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First Time Driver? Three Reasons to Get a Chevy Equinox

Are you a new driver, or do you have a new driver in your life? It can be tough to find a reliable, easy-to-maintain vehicle that won’t break the bank but also has those important key safety features you need; it can be especially difficult if you’re starting with little to no knowledge of the kind of vehicle you want. If this sounds like you, then wipe away your worries: the 2024 Chevy Equinox is the perfect solution for new drivers.

It’s affordable, from a well-known brand, and comes with plenty of convenience, safety, and tech features, several of which are standard across all four trim levels. Whether you’re buying your first car or buying someone else their’s, the 2024 Chevy Equinox will provide all that you’re looking for, and it’ll be a dependable companion for many years to come. Here are three reasons why it’s a perfect investment…

A silver 2024 Chevy Equinox is shown driving on a highway.

#1) Cost of Ownership

Though the cost of a vehicle will vary from state to state and dealership to dealership, the 2024 Chevy Equinox is slated to be less expensive than the average American vehicle, which is a boon to newer drivers looking for the best bang for their buck. Quality doesn’t always mean the most expensive; oftentimes, it is the most expensive that requires continued high-priced care.

The Equinox is an inexpensive option for people who want to buy a new car but are afraid to spend more than they can spare. Dealerships may also offer incentives, sales, or specials to assist you in securing the vehicle of your dreams.

One of the areas in which Equinox drivers will save is fuel costs, with a fuel economy of 26 MPG in the city, and 31 MPG on the highway, which is quite good for something of the Equinox’s size. You can keep more cash in your pocket and feel thrifty while the Equinox conserves fuel and looks good doing it. Even if you have an expendable income, time is also a resource you can conserve by spending less time at the gas station and more time on the road.

Let’s face it: every so often, you’ll need a maintenance or repair visit at your local garage or dealership. Whether it’s an oil change, brake pad replacement, or a dent from an unfortunate meeting with an overeager evening commuter, you’ll need to take your Equinox in for a lookover. Chevy has a reputation for high-quality parts without the high cost, so you’ll save money here, too, without compromising quality. Making routine visits will also cut down on repairs or replacements.

In short, the Equinox cost of ownership is lower than average, which not only benefits a new driver up front but also in the long run.

A white 2024 Chevy Equinox is shown driving on a bridge.

#2) Favored Features

No matter your vehicle, one of the most important things is its feature list. How else will you know what’s being offered, what you need, and what you can do without? The Equinox is full of practical and exciting features, from safety to comfort and convenience to technology. It’s important to think about what you might want and what you don’t care as much about in case you need to go up or down in trim level or look at a special edition.

Safety first, of course; the Equinox comes standard with a tire pressure monitor system, a rear vision camera, and the Chevy Safety Assist suite—and most trim levels come standard with the Driver Confidence II package. With things like a Following Distance Indicator, IntelliBeam automatic high beams, and Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert, a newer driver can feel confident and safe while on the road. There are plenty of other safety features as well, including Forward Collision Alert and Front Pedestrian Braking, so you’ll always have a safeguard while you’re checking your surroundings in the parking lot or on the highway.

As far as comfort and convenience go, the Equinox has plenty to offer, from an available heated steering wheel and front and back seats (depending on the trim level) to the power liftgate, which is hands-free on some models.

Have a difficult time managing your keys, grocery bags, and purse while trying to open the trunk? If you get a hands-free power liftgate, you can swipe your foot under the vehicle while you hold all your items, and the rear hatch will open for you, making for an easier, faster load time and fewer aches and pains for you. There’s 29.9 cu.ft. of cargo space for you to play with, while folding down the second-row seats will free up a total 63.9 cu.ft. for cargo.

The tan and black interior and dash of a 2024 Chevy Equinox is shown.

#3) Bountiful Tech

When it comes to technology, the Chevy Equinox is absolutely loaded. Central on the dash is a 7.0- or 8.0-inch infotainment touchscreen. (Size is dependent on trim level.) This touchscreen, at the highest trim levels, has built-in navigation, which means you won’t have to take out your phone whenever you want to go somewhere. The Premier—the top trim level—comes standard with a wireless phone charging dock, but all trim levels are compatible with wireless Android Auto or Apple CarPlay.

The Equinox is also Wi-Fi Hotspot capable, so you won’t ever have to be without directions, entertainment, or the ability to call someone. There are multiple charging ports in the front and the back, which means there won’t be any fighting for charging everyone’s phones, tablets, and other electronics. Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant is a built-in feature, too, for your hands-free use of your infotainment system.

Along with all of the above are tons of available features for those who enjoy the bells and whistles. If you’re interested in beefing up the audio system, you can request to add the Bose Premium seven-speaker stereo system to your Equinox. If you know anything about audio, you know how crisp and gorgeous the sound is from a Bose speaker—and with seven, you’re sure to enjoy every single note. Those who want to soak up the sun and the sights should look into the available panoramic sunroof.

There’s also a 120-volt power outlet available, and Equinoxes equipped with the additional power outlet can charge laptops and other electrical items, which is especially helpful for those watching a video or working on a project in the back since the outlet is placed at the back of the middle console.

Make Your First the 2024 Chevy Equinox

Chevy has long maintained a place in the hearts of many Americans. With the advent of the 2024 Equinox, it appears Chevrolet will retain that place of honor, as well as endear itself to newcomers. With a reputation for durable, innovative vehicles, Chevy is one of North America’s most popular automakers. If you’re new to Chevy, you’ve probably heard stories about other drivers’ favorite vehicles; if you’re a more seasoned Chevy fan, you may be curious about buying an Equinox and trying it out for yourself.

If you’re a new driver or you’re thinking about gifting a car to a new driver, you can’t do better than the 2024 Chevy Equinox. It’s moderately priced, has an exceptional range of safety, comfort, convenience, and technology features, and will remain easy to maintain and repair for many years.