Did you know that the Equinox is Chevrolet’s top-selling SUV and the second best-selling vehicle in the Chevrolet fleet behind the iconic Silverado truck? Offering outstanding comfort, performance, and dependability for a small SUV, it’s no surprise why millions of drivers have chosen the Equinox. So, what makes the 2020 Chevy Equinox so special? The Equinox is a dependable little SUV that is packed with infotainment technology, safety features, and a performance that doesn’t quit.
1. Performance When It Counts: Powertrains
Chevrolet promises the Equinox is up for whatever adventure comes its way by offering two engine options. The Equinox comes standard with a 1.5-liter turbo engine, but the engine can be upgraded to a 2.0-liter turbo engine with a nine-speed automatic transmission. The 1.5-liter is the most efficient choice of the two options and delivers an impressive fuel economy of 26 MPG in the city and 31 MPG on the highway.
The 2.0-liter turbo offers more power under the hood when paired with the nine-speed transmission. This combination produces 252 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. Because of this power, the 2.0-liter has a towing capacity of up to 3,500 lbs when properly equipped and features a Tow/Haul mode that makes towing a breeze. These features alone make the 2.0-liter a valuable upgrade for drivers looking for a capable utility vehicle that offers both comfort and performance.
2. Plenty of Choices: Trim Options
Chevrolet knows that drivers like to have plenty of options, from powertrains to trim models and accessories. The 2020 Equinox comes in four trim levels: L, LS, LT, and Premier. You can also select between two special edition models: the Midnight Edition and the Redline Edition. The models are modestly priced, with the L, or base model, starting at $23,800 and the higher-end Premier priced at $31,400.
Two of the most popular models are the Midnight Edition and the Redline Edition. The Midnight Edition Equinox is available on the LT as an upgrade and boasts an array of features, including 19-inch Gloss Black wheels and leather seats. The model also features a unique black grille, front fog lamps, and front and rear black bowtie emblems that set the Midnight Edition apart from the other Equinox models.
The Redline Edition makes a bold statement and offers the Equinox a sportier street-ready style. Like the Midnight Edition, the Redline features 19-inch black wheels but accentuates them with red accents. The Redline also includes a black grille, black mirror caps, and black bowtie emblems. Additional accents include the red outline of the Equinox badges as well as the black window surround that enable this Equinox to make a bold statement on the road.
3. Awarded for Safety and Dependability
The Equinox is no stranger to praise, and that’s another reason why the 2020 Equinox is a solid purchase. JD Power recognized the Equinox’s dependability three years in a row by naming it the “Most Dependable Compact SUV.” The small SUV also received high praise for reporting the lowest number of problems, which only adds to its reputation for reliability.
The 2020 Equinox earned a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score for Safety from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for its outstanding safety features. Not only that, but the Chevy Equinox was named a 2020 Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. When it comes to safety, the Equinox, backed by Chevy’s extensive suite of safety features, is a top pick for any family.
Chevrolet is known for its high standard of safety, and that is undoubtedly true for the 2020 Equinox, which now comes standard with Chevy Safe Assist. This six-feature bundle gives drivers enhanced peace of mind the moment they put the key in the ignition. The bundle includes Forward Collision Alert and Automatic Emergency Braking. This feature utilizes the vehicle’s camera technology to detect potential forward collisions. When a potential accident is detected at speeds under 50 mph, the Equinox automatically provides hard emergency braking or applies additional support to the driver’s braking.
Front Pedestrian Braking is the second feature in the Chevy Safe Assist package and, like the Forward Collision Alert, also works at speeds under 50 mph. This feature detects pedestrians, alerts drivers, and applies hard emergency braking in the event of a potential collision. Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning alerts drivers when the vehicle drifts out of its lane without the use of a turn signal and will provide gentle corrections if needed.
The last two standard safety features include the Following Distance Indicator and Intellibeam Auto High Beam Assist. The Following Distance Indicator alerts drivers who are following too closely by indicating the gap time between the Equinox and the vehicle ahead. The Intellibeam High Beam Assist improves visibility by automatically engaging the high beam headlamps based on environmental and traffic conditions.
The Equinox also comes standard with a rear vision camera. Other safety upgrades include Adaptive Cruise Control, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Rear Park Assist, Safety Alert Seat, Lane Change Alert, and HD Surround Vision. One of the most impressive safety features on the 2020 Equinox is the Teen Driver technology, which is an outstanding tool for parents with teenage drivers. The technology mutes the radio until the seatbelts are fastened as a way to remind your teen to buckle up. It also activates enhanced safety features and provides a detailed driving report after every trip.
5. Spacious and Comfortable: Passenger and Cargo Room
Although the Equinox is considered a compact SUV, the title itself is misleading, considering the spacious interior that offers seating for five. The 2020 Equinox also features a Cargo Management System with 60/40 split-folding rear seats that fold flat to maximize cargo space to an impressive 63.9 cubic feet. Additional storage can be found under the rear cargo floor, which is ideal for stowing smaller items out of sight. Plus, the available hands-free liftgate makes accessing your cargo space easier than ever before.
6. Stay Connected: Technology
Much like offering the latest in safety, Chevrolet also equipped the 2020 Equinox with the latest technology. The L, LS, and LT models feature a 7-in color touchscreen that houses the Chevrolet Infotainment System. The Premier model features a larger 8-in high-definition touchscreen. LT and Premier drivers can also upgrade the infotainment system to include an 8-in high-definition color touchscreen with navigation.
The Equinox ensures drivers stay connected with a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot with available 4G LTE data as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration. The Premier features a wireless charging station and an SD card reader, while the L, LS, and LT include four standard USB ports and an aux input jack. All of this can be accessed through the Chevrolet Infotainment 3 system.
Choosing the Equinox: The Most Dependable Compact SUV
Are you looking for an awarded compact SUV that offers dependability, an impressive list of safety features, and plenty of space for cargo and passengers? The 2020 Chevrolet Equinox meets all these criteria and more as one of the most dependable compact SUVs on the road today. As Chevrolet’s second best-selling vehicle in the fleet, the Equinox makes a lasting impression starting with its affordable price tag and moving beyond with its safety and technology features. What are you waiting for? Test drive a 2020 Equinox today!