The Chevrolet Equinox VS the Competition
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Chevrolet Equinox vs Ford Escape
One of the fastest growing segments in the automotive industry is the “crossover” sector; vehicles with SUV like capabilities and cargo space that drive more like a passenger sedan in regards to comfort, handling, and fuel efficiency. Two of the most popular vehicles in this segment are the Chevrolet Equinox and the Ford Escape. Both vehicles are more than capable of handling the elements and the open road, but which can do more and go farther? Let’s take a look.
Both models come equipped (at the LS AWD level for Chevrolet and the 4WD SE level for Ford) very similarly, with the Equinox offering some features not found at the comparable level with Ford. One of the features we’re talking about is the added safety feature of daytime running light. It should also be noted that the Equinox has an additional 6.5 inches of wheelbase adding both comfort and cargo space to the equation.
In terms of capability, the Equinox comes equipped with a 2.4L four cylinder engine pumping out 182 horsepower compared with the Escapes 1.6L turbocharged four cylinder pumping out 178 horsepower. Equinox has that added power to get you to your destination. Speaking of getting you to your destination; while both vehicles register close to identical fuel economy on the highway and in the city, The Equinox features an 18.8 gallon gas tank compared to the Escape’s 15.1 gallons, meaning you’ll go farther in between fill ups.
Both vehicles offer identical warranties, and many of the same features based on trim levels, but for those who need the perfect combination of on-road to off-road, family hauler and adventure cruiser, the Chevrolet Equinox has you covered in ways the Escape simply doesn’t.
The Chevrolet Equinox vs Hyundai Sante Fe
Chevrolet’s Equinox has been a favorite since it’s debut, but has always had many competitors. One of those competitors is the Hyundai Santa Fe.
One of the first things that set the Chevrolet Equinox apart from its contender from the other side of the globe is its price. An Equinox in full LTZ trim is more than $4000 less than the top of the line Santa Fe. Imagine what you could do with that extra $4000 in your pocket?
As for their respective power plants; The Chevrolet Equinox comes equipped with a 2.4L 4-cylinder engine while the Hyundai comes with a 3.3L V6. While you’ll get a bit more power from the Hyundai’s extra two cylinders what you won’t get is better fuel economy which is another area that the Equinox excels in over it’s competitor. Though both vehicles come with 18.8-gallon fuel tanks, it’s the Chevrolet that will get you farther; 20 city MPG and 29 highway MPG compared to Hyundai’s 18 city MPG and 24 highway MPG.
With all of that savings both at the dealership and at the pump, you’ll want to be sure your Equinox is secure where you leave it, which is why Chevrolet offers an anti-theft system standard on the Equinox. Something the Hyundai doesn’t do. So not only will your wallet thank you, but you’ll have piece of mind no matter where you go.
While the Hyundai may have a longer warranty at 10 years and 100,000 miles, for some reason they never thought to include scheduled maintenance, a perk that many manufacturers are beginning to add on to entice buyers. With Chevrolet, you get your first two years of maintenance included with your purchase.
So if you’re looking for a fuel efficient, and cost efficient vehicle that can handle anything you throw at it, the Chevrolet Equinox is your best bet, no matter where the open road takes you.
The Chevrolet Equinox vs Toyota RAV-4
The Toyota RAV4 has been a mainstay, and one of the original crossover SUVs since its inception in 1995. But in more recent years Chevrolet has stepped into the crossover market with the Equinox. While both vehicles can handle the elements as well as the open road, the question becomes; which can do more and go farther? Let’s get you an answer for that!
Both models come from the factory similarly equipped (at the LS AWD level for Chevrolet and the AWD 4DR LE level for Toyota), with the Equinox coming equipped with some features not found at the comparable level with Toyota. One such feature that many consumers are demanding in their vehicles these days is the in-vehicle communications and assistance services (GM calls it OnStar). When it comes to comfort in the form of added interior room, the Chevrolet excels in this area for sure. The Equinox offers an additional close to eight inches of overall wheelbase length (which helps with cargo space) as well as nearly an added inch of height and front head room.
In terms of capabilities, the Equinox comes equipped with a 2.4L four cylinder engine pumping out 182 horsepower compared with the RAV4’s 2.5L four cylinder pumping out only 176 horsepower. Equinox has that added power to get you merged onto the highways safely. In regards to getting places; while both register nearly identical fuel economy on the highway and in the city, The Equinox features an 18.8 gallon gas tank compared to the RAV4 15.9 gallons, meaning you’ll go longer in between fill ups.
Both vehicles offer identical warranties, but it is the Equinox that wins with two years of scheduled maintenance, and 5 years/ 60,000 miles of roadside assistance (compared to RAV4’s two year/ unlimited mileage). No matter what the road ahead throws at you, you’ll get there quickly, comfortably and above all, safely in the Chevrolet Equinox.
The Chevrolet Equinox vs Dodge Journey
The Chevrolet Equinox has continued to be a strong player in the domestic crossover game, but Dodge’s Journey is one of the choices among many when trying to figure out which vehicle is right for you. So let’s see how these two stack up in similar trim levels.
For this comparison we pitted the equinox AWD LTZ vs the Dodge Journey AWD Crossroads Plus. Both vehicles are similarly equipped and feature plenty of excellent amenities, and while the Chevrolet is the pricier vehicle in this comparison by roughly $2000, its merits are far worth the added investment of ownership. Sure the Equinox has a smaller engine with less power, but if you were looking for a sporty car with power, you wouldn’t be looking at a crossover would you? The Equinox comes equipped with Chevrolet’s 2.4L 4-cylinder engine that makes 182 horsepower and 172 ft-lbs of torque. That’s plenty of power for merging onto the highway, passing on the highway, or making that quick maneuver out of the parking lot.
The Dodge’s more powerful engine is a 3.6L V6 that pushes 283 horses and 260 ft-lbs of torque to all the wheels. So sure, the Dodge has more power and would totally win in a race, but life isn’t a race, it’s a road trip and you want comfort and range, two things the Equinox does well with slightly more front headroom and overall width. Oh yeah, did we mention fuel economy? The Equinox gets 20MPG in the city and 29MPG on the highway, compared to the Dodge’s 16MPg in the city and 24MPG on the highway. So on that road trip, or around town, you’ll go farther in between fill ups.
Both vehicles have exactly the same 3 year/ 36,000 mile bumper to bumper and 5 year/ 60,000 mile powertrain warranty. Dodge decided to offer 100,000 miles for their roadside assistance (hmmmm, we wonder why??) or up to 5 years, but it is Chevrolet that adds that extra bit of piece of mind with the 2 years of maintenance included in your purchase.
So whether you’re cruising the open road or the mall parking lot, purchasing the Chevrolet Equinox is your best bet for whatever the road ahead throws at you.
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