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The $36K Chevy Equinox EV Is The Best Electric Car For Most People

2024 Chevrolet Equinox Ev First Drive
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By combining Chevrolet’s best-selling non-truck nameplate with its EV platform in a compact crossover platform at a comparatively affordable price of around $36,000 (after tax credits and $28,000 for a cheaper version due later this year), GM clearly hopes the Equinox EV will be a winner in the marketplace. Now that we’ve driven it, we have opinions on whether or not the company has managed to find a car right in the Goldilocks Zone of price, range, and usability.

“Compact” crossover utility vehicles now comprise about one-quarter of all new vehicle sales in the US market having overtaken the midsize sedan several years ago. Full-size pickups like the Ford F-series, Chevrolet Silverado and Ram are still the top-selling nameplates, but there are far fewer players in that segment.

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When you add up everything from the Toyota Rav4 to Volkswagen ID.4, the total volume is easily double the big pickups. That’s why the 2024 Chevrolet Equinox EV is such an important vehicle for General Motors.

How Does It Look?

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There was a period within my lifetime when vehicles that we labeled as compacts were actually small. Unfortunately, marketers at automakers have concluded that applying misleading labels works to their benefit. Let’s make one thing perfectly clear right at the top: The 2024 Chevrolet Equinox EV is very much a midsize crossover, not a compact, despite how Chevrolet labels it. Not that its size is necessarily a bad thing, but buyers should be aware of what they are getting.

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2024 Chevrolet Equinox Ev First Drive

So what are potential Equinox owners getting for their money? An attractively styled crossover that is 7.4-inches longer than the newly redesigned gas-powered 2025 Equinox and just 1.6-inches shorter than the “midsize” Blazer EV. The Equinox EV is 10 inches longer than the best-selling compact utility, the Toyota Rav4, and that many inches longer than VW’s electric ID.4. Even compared to the three-row Toyota Grand Highlander, the Equinox is just 4.3-inches shorter. The electric Equinox is also 2.0 inches wider than its gasoline-fueled namesake and has an 8.8-inch greater span between the axles.

Vehicle length (in) wheelbase (in) width (in) height (in) curb weight (lbs) pass volume (cu ft) cargo volume (behind 2nd row) (cu ft) cargo volume (Max) (cu ft) Range (miles) Base MSRP
Chevrolet Equinox EV FWD 190.6 116.3 76.9 64.8 4895 102.4 26.4 57.2 319 $43,295
Chevrolet Equinox EV AWD 190.6 116.3 76.9 64.8 5050 102.4 26.4 57.2 285 $46,595
Chevrolet Blazer EV 192.2 121.8 78 65 5591 96.3 25.5 59.1 324 $58,790
Chevrolet Equinox ICE 183.2 107.5 74.9 65.6 3428 104.3 29.8 63.5 $31,080
Hyundai Ioniq 5 ER 182.5 118.1 74.4 63 4200 106.5 27.2 60.2 303 $47,225
Hyundai Kona EV ER 171.5 104.7 71.9 62 3571 101 26 64.7 261 $38,050
Kia EV6 ER 184.3 114.2 74 60.8 4255 103 24.4 50.2 310 $47,325
Mustang Mach-E ER 185.6 117.5 74.1 64 4633 104.5 29.7 59.7 320 $48,890
Tesla Model Y LR RWD 187 113.8 75.6 64 4213 106 30.2 76 320 $44,990
Toyota bZ4X 184.6 112.2 73.2 65 4266 94.4 27.7 56.1 252 $44,420
VW ID4 ER 180.5 108.9 72.9 65.2 4694 100 30.3 64.2 291 $46,300

The upside of all this is that the Equinox EV is exceptionally roomy inside. Even with the driver’s seat set for my 5-foot-10-inch frame, I had several inches of knee clearance in the back seat along with plenty of headroom. Compared to the gas version the EV certainly feels like it’s a class larger from the perspective of a passenger.

2024 Chevrolet Equinox Ev First Drive

While the Blazer and Equinox are nearly the same length, the Blazer has an extra 5.5-inches of wheelbase which allows for even more backseat space. Unless you’re chauffeuring NBA prospects, most will find the Equinox more than satisfactory.

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The Equinox’s cargo hauling capacity is also more than adequate for most needs, although not class-leading. The 26.4 cubic feet behind the rear seats is 3.4 cubic feet less than the gas model and lags behind the Hyundai Ioniq 5, Mustang Mach-E, Model Y, Toyota bZ4X and VW ID.4, all of which have a smaller footprint. As expected in any crossover or hatchback, there is a 60/40 split folding rear seat that can expand cargo volume to 57.2 cubic. At our lunch stop, Chevrolet demonstrated the capacity of the Equinox with an example that was loaded with two full sets of hockey gear.

2024 Chevrolet Equinox Ev First Drive

As another point of comparison, the Hyundai Kona Electric is an even more compact electric crossover that is 19.1-inches shorter than the Chevrolet, yet it provides just 1.4 cubic feet less passenger space and 0.4 cubic feet less behind the seats while max cargo volume is an impressive 64.7 cubic feet, 7.4 more than the Equinox. The TLDR is that the Equinox EV is not a leader in packaging efficiency.

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Despite its surprisingly similar dimensions to the Blazer, the Equinox does look smaller to the eye. Where the Blazer has a more chunky, muscular visual demeanor, the Equinox is cleaner and sleeker. Chevrolet designers have regularly discussed the spectrum of their brand design language of late. This stretches from strength to velocity. At the strength end of that spectrum is the look applied to trucks and more rugged SUVs with a more upright fascia, with the most notable difference being the more squarish wheel arches. These have been a signature of Chevrolet trucks for decades.

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The new gas Equinox has shifted in the direction of strength, adopting a more off-roady look. The EV on the other hand has gone for the velocity look like the Blazer and Corvette with round wheel arches. The Corvette is the most extreme example followed by the Blazer (now that the Camaro is defunct). The extra length of the Equinox EV gives it a slightly more wagonish stance than the more upright gas model and is, to my eye, one of the best-looking GM vehicles in some time.

2024 Chevrolet Equinox Ev First Drive

Like many modern EVs including others from Chevrolet, there is a slim daytime running light bar that spans the entire upper portion of the fascia. Below a body-colored strip are the compact LED headlamps and then a diamond-textured section also in body color. The Equinox lacks the faux fender vents of the Blazer and frankly that’s an improvement. So are the body-colored wheel arches in place of the matte black of the Blazer.

Several of the color combinations are offered with a two-tone paint scheme with LT trims offering a white roof along the riptide blue metallic while RS models get a black roof option. The white-on-blue that we drove is my personal favorite but the black roof with radiant red RS is also a nice combination.

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2024 Chevrolet Equinox Ev First Drive
2024 Chevrolet Equinox EV RS

As the Equinox EV goes on sale in the coming weeks, it will only be offered in 2LT, 3LT, 2RS and 3RS trim combinations. Later in the year, 1LT and LS trims will also be added to the lineup. The 2LT rides on 19-inch alloy wheels while the other currently offered variants all roll on 21s with all of them featuring 6-lugs due to the weight of the Equinox EV. We drove a front-wheel-drive 2LT on the 19-inch wheels and they still look well proportioned for this vehicle and it doesn’t look undertired. Those that live in areas like southeast Michigan where pavement quality is best described as inconsistent may want to go with the smaller wheels with taller sidewall tires for a bit of extra cushioning and wheel protection from the potholes.

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2024 Chevrolet Equinox EV 2LT with standard 19-inch alloy wheels

Let’s Talk Tech

All of the longer wheelbase Ultium-based EVs including the Blazer, Cadillac Lyriq, Honda Prologue and Acura ZDX use a 5-link independent suspension layout front and rear. In order to help it hit a lower price point, Chevrolet has opted for a Macpherson strut front layout on the Equinox while the multi-link setup is retained at the rear.

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2024 Chevrolet Equinox EV front drive unit with permanent magnet motor

The propulsion and energy storage on the Equinox uses the same component set found on the rest of the Ultium lineup to help achieve economies of scale. The Ultium drive unit family consists of five different motors that can be mixed and matched in various combinations. Four of the motors are permanent magnet (PM) units of varying power levels while the fifth is an AC induction motor. The PM motors are generally more efficient than AC motors, but they also have some inherent drag when coasting. This is fine for regenerative braking, but for light load conditions, when deceleration isn’t desired, the magnets put some load on the drive system that must be countered by feeding in electricity.

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2024 Chevrolet Equinox EV eAWD rear drive unit

Rivian gets around this by using a dog clutch on its rear motors to decouple them from the wheels when the drive torque isn’t needed, but the clutch adds weight, cost and mechanical complexity. For the electric-all-wheel-drive (eAWD) variants of the Equinox and Blazer, Chevrolet uses one of its PM drive units on the front axle and the AC drive unit to provide on-demand AWD from the rear axle.

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2024 Chevrolet Equinox EV Ultium cells and battery modules

All Equinox EVs use a front drive unit with 213-hp and 236 lb-of torque. The rear AC motor ups the total to 288-hp and 333 lb-ft, the same output provided on the eAWD Blazer and Prologue. The result is performance similar to most transverse engine AWD cars and crossovers which are primarily front drive with some percentage of the torque output diverted to the rear wheels when front slip is detected. In this case, the PM motor is always driving the front wheels and AC motor free wheels until needed for the rear axle.

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Like the rest of GM’s new EV lineup, the Equinox is somewhat on the porky side with the front drive variant weighing in at 4,895-lbs and the eAWD at 5,050-lbs. For the front-driver, that 213-hp is enough to accelerate to 60 mph in about 8 seconds which means Equinox owners aren’t going to challenge Teslas for pink slips.

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On the other hand, Tesla and the other EV makers that have followed have arguably moved the performance bar too far down the time scale. There’s no reason most people need a mainstream vehicle that can accelerate to 60 mph in 3 seconds or less. Not so long ago, an 8-second 0-60 sprint was actually considered quick and it’s still more than adequate. For those that feel they need the extra tractive capability of all-wheel-drive in poor weather or a bit more acceleration capability at the expense of some range, the eAWD will get to 60 mph in about six seconds.

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2024 Chevrolet Equinox EV Ultium cells with NMCA cathode chemistry

The shorter wheelbase of the Equinox relative to the Blazer means it can only accommodate a 10-module battery pack rather than the 12-module unit currently used in the longer wheelbase models. That gives the Equinox about 85-kWh of usable energy storage, enough for FWD variants to go about 319-miles on a charge while the slightly heavier eAWD will go about 285 miles. As with the Prologue, which uses the same battery, DC fast charging is limited to 150-kW rather than the 190-kW that is possible with the larger pack. From a low state of charge with the battery temperature preconditioned, the Equinox can add about 77 miles of range in 10 minutes.

At home on a suitable level 2 charger, the Equinox can soak up 11.5-kW of charging power. An upcoming update will also enable vehicle-to-home bidirectional charging capability that enables the vehicle to be used to power a home in the event of a blackout. GM Energy recently launched sales of its vehicle-to-home kits that include a control box, smart transfer switch and inverter to provide up to 9.6-kW of power to the home.

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2024 Chevrolet Equinox EV has no frunk

One feature found on many EVs including the Silverado, but absent from the Equinox is a front trunk. Since this is primarily a front-drive vehicle, the engineers stacked the power electronics module on top of the front motor. Along with the heat pump climate control system and assorted other ancillary components, that doesn’t leave much useful space up front.

Let’s Look Inside

2024 Chevrolet Equinox Ev First Drive

On the other hand, inside the cabin there is plenty of space as previously mentioned along with a wide range of features that would be expected in most modern vehicles. The same combination of 17.7-inch infotainment and 11-inch instrument cluster displays used in the Blazer and Silverado EV RST are standard on all trims of the Equinox. These are excellent displays with high resolution and contrast that are easy to read in all lighting conditions.

2024 Chevrolet Equinox Ev First Drive

They run the same Android Automotive infotainment system with Google Automotive Services as most of the rest of current GM vehicles. That means they have Google Maps and Assistant along with the Play store to download additional apps such as Spotify, PocketCasts and a range of other media streaming apps.

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Another thing the Equinox shares with the Silverado and Blazer is the absence of support for smartphone projection like Apple Carplay. The same functionality you can get from Carplay is present and built-in, although you won’t be able to use Apple Maps. Apple Music can be streamed and the system does support Siri pass-through for sending messages or making calls.

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GM is including eight years of complimentary connectivity for Maps and Assistant with the purchase of its EVs and three years of streaming data connectivity. After that, users will need to either subscribe to an OnStar data plan or use their phone as a hotspot and connect the vehicle via wifi. As an Android phone user myself, I’ve never had any issue using this or other similar systems from Volvo, Polestar, Honda, Lincoln and Nissan, but iPhone users might want to make sure they try this out before committing to buying a GM EV. Most users will probably become accustomed to it fairly quickly and not have any issues, but it’s better to know before you sign on for a multi-year car loan or lease.

2024 Chevrolet Equinox Ev First Drive

While smartphone projection is absent, GM is continuing to support physical controls for the most used features like climate control, audio volume and vents. Other automakers like Lincoln, Rivian and Fisker are following the unfortunate trend started by Tesla of electro-mechanical vent adjustments managed through the touchscreen. This is one of the worst interface concepts devised in recent decades. In the Equinox, drivers and passengers can just reach out grab a little tab to point the vent wherever they want.

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The rest of the Equinox interior is a really pleasant place to spend time with comfortable, if relatively flat seats that are covered in GM’s take on modern vinyl that they call Evotex. On the LT models, the interior is predominantly black or black and gray with blue plastic trim pieces on the doors, outboard circular vents, and center console. Those blue trim pieces do a great job of breaking up the typical monochrome of many vehicles. RS models get those trim pieces in a red/gray gradient finish.

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At the leading edge of the center console is a tray with a wireless charging pad and a pair of USB-C ports. Under the top surface of the console is another storage area for purses and other accouterments of daily life.

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All Equinox EVs include a standard suite of driver assist features including enhanced automatic emergency braking that uses both front camera and radar for detection, surround view cameras, blindspot monitoring with cross traffic alert, lane keeping assist and more. The 3LT trim we drove was equipped with the $2,700 Active Safety Technology package 3 that includes Super Cruise hands-free driving assist. As on other GM vehicles, Super Cruise now supports over 400,000 miles of highways and secondary roads with that number being gradually increased via over-the-air map updates to more than 750,000 miles by the end of 2025. Super Cruise is still the best such system on the market and does a great job of holding the car in the lane while also being able to execute automatic lane changes when there is a slower vehicle ahead on a multi-lane road.

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What’s It Like To Drive?

Ride quality, even on the mostly terrible roads that cover most of southeast Michigan, was surprisingly good. Going around corners, there was a decent amount of steering feedback despite the fact that this is clearly not a sports car. The not-a-sports-car vibe was reinforced by the acceleration which was initially quick off the line as expected from electric drive, but not really sustained when compared to many current EVs. The acceleration was nonetheless more than adequate.

We also got a chance to try out another LT model with eAWD. This setup had the same output as the eAWD Blazer I drove last December but the Equinox is at least 300-lbs lighter. In the Blazer, this drivetrain felt a bit underwhelming compared to the single-motor, rear-drive version. However, the Equinox came across as far more lively than either the Blazer or the front drive Equinox.

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Over the past couple of years, it seemed pretty clear that General Motors considered its electric full-size trucks to be the most important products in its EV lineup, but that always struck me as wildly over-optimistic, especially with the initial versions of the trucks being planned to sell for over $100,000. GM went so far as to end production of the Chevy Bolt with the intention to retool the Orion, Michigan assembly to build these trucks in addition to the Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant. But there are only so many people that can afford such expensive vehicles and there were already too many companies targeting the high-end of the EV market.

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Meanwhile the Ramos Arizpe, Mexico plant would be producing gas and electric Blazers and Equinoxes as well as the Honda Prologue. When first announced, the Equinox was to have a starting price of $30,000 which would make it much more appealing to a broader audience that couldn’t afford six-figure pickups.

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The Equinox EV Is Good

Later in 2024 or early 2025, there will be a $35,000 Equinox EV LS trim that will get down under $28,000 with the federal tax credits. At launch, the most affordable variant is the front-drive 2LT, which costs $43,295 including delivery charges. That makes the Equinox the most affordable EV in America with a range over 300 miles by a pretty wide margin and that LS will open up the lead even more. The other electric crossovers priced in the low $40K range are all shorter-range variants with ranges in the low to mid-200 miles and most aren’t eligible for the clean vehicle credit because they are built outside of North America.

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2024 Chevrolet Equinox Ev First Drive

Despite the fact that the Equinox EV isn’t really a compact crossover, it is an EV I would recommend to most people. With the tax credit bringing the price of a 2LT down to about $36,000, it’s actually quite competitively priced relative to gas or hybrid competitors making this midsize crossover both an excellent value and at least based on our first exposure, a really good vehicle to drive.

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Cheap Bastard
Cheap Bastard
20 days ago

“There’s no reason most people need a mainstream vehicle that can accelerate to 60 mph in 3 seconds or less.”

Which begs the question, who actually DOES and why?

6-Speed
6-Speed
21 days ago

I really feel like the Ultium platform is a letdown. In comparison to my Bolt EV this Equinox is almost 30″ longer, multiple inches wider, and weighs between 1350 to 1500 lbs more, while having similar cargo room with the seats folded. Not to mention the fact they removed car play, its ~1.5 seconds slower to 60 mph, and still takes over 50 minutes for a full charge (yes this is much better than 85 for the bolt, but the bolt was extremely affordable and this is much worse than its competition).

Equinox EV:
Length:190.6″
Max cargo: 57.2 cu ft
Weight: 4895-5050 lbs

Bolt EV:
Length: 163.2″
Max cargo: 57.0 cu ft
Weight: 3589 lbs

Its really too bad this Ultium platform is what GM bet their future on. They are surpassed at day 1, imagine 3-5 years from now.

Last edited 21 days ago by 6-Speed
Loudog
Loudog
21 days ago
Reply to  6-Speed

Ultium needs to go on a diet.

Rick Garcia
Rick Garcia
21 days ago

It looks unbelievably generic. Maybe when I see one in person I’ll be sold.

GM seems to think they are in the tank business with the weight of their Ultium platform. The base stripper weights more than my loaded ioniq 5. For a platform with so much build up and hype, I expected more. Or, I should say, less.

Shooting Brake
Shooting Brake
21 days ago

Model Y or one of the Korean options seems like a better go to than this. Not seeing the appeal.

Mechjaz
Mechjaz
21 days ago

$36k right in the headline. I see what you did there and I appreciate it.

Sensual Bugling Elk
Sensual Bugling Elk
21 days ago
Reply to  Mechjaz

No, the headline is indeed bullshit. This review is of a $43k trim level that costs $36k with the federal tax credits. Meanwhile there’s the theoretical $35k base trim that every automotive publication calls “under $30k” because it’s $28k with tax credits.

Mechjaz
Mechjaz
21 days ago

Goddamnit. We just went over this with “sub-30k.”

I feel like a doofus now. My apologies.

Nick Fortes
Nick Fortes
21 days ago

I hope they don’t play the game where they say the $28k trim is coming and by the time they are ready to release it they say “oh inflation/supply shortages, woe is the mighty GM etc. The $28k trim is now $33k, Merry Christmas.”

Strangek
Strangek
21 days ago
Reply to  Nick Fortes

The GM website will list it as starting at $28k, but you won’t find one for less than $35k on any dealer lot.

Jerry Thomas
Jerry Thomas
21 days ago

It’s not a real Equinox if it can’t eat its own timing system while the transmission simultaneously shits the bed.

Shooting Brake
Shooting Brake
21 days ago
Reply to  Jerry Thomas

100% where’s the respect for the legacy GM? Haha.

Ca Hu
Ca Hu
21 days ago

I will be in the market to replace our 2013 leaf in the next 1-2 years with something with more range and this looks like a miss. It’s basically the same price as a model Y/ev6/i5 if you get the super cruise and is much slower with less room and I have to deal with the chevy dealer. Maybe when the base model comes out it will make sense. I’m a cheap ass and will probably wait until the model y update is released and buy the old model on sale/used

William Domer
William Domer
21 days ago
Reply to  Ca Hu

or you have to deal with Elon Musk.

Ca Hu
Ca Hu
21 days ago
Reply to  William Domer

But I don’t have to interact with Elon to buy or drive a tesla. I am also in the camp that he is clearly an asshole but has also made EVs into a status symbol driving adoption and dropped the cost of LEO launch by a factor of 10 which outweigh his being an asshole so I don’t really care.

Frocephus
Frocephus
20 days ago
Reply to  Ca Hu

I would rather have 10 root canals than set foot in a car dealership again. Tesla let me buy a new car without one and it was great.

Musk sucks big time, but so do many, many, many other auto execs.

LeftCoastDad
LeftCoastDad
21 days ago

At the LS price point, this will be a perfect first time car for new drivers. We’ll absolutely look at lease options on those LS trims for our teen. It’s a nice looking car overall, absent all those pointless bulges and ‘rugged’ trim bits that too many cars are sporting these days, while also not looking like something targeted to a 20-something year old wanna-be street racer/hooner like so many other cars do these days.

Mechjaz
Mechjaz
21 days ago
Reply to  LeftCoastDad

+1. I’ve got a year or two yet but I’m definitely watching this segment very closely for the same reasons. I think it would be easy to make as cute as she wants.

Jason Roth
Jason Roth
21 days ago

Two things: the Ultium platform sure seems overly heavy compared with its competitors. I’m not sure what the tradeoffs are, but after reading about the Silverado last week and now this… hoo boy. It seems like a 25% weight premium for a 10% increase in range. GM is betting big on Ultium, and I have big doubts right now. I’d love to be wrong.

Meanwhile, this no-Carplay situation is just a fucking joke. One of many things I like about Carplay is being able to call up a route at home, at my leisure before leaving the house, and then it’s ready to go when I get in the car. But this stupid setup requires me to do it after I’m in the car, or else use my Google account to tie everything together—an account I barely use at all, because fuck Google. I know plenty of people will respond “fuck Apple”, but no OEM is forcing anybody to sign up for Apple services to have basic functions in their vehicles.

As long as GM persists in this, I will never even think about buying any of their cars. Complete dealbreaker. And, to be clear, I come from GM stock: my grandfather’s dream car was a Toronado, my youth was spent in the back of a Delta 88, my first car was a Grand Am, my second—originally bought by my dad to replace the Grand Am, upon my recommendation—was a Saturn. I still think the original Volt was one of the smartest cars made in the last century. So I’m not a GM hater making up reasons to hate. I want GM to succeed, and I’d be tickled if they made a car I wanted to own. But they won’t.

LeftCoastDad
LeftCoastDad
21 days ago
Reply to  Jason Roth

I completely understand, but from the other side of the fence. I use Google for everything rather than Apple. But let’s be honest here (both of us!). We’re fundamentally upset by the idea of clicking on an Apple shaped icon rather than a Google shaped one (or visa versa), to get the same functionality. I’m not sure I would go as far as allowing that different shaped icon to keep me from considering an otherwise nice looking/priced/functioning vehicle, but it is infuriating nonetheless. If (any) car will just allow my phone to connect automatically to it via Bluetooth for media/phone functionality, I’ll consider it so long as the rest of the software stack and navigation is less than awful.

Jason Roth
Jason Roth
20 days ago
Reply to  LeftCoastDad

The point is that, to get equal function in the car, I would have to change my out of car habits, which is ridiculous. In the not-so-old days, switching car brands would mean learning to navigate a new navi & infotainment system, which would be more or less annoying for a little while, and then be done. But GM wants me to either lose function (seamlessness between in- and extra-car services) OR to switch up what services I use in the 95% of my life I spend outside my car. That’s absurd!

Mechjaz
Mechjaz
21 days ago
Reply to  Jason Roth

I’m an android guy. Though it’s familiarity for most people (which is totally fair!) there’s also the hangup that GM’s software has just been bad up to this point. Automakers have been stumbling for decades to catch up to things actual software shops figured out in years or months. The best review any in-house software gets or can expect to get is “I mostly forgot about it after a drive or two.”

I know the allure of sweet, sweet monetizable data is strong, but damn. If they can’t put together good software in the first place, $5 says they don’t even know how or what to collect, and what they intend to do with it when they do. Source: I’ve seen more than one actual software project where even fundamental, truly useful analytics were an afterthought.

It’s tough to think of a situation where they really make their time and money back on chasing this.

Bruinhoo
Bruinhoo
20 days ago
Reply to  Mechjaz

To be somewhat fair to GM, Volvo has also had a good deal of problems in their implementation of Android Automotive.

But on the flip side, Volvo did not decide to delete the CarPlay compatibility from their implementation, which Google did engineer into AA. So, there isn’t as much of the sense of ‘they have broken the software, just so they can profit off the telematics/personal information’ that GM has been getting hit with (and was generally assumed since the moment they announced their intent to eliminate CarPlay from the platform). Whether on not that ‘sense’ is actually accurate.

Last edited 20 days ago by Bruinhoo
Detroit Lightning
Detroit Lightning
21 days ago

I hope they bring CarPlay back just to stop seeing people whine about it so much.

James Kohler
James Kohler
21 days ago

GM is including eight years of complimentary connectivity for Maps and Assistant with the purchase of its EVs and three years of streaming data connectivity. After that, users will need to either subscribe to an OnStar data plan or use their phone as a hotspot and connect the vehicle via wifi.

So does this mean that you have to go into your phone and set up a wifi hotspot every time you get in your car after year 8? Or pay GM monthly fees to just allow your phone to work with the infotainment screen? That’s a hard pass. Extremely competitive pricing (Don’t think the Honda Prolouge is worth like $10K more for AA/Carplay) but I’m not sure this was a great plan.

Urban Runabout
Urban Runabout
21 days ago
Reply to  James Kohler

Have you ever paired your laptop to your phone as a hotspot?
After the first time, it’s not a big deal.

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