Spending as little as possible on an Equinox will get you an LS manual, with 7.0-inch touchscreen, cloth seat trim, 17-inch alloy wheels, and the 1.5-litre petrol engine with a six-speed manual gearbox and front-wheel-drive - the LS is the only Equinox with a manual option.
Spend around $2000 more and you can have the six-speed automatic gearbox. The LS auto also comes with active noise cancellation, which emits a sound wave through the audio speakers that cancels out tyre and wind noise, much like noise-cancelling headphones.
The LS+ has all the LS features, but adds a host of active safety features
including automatic emergency braking
, via the Holden Eye forward facing camera system. This system also brings lane keep assist, lane departure warning, following distance indicator and forward collision alert.
Other driver assistance features
include side blind spot alert, rear cross traffic alert and automatic high-beam assist, which dips the lights if a car is approaching.
The Equinox LT gains the more powerful 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine with nine-speed automatic transmission and bigger 18-inch alloy wheels.
It comes with a bigger 8.0-inch touchscreen, satellite navigation and four USB charge points (2x front, 2 x rear), two 12v charge point (1 x front, 1 x rear) and 230V universal power outlet.
Dual-zone air-conditioning (which allows the driver and front passenger to set temperatures independently) and heated front seats add to comfort levels, while front parking sensors provide additional help when parking.
The LT also has brighter high intensity discharge (HID) headlights
, one-touch 60/40 split-folding rear seats with rear cargo release.
Spending more on the LTZ brings bigger 19-inch alloy wheels with lower-profile tyres for improved handling.
The seats are leather appointed (part real and fake leather). The driver’s seat has power adjustments with lumbar support and memory settings and the front and rear seats are heated.
Entertainment is enhanced with digital (DAB+) radio, which can be heard via a Bose premium audio system. And there’s wireless phone charging for compatible handsets.
The tailgate is power operated with a handsfree function that works by swiping your foot under the bumper, and the windscreen wipers work automatically when it starts raining.
The LTZ also has advanced park assist, which automatically manoeuvres your car into a suitable perpendicular or parallel parking spot, and comes with an all-wheel-drive option.
The most expensive Equinox, the LTZ-V has additional luxuries including venitaled front seats, to keep your back cool on a hot day, heated steering wheel, panoramic sunroof and power front passenger seat with lumbar support.
All-wheel-drive is also available.