August 4, 2021

The Chevy Equinox is one of the best-selling Chevy products on the market and General Motors is making sure it stays that way by making some improvements to the overall chassis of the Equinox. With those changes made General motors managed to stiffen up the chassis while saving 400 pounds. The Equinox has come a long way and still has some more to go to becoming the king of the castle in its class, but I’m excited to see what the future holds for Chevrolet’s number two top-selling vehicle. If you‘re in the market for an Equinox and you’re contemplating if you should go new or used I recommend you go straight to new this time around because the 2020 Equinox is significantly better than its predecessors.

Price

L                     starting at  $24,995

LS                   starting at $27,495

LT                    starting at $28,695

Premier         starting at  $32,595

Horsepower, mpg, and  towing

1.5-liter Turbocharged 4 cylinder motor

170 hp

203 lb-ft of torque

26 city/31 highway

6-speed shiftable automatic transmission

Max Towing 1,500lbs

2.0-liter Turbocharged 4 cylinder motor 

252 hp

260 lb-ft of torque

22 city/ 29 highway

9-speed shiftable automatic transmission

Max Towing 3,500lbs

Color Options

CAJUN RED TINTCOAT ($395)

IRIDESCENT PEARL TRICOAT ($995)

PACIFIC BLUE METALLIC

NIGHTFALL GRAY METALLIC

SILVER ICE METALLIC

CHOCOLATE METALLIC

SUMMIT WHITE

MOSAIC BLACK METALLIC

CAYENNE ORANGE METALLIC ($395)

MIDNIGHT BLUE METALLIC

Interior Colors

Medium Ash Gray, Premium cloth seat trim

Jet Black, Premium cloth seat trim

Jet Black, Perforated leather-appointed seat trim

Performance

A few of my General Motors tech buddies have recommended staying away from the 1.5-liter motor because they tend to replace those more often than the 2.0 motor. The 1.5 liter is slow as molasses coming with 170 horsepower with 203 lb-ft of torque and will have you at the mercy of traffic. The 2.0 isn’t going to win any races, but it is one of the fastest in its compact crossover class going from 0-60 in under 7 seconds with 252 horsepower. Both transmissions engage pretty well. The 9-speed transmission is more efficient, but the 6-speed transmission does shift slightly better.

Suspension

The suspension has gotten a major update when compared to the previous generation. With these changes implemented in this generation Equinox, Chevy has found ways to shed four hundred pounds by using lighter steel and ultra high strength steels in the areas which were required. The front suspension consists of a Macpherson strut set up, while the rear is 4 link system. Subframes are mounted in 6 places instead of 4 to help stiffen up the chassis as well. With that being said the Equinox has some body roll and a decent amount of unwanted feedback when you go over uneven roads, but still rides a lot better than its predecessor. It’s not at the top of the chain when it comes to its competition, but General motors are heading in the right direction. 

Fuel economy

After spending a couple of days with both turbocharged motors I quickly realized the power difference was more noticeable than the fuel economy because they got similar miles per gallon in the city. The 1.5-liter motor got one mile per gallon better than the 2.0 motor. If you’re in the market weighing in on the differences between the two motors this is one less thing you have to think about because they are so similar.

Safety features 

  • Available adaptive cruise control
  • Standard lane-keeping assist with lane-departure warning
  • Standard automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection

Interior

Don’t come test-driving the Equinox expecting German-made interior quality because If you do you will be highly disappointed. The interior isn’t horrible though but it’s still GM and they are slowly making a better interior. From fabric placed on the dash as well as chrome accents,  buttons, knobs, to door handles don’t feel like they are going to be an issue which I always had a problem with the previous General Motor vehicles that I have owned. The interior looks solid, but at times the cabin does make some sounds if the pavement isn’t flat. The Equinox does have a nice center console for

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