Inside the past year, the Honda CR-V and the Ford Escape-two 800-pound gorillas in the reduced-hybrid portion-have been comprehensively overhauled. (The Toyota RAV4, a various illustration-test winner, will get a reboot soon.) Yet with no full redo on the docket simply yet for its nice looking yet ho-drone Equinox, Chevy decidedly still needed to make a move. Honda has never offered a V-6 in the CR-V, the 2013 Break went solely four-chamber (though with two discretionary turboed motors), and Mazda’s CX-5 is pressing the minimum compelling four-banger in the section, notwithstanding being mark-new. For Chevy, then, disposing of the 264-hp, 3.0-liter V-6 might bode well, isn’t that so? Excluding it resisted the downsizing drift and displaced the 3.0-liter with a 301-hp, 3.6-liter straight-infused V-6. Hold up, what?This most cutting edge form of the 3.6 sees job crosswise over the GM portfolio, the Cadillac CTS and the 2013 GMC Terrain among others. The great news for the fuel-cognizant is that assessed economy figures for the new V-6 versus the 3.0 are indistinguishable-17 mpg city and 24 parkway with front-wheel drive and 16/23 with AWD (approve, so great news for the sorta fuel-cognizant)-regardless of the expansions in relocation and power. We assess 0-to-60-mph times of 6.8 seconds for the front-wheel-drive variant and 7.2 seconds for all-wheel-drive models. (A four-chamber model we tested did the deed in 8.7 approves.)We had an opportunity to drive all-wheel-drive Equinoxes with old and new V-6s back-to-back, and we discovered no contrast in drivability past the additional break in the gasps. The upshift-blissful six-speed mechanical persists, as do elevated yield tops that energize an ample right foot and make thriftiness troublesome. (The past V-6 offered greatest power and contort at 6950 and 5100 rpm, separately; the new engine stirs them up at 6500 and 4800.) From the sliding back situate, in any case, we caught a noteworthy distinction in motor uproar. The 3.6 is extensively louder for those in the second line, who are treated to a somewhat buzzy, metallic note.With respect to the interior, Chevy MyLink with route makes its path to the alternatives record without precedent-in the past, purchasers were constrained to pick between a route framework and MyLink-admitting that it can be ready just on the mid-level LT and range-besting LTZ trim levels. Those two trims moreover increase an eight-way control traveler seat (discretionary on the LT) and a Wellbeing bundle, which incorporates forward-impact alarm, path-flight cautioning, and radar-based back stop help. Likewise new is an accessible back-situate diversion framework that incorporates screens in the back of the front headrests, double remote earphones, and a double-player DVD setup-again, ready as an alternative just on LT and LTZ trims. With any fortunes, it’ll occupy the youngsters from the motor noise.Along with the new motor comes an updated suspension. The Equinox now headlines double-stream dampers; the 2013 Chevy Cross, the 2013 Buick Enclave, and the Equinox’s correspondingly overhauled 2013 GMC Terrain stage mate are right around the other vehicles that get them. The consequence is less swaying and weaving over undulating surfaces and an incrementally enhanced observation of hold throughout cornering.Acknowledging the velocity at which the portion turns over-and the perfection discovered inside it-Chevy would have done well to tinker with the Equinox, an entrance that has never been thoroughly intense. At the same time somewhat enhanced taking care of and more power just go thus far, and they do nothing for the unfortunate back perceivability, strong control weight, and generally speaking dreary elements that keep this Chevy behind much of its rivalry. We suggest that other Chevy Equinox reviews will tell you the same thing. We’d think about hitting the Portage, Mazda, or Honda stores rather.