Chevrolet Equinox
Chevrolet Equinox
Chevrolet Equinox

2021 Chevrolet Equinox

Pros: Generous passenger room for the class; large, versatile cargo space with good small-items storage; good selection of available comfort and safety features

Cons: Sole engine has only adequate power; some middling interior materials; so-so rearward visibility

CG Says: The 2021 Chevrolet Equinox drops its more powerful 2.0-liter turbo and adds a Leather Package for the LT model. A revised Equinox is expected for the 2022 model year that might include the return of the 2.0-liter engine. The Chevrolet Equinox was redesigned and downsized for 2018. The current Equinox is about four inches shorter and around 400 pounds lighter than the previous generation, which moved it from our midsize SUV class to the compact SUV category—where it competes more directly against rivals such as the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4. Equinox’s larger sibling, the Chevrolet Traverse, got a bit larger for 2018 and a Chevrolet Blazer slots between Equinox and Traverse. The sole powertrain is a 170-horsepower turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. All Equinoxes are available with front-wheel drive, and all models but the base L are offered with all-wheel drive. Standard safety features include automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, lane-keep assist, following-distance indicator, and automatic high-beam headlights. Available safety features include blind-spot alert, rear cross traffic alert, and GM’s Teen Driver monitoring feature. A hands-free power liftgate, heated steering wheel, heated and ventilated front seats, and heated rear seats are among the available comfort and convenience features. The previous-generation Equinox straddled the line between the compact and midsize SUV classes. The current Equinox’s downsized dimensions and smaller engine provide better fuel economy and a bit more tractability, and passenger and cargo room aren’t seriously compromised. The base 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine delivers only mediocre off-the-line acceleration, but is otherwise decently peppy.

The Facts
Class Compact SUV
Body Style(s) 4-door wagon
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Chevrolet
Nation of Manufacture Canada
Base Prices L: $24,995
LS: $27,495
AWD LS: $29,095
LT: $28,695
AWD LT: $30,295
Premier: $32,595
AWD Premier: $34,195

Base Engine
turbocharged 1.5-liter 4-cylinder
Std. Transmission
6-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
EPA City Range (mpg)
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)

Chevrolet Equinox
2021 Chevrolet Equinox
NHTSA Ratings
Overall - 5

(5 is the highest rating)

Front Crash - 5
Side Crash - 5
Rollover - 4

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