STATUS: Diesel option deleted for 2020 - The Equinox has been a steady performer for Chevrolet dating back to 2005. The current generation that arrived for the 2018 model year was downsized, dropping about 400 pounds in the process. The Equinox still looks like an Equinox, however, thanks to a familiar grille and roof pillars. For 2020, the powertrain lineup mostly carries over with a 170-horsepower turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder and an optional 252-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder. Gone, however, is the 1.6-liter turbo-diesel that was never a popular choice, despite being the fuel miser of the group. The base 1.5 connects to a six-speed automatic transmission, while the 2.0 gets a nine-speed automatic. All-wheel-drive is optional regardless of engine choice. Standard for 2020 are some previously optional dynamic safety technologies. Newly available is a Safety Alert driver's seat that's designed to assist the hearing impaired. It supplements the vehicle's audible warnings with additional seat-cushion vibrations if the driver strays out of the intended lane, or closes too rapidly on the vehicle in front.
Base price (incl. destination): $25,000
Type: Compact utility vehicle
Engines (h.p.): 1.5-liter I-4, turbocharged (170); 2.0-liter I-4, turbocharged (252)
Transmissions: Six-speed automatic (1.5); nine-speed automatic (2.0)
Layout: Front- /all-wheel-drive
Base mpg (city/highway/combined): 26/32/28
Base weight (lb.): 3,270