Equinox is one of the most popular cars that bear the famous “golden cross”. It slots above the Chevrolet Trax and below the Chevrolet Traverse. The 2019 Equinox belongs to the 3rd generation of this crossover. The older generations were based on the Theta and Theta 2 platforms, respectively. The current generation rides on GM’s D2 platform which it shares with the GMC Terrain, Chevrolet Cruze and Chevrolet Volt. While the older generations competed in the mid-size crossover segment, the current generation, with the reduction in dimensions, finds itself in the compact crossover segment.
What’s new in the 2019 Chevrolet Equinox?
- Pedestrian Sensing, Automatic Braking and Adaptive Cruise Control make way into the lineup
- Updated Infotainment Segment
- Wide range of engine and feature choices
- Comfortable Interiors
- Quiet and smooth ride quality
- Solid performance of the gasoline engines
- Poor performance of the diesel engine
- Optional safety features are very pricey
- Deceptive 9-speed automatic gearbox of the 2L engine
Trims & Features available in 2019 Chevrolet Equinox
The 2019 Chevrolet Equinox is segregated into 4 trims for the US market. There are also options for FWD or AWD for all trims except the base trim. The top two trims also have an opportunity for a 2L turbo engine or a 1.6L turbocharged diesel engine.
The base L trim comes with 7” Touchscreen infotainment section, heated power outside mirrors, front and rear powered windows, 4-way manually adjustable front bucket seats, 60/40 Split-Folding back Seats, 3.5” Multi-Color DIS, wheel-mounted controls and power door locks. The L trim leads the 2019 Chevrolet Equinox lineup with front-wheel drive powertrain.
The LS trim adds rear carpeted floor mats, 17” Aluminum Wheels and a compass in the instrument console.
The LT trim adds deep-tinted Radio Glass, high-intensity headlamps, Sirius XM radio, roof-mounted luggage carrier provisions, 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, and rear seat release levers.
The top of the line 2019 Chevrolet Equinox Premier keeps all of these features and adds 19” Aluminum wheels, an 8” touchscreen infotainment section with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity, HD rear vision camera system, fog lamps, heated front passenger seats and leather-wrapped steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, lane change and side blind zone Alert, hands-free liftgate, rear cross-traffic alert & remote start, LED headlamps and tail lamps and inside rearview mirror.
Which 2019 Chevrolet Equinox We Recommend?
We suggest you go for the fully loaded Premier variant with the AWD option. You will be treated with a bunch of premium features that will make you admire this Chevy. If you are one of those folks who use an SUV the way it is supposed to be used, then opt for the optional 2L engine.
2019 Chevrolet Equinox Performance
Engine & Transmission
There are 3 engine choices to choose from with the all-new Equinox to match your requirements. The 1.5L turbocharged Flat 4 engine is the most common choice. It is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. This engine churns out 170 horses and has maximum torque output of 203 lb/ft. This engine is perfect for daily city commutes and occasional long trips. We occasionally say as this engine feels underpowered on the highway and will keep you longing for more power.
The available 2L turbocharged Inline 4 solves this issue as it churns out 252 “buff horses” and 260 lb/ ft of torque. This should be the engine of choice if you love hitting the highway often. The extra horses also come in handy on the off-road trails. Yes, the fuel economy takes a hit, but it’s a trade-off you won’t regret. The 9-speed automatic gearbox might be a little confusing to start with because of the numerous cogs, but you’ll get used to it in no time.
The 1.6L turbocharged diesel Flat 4 may produce only 130 horses, but it produces 240 lb/ft of torque. This engine is mated to a 6-speed automatic gearbox and has an excellent fuel economy. However, the diesel engine will cost you $2,400 more than the 1.5L gasoline engine, and this sum will take a long time to recover.
Regardless of the engine under the hood, what is constant with the 2019 Equinox it’s quiet and composed ride quality. The wheel might be on the lighter side, but it’s very accurate. The all-wheel drive has your back when it snows or rains heavily. You can also switch between 2WD and 4WD at the click of a button.
The 2019 Chevrolet Equinox is one of the fastest accelerating cars among its competitors. It can do 0-60 mph in 6.3 seconds and is the quickest in the segment. It can also complete a quarter-mile drag race in 14.7 seconds which is again the fastest time in the section. There are two determinants behind the Equinox’s impressive acceleration figures. The first is its curb weight which is 3274 lbs and is the lightest car in the segment. The other reason is its turbocharger that provides an instant adrenaline rush to the engine.
The 2019 Chevrolet Equinox has a very efficient braking system. It can come to a standstill from 60 mph in just 115 feet. This figure is only bettered by the Ford Escape, which does the same in 112 feet. The curb weight again comes to play here. The 2019 Equinox is equipped with 4 wheel Anti-lock Braking System for automatic emergency braking. It also has disc brakes in both the front and rear wheels. The automatic emergency braking system is only available in the LT and Premier trims.
2019 Chevrolet Equinox Fuel Economy (MPG)
The 2019 Chevrolet Equinox has impressive MPG figures. The 1.5L turbocharged FWD variant has a fuel economy of 26 mpg in the city, 32 on the highway and a combined value of 28 mpg. Its AWD variant has 25 mpg in the city, 30 on the highway and a combined figure of 27 mpg.
The 2L turbocharged front-wheel-drive Equinox’s fuel efficiency figures are 22 mpg for the city, 29 mpg for the highway and 25 mpg combined. The AWD avatar has 22 mpg in the city, 28 on the highway and a combined figure of 28 mpg.
The 1.6L diesel engine is the most fuel-efficient engine among the three. The FWD 1.6L turbocharged Equinox will get you 28 mpg in the city, 39 mpg on the highway and has a combined figure of 32 mpg. The AWD will get you 28 mp in the city, 38 mpg on the highway and has a combined figure of 32 mpg
2019 Chevrolet Equinox Interior
The redesign of the 2018 Equinox shrunk its dimension by a few inches, which means that the cabin lacks the space offered by its predecessor. However, it’s more nimble now and more comfortable to drive and park in the city. The cabin can comfortably accommodate 5 passengers, and there are enough legroom and headroom for all.
The seats are well cushioned and offer ample lateral support. The front seats are bucket type, and the rear ones are 60/40 split-folding. The seats on the rear also come with 2 complete sets of LATCH anchors. The L and LS trims come with 4 way manually adjustable driver’s seats while the LT and Premier trim get 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seats with 2 way lumbar support. The front passenger seats across all trims on the 2019 Equinox are 4 way manually adjustable. The back seats miss out on the sliding capability of its predecessor.
The L, LS, and LT trim come with cloth upholstery while the Premier variant has Leather-appointed seats and steering wheel. It also gets heated and ventilated front seats. The default cargo space of the 2019 Equinox is 30 cubic feet. Some of its rivals such as the 2019 Rogue has a larger trunk, but the Equinox is more than capable of handling your daily needs. The 60/40 split-folding rear seats increase the cargo space to 63.4 cubic feet.
- 7″ Touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity
- Heated Power Outside Mirrors
- Front and Rear Power Windows
- Tire Inflator Kit
- 7” Full Touchscreen Infotainment System with 4G LTEOur Final Verdict Hotspot
- 4 Way manual Adjust Front Bucket Seats
- 60/40 Split-Folding Rear Seats
- 3.5” Multi-Color DIS
- Wheel Mounted Controls
- Keyless Open
- Rear Child Security Door Locks
- Power Door Locks
How much will the 2019 Chevrolet Equinox cost?
Most folks may not pay much attention to the cost of ownership of a car at the time of purchasing one, but it does make a lot of difference in the long run. You will spend a substantial sum of money on its insurance and maintenance that eventually adds on to the price of the car.
|CRITERIA||Year 1||Year 2||Year 3||Year 4||Year 5||Total|
|Taxes & Fees||$1,281||$93||$93||$93||$93||$1,653|
|Real cost of ownership||$13,358||$5,323||$5,146||$6,383||$6,228||$36,438|
The estimated cost of ownership of the base L trim of the 2019 Chevrolet Equinox adds up to be around $36,438 for 5 years. This includes the money you will spend on its insurance, maintenance, taxes, fuel, and overall depreciation. The Equinox does not have the highest cost of ownership in the segment, but the 2019 Rogue and Subaru Forester have a lower cost of ownership than this Chevy.
Cost of ownership in various states
- California: $23,796
- Illinois: $23,481
- Texas: $23,746
- Michigan: $24,145
- New York: $24,625
The prices of the 2019 Equinox also varies from state to state. The difference is a result of the state-specific taxes, dealership discounts, and how well the car sells in the state. From a sample size of 5 states, which are Arizona, California, Florida, Michigan, and New Jersey, the L trim of 2019 Chevrolet Equinox was the most expensive in New Jersey at $24,625 and the cheapest in California at $23,481.
2019 Chevrolet Equinox Competition
The compact crossover is a fiercely contested segment in the US. As more and more people are buying crossovers and SUVs over sedans and hatches, car manufacturers are doing their best to capitalize on this changing market trend. The list of top-selling cars in the US for the year 2018 was dominated by crossovers and SUVs, which included the Chevrolet Equinox, Toyota RAV4, 2019 Rogue and the Subaru Forester.
2019 Chevrolet Equinox vs 2019 Toyota RAV4
The Toyota RAV4 has been the top-selling crossover in the US for the past 2 years. The latest avatar of the RAV4 has a new exterior styling and updated interior features. The AWD system of the RAV4 is one of the best in the business and is excellent if you like wandering off the road. On the other hand, the Chevrolet Equinox is an All-American crossover with a great engine, upscale interior, and upgraded infotainment features. It ultimately boils down to your taste and choices as both of these cars are great in their rights.
2019 Chevrolet Equinox vs 2019 Nissan Rogue
Rogue is the car that everyone is talking about right now. It came like a hurricane and took over the US car market. It is the highest-selling crossover in the US till the end of August 2019 with more than 250,000 units sold. The reason for such promising sales of the Rogue is significant because of its excellent build quality, upscale and spacious interiors and the trust Nissan has built over the years. The infotainment segment is updated and one of the best in the segment. It is very hard not to recommend this car in this segment. The Equinox is doing great in terms of sales and is an excellent alternative to the Rogue. The Equinox, with its optional 2L engine, will be a better car if you are of the adventure-seeking kind. Thus, you can buy either of these cars, and you’ll not regret the decision.
2019 Chevrolet Equinox vs 2019 Subaru Forester
The Forester was one of the earliest entries in the crossover segment. It has been one of the go-to crossovers for many folks owing to its reliability and excellent ride quality. However, the engine does feel underpowered, especially when you are on the highway. The 2019 Chevrolet Equinox, on the other hand, has a great engine and excellent to drive on the highway. The fuel economy of both cars is similar. We will recommend the Equinox over the Forester as it has a more contemporary styling and better ride quality than its Japanese compatriot.
Our Final Verdict
2019 Chevrolet Equinox is one of the better cars in the segment. It has got a great engine and excellent ride quality. The interiors are spacious and upscale than most of its competitors. Then comes the reliability of Chevrolet as a car manufacturer. The all-American company is one of the most loved and trusted car brands in the world. Hence, you don’t worry about the long-time reliability of the Equinox. Thus, if you want to buy a car that reflects the American way of life, the Equinox is the car for you.
Anuron Deka is a passionate driver whose love for cars can only be matched by his passion for writing. Hence naturally, after obtaining a Master’s degree in Engineering, he migrated to a job that lets him explore both of his passions.
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