Chevrolet Trailblazer vs. Chevrolet Equinox

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, Automotive Editor - May 14, 2020

With a total of seven crossovers and SUVs to choose from, Chevrolet has one of the more robust lineup of family-friendly vehicles for consumers to choose from. For consumers needing something small, affordable, and versatile, there’s the all-new subcompact Chevrolet Trailblazer. If you’re in need of something bigger, but still toward the smaller end of Chevy’s lineup, there’s the compact Equinox.

While the most obvious difference between the two models is their size, the Trailblazer and Equinox have a few other differences that may have you leaning toward one option. If you find yourself cross-shopping the two vehicles, here are some things that may sway your decision.

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What the Trailblazer Gets Right

As the smaller crossover of the two, the Chevy Trailblazer is the cheaper vehicle. Pricing for the Trailblazer, including destination, starts at $19,995, while the larger Equinox is priced from $24,995. The $5,000 difference is a major factor to consider.

The Trailblazer will also help you save money at the gas pump, as it's EPA-rated to get up to 31 miles per gallon combined. The larger, more powerful Equinox is rated at up to 28 mpg combined.

Despite being more affordable than the Equinox, the Trailblazer comes with a lot of the same standard safety features. Forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, and more, are standard on the Trailblazer. The Equinox also comes with the same safety features, making the Trailblazer an excellent value option.

What the Equinox Gets Right

As the larger vehicle, the Chevy Equinox comes with a more powerful engind. The standard engine in the Equinox is a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that produces 170 horsepower. An available 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder that produces 252 hp is also offered. With the Trailblazer, the most powerful engine available is rated at 155 hp.

The compact Equinox has more interior space than the Trailblazer. With the larger crossover, you get more front and rear shoulder room, front and rear hip room, rear head room, and rear leg room. The Equinox also has the edge when it comes to cargo space, as it can hold 29.9 cubic feet of cargo behind the second row and a total of 63.9 cubic feet of cargo. The Trailblazer is rated at 25.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row and a total of 54.4 cubic feet of cargo space.

Need Extra Space?

While the Equinox and the Trailblazer have quite a few differences, the main thing that separates the two is their size. The larger, more expensive Equinox has more interior space, cargo space, and more powerful engines than the Trailblazer. If you don’t need those things, the Trailblazer is a great, versatile option.

Our Verdict: Chevrolet Equinox

For the majority of consumers, the Chevy Equinox is the better choice. Its larger size makes it easier to grow into and its larger interior space will come in handy over the Trailblazer’s small, easy-to-drive stature. While the Equinox costs more money than the Trailblazer, it’s worth the extra cost for those that need the extra space.

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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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