Base price set at $27,098.
Generally affordable and value-packed.
It serves as a happy medium for tens of thousands of Canadian families.
Most Canadian families considering a vehicular upgrade at the moment are shopping in this segment. Of all the new vehicles sold in Canada in 2019, three in the Top 10 best sellers were compact SUVs. The overall third best, the Toyota RAV4, was bested only by the Ram pickup and the Ford F-150. This means it also out-sold the long-time best-selling Honda Civic. And right behind the Civic was the CR-V. This demonstrates that compact SUVs are not only hugely important for Canadian buyers, but car manufacturers.
The Chevrolet Equinox did not break the Top 10 (Ford Escape did), nor did it make the Top 10 SUVs sold in Canada in 2019, in fact, it would just make the Top 15. In 2018, it was number 10. Despite a downturn in overall sales, most SUVs are enjoying mild to important increases in deliveries. So where does this leave the Chevrolet Equinox? In a less-than-ideal position for GM.
The updated 2021 Chevrolet Equinox was expected for the fall however that timeline has been put off due to the COVID-19 pandemic. GM has already announced that the revised 2021 Chevy Traverse and Equinox will be postponed until 2022…
The Equinox was launched in 2004 for the 2005 model year and quickly found favor with many buyers looking for comfort, space, and affordability. While the current third-generation Equinox carries the formula forward, the competition has become nearly unbearable for the Chevy. And yet, the ingredients are all still there.
The base price for the 2020 Chevrolet Equinox is $27,098 for a FWD LS. AWD increases the price to $29,498 which makes it a very decent value. The standard engine is a 170-horsepower turbocharged 1.5-litre 4-cylinder with a 6-speed automatic transmission. The available and far more interesting 252-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-litre 4-cylinder also includes a 9-speed automatic transmission. The least expensive LT 2.0-litre goes for $34,898. At this price point, it offers the most power and modern powertrain however only an option or two rapidly increases the price.
The Equinox competes against the RAV4, CR-V, Escape, GMC Terrain, Kia Sportage, Hyundai Tucson, Volkswagen Tiguan, Nissan Rogue, Subaru Forester, Mazda CX-5 and Jeep Cherokee – this is quite the crowd. The segment clearly belongs to the Japanese and the Koreans.
What the 2020 Chevrolet Equinox Does Well
- The Equinox’s reasonable pricing structure makes it an affordable product so long as you stick to lower trims with the fewest possible options.
- The turbocharged 2.0-litre engine and 9-speed make for an entertaining powertrain configuration.
- The 847-litre trunk is slightly above average in size and very useable.
- Fuel consumption is decent and well within the segment average.
- The driving experience is generally pleasant.
What 2020 Chevrolet Equinox Doesn’t Do So Well
- The standard 1.5-litre turbo engine is burdened by the SUV’s 3,350lb+ frame.
- Interior presentation along with fit and finish are sub-pas compared to many competitors
- AWD-equipped models require the driver to manually engage the system otherwise the rear axle is constantly locked out – unlike all others which are delivered with automatic AWD systems.
What We Tell Our Friends
The Chevrolet Equinox, is at best, a very average SUV. If you are not interested in more advanced features, a large infotainment screen, and can stick to the most basic model, the Equinox delivers space, styling and decent fuel economy. However, if this is not the case, then most other options in the segment are more interesting.
Canada has selected the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V as its favorites and while the latter is basking in the glory of its past reputation, we’d still select it over the Equinox. The Subaru Forester and Mazda CX-5 are our other top choices along with the Toyota.