The compact crossover segment is massive and showing almost no signs of slowing as the public continues to gobble up these small people-haulers at an extreme rate. To keep pace with the growing segment, the Chevy Equinox underwent a full redesign in 2018, and the 2019 Chevrolet Equinox remains mostly the same. With stalwarts like the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4 on the prowl, does the sharp 2019 Chevrolet Equinox stand a chance? Continue reading to find out.

Best Value

With the L trim being a special-order model and the LS offering little in the way of creature comforts, the LT seems the best path for the money. It boasts a few extra goodies above the standard level, like HID headlights, a power driver’s seat, heated mirrors, and more, making it a strong value in its class. Plus, if you want more options, the LT is the entryway into popular packages like the Confidence & Convenience Package.

  • Model: 2019 Chevrolet Equinox LT
  • Engine: 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder
  • Output: 170 hp / 203 lb-ft
  • Transmission: Six-speed automatic
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel drive
  • Fuel Economy: 26 City / 32 Hwy
  • Options: Confidence & Convenience Package ($1,945, rear park assist, power liftgate, lane change alert with blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, heated front seats, universal home remote, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift lever, dual-zone climate control)
  • Base Price: $28,095 (including a $995 destination charge)
  • Best Value Price: $30,040

Performance

The 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder is adequate for the average buyer, but the model really comes alive with the 252-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged engine. You can also opt for the 1.6-liter turbodiesel engine for up to 32 miles per gallon combined fuel economy, according to the EPA.

The entire Equinox lineup delivers a well-sorted ride and the steering system is very predictable. While the 2019 Equinox handles well for its class, opting for the 2.0-liter engine doesn't boost its curve-hugging abilities and its nine-speed automatic transmission seems confused at times. Plus, the optional diesel engine, while full of torque, can only tow up tow 1,500 pounds to the 2.0-liter-equipped Equinox’s 3,500 pounds.

Style

The 2019 Chevy Equinox pleases the eye from most angles, and its interior is curvy and intuitively laid out. While the front of the Equinox looks sleek and stylish, the upright rear end gives it almost a minivan appearance. Also, there's no point where the Equinox looks and feels like a more upscale vehicle.

Wide front and rear doors provide easy access to this pleasant cabin. Though we miss the sliding second row from the previous generation, the rear seat is plenty roomy with 39.7 inches of leg room and room for three people. Also, cargo room remains one of the Equinox’s strong points at 29.9 cubic feet with the rear seats up and 63.5 cubes with the seats folded.

The Best and Worst Things

One of the Equinox’s strongest points is its array of engines that fit just about every need. Want to save cash? Get the base engine. Want peppiness? Get the optional 2.0-liter. Want to go green? Get the diesel.

The worst thing about the 2019 Equinox is the trim-level positioning, especially the base L trim. Why bother offering this base trim level at all if buyers cannot walk into a dealership and buy it? As it stands today, buyer have to special order the L trim and wait for it to arrive.

Right For? Wrong For?

The 2019 Chevy Equinox is the perfect crossover for the growing family who'll soon have to haul around growing kids and all their things. It nails both with a roomy rear seat and plenty of cargo room.

Anyone looking for anything beyond just a mass-produced crossover will be saddened to find there's nothing overly special about the 2.0-liter-equipped model. It’s equally disappointing there's no real upscale version of the Equinox.

The Bottom Line

The 2019 Chevrolet Equinox is a strong competitor in a crowded class that's home to top sellers like the CR-V and RAV4. Though it cannot beat its top-ranked competitors across the board, the Equinox offers a few things its competitors cannot, which can sway buyers its way.