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8.1

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.3
Performance: 7.6
Interior: 7.6
Safety: 9.7
Reliability: TBD

2019 Chevrolet Equinox Review

The 2019 Chevrolet Equinox is a fairly comfortable, capable compact SUV, but it doesn't really stand out from the crowd, which is why it earns a middling ranking in its class.

Pros & Cons

  • Above-average fuel economy
  • Supportive, roomy seats
  • Easy-to-use infotainment system
  • Unimpressive cabin build quality
  • Below-average cargo capacity
  • Limited maneuverability in cramped spaces

Is the Chevrolet Equinox a Good SUV?

Yes, the Chevy Equinox is a good SUV. It rides smoothly, and its engines deliver adequate power while earning good fuel economy estimates. Inside, you'll find supportive, spacious seats and some intuitive tech features. However, several rivals are more athletic and more upscale.

Should I Buy the Chevrolet Equinox?

Despite its so-so class ranking, the Equinox is a decent value because its starting price is slightly below many of its classmates' base prices. With that said, the Equinox isn't really a class leader in any area, so anything you like about this Chevrolet, you can probably find in a competing model. If you like the Equinox, you might want to check out higher-ranking options like the Honda CR-V and GMC Terrain (which, like the Equinox, is made by GM).

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Should I Buy a New or Used Chevrolet Equinox?

The 2019 Equinox belongs to a generation that began with the 2018 model year. There aren't many notable changes for 2019 beyond some updated styling and a few new features like wireless phone charging, pedestrian detection, and adaptive cruise control. However, the 2018 redesign involved significant changes.

The 2018 model offers a 170-horsepower turbo-four engine, a 137-horsepower turbodiesel, and a 252-horsepower turbo-four, whereas the 2017 Equinox offered a 182-horsepower four-cylinder engine and a 301-horsepower V6. The 2018 model also has a more upscale interior and more features, including Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Teen Driver, a safety alert seat, lane keep assist, and low-speed automatic emergency braking.

You can likely save money by shopping for a used model, and the savings could be thousands of dollars if you opt for an Equinox from the previous generation. Just know that going back before the redesign means you'll miss out on the considerable updates. If you are interested in a used model, check out our 2017 and 2018 Equinox reviews, as well as our Used Car Deals page.

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How Much Does the Chevrolet Equinox Cost?

The Equinox's base price is $23,800. That's on the lower end of the spectrum among compact SUVs, though a fair number of vehicles in this class start in the $22,000-$25,000 range. The Equinox's top trim, the Premier, starts at $31,000. That, like the base price, is below average for the class.

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Chevrolet Equinox Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Chevrolet Equinox or Honda CR-V?

The Honda CR-V is an annual challenger for the top spot in our compact SUV rankings. It features arguably the nicest interior in the class, and it's noticeably more upscale than the Equinox. The CR-V has much more cargo space as well. The Honda's seats are comfortable and supportive, and there are lots of tech features. The CR-V offers two engines that are more powerful than the Equinox's base engine, though weaker than the Equinox's most powerful engine. The Honda is the better SUV and a better buying option than the Equinox.

Which Is Better: Chevrolet Equinox or GMC Terrain?

The GMC Terrain and Chevrolet Equinox are both GM vehicles, and they share some similarities. They have the same powertrain lineup, meaning these GM siblings are similar in terms of performance and fuel economy. The Terrain is more maneuverable in tight spaces than the Equinox, and the Terrain's cabin is more upscale than its GM sibling's. In terms of features, as well as passenger and cargo space, the GMC and Chevrolet are nearly identical. Overall, the Terrain is a slightly nicer version of the Equinox, making it the better choice.

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Equinox Interior

How Many People Does the Equinox Seat?

This Chevrolet seats five. Both rows of seats have ample space, though the optional sunroof limits headroom for taller occupants. There's plenty of support for all-day driving, and overall comfort is on par with many rivals.

Equinox and Car Seats

There are two full sets of LATCH car-seat connectors in the Equinox. The LATCH system earns an Acceptable rating (the second-highest rating) for ease of use from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Equinox Interior Quality

The Equinox features a mix of high- and low-quality materials throughout the cabin, which leads to a middling overall feel and a decidedly less upscale feel than some competitors provide.

Equinox Cargo Space

This Chevy doesn't have as much cargo space as some rivals. Still, you get nearly 30 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats, letting you load up everything you need for a tailgate or a beach trip. With the rear seats folded, you get more than 63 cubic feet.

Equinox Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

Standard features in the Equinox include a six-speaker audio system, a USB port, Bluetooth, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and the MyLink infotainment system with a 7-inch touch screen.

Available features include satellite radio, navigation, a seven-speaker Bose audio system, a panoramic sunroof, an 8-inch touch screen, wireless phone charging, and additional USB ports.

Infotainment controls are logically organized and easy to use. For some settings, you get redundant physical buttons in addition to the touch screen. The MyLink interface is mostly user-friendly, but the screen can get washed out by glare at times, and some functions require multiple steps.

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Equinox Performance

Equinox Engine: Three's Company

The Equinox features a 170-horsepower, turbocharged four-cylinder base engine. Two other engines are available: a 252-horsepower turbo-four and a 137-horsepower turbodiesel. The base engine is fine for daily driving, but the 252-horsepower engine feels noticeably more energetic. The turbodiesel is a little more leisurely, but it's also the most fuel-efficient engine in the lineup.

Equinox Gas Mileage: Above-Average Ratings

The Equinox gets better fuel economy ratings than many competitors, earning 26 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway with its base engine. The turbodiesel gets even better ratings, earning 28 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway.

You'll spend about as much on gas each year driving the Equinox as you would driving other compact SUVs with above-average fuel economy, like the Honda CR-V and GMC Terrain.

Equinox Ride and Handling: A Passing Grade

Whether you're driving down the highway or through the mountains, the Equinox delivers a smooth ride and composed handling. It doesn't have the athleticism of rivals like the Mazda CX-5, or even the Honda CR-V, but the Equinox feels plenty capable. It does have a wide turning radius, though, making it less maneuverable than some compact SUVs.

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Equinox Reliability

Is the Chevrolet Equinox Reliable?

J.D. Power hasn't yet given the 2019 Equinox a reliability rating, but the nearly identical 2018 model earns a predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five. That's an above-average rating for the industry, but it's in the middle of the pack for the compact SUV class.

Chevrolet Equinox Warranty

Chevrolet covers the Equinox with a three-year/36,000-mile basic warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. 

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Equinox Safety

Equinox Crash Test Results

The 2019 Equinox earned a perfect five-star overall crash test rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Equinox Safety Features

The Equinox comes standard with a rearview camera and Chevy's Teen Driver system, which lets you set speed and audio volume limits for other drivers of your Equinox. Available driver assistance features include adaptive cruise control, a surround-view camera, rear parking sensors, rear cross traffic alert, blind spot monitoring, a safety alert seat, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, and low-speed automatic emergency braking.

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Which Chevrolet Equinox Model Is Right for Me?

You have four choices when choosing an Equinox trim: L, LS, LT, and Premier. The LT makes the best choice for most buyers. It's the lowest trim to offer all three powertrains, and it offers a nice array of features beyond the standard fare.

It's worth noting that many of the Equinox's driver assistance features are only available in the top trim, so if that's something you prioritize, you'll have to step all the way up to the Premier trim.

Chevrolet Equinox L

The Equinox L carries a base price of $23,800. It comes standard with a 170-horsepower, turbocharged four-cylinder engine, a six-speed automatic transmission, and front-wheel drive. Standard features include a six-speaker audio system, a USB port, Bluetooth, a rearview camera, Teen Driver, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and the MyLink infotainment system with a 7-inch touch screen.

There are no notable option packages with this trim, and this is the only trim that doesn't offer all-wheel drive.

Chevrolet Equinox LS

The Equinox LS has a starting price of $25,800. The LS has the same standard features as the base trim. Unlike the base trim, however, the LS lets you add features.

You can all all-wheel drive for $1,700. The LS Convenience package ($685) adds a power-adjustable driver's seat and more. You can also add a rear-seat entertainment system for $1,750 ($1,995 if you want one with a DVD player).

Chevrolet Equinox LT

The Equinox LT starts at $27,200. In addition to the lower trims' standard features, the LT comes with satellite radio and a power-adjustable driver's seat. You can all all-wheel drive for $1,700. You can upgrade to the turbodiesel engine for $2,400 or the 2.0-liter turbo-four for $2,500.

The Lights and Bright package ($3,240) adds an 8-inch touch screen, navigation, additional USB ports, and more. The Sun & Navigation package ($2,390) includes a panoramic sunroof, an 8-inch touch screen, navigation, additional USB ports, and more.

The Confidence & Convenience package ($1,945) includes remote start, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, blind spot monitoring, rear parking sensors, and rear cross traffic alert. You can also add a rear-seat entertainment system for $1,750 ($1,995 if you want one with a DVD player).

Chevrolet Equinox Premier

The Equinox Premier has a starting price of $31,000. The Premier comes standard with dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, wireless phone charging, an 8-inch touch screen, remote start, blind spot monitoring, rear parking sensors, and rear cross traffic alert.

You can add all-wheel drive for $1,800. You can upgrade to the turbodiesel engine for $2,200 or the 2.0-liter turbo-four for $2,800. The Sun, Sound, & Navigation package ($3,320) adds an 8-inch touch screen, navigation, a seven-speaker Bose audio system, HD Radio, and a panoramic sunroof.

The Confidence & Convenience II package ($2,145) includes a power-adjustable passenger seat, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, a safety alert seat, adaptive cruise control, a surround-view camera, pedestrian detection, forward collision alert, and low-speed front automatic braking. You can also add a rear-seat entertainment system for $1,750 ($1,995 if you want one with a DVD player).

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Chevrolet dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Chevrolet deals page.

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The Final Call

The 2019 Chevrolet Equinox is a good SUV despite its middle-of-the-pack class ranking. However, some rivals are clearly superior to the Equinox, so even if you like this Chevrolet, you might be able to find another compact SUV that you like even better.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "The new Equinox is less distinctive than its predecessor, which had a certain bigger-is-better appeal among smallish rivals. This one feels more like the rest of them, but it lands there with undeniable refinement." -- Cars.com (2018)
  • "With the all-new, third-generation Equinox, GM finally seems to have figured out what matters in this contentious segment. Fully modern and right-size rather than oversize, this redesigned 2018 Equinox strikes us as the first Chevy crossover that could truly make inroads against the segment leaders." -- Car and Driver (2018)
  • "Those looking for a small SUV, particularly to haul around a small family—be it to the rolling foothills of Appalachia or to soccer practice—the all-new Equinox warrants consideration." -- New York Daily News (2018)

Buying

Expert Advice

Last Updated: February 21, 2019

Strong, but Declining Sales: The Chevy Equinox is among the best-selling compact SUVs; Chevrolet dealerships moved 14.5 percent more Equinox models last year than they did during 2017. The Equinox was fully redesigned for the 2018 model year, which is likely a major contributing factor for its strong demand.

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