2014 Chevrolet Equinox Safety

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The 2014 Chevrolet Equinox has a great set of safety credentials, as verified by impressive crash-test ratings; but outward visibility is one thing that keeps us from calling it the safest pick for everyone.

As far as occupant protection goes, the Equinox has a great reputation. Crash-test results for the Equinox have been good. In the federal government's all-new crash-test and ratings system, the Equinox earned four stars overall, with a four-star score in frontal impact and five stars in the side test. In addition, it achieved top five-star results in NHTSA's tough new side-pole test. And in Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) tests, the Equinox achieved top 'good' test scores in all categories (with Top Safety Pick+ status).

The Equinox is one of the safer picks in its class; just consider outward visibility as some might find it limited.

Four-wheel disc brakes, StabiliTrak electronic stability control, head-curtain side airbags, and pelvic/thorax seat-mounted bags are all included as standard equipment in the Equinox. So are GM's OnStar emergency and concierge services. A rearview camera system is included in all models LT and above, and that helps with the low-speed situations. Lane departure warning and forward collision warning alert systems (though still not a blind-spot system) are available more widely on four-cylinder and V-6 models, and standard in the LTZ.

Unfortunately neither of those systems completely makes up for one Equinox inadequacy: outward visibility. Depending on your height and driving position, you might find the rather thick rear pillar to be in the way when changing lanes. The large blind-spot mirrors do help a bit, but definitely pay attention to this on the test drive.

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