Get To Know Guide

Get To Know Guide
Instrument Panel . . . . . . . . . . . . .2
Remote Keyless Entry
Transmitter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4
Remote Vehicle Start . . . . . . . . . .4
Rear Door Safety Locks . . . . . . .4
Tilt/Telescopic Steering Wheel . .4
Driver’s Seat Adjustments . . . . . .5
Rear Seat Adjustments . . . . . . . .6
Exterior/Interior Lighting . . . . . . .6
Wipers and Washers . . . . . . . . . .7
Power Programmable Liftgate . . .7
Audio System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8
Audio Steering Wheel Controls .10
Bluetooth System . . . . . . . . . . .10
Cruise Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11
Accessory Power Outlets . . . . .11
Passenger Presence System . .11
Parking Brake . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11
Driver Information Center . . . . .12
Vehicle Personalization . . . . . . .12
Climate Controls . . . . . . . . . . . .13
Automatic Transmission
Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14
Control Systems . . . . . . . . . . . .14
Wind Noise . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15
Roof Rack Cross Rails . . . . . . .15
Tire Pressure Monitor . . . . . . . .15
Engine Oil Life System . . . . . . .15
Refueling the Vehicle . . . . . . . . .15
Roadside Assistance . . . . . . . . .16
myChevrolet and
OnStar Mobile Apps . . . . . . . . .16
Chevrolet Owner Center . . . . . .16
Review this Quick Reference Guide for an overview of some important features in your Chevrolet Equinox. More
detailed information can be found in your Owner Manual. Some optional equipment described in this guide may
not be included in your vehicle. For easy reference, keep this guide with your Owner Manual in your glove box.
Instrument Panel
Windows (All)
Power Door
Locks Button
Cruise Control
Turn Signal Lever/
Exterior Lamp Control
Instrument Panel
Illumination Control
Wipers Lever
Audio Steering
Steering Wheel Lever Wheel Controls✦
Safety Belt
Antilock Brake
System Warning
Check Engine
Charging System
Low Tire Pressure
Oil Pressure
Brake System
Airbag Readiness
Cruise Control On/Set
Traction Control Off
Control Off
Control Warning
Fog Lamps
Lights On
Audio System/
Center Vent
Power Door
Locks Button
Flashers Button
Rear Door
Safety Locks
Climate Controls/
Heated Seat
Center Vent
Center Controls
Note: Refer to your Owner Manual to learn about the information being relayed by the lights, gauges
and indicators of the instrument cluster, as well as what to do to ensure safety and prevent damage.
✦ denotes optional equipment
LTZ model shown
See Instruments and Controls in your Owner Manual.
Remote Keyless Entry Transmitter
Press to unlock the driver’s door. Press
again to unlock all doors and the liftgate.
Press to lock all doors and the liftgate.
The driver’s door will not lock if open.
TIP: The unlock and lock settings can be
changed in the Vehicle Settings menu by using
the audio system controls.
Press to open/stop/close the power liftgate
Vehicle Locator/Panic Alarm
Press and release to locate your vehicle.
The turn signal lamps will flash and the
horn will sound.
Press and hold to activate the alarm. The
turn signal lamps will flash and the horn
will sound until the button is pressed again
or the ignition is turned on.
Remote Vehicle Start
Use to start the engine from outside the
vehicle. See below for more information.
See Keys, Doors and Windows in your Owner Manual.
Remote Vehicle Start (optional)
During a remote start, the vehicle’s manual climate control system will operate at the same
setting as when the vehicle was last turned off, or the automatic climate control system will
default to a heating or cooling mode depending on outside temperature. Using remote
start reduces fuel economy.
Starting the Vehicle
1. Press and release the Lock button on the transmitter.
2. Immediately press and hold the
Remote Start button for at least two seconds.
When the vehicle starts, the parking lamps will light and remain on while the engine is
running. The engine will continue running for 10 minutes.
3. Repeat these steps for a 10-minute time extension. Remote start can be extended once.
Before driving, insert the key in the ignition and turn it to the On position.
See Keys, Doors and Windows in your Owner Manual.
Rear Door Safety Locks
• Press the rear door Safety Locks button located on the center of the instrument panel
to prevent the rear doors from opening from the inside. Press again for normal operation.
See Keys, Doors and Windows in your Owner Manual.
Tilt/Telescopic Steering Wheel
• With the vehicle in Park, push down the lever on the left side of the steering column to
adjust the steering wheel. The steering wheel can then be moved up or down and in or
out. After adjustment, pull up the lever to lock the steering wheel in place.
See Instruments and Controls in your Owner Manual.
Driver’s Seat Adjustments
Manual Driver’s Seat
Power Driver’s Seat (optional)
A. Seat Fore/Aft Adjustment
Lift the handle under the front of the
seat to manually slide the seat forward
or rearward.
B. Seat Height Adjustment
Press the vertical control to raise or
lower the seat.
C. Lumbar Adjustment
Press the horizontal control to adjust
the amount of lumbar support.
D. Seatback Recline Adjustment
Lift the lever to manually recline or
raise the seatback.
A. Seat Adjustment
Move the front horizontal control to
move the seat forward or rearward and
to raise, lower or tilt the seat.
B. Seatback Recline Adjustment
Move the vertical control to recline or
raise the seatback.
C. Lumbar Adjustment
Press the rear horizontal control to
adjust the amount of lumbar support.
Memory Driver’s Seat (optional)
Set Memory Positions
1. Adjust the driver’s seat and power outside mirrors to the desired position.
2. Press and hold the MEM button and button 1 on the outboard side of the driver’s seat
until a beep sounds.
3. Repeat these steps using button 2 for a second driver.
Recall Memory Positions
• Press and hold button 1 or 2 until the memory position is reached.
The memory positions also can be programmed using the Vehicle Settings menu to be
recalled automatically.
See Seats and Restraints in your Owner Manual.
Rear Seat Adjustments
A. Seat Fore/Aft Adjustment
Lift the bar under the front of the seat
to manually slide the seat forward or
B. Folding/Reclining Seatback
Lift the lever on top of each seatback to
fold down the seatback.
Lift and hold the lever to adjust the seatback to any of three recline positions.
See Seats and Restraints in your Owner Manual.
Exterior/Interior Lighting
Automatic Headlamp System
Manual operation of the headlamps.
Parking Lamps
Manual operation of the parking lamps.
Rotate the outer band to operate the
exterior lamps.
AUTO Automatic Headlamp System
Activates the Daytime Running Lamps
(DRLs) in the daytime and the headlamps
and other exterior lamps at night or when
TIP: Push the lever to turn on the high beam
headlamps; pull the lever to return to low beam
operation. Pull the lever to activate the flash-topass feature.
Fog Lamps (optional)
Rotate the inner band to turn the fog
lamps on or off.
Instrument Panel Lighting
The control knob is located on the left side
of the instrument panel.
Instrument Panel Brightness
Turn the knob to increase or decrease
the instrument panel lighting.
Dome Lamp
The dome lamps are controlled by a
three-position switch on the front overhead
Dome Lamp Override/Off
Door Open (Default position)
Note: The second-row dome lamps also can be
turned on/off using the buttons by the lamps.
See Lighting in your Owner Manual.
Wipers and Washers
Windshield Wipers and Washer
Move the lever to operate the
windshield wipers.
HI Continuous High Speed
LO Continuous Low Speed
INT Intermittent
Rotate the band to adjust the delay
between wipes.
Washer Fluid
Pull the lever toward you to spray washer
fluid on the windshield.
Rear Wiper and Washer
The rear wiper switch is located on the
end of the wiper lever.
A. ON Continuous Low Speed
C. INT Intermittent
Washer Fluid
Push the lever away from you to spray
washer fluid on the rear window.
See Instruments and Controls in your Owner Manual.
Power Programmable Liftgate (optional)
Fully open the liftgate.
Open the liftgate to the programmed height.
Operate the liftgate manually.
Programming the Liftgate Height
1. Turn the power liftgate switch to the
3/4 mode position.
2. Open the liftgate by pressing the RKE
transmitter liftgate button or the touchpad on the center of the liftgate.
3. Stop the liftgate at the desired height
by pressing any liftgate button. Adjust
manually to the desired height if
4. To save the setting, press and hold the
button next to the liftgate latch for three
seconds. The taillamps will flash when
the setting is saved.
See Keys, Doors and Windows in your Owner Manual.
Audio System
Display pages
of favorite
radio stations
Next radio
station or track
Select radio
band, CD,
Mute Phone
System shown available on LT and LTZ models.
Other systems are similar.
BACK: Tune radio
Move back
one level in Open and
the menus select a menu
See Infotainment System in your Owner Manual.
Audio System
Note: Avoid extended searching for specific items or configuring system settings while driving.
Setting the Time (LS model)
1. Turn on the radio.
2. Press the
Clock button.
3. Turn the MENU/SELECT knob to highlight the desired time or date item; press the
knob to select it.
4. Turn the MENU/SELECT knob to change the value; press the knob to confirm the
set value.
5. Press the BACK button to exit each menu.
Setting the Time (LT and LTZ models)
1. Turn on the radio.
2. Press the CONFIG button.
3. Touch the Time and Date Settings screen button.
4. Touch the Set Time screen button.
5. Adjust the hour, minute and AM/PM settings as desired.
6. Press the BACK button to exit each menu.
Storing Favorite Stations
Radio stations from all bands (AM, FM or XM) can be stored in any order on up to six
pages of favorites.
1. Tune in the desired radio station.
2. Press the FAV button to display the page where the station is to be stored.
3. Press and hold one of the six numeric pushbuttons until a beep sounds.
4. Repeat the steps for each pushbutton on each page.
Portable Audio Devices
A 3.5mm auxiliary input jack, a 12V accessory power outlet,
and a USB port (optional) are located in the center console.
A portable audio device connected to the auxiliary input jack
can be controlled only by using the portable device controls. To
optimize speaker volume, fully increase the volume level of the
portable device.
Compatible devices connected to the USB port can be controlled
by the audio system. Use the MENU/SELECT radio knob and
the audio steering wheel controls to access various functions. NOT ALL DEVICES ARE
Active Noise Cancellation (4-cylinder models only)
The Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) system monitors and effectively cancels out
potentially undesirable vehicle noises at certain vehicle speeds. For optimal ANC
performance, do not block the rear speaker located on the right side of the cargo area.
See Infotainment System in your Owner Manual.
Audio Steering Wheel Controls
Rotate up or down to go to the next or
previous favorite radio station, CD track
or MP3 file.
+ VOL – Volume
Press + or – to increase or decrease
the volume.
SRC Source
Press to select an audio source.
Push to Talk
Press to interact with the OnStar or
Bluetooth system.
End Call/Mute
Press to end or reject an OnStar or
a Bluetooth call.
Press to mute the vehicle speakers.
See Instruments and Controls in your Owner Manual.
Bluetooth® System
The Bluetooth hands-free system allows users to make and receive calls using a paired
Bluetooth-capable cell phone. Bluetooth system is not available on vehicles without
Pair a Phone
1. Press the CONFIG button on the audio system.
2. Use the MENU/SELECT knob to open the Phone Settings and/or Bluetooth Settings.
3. Select Pair Device. A four-digit PIN appears on the display.
4. Start the pairing process on the cell phone. Locate the device named Your Vehicle on
the cell phone list. Follow the instructions to enter the PIN.
5. The system prompts for a name for the phone.
6. When complete, system responds that the system has been successfully paired.
Make a Hands-Free Call
1. Press the Push to Talk button on the steering wheel.
2. After the system prompt, say Dial and the entire phone number.
3. Confirm the number if requested.
Visit or refer to your Owner Manual for information on accessing
contacts stored in the cell phone and other functions. Not all phones will support all
See Infotainment System in your Owner Manual.
Cruise Control
Adjusting Cruise Control
RES+ Resume/Accelerate
Rotate the switch up to resume a
set speed.
When the system is active, rotate the
switch up to increase speed.
Setting Cruise Control
1. Press the
ON/OFF button. The
Cruise Control symbol will illuminate in
white in the instrument cluster.
2. When traveling at the desired speed,
rotate the SET– switch down to set the
speed. The
Cruise Control symbol
will illuminate in green in the instrument
SET– Set/Coast
When the system is active, rotate the
switch down to decrease speed.
Press to cancel the cruise control
but retain the set speed in memory.
The cruise control set speed is erased
when cruise control or the vehicle ignition
is turned off.
See Driving and Operating in your Owner Manual.
Accessory Power Outlets
There are four accessory power outlets in the vehicle — located below the audio system,
inside the center console, on the rear of the center console, and in the rear cargo area. All of
the outlets except the rear cargo area outlet are not powered when the vehicle is off to avoid
draining the battery. Always unplug electrical equipment when not in use.
See Instruments and Controls in your Owner Manual.
Passenger Presence System
The passenger’s frontal airbag On indicator located on the overhead console may illuminate
if an object, such as a handbag, briefcase, notebook computer or other electronic device,
is on the unoccupied front seat. If this is not desired, remove the object from the seat.
See Seats and Restraints in your Owner Manual.
Parking Brake
• To set the parking brake, hold down the regular brake pedal; then push down the
parking brake pedal.
• To release the parking brake, hold down the regular brake pedal; then push down the
parking brake pedal until you feel the pedal release.
See Driving and Operating in your Owner Manual.
Driver Information Center
The Driver Information Center (DIC) on the instrument cluster displays a variety of vehicle
system information and warning messages.
TIP: To display an easy-to-read digital speedometer, open the Trip/Fuel menu and scroll to tab 1.
DIC Controls
Press to display the:
– Vehicle Information menu (units,
tire pressures, remaining oil life).
– Trip/Fuel menu (digital speedometer, trip odometers, fuel range,
average fuel economy, instantaneous fuel economy, average
vehicle speed, timer, OnStar
Turn-by-Turn guidance).
Press the up or down button to scroll
through the items of each menu.
Press to set or clear the displayed
menu item or warning message. Some
urgent messages cannot be cleared
from the DIC display.
See Instruments and Controls in your Owner Manual.
Vehicle Personalization
Vehicle personalization items may include climate and air quality, comfort and convenience,
collision/detection systems, language, lighting, power door locks, remote lock/unlock/start,
and factory settings. Use the controls on the audio system to change the settings.
1. Press the CONFIG button (A) to enter
the System Configuration menu.
2. Turn the MENU/SELECT knob (B) to
highlight the Vehicle Settings menu;
press the knob to select it.
3. Turn the MENU/SELECT knob to
highlight desired menu item; press the
knob to select it.
4. Turn the MENU/SELECT knob to
highlight the desired selection; press
the knob to select it.
5. Press the BACK button (C) to move
back within a menu and to exit a menu.
See Instruments and Controls in your Owner Manual.
Climate Controls
heated seat
Air delivery modes:
Recirculation Air conditioning Temperature
Rear window
heated seat
Automatic climate control system with heated seats shown
Recirculation Mode
The recirculation mode can help to quickly cool the air inside the vehicle or prevent
outside odors from entering the vehicle. It is not available while the defog or defrost mode
is selected. When the recirculation mode is used without air conditioning, the air humidity
increases and the windows may fog.
Air Outlets
• Use the thumbwheels below the center outlets to open or close the center outlets.
• Use the chrome-accented sliding knob on each outlet to direct airflow.
Automatic Operation (optional)
1. Press AUTO.
2. Set the temperature. Allow time for the system to automatically reach the desired
Note: When outside temperature and vehicle temperature are cold, fan speed will not increase until
warmer air is available.
✦ denotes optional equipment
See Climate Controls in your Owner Manual.
Automatic Transmission Features
Fuel Economy (eco) Mode
The Fuel Economy (eco) mode (on
4-cylinder models only) can improve the
vehicle’s fuel economy by changing the
transmission shift points and making several other fuel-saving adjustments. When
eco mode is engaged, transmission shifts
may be more noticeable and more noise
and vibration at idle may be experienced.
• Press the eco button (A) by the shift
lever to turn the eco mode on or off.
The eco light will illuminate on the
instrument cluster when active.
Electronic Range Select (ERS) Mode
The Electronic Range Select mode allows
the driver to manually select the range of
gear positions. This feature can be used
to limit the top gear while towing or to
downshift when driving on a downhill
grade to provide engine braking. ERS
is not designed to provide sportier
performance or to be used to shift
gears similar to a manual transmission.
• Move the shift lever to the Manual (M)
• Press the +/– button (B) on the shift
lever to increase/decrease the gear
range available. All gears below the
selected gear will be available to use.
If vehicle speed is too high or too low for
the requested gear, the shift will not occur.
See Driving and Operating in your Owner Manual.
StabiliTrak®/Traction Control Systems
The traction control system limits wheelspin and the StabiliTrak stability control
system assists with directional control of
the vehicle in difficult driving conditions.
Both systems turn on automatically every
time the vehicle is started.
Turning the Systems Off/On
• To turn off traction control, press the
StabiliTrak/Traction Control button.
The Traction Control Off light will
illuminate. Turn off traction control if the
vehicle is stuck and rocking the vehicle
is required.
• To turn off both traction control and
StabiliTrak, press and hold the button.
The Traction Control Off/
StabiliTrak Off light will illuminate.
• Press the button again to turn on both
See Driving and Operating in your Owner Manual.
Wind Noise
If a rear window is open, there may be a buffeting wind noise inside the vehicle. Opening a
front window slightly when a rear window is open will prevent this noise from occurring.
See Keys, Doors and Windows in your Owner Manual.
Roof Rack Cross Rails (optional)
The roof rack cross rails can be secured in four positions along the roof rack side rails.
When adjusting the cross rails, slide each cross rail slightly back and forth until the lock
pins fully engage the holes. An audible click will be heard.
To help reduce wind noise when not in use, move the front cross rail to the forwardmost
position and the rear cross rail to the rearwardmost position.
See Storage in your Owner Manual.
Tire Pressure Monitor
The Low Tire Pressure warning light illuminates on the instrument cluster when a
significant reduction in pressure occurs in one or more of the vehicle’s tires. It will remain
on until the tire pressure is corrected. Current tire pressures can be displayed using
the Driver Information Center. Proper tire pressures are listed on the Tire and Loading
Information label, located below the driver’s door latch.
Tire pressure is affected by cold weather and distance driven. If the low tire pressure warning light illuminates and then turns off as the vehicle is driven in cooler temperatures, check
for the proper tire pressures. Maintaining tire pressures also is important for fuel economy.
See Vehicle Care in your Owner Manual.
Engine Oil Life System
The Oil Life System calculates engine oil life based on vehicle use and displays Change
Engine Oil Soon on the Driver Information Center when it’s necessary to change the engine
oil and filter. The Oil Life System should be reset to 100% only following an oil change.
Resetting the Oil Life System:
1. Turn the ignition to the On position, but do not start the engine.
2. Press the MENU button to display the Vehicle Information menu.
3. Press the
up or down arrow to view Remaining Oil Life.
4. Press and hold the SET/CLR button until 100% is displayed.
5. Turn off the ignition.
See Vehicle Care in your Owner Manual.
Refueling the Vehicle
• To open the fuel door, press the center of the rear edge of the door. It will pop out
slightly. Pull the door open.
• When tightening the fuel cap after refueling, turn it clockwise until it clicks. If the cap is
not properly installed, the Check Engine light will illuminate on the instrument cluster.
See Driving and Operating in your Owner Manual.
Roadside Assistance
TTY Users: 1-888-889-2438
As the owner of a new Chevrolet, your vehicle is automatically enrolled in the Chevrolet
Roadside Assistance program for 5 years/100,000 miles at no expense to you. This
value-added service is intended to provide you with peace of mind as you drive in the
city or travel the open road.
Chevrolet’s Roadside Assistance toll-free number is staffed by a team of technically
trained advisors who are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, to provide minor
repair information or make arrangements to tow your vehicle to the nearest
Chevrolet dealer.
Roadside Assistance and OnStar
If you have a current OnStar subscription, press the OnStar button and the vehicle will
send your current GPS location to an OnStar Advisor who will speak to you, assess your
problem, contact Roadside Assistance and relay your exact location so you will get the
help you need.
myChevrolet and OnStar® Mobile Apps
The myChevrolet and OnStar mobile apps connect owners to a variety of
vehicle information and services, such as a searchable Owner Manual,
real-time fuel information and Roadside Assistance, as well as enable
users to perform Remote Keyless Entry transmitter commands, including
locking and unlocking the doors and starting the vehicle.
An active OnStar account is required to use the OnStar mobile app. Visit
for more information. Download the mobile apps from your iPhone® or Android™ device’s
app store.
Chevrolet Owner Center
The Chevrolet Owner Center, a complimentary service for Chevrolet owners, is a one-stop
resource designed to enhance your Chevrolet ownership experience. Exclusive member
benefits include online service reminders, vehicle maintenance tips, online owner manual
and special privileges.
Sign up today at
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complete instructions. All information contained herein is based on the latest information available at the time of
printing and is subject to change without notice. Copyright 2011 by General Motors. All rights reserved.
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