Chevrolet Equinox vs. Chevrolet Blazer

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, Automotive Editor - March 27, 2019

Like many other automakers, Chevrolet has a robust lineup of SUVs of all shapes and sizes to appeal to consumers. Two of Chevy's utility vehicles include the all-new Blazer and the Equinox. The Equinox is a compact crossover, while the Blazer is a mid-size offering. The main difference between the two crossovers may be size, but there's a lot of other things that separate them. Despite being similar, there are some large differences between the Blazer and the Equinox that allows one to shine.

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What the Equinox Gets Right

As the smaller option, the Equinox is the more affordable option of the two. The Equinox carries a starting price of $24,795 (including destination), while the Blazer starts at $29,995. That's a large price difference of $5,200.

The price savings with the Equinox continues at the pumps, as it's rated by the EPA to get up to 28 miles per gallon city, 39 mpg highway, and 32 combined at its most efficient. The thriftiest Blazer achieves 22/27/24 mpg (city/highway/combined).

Consumers that like having options when it comes to powertrain configurations will enjoy the Equinox's trio of engines. The base motor is a 170-horsepower turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder. A 1.6-liter turbodiesel that produces 137 hp is the middle of the lineup, while a 252-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder is at the top.

What the Blazer Gets Right

Where the Equinox is conservatively styled, the Blazer is sporty, unique, and stylish. Sharing a lot of the same cues as the performance-oriented Camaro, the Blazer is the clear winner of the two when it comes to exterior and interior styling. Among other mid-size crossovers, the Blazer's sharp design is unique and helps the vehicle stand out.

As the larger of the two, the Blazer has the more spacious cabin. In total, the Blazer has 107.8 cubic feet of cargo space, which bests the Equinox's 103.2 cubic feet of space. Cargo space is more impressive in the Blazer, too, as it's capable of holding up to 30.5 cubic feet of cargo behind the rear seats and a total of 64.2 cubic feet of goods. For the Equinox, the figures are 29.9 cubic feet and 63.9 cubic feet, respectively.

Performance is also in the Blazer's court, as the crossover's available 3.6-liter V6 that's rated at 305 hp bests all of the Equinox's available motors.

When Traditional Can Be Better

The Equinox's conventional styling may not be striking when compared directly to the Blazer's, but the softer lines will appeal to more consumers. There's also the fact that the Equinox has three available engines, while the Blazer only has two. While the Chevy Equinox may not be as exciting as the Blazer, it's a well-rounded option that can still impress.

Our Verdict: Chevrolet Blazer

With distinctive styling, a powerful V6 engine, and a decently sized cabin, the Chevy Blazer combines good attributes from utility vehicles and cars in one desirable package.

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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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