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2021 L Front-Wheel Drive
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Price:   -  From $23,800
2021 LS w/1LS Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $26,400
2021 LT w/1LT Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $27,600
2021 LS w/1LS All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $28,000
2021 LT w/1LT All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $29,200
2021 Premier Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $31,500
2021 Premier All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $33,100
Expert Rating
3.1 (Good)

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: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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Overview

What's New

The 2021 Chevrolet Equinox shuffles its features among its available packages and now offers leather seating on the mid-grade LT trim, while the 2.0-liter engine takes a year off although it is expected to return with the refreshed 2022 model.

Choosing Your Chevrolet Equinox

The Chevy Equinox is available in four trim levels: L, LS, LT, and Premier. Pricing starts at $24,995 including destination for the base L and climbs to $32,595 for the range-topping Premier model.

Engine Choices

The Equinox is equipped with a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 170 horsepower and 203 pound-feet of torque. It's mated to a six-speed transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard across the board, but all-wheel drive is available on all trims but the L for $1,600.

The Equinox earns an EPA-estimated 26 miles per gallon city, 31 mpg highway, and 28 combined. AWD reduces these figures to 25/30/27 mpg (city/highway/combined).

Towing capacity is limited to 1,500 pounds, which is on par for this segment.

Passenger and Cargo Capacity

The Equinox is capable of seating five passengers. Cargo room measures 29.9 cubic feet behind the second row, or 63.9 with it folded down. Both of these figures are significantly less than the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4.

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Safety Features

Chevrolet has equipped all Equinox models with automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning with daytime pedestrian detection, lane keeping assist, lane departure warning, a following distance indicator, and automatic high beams.

The Premier also comes standard with blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane change alert, and rear parking sensors. These features are optional on the LT through the Confidence and Convenience Package ($2,045).

On the Premier, buyers can choose the Confidence and Convenience II Package ($1,650) to further equip adaptive cruise control and a surround-view camera system, in addition to several creature comforts.

The Equinox carries a five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA.

Connectivity

The Equinox starts with a 7-inch touchscreen featuring Chevy's third generation infotainment software with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and wi-fi capability. Two front and two rear USB ports and a six-speaker audio system are also standard.

The LT receives satellite radio, while the Premier upgrades to an 8-inch touchscreen and also gets a wireless charger. The bigger touchscreen is available with navigation on the LT through the $745 Infotainment Package. The Premier's Infotainment II Package adds navigation, HD radio, and a seven-speaker Bose audio system.

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L - From $24,995

The L is equipped sparsely to help keep costs down. Available only in silver or white exterior paint and a gray cloth interior, there are no options offered. The exterior is equipped with 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, heated side mirrors, and body-colored door handles. Keyless entry, push button start, and cruise control elevate it from feeling too barren.

LS - From $27,495

The LS trim adds rear carpeted floor mats, a spare tire, and black, blue, and gray to the exterior color palette. The level of creature comforts also expands, albeit only through optional packages.

The LS Convenience Package is $685 and adds an eight-way power driver’s seat with lumbar support and deep tinted rear glass.

LT - From $28,695

The LT gains HID headlights, body-color side mirrors, chrome lower window trim pieces, an eight-way power driver's seat, a 4.2-inch gauge cluster, and an overhead sunglasses holder. It most notably opens the door to other creature comforts and safety equipment via new option packages.

The Confidence and Convenience Package ($2,045) is the best value of the bunch. It bundles heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, remote start, fog lights, blind-spot monitoring, and more.

Premier - From $32,595

The Premier dresses up the Equinox further with enhancements all around. It gets 18-inch wheels, chrome exterior trim, fog lights, a handsfree power liftgate, and LED headlights and taillights. Inside, it brings perforated leather upholstery, heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, and memory settings for the driver's seat and side mirrors.

The $1,650 Confidence and Convenience II Package includes adaptive cruise control, a surround-view camera, ventilated front seats, an eight-way power passenger seat, heated rear outboard seats, and a heated steering wheel.

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The 2021 Chevy Equinox LT with the Confidence and Convenience Package equips the crossover with a healthy list of features, making it our favorite of the bunch.

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Expert Review

Pros
  • Tons of value in base trim
  • Potent 2.0-liter turbo engine
  • Roomy enough for most
Cons
  • Odd price jump to LS trim
  • No hybrid option
  • Boring styling
Expert Rating
3.1 (Good)

Our expert ratings are based on seven comprehensive criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value.

You can interpret our ratings in the following way:

: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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It’s a crossover – that’s about it. The Chevrolet Equinox has long lived its life blending in with the crowd. The 2021 Chevrolet Equinox is no exception. It was supposed to get a refresh to add some extra style and keep it up to date, but COVID-19 forced a delay to 2022.

For 2021, buyers are stuck looking at the carryover Equinox, which is about vanilla a crossover as there is. Remove the grille and Chevy bowtie, and the Equinox would blend in nicely at any dealership. Despite its bland design, the Equinox shines in other areas, especially base-level value, making it an intriguing proposition for buyers.

A strong value that quickly fades in higher trims. With a base price of $24,995 including destination, it’s easy to write off the Equinox as a stripped-down people mover. However, it’s surprisingly well-equipped in the base L trim level. Its standard equipment includes automatic emergency braking, power features, cloth upholstery, a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, and more. The only real downside is it’s only available in white or silver.

Moving up to the LS bumps the base price to $27,495, and all it offers are two additional at-cost options: a power driver’s seat and 19-inch wheels. If you aim for the clouds, a fully loaded range-topping Equinox Premier crests the $40,000 mark. That’s a lot of scratch for a warmed-up Chevy.

Buyers who want to load up their crossovers with features will find the Honda CR-V or Hyundai Santa Fe are more satisfying options.

A roomy cabin that lacks any controversy. Inside, the Chevy Equinox has plenty of space with 39.9 inches of rear legroom and enough of second-row width to tote three kids – three adults is pushing it.

This rear leg room trumps the Toyota RAV4 (37.8 inches) and Subaru Forester (39.4 inches). If you plan to haul adults, you may prefer the even roomier CR-V (40.4 inches) or Ford Escape (40.7 inches). Sadly, the Equinox’s rear seat loses it sliding function in 2021, taking away some of its flexibility.

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The Equinox has decent cargo room at 29.9 cubic feet with the rear seats upright and 63.9 with the rear seats folded. Buyers who need more cargo room can go to virtually any competitor to get it. The Escape offers up to 65.4 cubic feet, the CR-V checks in at up to 75.8, and the RAV4 offers up to 69.8.

While the space is ample, the style is a little too careful. Chevy appears to have taken great care to offend no one with the Equinox’s symmetrical interior design. There’s absolutely no drama or anything to catch the eye. Some buyers may love this simple look, but many will prefer the more exciting Escape or daring RAV4 design.

Capable engines but no electrification. The Equinox offers two very capable powertrains. The base 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder delivers 170 horsepower and 203 pound-feet of torque. That’s a little light on horsepower, but the punchy low-end torque gives it acceptable acceleration. The optional 2.0-liter turbo four-pot delivers a punchier 252 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque.

Buyers seeking more base power can look to the 180-hp Escape, 190-hp CR-V, or 203-hp RAV4. At the top of the engine lineup, only the 250-hp Escape comes close.

The big issue with the Equinox’s powertrain options is its glaring hole in the electrification department. The CR-V offers a hybrid, and the Escape and RAV4 offer hybrid and plug-in hybrid options. The Equinox has no electrified powertrains, leaving eco-friendly buyers in the cold.

Final thoughts. If you want a well-equipped crossover that does its point-A-to-point-B job with good value, the 2021 Chevy Equinox is the rig for you. Its base L trim comes with a surprising amount of equipment, and its toned-down design keeps things simple.

However, in a segment that’s flooding the roads, many buyers are looking for some design creativity. These shoppers will find this in the Escape or RAV4. Buyers who are focused on fuel economy can skip the Chevy dealership altogether, as there’s no hybrid Equinox. Head straight for the Escape, RAV4, or CR-V.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
1.5L I-4 / 170 HP / 203 ft.lbs.
Transmission
6-spd sequential shift control auto w/OD
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
26 / 31 / 28 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
5
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
1.5L I-4 / 170 HP / 203 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
26 / 31 / 28 Mpg
Brakes
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Strut
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Fuel Tank
14.9 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
$57
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
63.9 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
100 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
183.1 "
Exterior Width
72.6 "
Exterior Height
65.4 "
Front Headroom
40.0 "
Rear Headroom
38.5 "
Front Legroom
40.9 "
Rear Legroom
39.9 "
Front Shoulder Room
57.2 "
Rear Shoulder Room
55.5 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,274 Lbs.
Wheel Base
107 "
Turning Radius
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
17.0 " Silver Aluminum
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote Heated
Bumpers
Body-colored
Grille Moldings
Black W/chrome Surround
Rear Spoiler
Lip
Exhaust
Stainless Steel
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
5
Seat Trim
Cloth
Front Seat Type
Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
6-way
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
6-way
Front Armrests
6-way
Rear Armrests
Center
Rear Seats
60-40 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Chevrolet Infotainment 3 Am/fm, Clock, Seek-scan
Speakers
6
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Front And Rear
Tinted Windows
Light
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
2
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Forward Collision Alert With Automatic Emergency Braking Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Keep Assist With Lane Departure Warning Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Front Pedestrian Braking Front Pedestrian Detection Prevention
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Intellibeam Auto High-beam
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Immobilizer
Warranty
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Major Components Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
12 Months / 12,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
72 Months / 100,000 Miles
Accessories Months

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LS
Color: Gray
Price

$15,899

Mileage

60,015 mi

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Felix Chevrolet (10 mi)

Phone: (213) 290-1925
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LS w/1LS Front-Wheel Drive
Price

$15,990

Mileage

75,217 mi

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Sterling Imports LTD (30 mi)

Phone: (714) 554-5127
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LT w/1LT All-Wheel Drive
Color: Gray
Price

$16,610

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Phone: (855) 404-2728
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2LT
Color: White
Price

$16,999

Mileage

36,004 mi

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California Motors Direct - Montclair (42 mi)

Phone: (909) 200-2277
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