2020 Equinox New Car Test Drive
Promising both practicality and value, the 2020 Chevrolet Equinox provides plenty of interior space for growing families. While the Equinox doesn't top its class in any category, it offers a nice blend of style, comfort, and safety. It's reasons like these that crossovers and SUVs have replaced sedans and minivans as the prominent family vehicle.
The Equinox is a true competitor in the compact crossover class thanks to its all-around nature. Its larger Chevy siblings, the Blazer and Traverse, beat it in comfort and space, but the Equinox is still worth a look.
For the 2020 model year, the Equinox adds some notable active safety features as standard equipment, including automatic emergency braking. Meanwhile, a Midnight Edition with blacked-out trim and big wheels is available on the LT trim.
Diesel power is no longer available for the Equinox, but buyers may choose from two turbocharged 4-cylinder gasoline engines. The base engine is a 1.5-liter turbo-4 that's rated at 170 horsepower and 203 pound-feet of torque and is mated with a 6-speed automatic transmission.
An optional 2.0-liter turbo-4 whips up 252 horsepower and 260 pound-feet, working with a 9-speed automatic. This engine is only available on the LT and Premier trim levels.
Front-wheel drive is standard, but all-wheel drive is available on all but the base model.
Fuel economy ranks around average for the compact crossover class. With the base 1.5-liter turbo-4, the Equinox is EPA-rated at 26 mpg city, 31 highway, and 28 combined. All-wheel drive drops this to 25/30/27 mpg. The larger engine, which requires premium fuel, sinks gas mileage to 22/29/25 mpg with FWD or 22/28/24 mpg with AWD.
Chevrolet has finally taken a step to make active safety technology standard on every Equinox. The list of standard features now includes automatic emergency braking, forward-collision warnings, active lane control, lane-departure warnings, and automatic high-beam headlights. Blind-spot monitors, rear cross-traffic alert, lane-change alert, and rear parking sensors are optional on the LT and standard on the Premier. Adaptive cruise control is only available on the Premier, but even there it's optional.
Safety scores from both testing crash-testing agencies are impressive. The NHTSA gave the Equinox a five-star overall safety rating, while it was named an IIHS Top Safety Pick. However, that designation only applies to models with specific headlights.
The Equinox is available in four trim levels: L, LS, LT, and Premier.
The base L model starts at $24,995. In addition to newly safety technology, the L includes cloth upholstery, keyless entry and start, and 17-inch alloy wheels. The infotainment system includes a 7.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, wi-fi hot spot capability, Bluetooth, and a six-speaker audio system.
The $27,495 LS trim adds a compact spare tire, carpeted floor mats, and additional trim details. This is the first trim where option packages and all-wheel drive become available.
The LT is priced from $28,695 and includes an eight-way power driver's seat, satellite radio, a 4.2-inch driver information display, deep-tinted rear glass, and HID headlights. The Midnight Edition is available, as are the fully array of active safety features.
The $32,595 Premier comes with perforated leather upholstery, heated front seats, an 8.0-inch touchscreen, navigation, wireless charging, dual-zone automatic climate control, a hands-free liftgate, LED headlights and taillights, blind-spot monitors, rear cross-traffic alert, active lane control, and rear parking sensors.