Equinox is a top seller for Chevrolet – and it’s getting better. Now in its second-year since a ground-up redesign last year, we tested the all-new 2019 Chevrolet Equinox AWD Premier 2.0T during the recent Polar Vortex, which gave us some rather extreme winter driving conditions to test in. The Equinox behaved like a champ in the worst road conditions we could throw at it, and it kept us comfortable and confident every step of the way.
This new package is lighter by 400 pounds — about 10% of its mass — which pays dividends in a nimbler, more responsive and more refined driving experience. Combined with this weight loss, the all-new body was designed and optimized for top safety ratings.
“Think of it as core strength training,” said Jill Dennis, lead development engineer. “The new Equinox’s structure is leaner yet stronger, resulting in efficient performance that inspires confidence while also creating a more fun, safe and comfortable driving experience.”
The standard 1.5L turbo engine offers a great balance of fuel efficiency and performance. For those looking for more power (like me), you can opt for the 2.0L turbo engine (tested), that makes 252-bhp and can click off 0-to-60-mph sprints in an estimated 7.2 seconds. That’s the quickest among Equinox’s three engine choices (including a diesel). “From accelerating to turning corners, the 2018 Equinox drives ‘lighter,’ which correlates with a greater feeling of precision,” said Dennis. “It’s a dynamic, agile driving experience rooted in the solidity of the all-new body structure.”
Chevrolet describes the all-new Equinox as a fresh and modern compact SUV featuring an expressive design, ample cargo space, Chevrolet’s latest connectivity, an expanded roster of available safety features and an all-new range of turbocharged engines, including the highly anticipated turbo-diesel.
The spacious cargo area features new storage options such as a large, hidden underfloor storage space and a flat cargo floor that helps make loading and unloading easier.
Purposeful technologies are designed to help passengers be safe, comfortable and connected. Teen Driver is offered, along with safety features such as Safety Alert Seat, Surround Vision, Forward Collison Alert with Following Distance Indicator and more.
“The Chevrolet Equinox ramps up its awareness and protection capability with an even broader range of available technologies designed to assist drivers in everyday situations,” said Ray Kiefer, General Motors Active Safety technical fellow. “From daily driving to parking and crash avoidance, it can help the occupants avoid trouble altogether.”
Pricing (including shipping): 1.5L: $24,795, 2.0L: $ 30,595, 1.6L Diesel: $30,495. Our fully-optioned AWD Premier 2.0T topped out at $38,740. We expect actual transaction prices to be a bit lower with factory and dealer incentives and deals.
Here’s what’s new for 2019: Lights and Bright package available on 1LT trim, includes 19-inch bright-machined wheels with Sparkle Silver pockets, LED headlamps, LED taillamps, chrome grille surround and molded assist steps. LS Convenience and LT Appearance packages available. 7-inch or 8-inch-diagonal color touchscreen radios; 8-inch system with navigation is available. The 8-inch systems feature HD touchscreens. Four USB data ports are standard. Two additional USB ports, an SD card reader and auxiliary input jack are available. Standard Rear Vision Camera upgraded to HD view. Available Surround Vision upgraded to HD view. Front Pedestrian Braking (available on Premier trim). Adaptive Cruise Control (available on Premier trim). Exterior colors: Pacific Blue Metallic and Kinetic Blue Metallic.
“In a word, crossover customers want one thing: everything. From comfort and connectivity to efficient performance and safety, the all-new Chevrolet Equinox delivers on all counts,” said Steve Majoros, director of marketing, Chevrolet Cars and Crossovers.
Overall, we like the Equinox. It drives smooth and quiet, and it’s comfortable and roomy for its size. Of all engine choices, I recommend the 2.0-L turbo. Opt for the AWD since it’s a great system that gives added control.
More information about the Equinox, see your local Chevrolet dealer, and online at www.chevrolet.com.