Changes for the 2015 Chevrolet Equinox:
The Equinox’s OnStar communications system adds 4G LTE connectivity with mobile Wi-Fi hotspot capability. Two new colors also debut for 2015.
Three versions of the 2015 Equinox are available: LS, LT, and LTZ.
Choose the Equinox LT for upgraded cloth seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a MyLink touchscreen infotainment system with a reversing camera, heated side mirrors, dark tinted glass, and roof rack rails. The 2LT model installs heated front cloth seats, automatic climate control, an 8-way power driver’s seat, a premium audio system, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, remote engine starting, and fog lights.
The top-of-the-line model is the Equinox LTZ, featuring perforated leather, an 8-way power front passenger’s seat, memory settings for the driver, a universal remote control, and upgraded trim and lighting. The LTZ also includes a power tailgate, rear parking assist sensors, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, and fancy wheels.
Every Equinox has what Chevrolet calls a “multi-flex rear seat” that slides forward and back to create space for passengers or cargo, as required. Chevy says that with the rear seat moved all the way forward, the Equinox swallows 31.4 cu.-ft. of cargo. Fold it down, and maximum cargo capacity measures 63.7 cu.-ft.
Engines and Transmissions:
A 182-horsepower, 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine is standard in all 2015 Chevy Equinox models. Depending on the trim level, a 301-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 engine is optional. Each is paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive, and each is available with optional all-wheel drive. Chevrolet also includes 2 years/24,000 miles of free scheduled maintenance for every Equinox.
Fuel Economy Ratings:
As is expected, the less powerful 4-cylinder engine is also more fuel-efficient. It returns 26 mpg in combined driving with front-wheel drive, and 23 mpg with AWD. Choose the more muscular V-6 engine and those figures drop to 20 mpg and 19 mpg, respectively.
While the NHTSA gives the 2015 Equinox an overall crash-test rating of 4 stars, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has bestowed its “Top Safety Pick” rating upon this SUV. When equipped with the optional Forward Collision Warning system, it also earns a Basic rating for front crash prevention.
For the 2015 model year, Equinox buyers get an upgraded version of OnStar technology, one that includes a free 3-month/3GB data trial to the system’s new 4G LTE mobile Wi-Fi hotspot. As was true previously, OnStar includes Automatic Crash Response service, which can speed rescuers to the scene of an accident in which the SUV’s airbags have deployed.
The available MyLink infotainment system provide numerous features including Bluetooth calling and music streaming, text messaging alerts, Siri Eyes Free capability, Internet radio access, a USB port, a reversing camera, and more. It can be upgraded with a navigation system. Additional technology upgrades include Forward Collision Alert, Lane Departure Warning, rear parking assist sensors, and a dual-screen rear-seat DVD entertainment system.
Unfortunately, Chevrolet doesn’t offer a Side Blind Zone Alert system for the Equinox, no matter how much money you’re willing to spend.
Written by Christian Wardlaw
June 29, 2014
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