It has been nearly three years since I got my first car, a 2014 Chevrolet Equinox LT. Since it was my first car, it was not tricked out with all of the bells and whistles like heated leather seats, but it did at least have updated safety features like a backup camera on which I rely on heavily. Actually, there’s a list of features my Chevrolet Equinox LT has that I will love and miss that I must have on the next SUV that I choose.


My Favorite Features of the Chevrolet Equinox LT

Backup Camera 

They say once you become a mom you get eyes at the back of your head, that is exactly what having a backup camera on your car is like. I like the security of having a feature that aids in reducing the risk of reversing over or into something/someone that might otherwise be unseen behind the vehicle. It’s been a lifesaver when parking, especially on New York City’s busy streets.

Chevrolet Equinox LT Backup Camera

Monthly Diagnostics Report

Every month, my OnStar account (Basic is provided for free) gives an automatic check of my Chevrolet Equinox LT and sends via email a monthly Diagnostics Report. The report contains everything from tire pressure, oil percentage, emissions and more.  Receiving monthly reports like this allow me to stay on top of my vehicle’s maintenance, thus maximizing my Equinox’s performances.

Chevrolet Equinox LT Monthly Diagnostics Report

Chevrolet Equinox LT Monthly Diagnostics Report oil

Child Safety Lock Switch

Convenience sells. Not having to take out my key to stick it in the rear passenger door to activate the child safety is a godsend. I love that the Child Safety Lock Switch allows me to easily control the child safety lock on the rear passenger doors directly from the control panel. Its convenient placement allows me to unlock the safety lock when I have adults in the backseat, and re-lock it with the press of a button when our daughter is riding with me.

Chevrolet Equinox LT Child Safety Off

Remote Vehicle Management

I absolutely love being able to remote start my Chevrolet Equinox LT from my iPhone via the myChevrolet Mobile App.  I like the idea of not having to be near my car to start it. Say, for instance, I am out to dinner, and my car is parked a few blocks away, I can start my Chevrolet Equinox LT right from the restaurant, and be welcomed by a warm car once dinner is over. Additionally, I am known for misplacing my car keys. The myChevrolet Mobile App allows me to unlock and lock my car from my phone. Pretty awesome, don’t you think?

Chevrolet Equinox LT My Chevrolet App


Spacious Interior

For a compact SUV, the Chevrolet Equinox LT has a roomy interior. The height of the ceilings is perfect, and the roomy rear seats making it perfect for the many road trips we’ve taken. One of the things that sold my husband and me on the Equinox was the ability of the rear seats to slide fore and aft, which allows for more cargo space or increase rear legroom. It was the most legroom we’ve seen in the rear of similar compact SUVs.

Fuel Efficiency

My 2014 Chevrolet Equinox LT is a four-cylinder compact SUV.  Another one of the things that sold us on getting it, aside from its price was that it is great on gas. The Equinox LT boasts 22 MPG on the street and 32 MPG on the highway.  I can drive 130 miles or more during my five-day work week and not move the gas gauge below the half tank mark. To me, that’s impressive.  Less money spent on gas, and more money spent on things that I like to do such as travel and dine out.

The Equinox also has an “Eco Mode”, which is supposed to help increase its fuel efficiency (Eco Mode = +1 mpg). I use it often when I am driving on local roads that require more stopping.

Although I am going to miss my 2014 Chevrolet Equinox LT, I am looking forward to upgrading to a newer SUV that has all of my favorite features I’ve listed in this post, and then some. This mama needs heated seats and a heated steering wheel. Look out for my post on My Must-have Features for my Next SUV.

What key features must your car or SUV have?

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Kim is the do-it-all mom (and wife) who not only works full-time and is a freelance makeup artist, but also blogs about her love of family, travel, beauty and skincare. Now that she has a kindergartener, Kim has added Class Parent to her resume. These are all tough jobs, but somehow, she makes them look easy.

  • Bre Davis

    When I first got my 2015 car, I hated my backup camera. But now I find it hard to drive (i.e. back up) without it! So that will be a must going forward. I love that this car also gave you a monthly diagnostic report. I think we all could benefit from having that information more readily.

  • Outdoorsy Diva

    Nice. I didn’t realize that was something Onstar provided by email you monthly diagnosttic reports. That’s really reaclly handy.

  • This car is way cute! Especially having teens, this would be perfect for transporting them and their friends.

  • I think that child safety switch button is awesome. I have to engage mine on the door. I have a GMC truck but I guess they didn’t get around to that on my model yet. That’s awesome for moms!

  • I love how the seats can move in the back. That really could come in handy for us. Oh and the child locks & rear view cam is a must. I drive an old hooptie so my ride doesn’t have those in it.

  • Really awesome detailed review. I’ve been wanting to test drive one of these vehicles. The one car feature I can’t live without is my back up camera.

  • LaQuisha Hall

    This looks so roomy! Love the fuel efficiency option!

  • Remote start sounds awesome for cold weather! We tested out the 2015 Chevy Equinox and loved it. I can’t wait for the day when we can buy a SUV, we’re still in minivan land.

  • Becc

    Those are great features. My 2006 Honda is just helping me get by. I will be looking for those features when I purchase my next car.

  • ShaBree Henry

    I never considered the Chevy Equinox. What I love the most is the monthly diagnostic report. I will consider it.

  • Carissa

    I’ve always liked the Equinox…seems like a nice truck! I love the fact that car makers are making SUV’s for Moms. I never wanted a van so I am happy to have a SUV

  • Love the features on this Chevy! I feel that having a back up camera can be very helpful.

  • We’re a Chevy Family, and if we were two children smaller, we would have purchased the Equinox! I loved the interior when I got to test drive it, and the feel of it is just fantastic.

  • Jay Colby

    I’ve always like the Chevy Equinox. A must have feature that I want my car to have is a backup camera.

  • Wait, is this not a giveaway!?!?! Hehehe seriously though, looks like a great car!!! The backup feature could save lives, love it!

  • Monica

    I was just checking out this car! And your post makes me want to move on from my mom-mobile (a station wagon) before the fun of summer! The features look perfect for a mom like me. I NEED that back-up camera in my life too!