2020 Chevy Equinox Earns 2nd-Highest IIHS Safety Rating

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The 2020 Chevrolet Equinox has earned the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS) second-highest safety rating of being named a Top Safety Pick. Last year, the Equinox missed out on a safety rating because of its headlights, but the 2020 model year mends that issue with updated units.

Last year, Chevrolet offered four different headlights on the Equinox. All of them earned the second-worst rating of Marginal. For 2020, Chevy has reduced the number of headlights to just three and added high-beam assist to one option. Unlike with a lot of automakers, the safest headlights are found on the LT trim and not the range-topping Premier.

The LT trim comes with HID headlights that come with high-beam assist standard. In the IIHS’ testing, the headlights did well enough to earn an Acceptable rating, the minimum score required for a Top Safety Pick rating. Last year, the LT trim was fitted with the same HID headlights, but they didn’t have high-beam assist, which Chevy calls IntelliBeam. In the IIHS’ words, vehicles that have high-beam assist earn an extra point from the institute that helped the headlights earn a higher score.

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Everything else about the Equinox remained the same, so the SUV earned a rating of Good in all six crash tests and had a front crash prevention system that was found to be Superior.

Other compact SUVs that earned a Top Safety Pick rating include the Ford Escape, Honda CR-V, and Nissan Rogue. The Toyota RAV4, Subaru Forester, Mazda CX-5, and Hyundai Tucson were all named Top Safety Pick+ vehicles.

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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