2019 Chevrolet Equinox overview: The chance-averse SUV


Oftentimes, a automotive makes a powerful impression after your preliminary stint behind the wheel. However after my first of many commutes within the 2019 Chevrolet Equinox, there wasn’t a lot that stood out, for higher or worse.

Seems, that is the Equinox in a nutshell. It is a first rate, middle-of-the-road crossover SUV. It isn’t notably unhealthy in any a technique, however it does little to impress you, as properly.

Engine choices

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Equinox provides three completely different powertrain choices. The bottom engine is a 1.5-liter, turbocharged I4 with 170 horsepower and 203 pound-feet of torque, mated to a six-speed automated transmission. Chevy additionally provides a turbodiesel engine possibility: a 1.6-liter I4 with 137 horsepower and 240 pound-feet, additionally paired with a six-speed automated. Entrance-wheel drive is normal, however all-wheel drive is optionally available.

My tester, nonetheless, makes use of the Equinox’s range-topping, 2.0-liter, turbocharged I4 engine, which places out a wholesome 250 horsepower and 260 pound-feet. It is a nice, however unremarkable powerplant, providing easy acceleration and loads of torque for midrange passing. The two.0T’s nine-speed automated transmission goes about its enterprise with none harsh gear modifications, and properly fades into the background of the driving expertise. With this turbo engine, the Equinox can be able to towing as much as 3,500 kilos.

There are three out there engines available beneath that hood.

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In case you go for all-wheel drive, observe that it isn’t an always-on system. The Equinox defaults to front-wheel drive until the driving force selects AWD from a dial on the middle console. That is nice for preserving the Equinox in fuel-saving FWD mode, however I additionally really feel like individuals who purchase all-wheel drive need the automotive to shift energy rearward routinely, on a regular basis.

The Equinox comes with a cease/begin system that helps with gas financial system, although it may well’t be simply turned off. Fortunately, this is among the extra refined cease/begin techniques I’ve examined, so I am not mad about it being activated on a regular basis. Even so, after per week of testing, I noticed simply 21 miles per gallon in my 2.0T tester, which is noticeably decrease than the 24-mpg EPA ranking.

Round city, the Equinox drives pleasantly sufficient, with mild however correct steering. It’s miles from a corner-carver — if driver engagement is a precedence, try the Mazda CX-5 — however the Equinox does supply a snug, compliant journey that the majority crossover customers will get pleasure from.

Simple-peasy infotainment

The Equinox comes normal with a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system, however my tester has the optionally available 8-inch show, working the easy-to-use Chevrolet Infotainment Three interface, full with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot. This infotainment tech additionally consists of Chevy’s Teen Driver monitor, which may monitor your child’s driving habits, and lets you set a pace warning and even set a pace limiter. Heck, you may even set a restrict on the audio quantity (think about it a public service so different drivers do not need to be subjected to no matter terrible nonsense youngsters are listening to nowadays).

Conserving your good units charged should not be an issue within the Equinox, with 4 normal USB ports, together with Kind A and Kind C shops. Two 12-volt shops are additionally out there — one up entrance and one within the cargo space — in addition to a 120-volt, three-prong outlet. On the top-level Premier trim, wi-fi telephone charging is out there.

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are normal on the Equinox. Hooray!

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The Equinox would not skimp on driver’s aids, so long as you are prepared to pay for them. Parking help, rear cross-traffic alert and blind-spot monitoring come normal on the Equinox Premier, and are optionally available on the LT trim. If you would like lane-departure warning, adaptive cruise management, ahead collision alert and low-speed ahead automated braking, it’s a must to pay additional — even on the Premier. Quite a lot of these options come normal on opponents just like the Toyota RAV4, and are supplied on all however the base trim of the Honda CR-V.

Bland inside

General, the Equinox’s inside disappoints. Quite a lot of the supplies are of poor high quality, and the general design is tremendous outdated. Plus, it is loud, with a number of wind and highway noise permeating the cabin. My LT tester retails for $36,580 — at this worth, I count on higher.

Cargo capability is enough, with 29.9 cubic toes of house behind the again seats, increasing to 63.5 with the rear bench folded flat. The Honda CR-V, Mazda CX-5 and Nissan Rogue all supply far extra space.

Enjoying it protected

For my cash, probably the most attention-grabbing technique to spec the Equinox is with the 1.6-liter diesel engine. With front-wheel drive, the diesel-powered SUV is estimated to realize 32 mpg, which is a big enchancment over the two.0-liter turbocharged mannequin examined right here. I would spring for the $1,545 Confidence and Comfort so as to add rear-cross site visitors alert, blind-spot monitoring and heated entrance seats, however I would depart the $1,145 Infotainment bundle on the desk, since even the smaller display will get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. I can at all times use these telephone techniques for navigation. All in, my perfect Equinox stickers for $32,340, together with $1,195 for vacation spot — a number of thousand {dollars} lower than the automotive you see right here.

Apart from its many engine choices, there is not rather a lot to assist the Equinox stand out in a crowded crossover class. That is not essentially a foul factor, since this midsize SUV checks lots of the fitting packing containers for what the common shopper needs. Nonetheless, these on the lookout for an SUV with extra character and a nicer inside will seemingly discover higher choices from different manufacturers.


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