Always quiet people, wallflowers, je ne sais quoi of the vast SUV sector. The equinox occurs twice a year when the sun crosses the celestial equator, perfectly balancing night and day; It’s hard to call anything in any car perfectly balanced, but the Equinox has endured through times of supply constraints, economic hardships, and critical (and demanding) markets, and public interest more than ever. This is the SUV of the year in the Fleet.
The sun was setting on the third generation when Chevrolet revealed the new look Equinox in February 2020 at the Chicago Auto Show. With a new front grille, redesigned headlights, taillights and rear bumper, the Equinox is available in five trim levels: L, LS, LT, Premier and RS. Fewer options were initially expected, but the overwhelming success of GM’s SUV categories has spurred more choice for consumers and fleets everywhere.
“Customer choice is a competitive advantage for Chevrolet,” Steve Majoros, Chevrolet vice president of marketing, said in a press release about the Equinox, “and special editions and exclusive trims Unique design allows us to give our customers the custom look they want straight from the factory. . ”
Despite the exterior changes, not much has changed under the bonnet of last year’s Equinox compared to the previous version, but this is not because popularity has waned; instead, the pandemic shut down Equinox production. Like many other manufacturers, GM has opted to cut some features rather than add to the popular SUV, and the option of a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder has been dropped from the lineup.
With a fuel tank capacity of 14.9 gallons on the FWD version and 15.6 on the AWD, the Equinox has a strong mileage rating of 26 mph in the city and a 30 mile/gallon breach on the highway. speed, making the SUV one of the most fuel-efficient SUVs on the road in a competitive category. The 1.5L turbo DOHC direct-injected and churns out 170 hp at 5,600 rpm and 203 lb.-ft. torque at 2,000-4,000 rpm. A six-speed Hydra-Matic transmission moves the car on a MacPherson strut and four-link independent rear suspension, providing a 1,500-pound trailer payload and 63.9 cubic feet top cargo volume. , which combines some of the power of midsize trucks in the category with more space than most sedans can offer. Lighting windows with Chevrolet logo and electrically adjustable and heated outside mirrors with integrated turn signals help affirm the Equinox as a modern, technologically advanced vehicle.
Like many other SUVs, the Equinox balances power and comfort with smooth six-speed automatic shifts and precise steering response on standard 17- and 18-inch wheels, with the larger 19-inch sizes available. available as an option on all vehicle models.
Inside, cupboards abound — especially on the higher trim levels — and the interior is fixed by a 7.0-inch (8.0-inch available) color touchscreen in the center of the interior. dashboard. Chevrolet’s MyLink infotainment system has many of the standard bells and whistles one would expect with a contemporary smart car and wireless integration; Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility are standard, as is Bluetooth and audio streaming, USB connectivity, and an auxiliary input jack. The Equinox has built-in Wi-Fi, which makes it stand out from many other crossovers and SUVs that lack similar features.
In terms of safety, the Equinox rivals most SUVs at the top level. It has earned a five-star award from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Equinox comes standard with automatic emergency braking, lane assist and automatic high beams, emergency braking with pedestrian detection, and lane departure warning. Adaptive cruise control is optional.