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Which Equinox does Edmunds recommend?

Considering the L is special order only, and the LS doesn't add much for a substantial price bump, we think it's worth skipping straight to the LT model. Its list of added features isn't extensive, but you do get upgraded headlights for better nighttime visibility, along with satellite radio and tinted glass. The LT also opens the doors to several worthy option packages. The Confidence and Convenience package stands out, with additional luxury features and blind-spot monitoring.

Edmunds' Expert Review

  • Three engines to choose from, including a fuel-efficient diesel
  • Smooth ride over most road surfaces
  • Excellent handling characteristics
  • Smaller cargo area compared to most of its competitors
  • The base gasoline and diesel engines don't feel very lively
  • Interior materials quality is disappointing considering the price
  • New Infotainment 3 touchscreen interface
  • Newly available adaptive cruise control
  • Revised feature availability
  • Part of the third Equinox generation introduced for 2018

Overall rating

7.4 / 10

Fortune doesn't necessarily favor the bold in the compact crossover segment — the Honda CR-V, the Nissan Rogue and the Toyota RAV4 are perennial best-sellers thanks in part to their all-around competencies and history of reliability. Still, automakers strive to make their small SUVs distinct. The 2019 Chevrolet Equinox stands out by bringing high-end luxury features and a couple of distinctive engines to this typically price-conscious class.

Redesigned just last year, the Equinox is one of the newer entries in this segment. As such, all the latest safety features are available, from a surround-view parking camera to forward collision warning system that can identify pedestrians. Unlike some competitors, most of these features can only be ordered on the top trim level, but at least you can get them. Also available are a panoramic sunroof, a surround-view parking camera and ventilated front seats — rare options in this class.

We also like that the Equinox offers two alternative powertrains if you aren't satisfied with the base turbocharged 1.5-liter engine. At one end of the spectrum is a fuel-efficient diesel that achieves 32 mpg in combined driving (the standard engine earns 28 mpg); at the other, a turbocharged 2.0-liter with an additional 80 horsepower. Be careful, however: Once you start checking the options boxes, the Equinox can be substantially more expensive than rival crossovers. An engine stop-start system that cannot be disabled and disappointing materials quality also might give prospective buyers pause.

2019 Chevrolet Equinox models

The 2019 Chevrolet Equinox is a five-passenger compact crossover that costs a bit more than most rivals. It's sold in four trims: L, LS, LT and Premier. The base L model seems like a great deal until you realize that it's a custom-order model and you'll have to wait for it to be built. You'll find the LS at practically any dealer, but it's more expensive and doesn't add much. Best to skip straight to the LT, which is just a bit more expensive and includes more features and access to additional options. If you want the LT and its two packages, the leather-trimmed Premier includes it all.

Three engines are offered on the Equinox. The standard engine is a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder (170 horsepower, 203 pound-feet of torque) matched to a six-speed automatic transmission. A more powerful turbocharged 2.0-liter engine (252 hp, 260 lb-ft) is optional and comes standard with a nine-speed automatic transmission. Also optional is a fuel-efficient 1.6-liter diesel (137 hp, 240 lb-ft) mated to a six-speed automatic. Both of these engines can be ordered on LT and Premier trim levels.

The front-drive-only base L is well-equipped, and it comes standard with 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, LED daytime running lights, a fuel-saving engine stop-start system, a rearview camera, heated mirrors, keyless entry and ignition, a driver information display, height-adjustable front seats, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, Chevrolet's Teen Driver watchdog modes, Bluetooth, OnStar with 4G LTE connectivity and a Wi-Fi hotspot, a 7-inch touchscreen and a six-speaker audio system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, two USB ports up front, and two charge-only USB ports in the rear.

It's a built-to-order trim, however, so you're most likely going to see the next-level LS on dealer lots. It's pricier and doesn't add much besides rear floor mats, a spare tire and a tire jack. It does open the door to an expanded range of exterior colors and availability of all-wheel drive, however, so it's worth considering if you want the least expensive AWD model. The new LS Convenience package adds a power driver's seat and rear privacy glass.

Stepping up to the LT adds xenon headlights, an upgraded information display, auxiliary rear-seat release levers, satellite radio, and the contents of the LS Convenience package. Select either of the optional engines and you'll also add a sunroof and roof rails, while the 2.0-liter motor exclusively adds 18-inch wheels.

The LT offers three notable feature packages. The Lights and Brights package pads on 19-inch wheels, chrome exterior trim, and LED headlights and taillights. The Infotainment package adds a 120-volt household-style power outlet, an 8-inch touchscreen, navigation and two USB ports in the armrest bin. The related Sun and Navigation package includes the contents of the Infotainment package plus a sunroof. (Note that Chevy discontinued this package partway through the model year.)

For increased safety, get the Confidence and Convenience package, which includes rear parking sensors, a power liftgate (except on the diesel), remote engine start, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, rear cross-traffic alert and blind-spot monitoring.

Finally, the range-topping Premier includes the above packages (minus the navigation system and panoramic sunroof) along with 18-inch wheels, LED headlights and taillights, foglights, auto-dimming mirrors, roof rails, a hands-free liftgate, chrome exterior trim, ambient interior lighting, driver-seat memory settings, perforated leather upholstery and wireless device charging. Nineteen-inch wheels are added with the selection of the 2.0-liter engine.

Even the top-trim Premier leaves some goodies on the table. The feature-heavy Confidence and Convenience II package adds automatic high-beam control, a 360-degree parking camera system, a heated steering wheel, a power passenger seat, ventilated front seats, heated rear outboard seats, lane departure warning and lane keeping assist, a meter that measures the distance (in time) between you and the car in front, adaptive cruise control, and forward collision alert with automatic emergency braking. The Sun, Sound and Navigation package (also discontinued midway through the model year) builds on top of this package with 19-inch wheels, the panoramic sunroof and the contents of the Infotainment II package (navigation and a seven-speaker Bose audio system with HD radio).

Trim tested

Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the Chevrolet Equinox Premier (turbo 2.0-liter inline-4 | 9-speed automatic | FWD).

NOTE: Since this test was conducted in 2018, the current Equinox has received some revisions, including a revised infotainment system for 2019. Our findings remain applicable to this year's Equinox, however.

EdmundsScorecard

Overall7.4 / 10
Driving8.0
Comfort7.0
Interior7.0
Utility7.5
Technology8.0

Driving

8.0
The upgrade from the base 1.5-liter engine to the 2.0-liter is well-justified with the amount of power and efficiency it delivers. On top of that, the Equinox has impressive handling on a twisty road. The only downside is the big turning radius that affects U-turns and parking.

Acceleration

9.0
This engine is one of the best in the class. Acceleration is smooth and very manageable in everyday driving, but the front-wheel-drive model can generate torque steer when you floor it. Ours needed only 6.4 seconds to reach 60 mph, quicker than rivals. The diesel took a more leisurely 9.8 seconds.

Braking

8.0
The brakes feel nice and dependable. The pedal effort is appropriate for this kind of vehicle, and response is neither grabby nor lazy. It just feels right. Our Equinox executed a panic stop from 60 mph in 115 feet, a solid result in the compact SUV class.

Steering

8.0
Steering effort is what we expect from a small crossover, with low effort at parking speeds and more weighting at highway speeds. The vehicle tracks straight on most surfaces, and ample on-center feel makes for a relaxing drive. But we noticed some squirm on roads with longitudinal rain grooves.

Handling

9.0
The Equinox is surprisingly capable and balanced on a challenging twisty road. The handling limits are surprisingly high and approachable in these conditions, and it's just about as fun to drive as the class-leading Mazda CX-5.

Drivability

6.0
We're deducting points for an unusually large turning circle. Multipoint turns are a common occurrence with this car on streets where rivals can make a simple U-turn. We noticed this characteristic when nosing into crowded parking lots, too.

Comfort

7.0
Aside from the poorly placed air vents on the dash and the rather stifling leather upholstery, the Equinox gets high marks for comfort. Driving for many hours on end will not cause any undue fatigue. All things considered, it's comparable to other SUVs in the class.

Seat comfort

7.0
The front seats are well-shaped for long hours on the road, though the lumbar adjustment seemed a bit too low, pushing on the top of the hips. The cushioning is adequate, but the perforated leather didn't breathe well without the ventilation activated. The rear seats offer good thigh support.

Ride comfort

8.0
The majority of ruts and bumps are well-absorbed by the compliant suspension. The car feels remarkably solid on the road without any harshness. This is especially impressive when you consider how well the Equinox handles.

Noise & vibration

7.0
Road and wind noise is noticeable but not at all intrusive. On paper, it's as comparably quiet as the Honda CR-V, but in practice it sounds marginally louder. The diesel engine emits a lot of chatter that reminds us of old-school diesels.

Climate control

6.0
The vertical vents flanking the touchscreen do a poor job of distributing air. The only part of the driver they're able to cool are your knuckles. The ventilated seats are very effective at reducing the stifling nature of the leather upholstery.

Interior

7.0
The Equinox interior is attractive and mostly well-configured. But we would prefer the steering wheel to telescope further and wish the panoramic sunroof wasn't as intrusive for rear passengers.

Ease of use

7.0
The touchscreen is awkwardly angled away, making it prone to catching glare and obscuring the display. Otherwise, the layout of the controls is logical, and operating the many systems is intuitive.

Getting in/getting out

7.0
The step-in height is low enough for smaller passengers to get in with minimal effort, and the doors are small enough to open wide in tight parking spaces. But the bottom edge of the doors are low and prone to scraping on high curbs.

Driving position

6.0
There's a good range of seat adjustment, but the steering wheel doesn't telescope far enough for average-size adult drivers, forcing them to sit closer and more upright than many will prefer.

Roominess

6.0
There's a wealth of room up front, but rear headroom is limited by the panoramic sunroof. Thankfully, you can get the Equinox's best features without opting for the sunroof.

Visibility

7.0
The front roof pillar is a bit thicker than you'll find in rivals, somewhat obstructing the view through left turns. Visibility out the sides and back is typical for other compact SUVs, with some reliance on the rearview camera needed in tight spots.

Quality

5.0
The interior materials quality is disappointing for the class and even more so when you consider how expensive the Equinox is. Hard plastics are one thing, but the textures are mismatched and there's a definite downmarket look and feel.

Utility

7.5
While the Equinox doesn't have an abundance of cargo space compared to rivals, it should handle the bulk of everyday hauling. Some thoughtful features help compensate for the lack of on-paper capacity.

Small-item storage

7.5
There are plenty of bins, pockets and trays to hold your personal effects. The trays for cellphones are particularly helpful with rubberized coverings to keep objects in place.

Cargo space

7.0
In terms of cargo capacity, the Equinox is slightly below average, but we think there's plenty of space. Still, it's well below the Honda CR-V's class-leading capacity. The self-folding rear seats and underfloor storage are praiseworthy additions.

Child safety seat accommodation

8.0
The LATCH anchors are easy to find and hook up to, and there's plenty of space for forward-facing seats. Rear-facing seats fit well if the passenger seated ahead doesn't slide the seat into the last third of seat travel.

Technology

8.0
Chevrolet gets high marks for tech, curing many of the ills that plagued past models. It has plenty of features that are standard throughout the lineup, and the inclusion of six USB ports ensures all devices will be charged.

Audio & navigation

8.0
The infotainment system's sharp graphics make it easy to read at a glance. The optional Bose premium audio is surprisingly powerful with excellent clarity.

Smartphone integration

8.5
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard equipment. The Apple CarPlay system had no glitches to speak of and is more intuitive than the MyLink system. It's a good substitute for the optional navigation system that forces you to add the panoramic sunroof. Also, there are six USB ports.

Driver aids

8.0
The forward collision warning system is well-tuned to avoid false alarms and is also adjustable for sensitivity. The lane keeping assist, however, doesn't activate until you're well over the line. We're fans of the safety alert seat, which is more effective than beeps and flashes.

Voice control

8.0
The MyLink and Apple CarPlay voice controls are equally good at accurately deciphering commands. The Apple CarPlay gets a slight edge for the ability to use more natural speech, but it is reliant on an internet connection.

Consumer reviews

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5 out of 5 stars
First SUV, and first update...
ESR,03/05/2019
Premier 4dr SUV (1.6L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6A)
Update: Still enjoying the Equinox TD with nearly 7,000 miles traveled. MPGs continue to be on the remarkable side for this type of vehicle. Suburban and highway trips have yielded 43+ mpg average. First oil change and tire rotation at 6,000 miles. The interior remains comfortable and quiet in any environment. The Bose sound system is excellent. Driving characteristics are great, easy to navigate in traffic, parking lots and on Interstates. Safety sensors are very helpful in traffic. The 360 degree camera is amazing for squeezing successfully out of impossible spots. The 1.6L turbo diesel engine is definitely a little powerhouse. Gotta watch those takeoffs from a standing start. I have to continue giving this Chevy a couple of thumbs up. Original review: Needed a new wagon. These small SUVs are the new wagons, I guess. Thoroughly test drove all the small SUVs on the market. Loved the CR-V. Last on the Test Drive list was the Equinox and I have to say that my wife and I were very surprised by the ride quality, interior comfort and safety equipment. It lacks a bit of the load room that CR-V has, but the removable rear floor panel allows for bicycles to be loaded standing up inside the cargo area attached to fork mounts. That clinched the sale. Well, that and the fact that a fully optioned 2019 diesel Premier ended up costing significantly less than a CR-V Touring. The 360 degree camera is quite the aid getting in and out of tight spots. Adaptable cruise control works really well, and allows for less stressful Interstate travel. Our first trip was 1,500 miles. Equinox has very linear highway driving dynamics and is quiet. Ventilated seats are a definite plus. I give these seats an A+ for comfort. The 1.6L diesel delivered impressive efficiency with a measured 41 mpg on the trip where average speeds were 65 to 70 mph in less than perfect weather. MPG is especially good considering that we had rear seats down and the load area filled, so not traveling light. I can't comment on durability yet since our Equinox is new. If there's anything I don't like, it's the usual vulnerable interior plastic surfaces. I found an awful lot of very easily scratched interior plastic in all the small SUVs that we test drove.
5 out of 5 stars
Diesel Equinox - GM's best kept secret - Buy One!
VinDiesel,09/06/2018
Premier 4dr SUV AWD (1.6L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6A)
Update September 2021. Both our our diesels continue to outperform. Our mileage is still in the 42-46MPG range on the Freeway, and we still see mixed driving ranges of 32-39MPG, well above the advertised mileage. My only disappointment is GM no longer offers this engine; no diesels like this here in the US. Update - We've had both (2) diesel Equinox's for a year and a half and they get better with time. Still averaging 38MPG for local driving, and trips are 42-46. Rain, snow or sun they have great road manners and handle well in all conditions. DEF usages is minimal, we've averaged about 8K mile to each 2.5 gallon jug. My only disappointment is that GM stopped offering the diesel on the 2020 models so I'll have to make these last a long time. We were waiting for the VW Tiguan diesel but since VW cancelled diesels in the US we immediately looked at the Diesel Equinox. We liked the first one so much we bought a 2nd one a month later. We get much better than the 28/38 MPG rating; more like 32/43 and we've even gotten 45 or 46 on long trips when we don't speed too much. In mixed driving we're averaging 34MPG where we were only getting 16 to 24 with comparable vehicles. The torque from this engine is great once you're above 15 mph. Maintenance and fuel costs are great, and we don't use much DEF either, maybe 2.5 gallons every 7-10,000 miles and it's only $11 for a 2.5 gallon jug of the good stuff if you know where to shop. We looked at all the competitors, and recently had the Honda CRV; the Honda is a good car don't get me wrong, but you cannot beat a Diesel Equinox for value, performance, ride, comfort and MPG, not to mention SPG (Smiles per Gallon). The Honda CRV was a little too small, and quick from 0-45 but lost power after that and didn't have any power to pull away from traffic on the freeway. UPDATE - We now have close to 30K miles and the only difference is the fuel mileage has improved to where we are now averaging about 38 + MPG is mixed driving, whereas we were around 34 or 35 back when we had 12K miles on it. No regrets. Only negative is it's a little slow from a dead stop to 15 or 20 mph, but once rolling you can feel the engine pull nicely with ease. If you don't watch it, on the freeway you might find yourself well above the speed limit. I've caught myself cruising at 80 - 90 mph without noticing it; it's that much of a cruiser on the freeway.
4 out of 5 stars
Averaging 37.8MPGSince new
Gary,07/25/2019
Premier 4dr SUV (1.6L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6A)
Great car
5 out of 5 stars
2019 diesel model
mike,10/20/2020
LT 4dr SUV AWD (1.6L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6A)
to start off this is a company vehicle and all the oil changes have been completed every 6k miles. I am at the dealership right now having the 78,000 mile service completed. I have had the car a total of 24 months as I received the car Nov 2018. I have had no real issues as some of the things I have read online. So far the usb and usb-c ports have died which they are actually looking at now. once the infotainment screen wouldnt come on, but I just disconnected the battery for a few minutes and hooked it back up and that fixed it. there has been an intermittent thumping noise that has been going on since I received the car. it started off very very faint and over the last 2 years has increased in noise level, but not frequency. I did notice that sometimes when I take my foot off the brake after stopping at a traffic light it will do the thump. So they are looking at that today as well but seems like it may be after taking foot off the brake it releases the caliper which then allows the brake pad to fall over, which would make sense to the noise getting louder over time with the wear of the brake pad. That is still to be determined obviously as I am in the waiting room right now. I have had zero other issues which those I have listed really arent bad at all, especially with some of the things I have read online. which the only reason I have even looked at it to see what other people are seeing is I am thinking of purchasing this vehicle from the company since I just ordered my new company vehicle. So all in all outta the last 20 years of company vehicles this is the first one I have even contemplated on buying, so I am unsure if the issues people were having was with a certain timeframe of purchase as mine would have been an early release of the 2019....but mine has had no major issues as well and only a couple of annoyances.

Safety

Our experts like the Equinox models:

Safety Alert Seat
Vibrates to alert the driver when advanced safety systems, including the parking sensors and blind-spot monitor, are triggered.
Side Blind Zone Alert
Illuminates a light on the Equinox's outside mirrors if there's a vehicle in or approaching the Equinox's left- or right-hand blind spot.
Forward Collision Alert
Sounds an alarm if the Equinox rapidly approaches the vehicle in front and a collision is deemed imminent.

NHTSA Overall Rating

5 out of 5 stars
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    Overall5 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    Overall5 / 5
  • Side Barrier Rating
    Overall5 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front Seat5 / 5
    Back Seat5 / 5
  • Rollover
    Rollover4 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover16.4%
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Good
  • Roof Strength Test
    Good
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Good
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good

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Used 2019 Chevrolet Equinox Diesel Overview

The Used 2019 Chevrolet Equinox Diesel is offered in the following styles: LT 4dr SUV AWD (1.6L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6A), Premier 4dr SUV AWD (1.6L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6A), Premier 4dr SUV (1.6L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6A), and LT 4dr SUV (1.6L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6A). Pre-owned Chevrolet Equinox Diesel models are available with a 1.6 L-liter diesel engine, with output up to 137 hp, depending on engine type. The Used 2019 Chevrolet Equinox Diesel comes with all wheel drive, and front wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 6-speed shiftable automatic. The Used 2019 Chevrolet Equinox Diesel comes with a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. basic warranty, a 5 yr./ 60000 mi. roadside warranty, and a 5 yr./ 60000 mi. powertrain warranty.

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