Three-Part HD Road Test Review + 60 Photos — 2014 Chevrolet Captiva Sport LT — Euro-Capable, High-Speed EconoCross!

These videos are pretty good!  I have worked hard to ‘up my game’ in terms of video production quality. Is this just a fancy way of saying: numerous camera mounts and a fresh GoPro Hero3+.

But also a renewed focus on delivering high-quality, often humorous, and insightful expert automotive road tests.

The results are now imminently high-quality, meaning a shower and perhaps a shave are definitely mandatory items before going in front of the 1080P lens. But while I highly recommend the GoPro Hero3+, what do I think of the 2014 Captiva Sport LT, which brings new-for-2014 touchscreen MyLink controls with its fleet-only price of $25,145?

This video review is divided into three video segments, roughly grouped into thematic areas including:

Part One — Intro, First impressions and 2014model-year updates

Part Two — “What Sucks About the Captiva Sport?”

Part Three:

— Compact Crossover Situation Analysis

— Why Captiva Sport is Relevant for Smart Companies

— Opportunity Identification for Smart Consumers — Even non-Fleeters — via the second-hand market



— Easy to buy, well-equipped with almost zero special options to fret about

— Very affordable versus Equinox or GMC Terrain crossovers with this level of equipment, handling and high-speed confidence

— Unexpectedly-large second row of seating and easy 55-cubic-feet of cargo room, easily matching cars like the Audi Q5 and BMW X3

— Premium handling via Euro-developed chassis: this includes brakes, steering at speed, and overall balance

— Looks pretty decent on the road, recalling the Lexus RX300 a bit in the front headlight shape


— Dreadful driver seat comfort; no lateral support nor telescoping steering column

— AWD and V6 options no longer available

— Little incentive to spring for LTZ except standard 18-inch rims — BUT!  LT with Convenience pack’s leather-wrapped wheel will be appreciated

— MyLink touchscreen still optional across-the-board, lacks resolution or device inputs, backup camera optional but should be standard

— EPA Fuel economy of 20/28 is very bad for a front-drive four-cylinder with six-speed automatic




2014 Chevrolet Captiva Sport


Features based on 1LS model unless otherwise noted.


  • Dual-stage frontal and side-impact air bags* for driver and front passenger and head curtain side-impact air bags* for front and rear outboard seating positions*
  • Pedal Release System
  • StabiliTrak stability control system with 
traction control
  • PASS-Key III + theft-deterrent system
  • Daytime running lamps with automatic lamp control
  • OnStar 6-month Directions & Connections Plan5 with 
Turn-by-Turn Navigation (fleet delete available)
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System**


  • Deluxe front bucket seats with fold-down passenger seat
  • Rear seat with fold-down 60/40 split seatback
  • Air conditioning
  • Cruise control
  • Driver Information Center
  • Remote Keyless Entry
  • Tilt/telescoping steering column
  • 3 auxiliary power outlets
  • AM/FM stereo with CD/MP3, auxiliary input jack, SiriusXM Radio6 with 3-month trial, steering-wheel controls, USB port7
  • Bluetooth®8 wireless technology for select phones
  • Rear cargo convenience net


  • Front-wheel drive
  • 2.4L SIDI I-4 VVT engine with 182 hp
  • 6-speed automatic transmission with ECO mode
  • 4-wheel disc anti-lock brake system
  • 4-wheel independent suspension
  • Power rack-and-pinion steering


  • Intermittent front and rear wipers
  • Folding, power rearview mirrors
  • P235/60R17 all-season tires and alloy wheels
  • Luggage rack side rails
  • Rear liftgate


Options are available on certain models only. See your Ordering Guide for details.

  • Seat options: 8-way power driver seat, leather-appointed seating, heated front seats
  • Remote Vehicle Starter System
  • Universal Home Remote
  • Rear-Vision Camera System
  • Power sunroof
  • Automatic climate control
  • Cargo cover
  • Rear flex net cargo organizer
  • Premium 10-speaker system
  • Trailering package
  • Front fog lamps
  • 17″ and 18″ aluminum wheels
  • Rainsense windshield wipers
  • Chevrolet MyLink9 radio, diagonal color touch-screen display AM/FM/HD Radio/SiriusXM Radio6 with 3-month trial, CD player, includes Bluetooth®8 streaming audio for music and select phones, hands-free smartphone integration
  • Chevrolet MyLink9 radio with Navigation,10 diagonal color touch-screen display AM/FM/HD Radio/SiriusXM® Radio6 with 3-month trial, CD player and GPS navigation system10, includes Bluetooth®8 streaming audio for music and select phones, hands-free smartphone integration



(All Include two years of free servicing, which is nice to discover.)

  • LS: $24,360

  • LT: $25,145 ( as tested with Convenience Pack (leather, MyLink, auto-dimming mirror) ~$27,100

  • LTZ: $29,495


More info and procurement details are available here.

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He holds a Journalism JBA degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Tom currently resides in Charleston, South Carolina with his two amazing dogs, Drake and Tank.

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