lock/unlock the vehicle as well as enable its horn/lights as well as retrieve vital information such as the odometer reading, fuel range, and average MPG — all from a smartphone (iOS and Android devices only). RemoteLink also supports finding a destination on the mobile device and sending it to your vehicle, where it will be ready with voice navigation guidance. And to top it all off, OnStar FamilyLink — currently in beta — is an irreplaceable tool for keeping tabs on families and young drivers and making sure your loved ones have reached their destination safely.
Later this week, we’ll bring you the five things we do not like about the Theta II-based crossover. In the meantime, share your favorite aspects of the Equinox in the comments below!