Nowadays, what should you expect from a compact SUV like the 2020 Chevy Equinox? The field is quite crowded with more and more automakers opting for sports utility vehicles that are small, fuel-efficient, and powerful all at the same time. That said, even in this, automakers from across the industry presenting their own unique approach on the compact SUV, few manage to do as well of a job as classic automakers like Chevy.
Chevy has earned a reputation for its incredibly intelligent design, by creating compact SUVs that offer a diverse spread of engine options, with groundbreaking fuel economy, and a level of versatility that other compact SUVs simply cannot compete with.
The latest iteration of the Chevy Equinox is a clear cut example of why Chevy is the superior manufacturer of compact SUVs. Sporting a diverse range of engine options, fuel economy that challenges commuter sedans, and more than enough room for both passengers and cargo, the 2020 Chevy Equinox is a true heavy-hitter of its class.
While other compact SUVs struggle to make a mark in this crowded field, the 2020 Chevy Equinox rolls right off the factory floor as an abject leader of the pack. Although, before you rush down to our dealership to purchase one of these trendsetting compact SUVs, we’ll give you the full rundown of what to expect when you sit behind the wheel for a test drive.
What many automakers get wrong when designing a compact SUV is a diversity of engine options. As a result, drivers are often forced to settle with engine performance that is subpar at best. Chevy breaks the mold in the 2020 Chevy Equinox by providing a diverse spread of engine builds that are all bound to satisfy. When you sit behind the wheel of the base model L, of the Chevy Equinox, you’ll find a moderately powered turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that puts out 170 horsepower and 203 lb-ft of torque. This base engine is partnered with a 6-speed automatic transmission and a reasonably responsive front-wheel drive train. Altogether though, what makes this base model so impressive is the fact that this Chevy SUV earns an EPA-rated 26 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway.
If you’re looking for more power, the 2020 Chevy Equinox doesn’t stop there, offering a somewhat larger turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that is rated at 252 horsepower and 260 lb-ft worth of torque. This larger engine is saddled with a nine-speed automatic transmission that is responsive and snappy on the road. The 2020 Chevy Equinox can also be fitted with an AWD drivetrain, which not only makes for better performance on the road but off the road as well. Chevy’s Switchable All-Wheel Drive system is also far more efficient than competitors, giving drivers the ability to switch into a FWD mode, which optimizes fuel efficiency. Sitting behind the wheel of the Chevy Equinox, you can expect a smooth, relatively quiet ride, as well as handling that is quite responsive, especially when compared to competitor models. The 2020 Chevy Equinox offers a diverse spread of trim options as well, including the L, LS, LT, and Premier. Overall, when piloting the 2020 Chevy Equinox you can expect a driving experience that is more similar to its larger counterparts than the other bite-sized SUVs it was designed to compete with.
Another issue that the compact SUV form tends to run into is a lack of space. It’s difficult to offer considerable cargo and passenger space while at the same time offering incredible fuel economy. Surprisingly, Chevy has found a way around this predicament, by still offering a pretty sizeable interior on top of the already range-topping fuel economy.
The 2020 Chevy Equinox may not challenge its larger counterparts like the 2020 Chevy Suburban or the 2020 Chevy Tahoe. Still, it does a decent job by offering a max cargo capacity of 29.9 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats. If that’s not enough room, drivers can expand this initial offering to 63.9 cubic feet by folding down that second row of rear seats.
Speaking of rear seats, rear passengers will find plenty of room to stretch out, thanks to the 39.9 cubic inches of legroom and 38.50 inches of headroom. As well as plenty of room to stretch about and get comfortable, the 2020 Chevy Equinox delivers with a plethora of interior features. For instance, the available 120-volt power outlet can give you all of the power you could ever need while on the road.
Active Noise Cancellation is standard in the 2020 Chevy Equinox, making for a sleek and peaceful ride no matter the terrain. A Bose premium 7-speaker audio system is available in top trims of the 2020 Chev Equinox and is supported by Chevy’s 8.0-inch Infotainment 3 Premium System that includes Navigation. Dual-zone automatic climate control is also available in the 2020 Chevy Equinox, allowing you easy control of cabin temperature rain or shine. Keyless entry and ignition is considered standard on most higher trim options, and some versions of the Chevy Equinox can be fitted with a rear seat infotainment system.
Altogether, the interior package of the 2020 Chevy Equinox is hard to pass up. Great for both families and the adventurous road tripper, the Chevy Equinox is designed for comfortable riding, no matter how long you find yourself in the car.
Expectations in regards to safety have changed a lot over the years, shifting from what we today consider the bare basics to features that seem to be plucked right out of the future. The 2020 Chevy Equinox rises to this modern standard, providing a suite of available active safety features that outpace those offered in competitor vehicles. For starters, when you purchase the 2020 Chevy Equinox, you can expect the basics, such as seatbelts and airbags. Dig a little deeper, and you’ll find a vast array of additions that can help you avoid an accident altogether.
Features like Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warnings give you better awareness of the road, while at the same time can help you avoid the dangers of lane-drift. Using sensors and cameras, this near-futuristic safety feature tracks the lane lines on the road and orients your car accordingly. Forward Collision alerts can also be found onboard the 2020 Chevy Equinox. Much like Lane Keep Assist, Forward Collision alerts use cameras and sensors to sense when a collision is imminent and will alert the driver to hopefully help them avoid the crash.
HD Surround Vision is a safety feature only available on the top trim option; however, it creates a level of awareness that you simply won’t be able to find from other offered safety features. HD Surround Vision uses an array of cameras to stitch together an image of the area surrounding your car. This image gives you a complete view of your surroundings and as a result, can help you avoid a potentially disastrous accident. Automatic Emergency Braking is the last safety highlight in the 2020 Chevy Equinox. Using a system similar to that used by the Forward Collision Alerts feature, Automatic Emergency Braking can detect when a collision is coming and can take control of the brakes to stop the vehicle before it’s too late.
All of these features working together make for a compact SUV that is more than just protected in the event of a crash but can protect drivers and passengers from crashes altogether.
The exterior styling of the 2020 Chevy Equinox harkens back to larger classics, while at the same time exuding a modern edge that is seen scattered throughout the Chevy family lineup.
Color options are abundant in the 2020 Chevy Equinox ranging from Cajun Red to Pacific and Midnight Blue. Base models get 17-inch aluminum wheels that get the job done, and the reasonable amount of ground clearance makes for a Chevy SUV that isn’t afraid to get its rims dirty. The top-ranking Premier trim option takes things a step further with 18-inch bright aluminum wheels, which offer an overall smoother ride. Taken as a whole package, the 2020 Chevy Equinox fits in seamlessly with modern exterior styling trends, while at the same time exuding an appearance all its own.