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I am about to trade my 2017 Cruze Hatchback Premier for a 2016 Equinox LT AWD with the 3.6L V6. The Cruze is a fun little car, but it is too small for me. We decided to get an SUV with AWD and settled on a Equinox. I have had the 3.6L in a few other vehicles and liked it alot.
I have a couple questions, how comfortable are the cloth seats? Also what is the real world fuel mileage are you getting with the AWD 3.6L? I am going to miss the 35-40mpg of the Cruze. Attached are photos of the Equinox I am looking at and the Cruze I am trading.
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Your mileage will drop like a rock. My driving is mostly local and average in the low 20's. We did take ours on a road trip from Wisconsin to Estes Park Co last year with 4 people, luggage stuffed everywhere we could, and a hitch mounted carrier for supplies behind the vehicle. We averaged 23 mpg across Iowa and Nebraska pushing 75 to 80 MPH where we could. My 2017 Chevy Colorado with the redesigned 3.6 and 8 speed trans. gets a little better. I had a 2014 Equinox with the 2.4 and that did get a couple of MPG better than I am now, but with the problems that engine has and no power on hills, I love my 3.6 engines. I would rather pay more for gas and be happy with the performance rather than listen to a high revving 4 cyl. trying to carry itself up hilly grades. There are a few here that must have a lot lighter foot than me as they seem to get better MPG than I do. I have not driven the new Equinox with Turbos to see how they compare. I know that they are smaller and I will not be able to cram as much in them as I can my current SUV. I am keeping my eyes open for the new Blazer coming out next year with the 3.6 that would be more comparable to my current Equinox.

In regards to the seats, my rear end gets sore after about 2 to 2 1/2 hours of driving. My seats are heated so the foam composition might be different when compared to non-heated seats.
 

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Thanks, well that still sounds better than my Astro Van. It only gets around 17-18mpg. I don’t drive that fast on the highway usually 70-75mph or a little faster if traffic is pushing me.. I feel I can probably average around 17 city and 25 highway.
About the new Equinox I don’t want another turbo4, every one I have driven has a delay in power when pulling out (turbo lag) and in the summer with the ac on it seemed to be even worse. Plus it being smaller... even though I would love to have the 8” mylink it has like my Cruze.
 

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I agree with the 8" Mylink as I have it in my 2017 Colorado. My iPhone works much better in my Colorado than the Equinox as GM let the Equinox/Terrain vehicles slide for years in the IT department except when they introduced WIFI I think in 2016.
 

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I have a build sheet for my 2016 Equinox LT and it shows Build Code PDD Driver Convenience Pkg as shown below.

PDD - DRIVER CONVENIENCE PKG: * PWR SEAT ADJUST-DRIVER, 8-WAY * REMOTE VEHICLE START * AIR CONDITIONING, AUTOMATIC * HEATED FRONT SEATS * LEATHER WRAP STEERING WHEEL WITH AUDIO CONTROLS

If you are dealing with a GM dealer, they can pull the build sheet. Now if this vehicle was involved in a flood somewhere and was gutted and repaired with used parts from a donor, slowly walk away and don't look back.
 

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I have a build sheet for my 2016 Equinox LT and it shows Build Code PDD Driver Convenience Pkg as shown below.

PDD - DRIVER CONVENIENCE PKG: * PWR SEAT ADJUST-DRIVER, 8-WAY * REMOTE VEHICLE START * AIR CONDITIONING, AUTOMATIC * HEATED FRONT SEATS * LEATHER WRAP STEERING WHEEL WITH AUDIO CONTROLS

If you are dealing with a GM dealer, they can pull the build sheet. Now if this vehicle was involved in a flood somewhere and was gutted and repaired with used parts from a donor, slowly walk away and don't look back.
My further research shows that is considered a must purchase option to get the Drivers Convenience Package, so you get charged separately for the power driver’s seat. Just like to get the V6 in the LT you have to also take the Driver’s convenience package and the pioneer stereo with nav.
 

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Finished the purchas of the 2016 Equinox today, so far I like it. Going to take a little getting used to. Ended up getting a better deal than I was hoping for. Now to take a little trip tomorrow to check everything out on the highway.
 

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Good choice with Engine.
Thanks, it runs fantastic, drove down to Pigeon Forge and back yesterday, about 180 miles and averaged 26.8mpg. Better than what I expected. About the same as the 3.9L V6 in my Pontiac G6 gets on the same trip.
 
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