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STYLING | 8 out of 10
bold modern look that's more muscular and better proportioned
We yearn for the day when GM finally understands that chrome isn't cool anymore.
Its new skin is seriously sexy—smooth and cool like “Equinox,” the Coltrane blues standard.
Car and Driver
a clean, modern look, which is simultaneously inoffensive and handsome
the dual-cowl dashboard layout is attractive and classy
In short, the design and styling of the 2014 Chevrolet Equinox aren't particularly edgy, but the look is what it needs to be considering the family-oriented mission.
Taking the whole design in from the outside, the Equinox impresses as a sort of scaled-down version of the big Chevrolet Traverse three-row crossover. If anything, the Equinox is just a little chunkier, with perhaps just a little more hints from Chevy's trucks filtering into the more upright flanks. That said, the Equinox design looks more car than truck, ultimately, and it still fits in well alongside the brand's sedans, with nicely done proportions and sharp, careful detailing.
The spacing of the headlights next to the grille help it look a bit like a tall station wagon from some angles, while edgy details over a rounded tail do help the Equinox stand out in a pack of look-alike crossover choices.The interior of the 2014 Equinox isn't quite as in pace with the rest of the Chevy lineup; it's a little overt, and a different variation on the theme, but it fits well with the exterior. The center stack of the instrument panel, with its vents neatly flanking and framing central controls, bears some likeness to that of the Chevrolet Sonic and Cruze--and also to that of the Cadillac SRX.
The 2014 model year brings two new colors--Red Rock Metallic and Silver Topaz Metallic--and chrome-clad wheels are newly standard on top LTZ models.
The interior of the 2014 Chevrolet Equinox is quite carlike, but you can see just a bit of influence from Chevy trucks on the outside.