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“The 2LT and LTZ can be equipped with a rear entertainment system and a navigation system”
“Standard equipment on all cars includes an auxiliary audio input, cruise control”
“Available navigation system has voice recognition and comes with a 40-gigabyte hard-drive”
With an MSRP ranging from the low $22,000 range up to a fully optioned $37,000, the 2010 Chevrolet Equinox spans several budget categories. While it’s not as cheap as some of the vehicles in its class, reviews read by TheCarConnection.com indicate that the Equinox Chevrolet is still a bargain thanks to its high-tech features and solid construction.
Standard equipment on the 2010 Chevrolet Equinox varies significantly according to trim level, but Edmunds notes that all versions of the Chevy Equinox get “cruise control, air-conditioning, full power accessories, power front seat height adjustment, a sliding and reclining backseat…and a six-speaker stereo (with CD player, satellite radio and an auxiliary audio jack).” MyRide.com reports that buyers interested in the Equinox Chevrolet in LT trim get “upgraded cloth upholstery, floor mats, a compass, tinted glass, heated mirrors and a roof rack.” The top two trims, the 2LT and LTZ, both get “Bluetooth connectivity and a USB port for controlling your iPod,” according to Automobile Magazine, while audiophiles will be treated to “an eight-speaker Pioneer audio system and audio controls on the steering wheel.”
With the 2010 Equinox, Chevrolet has made high-tech gear an integral part of the options package; goodies ranging from a voice-recognition navigation system to rear parking sensors are available, but the associated price tags are steep. Beginning with the more mundane, Automobile Magazine says “an optional power liftgate opens to a programmable height to keep you from smacking the roof of your garage with your Equinox.”
Moving to the more interesting features, MyRide.com states that “remote engine starting and a leather-wrapped steering wheel” are available, along with “leather seats” and “heated front seats.” One of the real crowd-pleasers on the Chevy Equinox’s options list is the rear entertainment system, which Automobile Magazine reports features “two eight-inch monitors [that] are placed on the rear of the front seatbacks.” Last but not least, Cars.com notes that the 2010 Chevrolet Equinox offers a “touch-screen navigation system, which features a 40GB hard drive that can store songs” and is available for an additional $2,145.
Some buyers might balk at the prospect of a $35,000 Chevy two-row crossover, but features like a rear-seat DVD entertainment system will certainly tempt.