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auxiliary audio and USB ports that support MP3 players or just thumb-drives with songs on them
dual-zone climate control—not available on any Chevy Equinox
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A fully loaded LTZ with all the bells and whistles should top the charts at around $35k, but nobody will buy that car, because it's totally unnecessary.
power tailgate with a user-definable opening height preset
options include a rear DVD entertainment system with two screens
The Chevrolet Equinox already came with a set of features that matched or exceeded what other models in this class offer; but Chevy has sweetened the feature set even more for 2012. Most models now include a touch-screen audio system with USB port, and Chevrolet is also phasing in its voice-activated, touch-screen-based MyLink Connectivity system--for easier connectivity for hands-free calling or media access--as an option. The MyLink package includes smartphone connectivity, integrated Pandora and Stitcher app compatibility, and hands-free controls
Standard equipment even on base Equinox LS models includes air conditioning, an AM/FM/XM/CD/MP3 player with an auxiliary input jack, cruise control, power windows/locks/mirrors, and a tilt/telescoping steering wheel. A rear-seat entertainment system, a navigation system, leather seating, heated seats, Bluetooth, steering-wheel audio/phone controls, a sunroof, a rearview camera, and remote start are options on the LS.Moving up the model hierarchy, the Equinox LT is nicely—if not lavishly—equipped, with 17-inch aluminum wheels, remote keyless entry and remote starting, an anti-theft system, and one year of OnStar service free. It now also includes Bluetooth, a USB interface, and a leather-trimmed steering wheel with audio controls. For 2011, the 2LT model now also adds heated cloth seats,
On some models, the cargo hatch is powered and can be easily programmed to different opening heights (helping prevent the hatch from opening into a garage door or other structure).
A seven-inch color touch-screen navigation system with SD-card-based map data is newly available on 2LT and LTZ models.
The Chevrolet Equinox was already one of the better-equipped vehicles in its class, and with upgraded connectivity it gets even better for 2012.