With nicely done proportions and sharp, careful detailing, the Chevrolet Equinox now fits in much more closely with the Chevrolet car lineup than with Chevy's SUVs like the Tahoe and Suburban. And for families looking for good, practical, stylish transportation, that's not at all a bad thing.
From a few paces away, the Equinox in itself looks more like a sort of like a scaled-down version of the Chevrolet Traverse now. We appreciate the better-detailed front and rear appearance, combined with a softened look in between, that this model received a few years ago, and it still manages to look quite fresh. The spacing of the headlights next to the grille help it look more like a tall station wagon than before, while edgy details over a rounded tail help verge away from a pack of look-alike crossover choices.
Inside, the 2013 Equinox seems a little overt for Chevy, but once you're accustomed to the cabin, it fits in well with the exterior. Elements of the instrument-panel center stack (also filtering down to the Sonic and Cruze) come strikingly close to those of the Cadillac SRX—with vents flanking the radio and climate controls.
The 2013 model year brings a refreshed lineup of colors, including Champagne Silver Metallic, Atlantic Metallic, and Tungsten Metallic, while interior color and trim combinations are mostly carried over.