2020 Chevrolet Equinox Review


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2020 Chevrolet Equinox Overview

The Chevrolet Equinox, a compact crossover SUV, receives a handful of changes for 2020. Several driving-assistance and collision-avoidance technologies now come standard. Fans of diesel engines will be upset that this option is dropped for 2020. Three new paint colors and a Midnight Edition appearance package are also new for 2020.

The Equinox is available with additional chrome trim, enhanced lighting, and larger aluminum wheels, making it a clean, fundamentally attractive SUV. A hands-free power tailgate is available for easier loading when your hands are full.

The 2020 Chevrolet Equinox continues in L, LS, LT, and Premier trims. Each trim includes a standard turbocharged 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine making 170 horsepower and 203 pound-feet of torque. The L trim is only available with front-wheel drive (FWD). LS, LT, and Premier trims are available with either FWD or all-wheel-drive (AWD). Upgrade to the turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine to infuse the Equinox with 252 hp and 260 lb-ft. The 2.0-liter engine gives the 5-passenger crossover more energetic performance and a towing capacity of 3,500 pounds. Fuel-economy returns are as high as 26 mpg city, 31 highway, and 28 combined.

The Equinox offers 29.9 cubic feet of cargo space behind the back seat and a maximum amount of 63.9 cu. ft. The driver and front passenger face a tidy dashboard with simple, functional controls. Depending on the trim level and equipment, the Equinox offers leather, a panoramic sunroof, a heated steering wheel, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, and a surround-view camera.

Chevrolet’s latest infotainment technology comes standard. Every 2020 Equinox includes Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a 4G LTE WiFi hotspot, and the ability to pair two smartphones to the Bluetooth connection at the same time. Upgrades to the system include a larger 8-inch touchscreen display, HD radio, OnStar subscription services, navigation, improved voice recognition, and a 7-speaker Bose premium sound system.

Teen Driver technology also comes standard, giving parents peace of mind by providing vehicle usage reports. For 2020, Chevrolet also makes a slew of driving-assist and collision-avoidance systems standard. Options include adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane-change alert, and rear parking sensors. With a subscription to OnStar, the Equinox provides automatic collision notification and SOS emergency calling.

Substandard headlight performance prevented the Equinox from earning a Top Safety Pick rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in 2019, but the SUV got top marks for crashworthiness and collision avoidance. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gives the Equinox a 5-star overall rating.

Aside from its cramped cargo space, the 2020 Chevy Equinox makes for a competitive compact crossover. It competes with the Honda CR-V, Nissan Rogue, and Toyota RAV4.


Christian Wardlaw has nearly two decades of experience reviewing cars, and has served in editorial leadership roles with Edmunds, Autobytel, and J.D. Power and Associates. Chris prefers to focus on the cars people actually buy rather than the cars about which people dream, and emphasizes the importance of fuel economy and safety as much as how much fun a car is to drive. Chris is married to an automotive journalist, is the father of four daughters, and lives in Southern California.

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