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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
It probably isn't fair to refer to the 2015 Chevrolet Equinox's styling as 'anonymous,' but we'll say that it looks like the car it needs to be to fulfill its family-oriented mission.
The interior of the 2015 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 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.
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 Chevy Equinox is lightly influenced by GM's trucks outside; inside, it's purely a carlike crossover, and a good-looking one at that.