What kind of car is the 2021 Chevy Equinox? What does it compare to?
The 2021 Chevrolet Equinox five-seat crossover SUV sits parked at the intersection of value and practicality. We’d shop it against a Subaru Forester, Ford Escape, or Honda CR-V.
Is the 2021 Chevy Equinox a good car?
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It doesn’t top a single category in our reviews, but does well in those that matter for small families. It’s safe, inexpensive in base trim, and decently equipped. It’s above average, thanks in good part to its crash-test scores and features. The 2021 Equinox earns a TCC Rating of 6.5 out of 10 overall. (Read more about how we rate cars.)
What’s new for the 2021 Chevy Equinox?
The Equinox LT gets available leather upholstery. Otherwise we’re awaiting a refresh that had been due for 2021, but was postponed due to COVID-19.
There’s a reason crossovers like the 2021 Equinox have all but replaced minivans and sedans as the default choice for families. Utility comes through strongly—even if, in the Equinox’s case, it’s all wrapped in a rather anodyne package. The Equinox body could wear any of a number of badges and fit right into those lineups. The interior’s just as predictable and efficient, though tan leather dresses it up well.
Chevy sells the Equinox with a middling 170-horsepower turbo-4 or an upgraded powerplant with 252 hp. For what it’s intended to do, the base engine works fine—and the stronger pull from the bigger turbo-4 comes with some indecision from its 9-speed automatic. With all-wheel drive, the Equinox has the all-weather traction it needs, without the heavy-duty SUV hardware—so handling and ride quality are fine.
The Equinox makes up for a lack of passion with interior space. Four adults fit well, and the cargo volume’s nearly the equal of the next-bigger Blazer SUV. Cargo space expands to nearly 70 cubic feet behind the front seats, too. The interior’s trimmed to a price in base versions, and outward vision suffers from thick roof pillars.
The Equinox earns good crash-test scores, and has standard automatic emergency braking. Base models also get power features, cloth upholstery, and a 7.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.
How much does the 2021 Chevy Equinox cost?
About $25,000 for the base Equinox L, but you’ll have to spend more for the better infotainment setup, for all-wheel drive, and for a power driver seat. Count on about $33,000 once you’ve dressed one up that way.
Where is the Chevy Equinox made?
In Ingersoll, Ontario, Canada.