I have always liked having a sporty vehicle. Motherhood shouldn’t change that!
Going from a sporty vehicle to a ‘mom van’ was not something I was interested in. So when I had kids, we had problems getting car seats out of my Chevy S10 pickup truck and the kids could kick the back of my seat. That needed to change. We ended up going with a Chevrolet Equinox and it has worked for our family really well.
So well, in fact, I’m on my third one! I have owned a 2010, a 2014 and now a 2018 Equinox with all wheel drive.
When I was looking for a new car I wanted good gas mileage, ability to drive in the winter without worry, a comfortable fit, and all the bells and whistles.
What This Car Costs:
- Base model 1.5L Turbo, about $26,595
- LT Turbo 2.0L Turbo, about $33,995
- LT 1.6L Turbo Diesel, about $33,395
- Premiere 2.0 L Turbo, about $38,295
- Premiere 1.6L Turbo Diesel, about $35,795
Why the Equinox Works For Me
- Vanity – When it came to buying an SUV, I didn’t want people to see me driving a ‘soccer mom’ vehicle. Though there are some pretty cool vans! I wanted something that I could drive around in with the kids, but not give up the sporty style I loved.
- Gas mileage – I wanted a car that got decent gas mileage. The mid-20s was my target. I get about 24 mpg city/28+ mpg highway.
- Driveability – Living in Michigan can mean slick roads in the winter. I was used to driving in the snow with a front wheel drive or four-wheel drive vehicle. The all-wheel drive was intriguing– and it works great. The addition of stability control and traction control also help us to plow through snow safely.
- Comfort – I spend most of my time in the driver’s seat. I’m 5’3″ and I can say that I have enough leg room in all seats in the Equinox. The steering wheel tilts for whoever drives it for comfort, so it works for me or for taller drivers.
- Accessories- There is an option for WiFi (just buy a data plan), easy access to controls on the steering wheel, remote start on the key fob and our Equinox has heated cloth seats. Safety features include blind spot monitors, rear cross traffic alert and lane change alert.
- Engine – I wanted an engine that could go. The 9-speed 2.0 turbo engine delivers. I forget it’s just a 4 cylinder.
Things I love about the Equinox:
- Heated Seats – great for cold mornings and long trips during cooler weather.
- WiFi equipped – this is a service you have to purchase monthly from OnStar, but is a great way to keep older kids entertained. We are not using this as we drive in the car and engage with them instead of being on social media.
- AWD & traction control – during inclement/wet road conditions.
- Great gas mileage. I am getting 29-32 MPG on long trips!
- Vents in the back for heat/cold air.
- Gas tank without a cap!
- The ability to lower the back seats from the tailgate area.