Chevrolet never fails to satisfy its loyal customers, this time it has unveiled the Equinox that was updated last year. It remains as petite as comedian Kevin Hart and more sophisticated than it was before the upgrade. Chevy’s SUV and crossover lineup places the Equinox below the larger Tahoe, Traverse and Suburban and above the smaller Trax. The X-factor of this compact SUV is an optional 39 mpg diesel engine. This Equinox engine is not available in any of its rivals. This vehicle will represent Chevy in its competition with compact-crossover SUVs such as Ford Escape, Nissan Rogue, Honda CR-V, and the Toyota RAV4. The Equinox has great driving manners and numerous features that can compete well with the rivals.
The 2019 Chevrolet Equinoxwas introduced in 2018 as part of the third generation. After last year’s upgrade, it will not be presented with major changes. However, it has some new offerings that include: a rearview camera with a higher definition, new adaptive cruise, an infotainment 3 touchscreen interface and automatic braking that senses pedestrians. The LT models now come with new Brights and Lights package.
Which trims are available?
The 2019 Chevy Equinox should maintain the trims that were available in 2018. They include the Premier, LT, LS and the base L. In 2018; the base L trim offered many standard features like OnStar Guidance, 17-inch wheels, power adjustable and heated side view mirrors, multimedia touchscreen with a size of 7.0 inches, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The standard features in the high-end Premier trim include: heated front seats, hands-free liftgate, 19-inch wheels, an 8.0-inch touchscreen, LED taillights and headlights and rear-cross traffic alert that is packaged in the blind-spot monitor. It also has an adjustable driver’s seat that uses eight-way power.
What do we love and hate about it?
We love that the new Equinox has superb handling characteristics, smooth ride on many surfaces and three available engines. Unfortunately, there are some things that we don’t like. It has poor material quality in the interior and small cargo space that falls behind its rivals. We also like that the affordable L trim has been limited to special orders. In addition to this, it has boring gasoline and diesel engines.
Why should I choose it?
This is the perfect compact SUV for all the Chevy loyalists out there. Just in-case you are wondering why you should invest in this gem; we gladly remind you that it offers two optional engines. The first one is a 4-cylinder turbocharged gasoline engine that delivers 252-horsepower thus resulting in towing power of to 3,500 pounds. The second one is the optional diesel engine that can hit 39 mpg.
Who should avoid it?
This vehicle is not for you if you are part of the few people who still want a manual-transmission crossover SUV. If you fall into this category, then you should go for the Subaru Forester. With the Equinox, you’ll spend more to get driver-assistance and active safety features like lane-keeping assist and forward-collision warning that is offered together with automatic braking. The Toyota RAV4 offers these features on all its trims while Honda CR-V offers them on a lower-level trim, for thousands less.
How deep into my pockets will I dig?
Here’s the good news, this baby is so affordable you should have bought it by yesterday! However, you might have to break one or two banks to acquire the high-end trim which cost more because of their new and extra features like the forward collision warning system, enhanced braking systems as well as a feature to help you keep your lane while cruising around. Notably, prices range from $24,795 to slightly over $32000 but under $42,000, prices dependent on trim.
Which trim do we recommend?
The L is only available as a special order, and it might not offer all the features you want, and the LS has a bigger price tag that doesn’t match with its features. We suggest that you should ignore these trims and go for the LT model instead. You will get better nighttime visibility thanks to the upgraded headlights; however, it lacks an extensive list of added features. The LT trim also has tinted glass and satellite radio. This trim also boasts of some good optional packages such as the Convenience and Confidence package that comes with blind-spot monitoring and additional luxury features.