2019 Equinox New Car Test Drive
The 2019 Chevy Equinox returns for the new model year with few changes to its compact-crossover shape or mission.
Changes for the 2019 model year largely relate to options. An Equinox may have a 7.0- or 8.0-inch touchscreen (8-inch with navigation available). Four USB data ports are standard. Adaptive cruise control and automatic emergency braking now are available for the Premier edition.
Equinox buyers must choose between two gasoline engines, a high-mpg turbodiesel engine, front- or all-wheel drive, and four basic trim levels: L, LS, LT and Premier trim levels.
The standard engine is a 1.5-liter turbo-4, rated at 170 horsepower and 203 pound-feet of torque, mated with a 6-speed automatic transmission.
LT and Premium trim levels can upgrade to a 2.0-liter turbo-4 that sends 252 hp and 260 lb-ft to a 9-speed automatic; or to a 1.6-liter turbodiesel 4-cylinder. Developing a modest 137 horsepower, the turbodiesel supplies 240 lb-ft of torque, working with a 6-speed automatic. Most models can have either front- or all-wheel drive.
Crash-testing by the NHTSA gave the Equinox a five-star rating overall, as well as for frontal- and side-impact. Rollover prevention (a calculated figure) rated four stars. The IIHS gave the Equinox 'Good'? score in every test, but it missed a Top Safety Pick due to its headlights, deemed only 'Marginal.'?
The Equinox Premier comes with blind-spot monitors, which are optional on LT but not available on L and LS versions. Only LT and Premier models can add a safety package which includes low-speed automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, active lane control, automatic headlights, and adaptive cruise control..
Prices do not include $1,195 destination charge.
L ($23,800) is only available with front-wheel drive, the 1.5-liter engine, and white or silver paint. Standard features include automatic air conditioning, acoustic glass, heated power mirrors, cloth upholstery, keyless ignition, and 17-inch alloy wheels.
LS ($25,900 with front-drive, $27,600 with all-wheel drive) adds a compass, floor mats, and a spare tire, plus additional color choices. Standard wheels are 16-inch steelies. Substituting the 2.0-liter engine adds $2,500 or more to the price; diesel power adds $2,400.
LT ($28,315 with front-drive, $30,015 with all-wheel drive) adds a power driver's seat, roof rack, HID headlights, and 17-inch wheels (18-inch with optional 2.0-liter engine). LT trim serves as a gateway to advanced safety technology, with an optional Driver Confidence and Convenience package.
Premier ($31,100 with front-drive, $32,900 with all-wheel drive) includes leather upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, rear park assist, heated front seats, hands-free power liftgate, and 18-inch wheels (19-inch with optional 2.0-liter engine). Safety features include blind-spot monitors and rear cross-traffic alerts. A Driver Confidence II package adds low-speed automatic emergency braking, forward-collision warnings, active lane control, and adaptive cruise control..