2020 Chevrolet Equinox

2020 Chevy Equinox

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Overview

The 2020 Chevrolet Equinox belongs to the small crossover segment; a segment that has seen a lot of action lately. This ultra-competitive segment comprises many offerings from multiple brands which include the likes of many established manufacturers, which makes it difficult for older and less relevant vehicles to thrive in the market. The Chevrolet Equinox sure is a very good vehicle for someone looking for a decent daily driver that is also big on space and features, but it does fall flat when you compare it to some of its competitors, especially when you factor in the price its sold at.

The 2020 Chevrolet Equinox is offered with a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine and a more powerful 2-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. The smaller engine feels quite underpowered and produces 170 horsepower and 203 lb-ft of torque. This engine is paired with a clunky six-speed automatic transmission. The larger 2-liter engine produces 252 hp and 260 lb-ft, which makes it feel zippier and more eager, especially in city driving conditions. This engine also comes paired to a nine-speed automatic transmission, which also helps improve fuel economy, along with performance. While front-wheel drive is offered as standard on all variants, you also get all-wheel drive as an option on all but the base variant.

2020 Chevy Equinox
2020 Chevy Equinox

Pros and Cons

The 2020 Chevrolet Equinox might be an excellent family car since it offers a great mix of space, comfort, and practicality. However, when compared to its more polished competitors, the Chevrolet Equinox feels very outdated and not as well planned.

ProsCons
2-liter engine is very powerful
Great ride quality
Excellent handling around corners
Well loaded with modern features
The 1.5-liter engine feels weak and underpowered
Small cargo area
The base variant is difficult to get (Special order only)
Poor interior quality
2020 Chevy Equinox Ratings
Overall
7/10
7/10
  • Features - 7/10
    7/10
  • Interior - 6.5/10
    6.5/10
  • Exterior - 7/10
    7/10
  • Fuel Economy - 6.5/10
    6.5/10
  • Safety - 8/10
    8/10
  • Engine & Performance - 7/10
    7/10

What’s new in the 2020 Chevrolet Equinox?

Coming for its third generation the 2020 Chevy Equinox gets a minor facelift, along with a larger safety equipment list as standard and updated options and packages. However, the 2020 model loses its solitary diesel engine option, which might’ve been good for fuel economy, but was a very tepid seller.

Trims and Features

TRIMEquinox LEquinox LSEquinox LTEquinox Premier
FeaturesAutomatic headlight high-beam control, LED DRLs, a rearview camera, a 7-inch touchscreen, a six-speaker music system, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto, Bluetooth, OnStar with 4G LTE connectivity, manual height-adjustable front seats, forward collision warning with pedestrian detection and automatic emergency braking, heated mirrors, push-button start, keyless entry, and lane departure warning and mitigationMultiple exterior colors, 17-inch alloy wheels, premium seat fabric upholstery6-way power-adjustable driver seat, satellite radio, xenon headlights, an upgraded multi-information display, auxiliary rear-seat release leversBlind-spot monitoring, powered tailgate, heated front seats, 8-inch HD touchscreen, 10 speaker Bose music system, LED headlights and taillights, driver seat memory function, leather upholstery, and wireless charging
OptionsNAAll-wheel-drive, larger 2-liter engine, panoramic sunroofAll-wheel-drive, larger 2-liter engine, panoramic sunroof
Infotainment Package:8-inch HD touchscreen, 8 speaker music system
Confidence and Convenience package: Blind-spot monitoring, powered tailgate, heated front seats
All-wheel-drive, larger 2-liter engine, panoramic sunroof
Infotainment II Package10 speaker Bose music system
Confidence and Convenience II package:360 degree reversing camera, all-round parking sensors
Price$ 24,800$ 27,495$ 30,335$ 32,835

We Recommend

The Chevrolet Equinox is priced quite high when you compare it to its competitors, especially when you consider the features on offer. While the base L variant might seem well priced, this variant is ordered only, which means you won’t be getting one off the dealer lot and there won’t be any discounts on it. The LS variant is decently specced but doesn’t add much for the sudden price increase, which makes the LS variant feel overpriced. Stepping up to the LT variant finally adds some modern-day luxuries, which finally make the Equinox feel like a decent car to own. The Premier variant goes a step further to make you feel special, by adding some more features, which one might require. Overall, the LT variant makes the best sense for someone looking for a decent family SUV, although, we’d urge you to bargain for a discount, to bring its price to a more palatable level.

Read the 2019 Chevy Equinox Review

2020 Chevy Equinox Performance

Engine

The Chevrolet Equinox is offered with two different gasoline engines with varying displacement, power output and torque numbers (170 horsepower and 203 lb-ft of torque). The smaller 1.5-liter unit gets turbocharging and decent numbers on paper, but in reality, this engine feels extremely lethargic and underpowered. While you can still manage to go around in the city, the Equinox with this engine feels completely out of place on the highway. Overtakes require constant downshifts and the six-speed automatic takes its own sweet time to select a gear when the accelerator is pushed down. The larger 2-liter engine is our recommended engine of the range though since this engine has ample grunt and oomph (252 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque) to take the Equinox to higher speeds in almost no time. The newer 9-speed automatic gearbox also helps driveability by offering the required gear on demand.

Acceleration

The 2020 Chevrolet Equinox is a city car and it performs exactly like one would imagine a small crossover to perform. While the smaller engine feels laid back and tepid, the larger engine actually feels eager to accelerate. While this configuration is still bogged down by the Equinox’s weight, the Equinox still manages to hit 60 mph in 6.8 seconds, which is a considerable feat, when compared to other crossovers out there.

Ride & Handling

The Chevrolet Equinox handles like a typical crossover, as in, it leans and rolls around through corners, especially when driven with a heavy foot. However, if you’re light on the throttle, the Equinox actually feels well balanced and composed in terms of handling. The Equinox also rides very well over bad roads, and bumps are rarely felt inside the cabin. While we wouldn’t go as far as to call the Equinox a corner carver, it sure does handle well and provide good feedback through the steering wheel, thus making the overall driving experience enjoyable.   

2020 Chevy Equinox Ride and Handling
2020 Chevy Equinox Ride and Handling

2020 Chevy Equinox Fuel Economy

While crossovers weren’t particularly known for their efficiency in the past decade, modern crossovers have started to show considerable improvements in this regard. The Equinox also shines in this department since its ability to return a decent figure of 39 mpg, which is really good for a vehicle that rides so well. The Equinox even manages to return greater efficiency than its competition in the city, which is a great feat, when you factor in the Equinox’s size. Overall, the Equinox proves itself to be a reliable and economical vehicle to use on a daily basis.

2020 Chevy Equinox Interior

The 2020 Chevrolet Equinox is a small crossover that seats five adults across two rows of seating, in quite a lot of comfort. While the Equinox’s diminutive dimensions might suggest that it might be cramped inside, its well-packaged interiors actually make the vehicle feel very airy and spacious. The Equinox’s seats feature soft and plush leather (only on the Premier variant though) which are really comfortable for long-distance cruising. The interior layout has started to look a little dated now since the dashboard looks very similar to the ones you’d find inside Chevies from the past decade. Interior quality is also on the lower side since the build quality seems very low rent and the plastic switches feel like they won’t last for more than a year or two. The touch and feel of the materials used are also on the lower side since the plastics on and underneath the dashboard feel brittle and scratchy. Overall, the Equinox’s interiors reflect the price point its sold at, and the fact that it’s been built to a cost is quite apparent.

How are those seats like?

The Equinox follows the standard five-seater layout that’s found in nearly every other car out there. While the front seats feature some bolstering to keep the occupants in place, this bolstering is surprisingly not as uncomfortable as one would find in other vehicles in this class. The seats are also very well cushioned and there’s ample amount of support to keep the occupants happy for long durations. The rear seats also feature great comfort and plushness, but one gripe we have about the rear seat is the fact that it doesn’t recline completely and feels a tad too upright, for our liking. Also, if you opt for the optional sunroof, the rear seat misses out on quite a lot of headroom, which makes the cabin feel quite cramped, especially for adults. Thus, while its seats sure are comfortable, the room is at a slight premium in the rear part of the cabin.

2020 Chevy Equinox Seats
2020 Chevy Equinox Seats

 Infotainment

There are two infotainment systems on offer with the Equinox. Both systems come with the same software and features, with the only difference being the higher resolution on the larger screen. The larger screen also comes with a better music system, with the option to upgrade to the far more superior Bose sound system. While both systems are simple to use and come with a wide variety of features, the smaller screen looks really out of place and cheap in the Equinox’s cabin.  Overall, we’d suggest sticking with the larger screen, unless you’re on a serious budget.

  • 7-inch and 8-inch touchscreen systems, depending on the variant chosen
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility
  • Bluetooth, AUX and 2 USB ports
  • Navigation
  • OnStar connected services
  • The choice among the basic 6 speaker music system, an upgraded 8-speaker music system, or a top of the line Bose 10-speaker music system
  • 4G LTE Wi-Fi connectivity
  • Satellite and FM radio

2020 Chevy Equinox Interior Pictures

2020 Chevy Equinox Exterior

Design and Dimension

The Chevrolet Equinox is not an entirely brand new car, and its design is quite generic when compared to other Chevrolet cars at this price point. The overall silhouette of the Equinox is very similar to other crossovers at this price point since it follows the standard boxy shape that we’ve come to expect from crossovers. The window line runs across the car’s length to ensure that the car has larger and airy windows towards the rear. There’s also a slight character line that runs parallel to the window line, to give an illusion of the car’s width. Overall, the Equinox maintains a simple and straightforward design that does its job, without turning any heads.

2020 Chevy Equinox Exterior
2020 Chevy Equinox Exterior

Exterior Features

The 2020 Chevrolet Equinox doesn’t feature any kind of design detail which helps it stand out from the crowd. While most vehicles in this segment offer modern touches like projector headlamps and LED DRLs, the Equinox misses out on these, which makes it look older than its competition. The Equinox does get a particularly weird design element, the third window, which sweeps up to give the Equinox a more comprehensive and balanced look. The Equinox also gets roof rails on certain models, although, these are only for show and cannot carry any weight whatsoever.

2020 Chevy Equinox Exterior Pictures

2020 Chevy Equinox Pricing

Cost of ownership 

CRITERIAYear 1Year 2Year 3Year 4Year 5Total
Insurance$ 963$ 997$ 1,032$ 1,068$ 1,105$ 5,165
Financing$ 1,378$ 1,109$ 820$ 514$ 185$ 4,006
State Fees$ 1,788$ 1,758$ 1,758$ 1,758$ 1,758$ 8,820
Maintenance$ 443$ 693$ 662$ 1,958$ 1,988$ 5,744
Repair Cost$ 0$ 0$ 137$ 326$ 471$ 934
Depreciation$ 3,339$ 1,952$ 1,848$ 2,168$ 2,054$ 11,361
Grand Total$ 36,030

Taking insurance, financing, state fees, maintenance, repair cost and depreciation into consideration, the 2020 Chevrolet Equinox will cost $ 36,030 on an average to own over a period of 5 years. This makes the Equinox a relatively expensive vehicle to maintain and repair, not to mention the large depreciation hit it takes thanks to its poor reliability record. If you are considering the Equinox as your next vehicle, be sure to have some cash lying around for its upkeep over the following years.

Top 5 US States pricing

The 2020 Chevrolet Equinox is currently being sold with huge discounts from the dealer side since it’s not too popular in its segment. While the Equinox is a decent vehicle to own, there are cheaper options out there that offer much better value for money. Also, if you’re looking for discounts on the base variant, you’ll be disappointed, since the base L variant is made to order only. Here are the best prices of the Equinox (LT variant) in the States, at the time of writing this review.

  • Utah: $ 21,340
  • New Jersey: $ 21,660
  • New Mexico: $ 22,080
  • Texas: $ 22, 370
  • New York: $ 22,510

Prices vary from dealer to dealer and are subject to change

2020 Chevy Equinox Competition

The 2020 Chevrolet Equinox competes against established rivals such as the Ford Escape and the Honda CR-V. Both of the Equinox’s competitors sell quite a lot more than the latter since they’re offered with a wider range of engines, a more comprehensive feature list, and better overall reliability.

2020 Chevy Equinox Vs 2020 Ford Escape

The Ford Escape recently received a model overhaul for the 2020 model year, which brought along with it a brand new design (which is slightly polarising in our opinion) modern equipment like a digital gauge cluster and a larger touchscreen. While the Chevy’s touchscreen is decent to use, Ford’s touchscreen feels miles ahead in terms of overall usability. The Ford also gets ventilated and heated seats as standard, a feature that’s not even available on the Equinox’s top variant. The Chevrolet does perform better than the Ford in terms of overall comfort and ride, but the Ford is not too far behind when it comes to overall comfort. The Ford also gets a panoramic roof as standard from the second variant, without compromising on rear passenger headroom and comfort.

2020 Ford Escape Vs 2020 Chevy Equinox
2020 Ford Escape Vs 2020 Chevy Equinox

2020 Chevy Equinox Vs 2020 Honda CRV

The Honda CRV has always been known to be a reliable and efficient runabout that doesn’t disappoint in terms of overall performance. While the latest version did feature some underpowered engines initially, Honda remedied this issue with a quick update and more powerful turbochargers. The Honda also features premium leather seats in its top variant, which goes further in increasing overall passenger comfort. However, Honda’s touchscreen system is probably the worst we’ve seen in this segment since it takes too long to load menus, and the navigation system is nearly unusable. The Chevrolet also betters the Honda in terms of overall refinement, an honor that was once only reserved for Honda vehicles.     

2020 Honda CRV
2020 Honda CRV

Our Verdict

The 2020 Chevrolet Equinox, when viewed in isolation is a very good vehicle, since it offers quite a lot of features and equipment as standard, without skimping on the essentials. However, when you compare it to its competitors, the Equinox suddenly starts looking like a very expensive option, since it is priced quite a lot more than its competitors. The Equinox’s base variants are also not worth considering since you get a lot more features for the price when you opt for its competitors. The LT trim and the Premier trim are the only trims you should consider if you’re planning on getting the Equinox at all. Or else, we’d suggest sticking to its competitors, if you’re looking for a value for money motoring experience.