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My husband and I recently hit the road south with a Chevrolet Equinox for Taste of Tulalip, an indulgent weekend of food and wine in Western Washington.

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As we started off on a crisp fall morning, we familiarized ourselves with the onboard tech features, starting with MyLink, the home base for all things music and Bluetooth. MyLink incorporates voice-activated features, and pairs well with a smart phone (we used an iPhone 4 to test it out). Once the system recognized my phone, I was able to access my phone contacts, and dial handsfree.

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Often-used menu items can also be found right on the steering wheel.

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XM Satellite Radio meant a huge variety of channels instantly accessible for our trip. Cue my 80’s college soundtrack brought back to life: First Wave! The quality sound system is fully customizable through the menu screen.

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A USB port in the centre console was a well-thought out addition. We arrived with a fully charged phone battery!

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The screen checks for surrounding concerns as you back up. The Equinox gauges braking distance based on speed while on the highway. If you drive too close to oncoming cars, a sensor will trigger a red crash icon indicating that you’re getting close to danger.

Another safety feature we liked was the side mirrors that have a blind spot incorporated into them. They are also heated to stay clear through frosty weather.

The liftgate can open fully, 3/4, or be set to manual operation, all from the car’s inside. There’s a button that will close the liftgate on its own. I do hope that Chevy will soon implement the kick sensor liftgate feature that can be found on the 2013 Ford Escape, another SUV that I recently had the chance to take out for a day, courtesy of Ford Canada.

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[MyLink paired with a 3rd generation iPod Nano]

This is a fun, roomy car that’s easy to operate, full of standard features, and up to date on the tech front. A couple of things we could have benefitted from were a lighted mirror adjustment panel on the driver’s door side (to change the mirror’s angle in the dark), as well as front passenger seat options (the driver’s seat has 8-way power options with lumbar support while the passenger side only has two manual adjustments).

The base price for a 2013 Equinox is $33,775. Many thanks to Carter GM for letting us get our hands on an Equinox for the weekend.

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