2019 Chevrolet Equinox Review

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2019 Chevrolet Equinox Overview

Chevrolet introduced a redesigned third-generation Equinox for 2018, downsizing the model a bit, but also making it far more competitive. For 2019, there are light alterations.

The Equinox’s exterior is consistent with that of other Chevrolets, with dual-section front grille, sharp side creases, and quad-signature taillights. A layer of dark gray plastic cladding at the bottom adds a sense of purpose and protects the vehicle from rock chips. Inside, versions with cloth seats get a geometric textured pattern with several two-tone interior colors from which to choose. There’s room for five people, and up to 63.5 cubic feet with the optional 40/60 split-folding seats down.

The base arrangement pairs a 1.5-liter turbocharged inline 4-cylinder engine, making 170 horsepower and 203 pound-feet of torque, with a 6-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive (FWD) is standard, while all-wheel drive (AWD) is optional. The 1.5-liter engine delivers up to 26 miles per gallon city, 32 highway, and 28 combined.

For buyers with a sense of urgency, the Equinox offers a larger 2.0-liter turbocharged inline 4-cylinder engine, capable of 252 hp and 260 lb-ft. It gets a more-advanced 9-speed automatic transmission, and is capable of up to 22, 29, and 25 mpg, albeit on premium fuel. FWD is standard, while AWD is optional.

The most interesting option has to be the 1.6-liter turbocharged diesel inline 4-cylinder engine, which makes just 137 horsepower, but a profound 240 lb-ft. Not only that, it achieves remarkable fuel economy ratings of up to 28, 39, and 32. Like the 1.5-liter gas engine, it comes coupled to a 6-speed automatic transmission, and is available in either FWD or AWD.

Similarly, there are a few trims to choose from on the Equinox. The L trim comes with the 1.5-liter engine, 17-inch painted wheels, keyless access and start, a 7-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, USB connectivity, 4G LTE hotspot capability, and LED daytime running lights.

To this, the LS trim merely adds a few conveniences, like a space-saver spare tire, a compass, and rear floor mats. It also unlocks some options not available on the L trim.

The LT trim is the most versatile of the three, available with all three engines. Features include 18-inch wheels, high-intensity discharge (HID) headlights, a power driver’s seat with power lumbar, a color instrument panel LCD, and heated mirrors with body-colored caps. A nicer 8-inch infotainment system with navigation, extra USB ports, a panoramic sunroof, LED headlights, 19-inch wheels, remote start, dual-zone automatic climate control, and heated front seats are all available.

The Premier trim tops out the range. It comes standard with the 2.0-liter engine with the diesel available as an option. As far as equipment, there’s leather upholstery with driver memory, a hands-free power liftgate, 19-inch wheels, dual chrome exhaust tips, chrome-accented door handles, dual-zone automatic climate control, 8-inch infotainment system, auto-dimming rear view mirror, remote start, LED headlights and taillights, roof side rails, and chrome mirror caps. There are several extra-cost features including a panoramic sunroof, navigation, HD radio, a Bose 7-speaker premium audio system, 8-way power passenger seat, heated steering wheel, heated and cooled front seats, and heated rear outboard seats.

Like most new crossovers, the Equinox comes with a good deal of standard and optional safety features. A reversing camera, a rear seat reminder, and OnStar connectivity all come standard. Teen Driver, which helps parents to monitor their children’s driving habits and set limitations on the vehicle, also comes standard. The Tire Fill Alert honks the horn audibly as each tire is filled to the correct pressure. Options include rear cross-traffic alert, blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, automatic high-beams, a surround-view camera system, lane-keep assist, lane departure warning, and a following distance indicator. Thanks to all that, the Equinox achieved perfect crash ratings and a top crash-avoidance score when the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) tested it in 2018.

With the crossover game getting hotter than ever, the 2019 Equinox is certainly a compelling and appealing option. It offers a wide range of powertrains and options, allowing you to have everything from a grocery-getter to a near-luxury car.

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