Advanced safety features no longer optional. The 2020 Chevrolet Equinox finally receives more standard safety features, including lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, and automatic emergency braking.
With more standard safety features, the Equinox is more competitive in the compact crossover landscape. Blind-spot monitoring, a surround-view camera system, and rear cross-traffic alert are still optional.
Chevy also improved the Equinox’s headlights, allowing it to receive an IIHS Top Safety Pick designation. The model also carries a five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA.
Well-equipped higher trims. Ignoring the Equinox’s base L trim, its lineup is comprised of value-packed options that come with a strong list of niceties.
Standard features on the L trim include a 7-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, six audio speakers, wi-fi hot spot, keyless open and start, 17-inch aluminum wheels, and automatic headlights.
While not as well equipped as rivals, the addition of more standard safety features makes the L trim a stronger value option for 2020.
Higher Equinox trims come with a hands-free liftgate, an 8-inch touchscreen, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, heated exterior mirrors, a wireless charging pad, heated front seats, leather upholstery, and remote start.
Average interior space and comfort. As a compact crossover, the Equinox is easy to get in to and reasonably spacious for three passengers in the back. The seats are comfortable, and while the driver’s seat lacks height adjustability, it’s still easy to find the ideal seating position.
Cargo capacity isn’t stellar, lagging behind competitors like the Honda CR-V and the Toyota RAV4, but it’s certainly not bad for the segment. The Equinox has 29.9 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats and a total of 63.9 cubic feet. That should be more than enough for most.
No longer the star in fuel economy. With the discontinuation of the diesel engine, the Equinox isn’t the star of the compact segment anymore, but its engine provides a decent amount of grunt for daily use.
The standard motor is a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that makes 170 horsepower. LT and Premier trims can be fitted with a 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder that’s rated at 252 hp, making it the one to have if you seek more power.
Fuel economy for the Equinox falls behind the competition with the death of the diesel. The 1.5-liter is rated at an EPA-estimated 28 miles per gallon combined, while the 2.0-liter achieves 25 mpg. The CR-V and the RAV4 are both rated at 30 mpg combined.
Final thoughts. The 2020 Chevy Equinox is far from our favorite compact crossover, but it should meet the needs of most buyers. Now that more safety features come standard, it’s a stronger value option and can now stand its own against rivals when it comes to safety.
Where the Equinox falls behind the competition is its bland exterior styling and low-quality cabin. We know the model was redesigned in 2018, but we’re looking forward to a mid-cycle refresh in the near future that will hopefully bring some standout elements. The interior of the Equinox is just adequate. Materials aren’t as nice as competitors’ and fit and finish lags behind the competition.
The CR-V continues to be the perennial leader in the class. It’s more efficient, has a larger cargo area, and has a cabin that’s more comfortable. The Subaru Forester is another strong competitor. It comes with all-wheel drive as standard, is an excellent value proposition, is more efficient, has more cargo space, and comes with high-quality interior materials.
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