The small SUV and crossover segment of the automotive market may be the fastest growing in the interior industry, with seemingly every automaker offering at least one of these versatile little vehicles. So many drivers have seen the value in having a smaller vehicle that is convenient to park with great fuel economy but also roomier than similar compact coupes and sedans. Small SUVs offer plenty of passenger space and room for cargo while not hurting you at the gas pump like many midsize and most full-size SUVs. One of the most popular models in this category is the 2021 Chevrolet Equinox.
Since being introduced in time for the 2004 model year, the Equinox quickly vaulted to the head of the class of crossovers and small SUVs, offering great value in a cute package at an affordable price. The current 2021 Chevy Equinox represents the latest updating of the third generation of this model, which began for the 2018 model year. This model has plenty of trims and special editions to choose from, with a great powertrain, solid performance, and an entire suite of standard active safety features. This is a vehicle that will give you the interior space you want while still maintaining the ease of driving something smaller.
Chevrolet offers the 2021 Equinox in four great trims and two really cool special editions, giving you six different models to choose from. The base model is the Equinox L with an MSRP of $23,800. The Equinox L rides on 17-inch painted aluminum wheels and features standard Chevy Safety Assist technology, remote keyless opener and starter, and the Chevrolet Infotainment 3 system on a 7-inch color touchscreen. This system is an interactive platform combining key vehicle information with entertainment features like a 6-speaker audio system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, and Bluetooth connectivity for your smartphones.
The Equinox LS adds LED daytime running lights and Chevy’s Teen Driver technology for an MSRP of $26,300. Teen Driver is an exclusive set of features that are indispensable if you have a young driver in your household. This will limit the volume on the Chevrolet Infotainment 3 system, prevent overriding of active safety features, and provide you with a post-trip report so you can better keep track of the young driver’s performance.
The Equinox LT has an MSRP of $27,500 and includes a power driver seat with lumbar control and high-intensity discharge headlamps. The LT is also the trim that the special editions build off of, so if you get one of those, you'll have the same features as the LT. The top trim is the Equinox Premier. This model includes 18-inch bright aluminum wheels, a hand’s free power liftgate, an HD Rear Vision Camera, and leather appointed heated front seats at a starting MSRP of $31,500.
Chevy also offers the 2021 Equinox in two special editions, the Midnight Edition and the Sport Edition. Both of these are built on the Equinox LT trim. The Midnight Edition features a Mosaic Black Metallic exterior, 19-inch gloss black aluminum wheels, and special black Chevrolet bowtie emblems. The Sport Edition rides on 19-inch gloss black aluminum wheels and has special black Chevy bowtie emblems. Both special editions are available with Jet Black perforated leather seats.
Chevy has equipped every 2021 Equinox with a 1.5-liter Turbo I-4 gas engine. Unlike many of Chevy's other models, the Equinox only has one engine option, which still provides ideal capability for the segment. The 1.5-liter engine can produce 170 horsepower and 203 lb-ft of torque. That's plenty of power for your daily commute. The 1.5-liter Turbo I-4 engine on the 2021 Chevy Equinox is paired with an electronically controlled 6-speed automatic transmission. This features an overdrive gear as well as a driver shift control giving you greater command of your Equinox with smoother shifting. With its powerful turbocharged engine and solid frame, the Equinox is capable of towing up to 1,500 pounds.
Chevrolet has designed the 2021 Equinox to provide solid overall handling and cornering. The Equinox is front-wheel drive standard, with all-wheel drive available on all trim levels and special editions except for the Equinox L, which is only front-wheel drive. This all-wheel drivetrain will give you better traction in inclement weather than the front-wheel drive at a slight cost of fuel economy. The 2021 Chevy Equinox has a 107.3-inch wheelbase, making it easy to zip in and out of traffic and to tackle even the most challenging parallel parking spaces. The engine on the Equinox is also quite peppy, giving you the ability to go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 8.9 seconds with a top speed of 124 miles per hour.
The 2021 Chevy Equinox is extremely fuel-efficient, especially if you stick with the standard front-wheel drivetrain. This model of the Equinox will give you an estimated 26 miles per gallon in city driving, 31 miles per gallon on the highway, and a combined 28 miles per gallon. If you opt for the available all-wheel drive, the fuel economy will drop just a little to 25 miles per gallon in the city, 30 miles per gallon on the highway, and 27 miles per gallon combined.
Chevrolet has created a suite of active safety features for its vehicles called Chevy Safety Assist. In recent years, Chevy has been making these features standard on all trim levels of certain models, like the 2021 Chevy Equinox. As a result, if you purchase a 2021 Equinox, you will get an SUV equipped with Forward Collision Alert and Automatic Emergency Braking, Front Pedestrian Braking, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, Following Distance Indicator, and IntelliBeam Auto High beam Assist.
Forward Collision Alert and Automatic Emergency Braking will sound an alarm if it detects an imminent front-end accident. It will then automatically engage the brakes in order to minimize the impact or avoid the crash altogether. This will also enhance your own hard braking in these emergency situations. If a pedestrian steps in front of your Equinox, the Front Pedestrian Braking will detect the pedestrian, sound an alarm, and automatically employ hard emergency braking. This will help you avoid such collisions.
Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure will help keep your Equinox on the straight and narrow. If you drift out of your lane, the system will sound an alarm and, in some circumstances, use slight steering adjustments to get you back in your lane. This will not occur if you have signaled to change lanes. Tailgating can be a real problem for some drivers. Chevy’s Following Distance Indicator will help you maintain a safe distance behind the vehicle in front of your Equinox by displaying the gap time in seconds between your Equinox and the other vehicle.
IntelliBeam Auto High Beam Assist takes the guesswork out of using your headlights during nighttime. If the system detects that you are driving in an area of low light, IntelliBeam will turn the high beams on until you reach a better-lit area, where it will turn them off. In addition, if the system detects another vehicle on the road, it will temporarily switch off the high beams, so you don't temporarily blind the other driver.
The 2021 Chevy Equinox also comes with a standard Rear Vision Camera and Rear Seat Reminder. By making the Chevy Safety Assist features standard on all models of the 2021 Equinox, Chevrolet is showing its commitment to the safety of you and your loved ones. Each of these innovative technologies will go a long way to making your drives safer and more fun.
The 2021 Chevy Equinox has plenty of room for up to 5 passengers. This is because Chevy has designed the Equinox to provide a full 103.5 cubic feet of passenger volume. That is plenty of room for you and your passengers to stretch out, even on the longest road trips.
Chevy has done an admirable job of apportioning the space between the first and second rows of the Equinox. The front row has 40 inches of headroom, 40.9 inches of legroom, 57.2 inches of shoulder room, and 54.2 inches of hip room, while rear row passengers will enjoy 38.5 inches of headroom, 39.9 inches of legroom, 55.5 inches of shoulder room, and 51.7 inches of hip room. As you can see, there is very little difference enjoyed by front and back row passengers, so you won’t have to worry about your friends, kids, or other passengers fighting over who gets to ride shotgun in your Equinox.
Despite its relatively small size, the 2021 Chevy Equinox has plenty of room in its trunk for your luggage, belongings, or other cargo. When you open the liftgate to the Equinox’s trunk, you will find a full 29.9 cubic feet of easily accessible space. This can be expanded to 63.9 cubic feet by simply folding down the rear seats, giving you plenty of space for larger loads. Though this is considered a small SUV, there is still plenty of room in the Equinox.