The 2020 Chevrolet Equinox is one of the best-selling small crossovers in today’s market. Buyers at the Scottsdale Chevrolet dealer love the Equinox’s smooth ride, comfortable seats, generous legroom and ample space for cargo. The standard turbo-four engine provides plenty of power, and those looking for even more muscle can choose an optional turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. Most vehicles in this class don’t offer an upgraded powerplant.
The 2020 Chevrolet Equinox seats five passengers. According to the Scottsdale Chevrolet dealership, the Equinox comes in four trim levels: L, LS, LT and Premier. Front-wheel drive is standard on all models, and all but the base L can get available all-wheel drive.
The Equinox is powered by a standard turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that puts out 170 horsepower and 203 lb-ft of torque, connected to a six-speed automatic transmission. The optional turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine develops 252 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque, mated to a nine-speed automatic gearbox. This engine has a maximum towing capacity rated at 3,500 pounds.
The standard engine gets outstanding fuel economy, with an EPA-estimated 26/31 mpg for models with front-wheel drive, and 25/30 with all-wheel drive.* The 2.0-liter turbo-four returns 22/29 mpg for models with front-wheel drive and 22/28 mpg with all-wheel drive.
CarBuzz wrote: “With a choice of two engines, a commendable list of standard safety features, and a respectable infotainment system, it's no surprise that the Chevrolet Equinox is still drawing a fair amount of attention two years after its release. ... After launching for 2018, the Equinox still looks contemporary, with styling that belies its size as a compact crossover.”
The base Equinox L trim includes 17-inch wheels, keyless entry, push-button start, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a 7-inch infotainment system, subscription-based 4G LTE connectivity with Wi-Fi, the OnStar telematics system, four USB ports and the Teen Driver system. Standard driver-assistance features include lane-keep assist, lane-departure warning, automatic emergency braking, and forward-collision warning with pedestrian detection.
The LS trim allows buyers to choose all-wheel drive, while the LT opens the door to the available 2.0-liter engine. The LT also features high-intensity headlights, dark-tinted rear glass, an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, a driver-information screen in the instrument cluster and SiriusXM satellite radio.
The top-spec Equinox Premier trim adds even more standard features, including 18-inch wheels, LED headlights and taillights, fog lights, leather seats, heated front seats, memory for the power driver’s seat, remote start, roof rails, an 8-inch touchscreen, a hands-free power liftgate, a higher-resolution rearview camera, an audible rear parking aid, rear cross-traffic alert, a blind-spot-warning system and wireless device charging.
Safety is important to anyone buying a new SUV, and the 2020 Chevrolet Equinox is very safe. The Equinox received the top rating of five stars for overall safety in NHTSA crash testing. The IIHS gave the Equinox its highest marks of Good in all crash tests and named it a Top Safety Pick.
* All vehicle mileage based on 2020 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.