Chevrolet Equinox Owners Manual

Initial Drive Information
In Brief / Initial Drive Information

This section provides a brief overview about some of the important features that may or may not be on your specific vehicle.

For more detailed information, refer to each of the features which can be found later in this owner manual.

Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) System

The Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) transmitter may work up to 60m(195 ft) away from the vehicle.

Chevrolet Equinox: Initial Drive Information. Press this button to extend the key.

Press this button to extend the key.

The key can be used for the ignition and all locks.

Chevrolet Equinox: Initial Drive Information. all doors.: Press to unlock the driver door or all doors.

For vehicles with the manual liftgate, press Chevrolet Equinox: Initial Drive Information. : Press to lock all doors. twice within 5 seconds, to unlock the liftgate.

Chevrolet Equinox: Initial Drive Information. Lock and unlock feedback can be personalized.: Press to lock all doors.

Lock and unlock feedback can be personalized.

Chevrolet Equinox: Initial Drive Information. press and holduntil the liftgate begins: For vehicles with the power liftgate, press and holdChevrolet Equinox: Initial Drive Information. to move.until the liftgate begins to move.

Chevrolet Equinox: Initial Drive Information. locator. Press and hold for at least three seconds to sound the panic alarm. Pressagain: Press and release to initiate vehicle locator. Press and hold for at least three seconds to sound the panic alarm. PressChevrolet Equinox: Initial Drive Information. to cancel the panic alarm.again to cancel the panic alarm.

Remote Vehicle Start

With this feature the engine can be started from outside of the vehicle.

Starting the Vehicle

1. Press and releaseChevrolet Equinox: Initial Drive Information. Entry transmitter. on the Remote Keyless Entry transmitter.

2. Immediately press and hold Chevrolet Equinox: Initial Drive Information. least two seconds or until the signal lamps flash. for at least two seconds or until the signal lamps flash.

The parking lamps will turn on and remain on as long as the engine is running. The vehicle's doors will be locked.

3. The key must be inserted and turned to ON/RUN before driving.

The engine will shut off after 10 minutes unless a time extension is done or the key is inserted and turned to ON/RUN.

Canceling a Remote Start

To cancel a remote start, do one of the following:

Press Chevrolet Equinox: Initial Drive Information. off. until the parking lamps turn off.
Turn on the hazard warning flashers.
Insert the key and turn it to ON/ RUN and then back to LOCK/OFF.

Door Locks

To lock or unlock the vehicle from the outside, press Chevrolet Equinox: Initial Drive Information. on the Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) transmitter. or Chevrolet Equinox: Initial Drive Information. on the Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) transmitter.

Chevrolet Equinox: Initial Drive Information. Base Radio Shown, Uplevel Similar

Base Radio Shown, Uplevel Similar

There is a power door lock switch on the instrument panel.

Chevrolet Equinox: Initial Drive Information. There are power door lock switches on the front door panels.

There are power door lock switches on the front door panels.

Chevrolet Equinox: Initial Drive Information. : Press to unlock the doors.: Press to lock the doors.

Chevrolet Equinox: Initial Drive Information. To manually unlock a door from inside the vehicle, pull once on the door handle: Press to unlock the doors.

To manually unlock a door from inside the vehicle, pull once on the door handle to unlock it, and a second time to open it.

Chevrolet Equinox: Initial Drive Information. Base Radio Shown, Uplevel Similar

Base Radio Shown, Uplevel Similar

Chevrolet Equinox: Initial Drive Information. Liftgate: Press for Safety Locks.

Liftgate

Manual Liftgate Operation

Unlock the vehicle before opening the liftgate.

To open the liftgate, press the touch pad under the liftgate handle and lift up.

Do not press the touch pad while closing the liftgate. This may cause the liftgate to be unlatched.

Power Liftgate Operation

Chevrolet Equinox: Initial Drive Information. On vehicles with a power liftgate, the vehicle must be in P (Park) to use the

On vehicles with a power liftgate, the vehicle must be in P (Park) to use the power feature. The taillamps flash when the power liftgate moves.

Choose the power liftgate mode by turning the dial on the switch to either the 3/4 or MAX position.

Press Chevrolet Equinox: Initial Drive Information. Windows to open or close the liftgate.

Windows

Chevrolet Equinox: Initial Drive Information. Press the front of the switch to lower the window. Pull the switch up to raise

Press the front of the switch to lower the window. Pull the switch up to raise it.

Pushing or pulling the switch part of the way will open or close the window as long as the switch is operated.

Seat Adjustment

Four-Way Power Seat

Chevrolet Equinox: Initial Drive Information. 1. Seat Position Handle

1. Seat Position Handle
2. Height Adjustment Control

To adjust the seat, if equipped:

Move the seat forward or rearward using the handle under the front of the seat cushion (1).

See Seat Adjustment on page 3‑3.
Raise or lower the entire seat by moving the control (2) up or down.

Eight-Way Power Seat

Chevrolet Equinox: Initial Drive Information. To adjust a power seat, if equipped:

To adjust a power seat, if equipped:

Move the seat forward or rearward by sliding the control forward or rearward.
Raise or lower the front part of the seat cushion by moving the front of the control up or down.
Raise or lower the entire seat by moving the rear of the control up or down.

Lumbar Adjustment

Chevrolet Equinox: Initial Drive Information. Eight-Way Power Seat Shown, Four-Way Similar

Eight-Way Power Seat Shown, Four-Way Similar

If available, press and hold the front or rear of the switch to increase or decrease lumbar support. Release the switch when the seatback reaches the desired level of lumbar support.

Reclining Seatbacks

Manual Reclining Seatbacks

Chevrolet Equinox: Initial Drive Information. To recline a manual seatback:

To recline a manual seatback:

1. Lift the lever.
2. Move the seatback to the desired position, and then release the lever to lock the seatback in place.
3. Push and pull on the seatback to make sure it is locked.

To return the seatback to the upright position:

1. Lift the lever fully without applying pressure to the seatback, and the seatback will return to the upright position.
2. Push and pull on the seatback to make sure it is locked.

Power Reclining Seatbacks

Chevrolet Equinox: Initial Drive Information. To adjust a power seatback, if available:

To adjust a power seatback, if available:

Tilt the top of the control rearward to recline.
Tilt the top of the control forward to raise.

Memory Features

Chevrolet Equinox: Initial Drive Information. If available, the 1, 2, and MEM (Memory) buttons on the outboard side of

If available, the 1, 2, and MEM (Memory) buttons on the outboard side of the driver seat are used to manually save and recall the driver seat and outside mirror positions.

These manually stored positions are referred to as Button Memory positions.

The vehicle will also automatically save driver seat and outside mirror positions to the current driver Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) transmitter when the ignition is turned off. These automatically stored positions are referred to as RKE Memory positions.

Heated Seats

Chevrolet Equinox: Initial Drive Information. Uplevel Climate Control System Shown, Base Similar

Uplevel Climate Control System Shown, Base Similar

If available, the buttons are near the climate controls. To operate, the ignition must be in ON/RUN.

Press Chevrolet Equinox: Initial Drive Information. to heat the driver or passenger seat cushion or Chevrolet Equinox: Initial Drive Information. and seatback.to heat the driver or passenger seat cushion and seatback.

Indicator lights on the button show the temperature setting.

Head Restraint Adjustment

Do not drive until the head restraints for all occupants are installed and adjusted properly.

To achieve a comfortable seating position, change the seatback recline angle as little as necessary while keeping the seat and the head restraint height in the proper position.

Safety Belts

Chevrolet Equinox: Initial Drive Information. Refer to the following sections for important information on how to use safety

Refer to the following sections for important information on how to use safety belts properly:

Safety Belts.
How to Wear Safety Belts Properly.
Lap-Shoulder Belt.
Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH System).

Passenger Sensing System

Chevrolet Equinox: Initial Drive Information. United States

United States

Chevrolet Equinox: Initial Drive Information. Canada

Canada

The passenger sensing system will turn off the right front passenger frontal airbag under certain conditions. The driver airbag, seatmounted side impact airbags, and roof‐rail airbags are not affected by the passenger sensing system.

The passenger airbag status indicator will be visible on the overhead console when the vehicle is started. See Passenger Sensing System  for more information.

Mirror Adjustment

Exterior

Chevrolet Equinox: Initial Drive Information. To adjust the mirrors:

To adjust the mirrors:

1. Move the selector switch to L (Left) or R (Right) to choose the driver or passenger mirror.
2. Press the arrows on the control pad to move each mirror in the desired direction.
3. Return the selector switch to the middle position.

Interior

Adjustment

Adjust the rearview mirror to clearly view the area behind the vehicle.

Manual Rearview Mirror

For vehicles with a manual rearview mirror, push the tab forward for daytime use and pull it rearward for nighttime use to avoid the glare of the headlamps from behind.

Automatic Dimming Rearview Mirror

Vehicles with an automatic dimming inside rearview mirror automatically reduce the glare of the headlamps from behind. The dimming feature comes on when the vehicle is started.

Steering Wheel Adjustment

Chevrolet Equinox: Initial Drive Information. To adjust the steering wheel:

To adjust the steering wheel:

1. Pull the lever down.
2. Move the steering wheel up or down.
3. Pull or push the steering wheel closer or away from you.
4. Pull the lever up to lock the steering wheel in place.

Do not adjust the steering wheel while driving.

Interior Lighting

Reading Lamps

These lamps are located on the overhead console. These lamps come on automatically when any door is opened.

For manual operation, press the button next to each lamp to turn it on or off.

Dome Lamps

There are front and rear dome lamps.

The dome lamp controls are located in the overhead console. To change the settings, press the following:

Chevrolet Equinox: Initial Drive Information. is open.: Turns the lamp off, even when a door is open.

Chevrolet Equinox: Initial Drive Information. a door is opened.: The lamps come on automatically when a door is opened.

Chevrolet Equinox: Initial Drive Information. The dome lamps can also be turned on and off by pressing the buttons next to: Turns the dome lamps on.

The dome lamps can also be turned on and off by pressing the buttons next to the lamps.

For more information on interior lighting.

Exterior Lighting

Chevrolet Equinox: Initial Drive Information. The exterior lamp control is on the turn signal lever.

The exterior lamp control is on the turn signal lever.

Chevrolet Equinox: Initial Drive Information. : Briefly turn to this position to turn: Turn to operate the exterior lamps.

Chevrolet Equinox: Initial Drive Information. the automatic light control off or on again.: Briefly turn to this position to turn the automatic light control off or on again.

AUTO: Turns the exterior lamps on and off automatically depending on the exterior light.

Chevrolet Equinox: Initial Drive Information. with the sidemarker lamps, taillamps, license plate lamps, and instrument panel: Turns on the parking lamps, together with the sidemarker lamps, taillamps, license plate lamps, and instrument panel lights.

Chevrolet Equinox: Initial Drive Information. the parking lamps, sidemarker lamps, taillamps, license plate lamps, and instrument: Turns on the headlamps, together with the parking lamps, sidemarker lamps, taillamps, license plate lamps, and instrument panel lights.

See:

Exterior Lamp Controls<
. Daytime Running Lamps (DRL)
. Fog Lamps

Windshield Wiper/Washer

Chevrolet Equinox: Initial Drive Information. The windshield wiper/washer lever is located on the right side of the steering

The windshield wiper/washer lever is located on the right side of the steering column. With the ignition in ACC/ACCESSORY or ON/RUN/ START, move the windshield wiper lever to select the wiper speed.

HI: Use for fast wipes.
LO: Use for slow wipes.
INT: Move the lever up to INT for intermittent wipes, then turn the Chevrolet Equinox: Initial Drive Information. for less frequent wipes.INT band up for more frequent wipes or down for less frequent wipes.

Chevrolet Equinox: Initial Drive Information. OFF: Use to turn the wipers off.

OFF: Use to turn the wipers off.
Chevrolet Equinox: Initial Drive Information. lever down. For several wipes, hold the wiper lever down.: For a single wipe, briefly move the wiper lever down. For several wipes, hold the wiper lever down.
Chevrolet Equinox: Initial Drive Information. lever toward you to spray windshield washer fluid and activate the wipers.FRONT: Pull the windshield wiper lever toward you to spray windshield washer fluid and activate the wipers.

Rear Window Wiper/Washer

The rear wiper controls are on the end of the windshield wiper lever.

Chevrolet Equinox: Initial Drive Information. ON: Press the upper portion of the button for continuous rear window wipes.

ON: Press the upper portion of the button for continuous rear window wipes.
OFF: The rear wiper turns off when the button is returned to the middle position.
INT: Press the lower portion of the button to set a delay between wipes.

Chevrolet Equinox: Initial Drive Information. forward to spray washer fluid on the rear window. REAR: Push the windshield wiper lever forward to spray washer fluid on the rear window.

Climate Controls

The vehicle's heating, cooling, defrosting, and ventilation can be controlled with these systems.

Climate Control System

Chevrolet Equinox: Initial Drive Information. 1. Fan Control

1. Fan Control
2. Air Delivery Mode Controls
3. Temperature Control
4. Outside Air
5. Front Defrost
6. Rear Window Defogger
7. Recirculation
8. Air Conditioning

Automatic Climate Control System

Chevrolet Equinox: Initial Drive Information. 1. Fan Control

1. Fan Control
2. AUTO (Automatic Operation)
3. Air Delivery Mode Controls
4. Front Defrost
5. Recirculation
6. Temperature Control
7. Power
8. Driver and Passenger Heated Seats
9. Rear Window Defogger
10. Air Conditioning

Parking Brake

Chevrolet Equinox: Initial Drive Information. To set the parking brake, hold the regular brake pedal down, then push the parking

To set the parking brake, hold the regular brake pedal down, then push the parking brake pedal down.

If the ignition is on, the brake system warning light will come on.

To release the parking brake, hold the regular brake pedal down, then push down momentarily on the parking brake pedal until you feel the pedal release. Slowly pull your foot up off the park brake pedal.

Transmission

Electronic Range Select (ERS) Mode

ERS or manual mode allows for the selection of the range of gear positions. Use this mode when driving down hill or towing a trailer to limit the top gear and vehicle speed.

To use this feature:

1. Move the shift lever to M(Manual Mode).
2. Press the plus/minus button on the shift lever, to increase or decrease the gear range available.

Fuel Economy Mode

Vehicles with a 2.4L engine have a Fuel Economy Mode. When engaged, fuel economy mode can improve the vehicle's fuel economy.

Chevrolet Equinox: Initial Drive Information. Press the eco (economy) button by the shift lever to turn this feature on or

Press the eco (economy) button by the shift lever to turn this feature on or off. The eco light in the instrument cluster will come on when engaged, and a Driver Information Center (DIC) message ECO MODE ON displays.


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