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2014 Chevrolet Captiva Sport Overview
What looks a little like a shrunken Chevy Equinox, has its roots in a non-existent Saturn and is available only in bulk? Answer: the 2014 Chevrolet Captiva Sport. This compact 5-seat crossover is strictly geared toward the working class (i.e. taxi, limo, delivery and courier services), but some non-traditional creature comforts, especially in higher trims, along with some distinctly comfort- and convenience-oriented optional equipment should engender more than the usual company loyalty from drivers.
This little workhorse remains available in four trims, the base 1LS, the markedly up-ticked 2LS, the upper-midlevel LT and the flagship LTZ. All trims are delivered with standard front-wheel drive (FWD), but one of the more attractive features of this fleet-leaning mini-ute is its availability with traction-savvy full-time all-wheel drive (AWD). All trims additionally sport 56.4 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seatbacks folded, and this space is augmented by fold-flat front passenger seatbacks lineup-wide.
Again the peppy 2.4-liter variable-valve-timed (VVT) inline 4-cylinder (I4) powerplant drives the 2014 Captiva, with the standard 6-speed automatic transmission (with standard fuel-saving Eco mode) managing 182 hp and 172 lb-ft of torque. Mileage is estimated at 22 mpg city/28 highway in FWD trims and 20/28 in AWD editions, while towing is maxed out at 1,500 pounds with the optional towing package (hitch and wiring) installed.
The base 1LS boasts standard 17-inch painted aluminum wheels, a roof rack and power-adjustable mirrors adorning its handsome profile, while the cabin sports cloth upholstery, full power accessories and carpeted floor mats front and rear. Cruise control and telescoping tilt-wheel steering are also standard aboard this entry-level trim, as are manual air conditioning and OnStar Directions and Connections service bolstered by Bluetooth hands-free technology. Entertainment is once more offered via a single-CD player with 6 speakers, satellite radio and a USB port.
The amped-up 2LS adds heated outside power mirrors, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, auto climate control and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, with the LT tossing in upgraded 17-inch wheels, additional cargo management tools and upgraded exterior and interior accent pieces.
The top-end LTZ, as befits its princely status, offers such additional standard goodies as 18-inch chrome clad wheels, a power sunroof, leather-trimmed upholstery, heated front seats, remote engine start, rear parking sensors and a universal remote garage door opener. This high-end trim also flaunts a 10-speaker premium audio system, along with added leather-trimmed cabin accents. All but the upsized wheels are additionally available to the 2LS and LT trims as optional equipment.
Depending on the trim selected, further options such as roof-rack crossbars and cargo management extras can be delivered with the 2014 Captiva Sport, with higher trims now eligible for GM’s MyLink audio and infotainment upgrade that boasts a 7-inch touchscreen display and can be enhanced with GPS-based navigation.
Safety-wise, each fleet-oriented 2014 Captiva Sport trim carries standard 4-wheel antilock brakes (ABS), traction and stability control, front side-mounted airbags, front and rear head airbags, daytime running lights, OnStar emergency assistance and communications and GM’s PASS-Key III theft-deterrent system. The 2LS and higher trims additionally sport standard front fog/driving lights, while the top-shelf LTZ flaunts standard rain-sensing wipers that are also available to the midlevel LT.
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