The Chevrolet Equinox 2021 is one of the most popular compact crossovers, but mass consumption does not mean it is really convincing. Of course, the Chevy has ample passenger room, an infotainment system loaded with features, and athletic handling. However, it falls short in terms of interior quality and storage space compared to its competitors. While four-wheel drive is widely available, only Equinox’s most powerful four-cylinder option offers adequate propulsion. That desirable engine upgrade combined with any of the most worn adjustment levels pushes prices to expensive territory. Even so, people who are committed to the bow-tie brand and without decomposing by mediocrity will appreciate the Chevrolet Equinox 2021.
A renewed front-end highlights the changes in the Chevrolet Equinox 2021. The makeover brings more distinctive headlights, a new grille design and updated front and rear bumpers. Chevy also adds an RS model, which includes sport-style signals like dark 19-inch wheels and darkened outer trim. Its interior has a single change knob, red seams and black upholstery. The premier Premier also has details of the cockpit, such as French stitching and safari trim on the console.
L: $ 25,000 (est.)
LS: $ 27,500 (est.)
LT: $ 29,000 (est.)
Premier: $ 33,000 (est.)
RS: $ 34,000 (est.)
Chevy has not announced prices for the Chevrolet Equinox 2021, but we expect each model to cost a little more when it goes on sale this fall. Although the alignment adds the stylized RS at the top of the pecking order, we would still recommend the mid-level LT. It comes standard with chrome exterior trim, driver’s seat with eight-way power adjustment, high intensity discharge headlights, SiriusXM satellite radio and more. Since we are not fans of the standard four-cylinder engine, we would upgrade to the more powerful 2.0-liter turbo option. Those who want four-wheel drive can add it for $ 1600. We would also opt for the Confidence and Convenience package, which includes blind spot monitoring, dual zone climate control, heated front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a power lift gate, rear cross traffic alert and remote start.
Interior, Comfort and Cargo
Made of durable materials and very well designed, the Equinox cabin should inspire a wide appeal. Both front and rear-seat passengers should feel comfortable in the spacious interior, with enough luxuries to keep them happy on longer trips. The cabin has a lot of cup holders, but most interior luxuries are offered as standard or optional equipment at higher equipment levels; The Equinox L base is a price leader with very few features. Some rivals offer more space behind the rear seats, but we still fit eight of our handbags back there. Apart from a trained center console location, Equinox cabin storage is simply average.
Infotainment and connectivity
A 7.0-inch touch screen (an 8.0-inch unit is optional) shows the Chevrolet MyLink infotainment interface on the top of the Equinox dashboard; The system continues to impress with its ease of use and quick responses. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard, as are the Bluetooth phone and audio transmission, USB connectivity and an auxiliary input jack. The integrated 4G LTE standard Wi-Fi makes the Equinox one of the best connected crossovers.
Engine, Transmission and Performance
Low performance and often out of breath, the turbocharged base four-cylinder engine will not gain any fan with its slow performance. The 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder produces 170 horsepower, and when combined with the optional (and heavier) four-wheel drive system (front-wheel drive is standard #41;, a heavy foot is needed to hurry the Equinox up to road speeds. A larger 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder is optional and much more suitable for the weight of the Equinox. The standard six-speed automatic changes smoothly, and for the sake of fuel economy, the gearbox is reluctant to shift down when additional power is needed. Pleasant and easy to drive, the Equinox drives competently, and its address is precise and direct. The trip is a bit rough, particularly with the optional 19-inch wheels (17s or 18s are standard), and rougher sections of the road convey something unpleasant in the cabin. The Chevy can also tow up to 3,500 pounds, when well equipped.
Fuel economy and real-world MPG
The EPA estimates that the front-wheel drive Equinox with the four-cylinder base will earn 26 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway. The addition of four-wheel drive reduces both ratings by 1 mpg. Change to the larger four-cylinder engine and your fuel economy estimates drop to 22 mpg from the city and 29 roads for front-wheel drive models; All-wheel drive versions share a city rating and must earn 28 mpg of road. We put both Equinox engines on our 75 mph real-world fuel saving test route. The smaller front-wheel drive returned 32 mpg on the road and we saw 28 mpg with the all-wheel drive version. Equipped with the largest engine and all-wheel drive, the Equinox achieved 30 mpg in our test.
Safety features and driver assistance
Equinox obtained a five-star rating from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), but was not named Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The compact crossover also comes with a wide range of standard and optional driver assistance technology. Key security features include:
> Standard automated emergency brake with pedestrian detection
> Standard lane maintenance assistance with lane departure warning
> Adaptive Cruise Control Available
Warranty and maintenance coverage
Chevy’s basic warranty package is just that, basic, but so is the coverage of its competitors. The Kia Sportage and its corporate cousin, the Hyundai Tuscon, offer longer protection plans. Chevy also offers a free dealer maintenance visit within the first year of ownership, which is a good advantage.
> The limited warranty covers 3 years or 36,000 miles
> The powertrain warranty covers 5 years or 60,000 miles
> Free maintenance is covered for the first visit