The Chevrolet Equinox has long been a stellar piece of the crossover industry. In fact, it was one of the first crossover models to be offered by GM. The Equinox has changed a lot over the years as a model that was originally a replacement for the Tracker. Where the Equinox is appealing to potential consumers is its compact interior and exterior size.
Choosing between compact sport-utility vehicles (SUVs) can be a challenge because there are so many choices. GM has continued to innovate with the design and the value of the Equinox. We broke down what the 2020 model year has to offer in terms of features and pricing below.
The Equinox is an entry-level compact SUV offering a plethora of features. The first thing that you’ll notice about the Equinox is the affordable base 1.5-liter model. This model comes with all of the standard safety features you’d come to expect out of a crossover. There are also enhancements such as a revised infotainment system and lane departure warning systems.
The upmarket model features a 3,500-pound tow rating, impressive for a vehicle in this segment. That means that the Equinox can safely pull a lightweight camper or trailer for a weekend of camping fun. There is only one transmission to choose from, a 9-speed automatic. Performance-wise, the Equinox provides a kick where other crossovers provide a rather bland driving experience.
GM has made great strides to enhance interior quality in the last decade. There was a time when GM cars were equated with cheap plastic and faux leather, but the quality is now there. Take one look inside the Equinox and you’ll be greeted by something that more resembles a Buick than your run-of-the-mill Chevrolet. Because of this increase in quality, GM has won many JD Power awards for quality.
The passenger volume of the Equinox is also much larger than you’d expect. Four full-size adults can ride in this SUV with minimal discomfort. For children, there is also an optional rear entertainment center and the Equinox has built-in Wi-Fi internet. There’s no doubt about it, the Equinox is quite the technologically-advanced family SUV.
Compared To Other Models
The marketplace for crossovers is crowded to be sure, but the Equinox offers a compelling package overall. The compact design is ideal for urban areas where parking is at a minimum. However, with the Equinox, you’re not sacrificing the versatility of an SUV. The high towing rating is a huge advantage for a segment that isn’t generally known for towing capacity. A comfortable interior with high-quality features makes the Equinox a pleasure to live with, coupled with the turbocharged engine for added performance.
The Equinox offers a more well-rounded package for the average consumer, with a high-quality interior and loads of power. There are very few crossovers that offer the same type of quality and value as the Equinox does. With a starting MSRP of $23,800, the Equinox is customizable and affordable with varied trim packages to choose from.