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My New 'E'

Postby RobtRoma - September 16th, 2013, 10:59 am

'E'quinox that is...

As many of you know, I traded the "Mean Green Machine" for a 2013 Chevy Equinox over the Labor Day weekend. Here are the first official photos of the new ride:

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Re: My New 'E'

Postby RobtRoma - September 16th, 2013, 11:00 am

First impressions after driving it for 2 weeks now...

1) This thing rides like a limo compared to my 02 Escape. It's very quiet and smooth.

2) The 4-cyl engine makes quite a racket outside. I'm told it's the direct injection. The actually include active noise cancellation in the 4-cyl models to make it quitter inside. It seems to work because I barely hear anything inside the car.

3) I would classify the 4-cyl as adequate in terms of power. I miss the torque and sound of my old v6 but the Nox will get up and go better than I expected. I let my dad drive it and he said to me "It's quicker than I expected. It just gets up and goes".

4) Gas mileage so far has been good. I used 3/8ths of a tank around town with my usual commute and the computer told me I was getting around 19 mpgs. I used the next 1/2 tank on a highway trip from Northern NJ to Ocean City, MD and it told me I was getting 33-34 mpgs on the highway. At my 1st fill up, I calculated 25.4 mpgs for the tank. The range for that tank was 381 miles and I still had 1/8 of a tank left. Best range I ever got with my Escape was 325 miles and my best average (all highway) was 24.5 mpgs.

5) The seats are very comfortable on shorter trips. Much softer that the leather seats in my Escape. My passengers have commented on the comfort. On the long trip, I started felling a little stiff after 2 hours. About the same as the Escape.

6) The rear seats have a ton of leg room and seem like they would be very comfortable for two people but the seat is not very wide. Three could fit for a short trip but it would be very cozy.

7) Driving the car is very easy. Not quite as easy as the Escape though. In the Escape, I could see everything. The windows were large and low. The Equinox window sills are much higher and the view out back is restricted by the large C and D pillars.

8) The automatic's shifting hasn't been great. I expected it to be a lot smother. In the lower gears you can definitely feel it. It will in fact jerk the car at times. You can also feel it downshift as the car slows down. It's strange. I never had that in any of my other cars. I'm hoping it will get smother over time as it learns my driving style. I know this can happen with modern cars.

9) The 'My Link' system seems to work OK. The only issues I've had are because of the way my phone book is set up. I like the 3 months of free XM radio but I doubt I'll renew unless they give me a big discount. OnStar is nifty too but dang it is expensive.

10) The radio has 6 sets of 6 presets on it. I wish there was a way to jump to a row of presets instead of having to cycle through in order to get to the one I want.

11) I have the base stereo. It's not bad for someone like me that grew up with AM radio but I've certainly heard much better. The Escape's system sounded slightly better on average.

12) Handling is good. Actually better than I expected. I think I could easily keep up with my old Escape.

13) The moon roof is nice but it has separate buttons for tilt and slide. I liked the Escape's single button better.

14) Interior materials are nice to look at but hard plastic. I actually don't mind this on the dash but I wish the top of the doors at the windows were a soft touch material. In the Escape, I used to put my elbow there all the time. I don't think I'll be doing it as often in the Nox though because the window sill is so high. The arm rest is at a good height for me and it is a soft material.

15) The cargo area is smaller than I had hoped. It looks a little deeper than my old Escape when the rear seats are slid all the way forward but about the same with the seat back. The width is definitely narrower.

The reason I got this over the new Escape is it just felt right when I sat in it. When I got my Escape, it was a similar feeling. It's a simple, clean dash and everything looked and felt good. Additionally, I didn't really like the way the Escape SE interior looked. I liked the Titanium much better but I couldn't quite afford the one that I wanted.

That's about all I can think of now. If anyone has any questions, let me know and I'll answer if I can.
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Re: My New 'E'

Postby FRENCHY - September 16th, 2013, 11:05 am

Nice Rob :thumb:
And congrats again
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Re: My New 'E'

Postby Colleen - September 16th, 2013, 11:07 am

Very nice! :) Congrats and enjoy!! :)
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Re: My New 'E'

Postby Charles - September 16th, 2013, 11:11 am

Very nice looking "E" Rob. Which trim level did you get. If I would hazard a guess, I would say one of the LT trims.

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Re: My New 'E'

Postby RobtRoma - September 16th, 2013, 11:53 am

Thanks folks :)

Yes Charles, I got a 1LT. One step up from the base model. I got it with the moonroof and the drivers convenience package (power driver seat, remote start). So far, I've added the cargo net, a WeatherTech Custom Fit Cargo Liner and the Auto Ventshade In-Channel Ventvisors.

The photos above were taken before I added anything except for my old Escape cargo net (which didn't fit very well)
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Re: My New 'E'

Postby ExplorerTom - September 16th, 2013, 2:15 pm

Does your center console have a light? My rental Nox did. I thought that was the coolest feature. Simple, yet effective.
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Re: My New 'E'

Postby RobtRoma - September 16th, 2013, 4:01 pm

Yes it does. I agree that it is very convienent. :thumb:
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Re: My New 'E'

Postby Mantruck101 - September 21st, 2013, 8:23 pm

RobtRoma wrote:7) Driving the car is very easy. Not quite as easy as the Escape though. In the Escape, I could see everything. The windows were large and low. The Equinox window sills are much higher and the view out back is restricted by the large C and D pillars.

I've been casually vehicle shopping just because I'd like something new. Unfortunately, every SUV I try suffers from this new visibility problem. I tried an RDX earlier this week and it just didn't work for me. With the driver's seat down low, I felt like I couldn't see over the hood. With the seat jacked up, I was eating sun visor. I didn't even bother driving it as a result.

I think I'm going to have a really difficult time finding something with similar sight lines to my Escape when it's time to replace it.

Lots of luck with you new 'Nox, Rob!
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Re: My New 'E'

Postby RobtRoma - September 21st, 2013, 11:04 pm

Mantruck101 wrote: I've been casually vehicle shopping just because I'd like something new. Unfortunately, every SUV I try suffers from this new visibility problem. I tried an RDX earlier this week and it just didn't work for me. With the driver's seat down low, I felt like I couldn't see over the hood. With the seat jacked up, I was eating sun visor. I didn't even bother driving it as a result.

I think I'm going to have a really difficult time finding something with similar sight lines to my Escape when it's time to replace it.

The new Subaru Forester wasn't bad in terms of visibility. It's bigger than the previous model and the interior is pretty good. My only issue with it was the exterior. I liked the look of the previous generation better. The Escape I tried in my price range (13-SE) had great forward visibility but was comparable to the Nox looking back. The Nox had the backup camera though. I didn't like that I couldn't see the hood at all. It felt like I was driving a minivan.

Mantruck101 wrote:Lots of luck with you new 'Nox, Rob!

Thanks! So far I like it a lot. I can't say I love it yet though. There's nothing wrong with it and it does everything well. There is just zero excitement factor and I absolutely hate the sound of the 4-cyl engine. I figure the v6 would have fixed that but I really wanted to go for something with better MPGs.

I took it on it's first long trip last week. I went from Central Bergen Co, NJ to Ocean City, MD. It's a 240+ mile and 4 1/2 - 5 hour trip each way. The Nox did great. It has a really quiet, comfortable and smooth ride. I went with my father (who is 74) and he said he was amazed that his legs didn't cramp on the trip. I also had my first back seat passenger (also 74). She said the back seat was very roomy and comfortable. She also mentioned her back usually bothers her in cars but she had no problems in the Nox. I averaged around 26 MPG with the first 2 fill ups. The old Escape would have probably been in the 17-19 range. Having satellite radio was nice too... :thumb:
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