Chevrolet Equinox 2021
- FUEL TYPEPetrol
- MILEAGE26 MPG City / 31 MPG Highway
- ENGINE1490 cc
- CAR TYPESUV
With a roomy cabin, decent fuel economy, and a spry driving demeanor, the 2021 Chevrolet Equinox is a handsome crossover suited for family-hauling duty, but that can be said of the 'Nox's rivals as well. A turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder is standard, as is front-wheel drive; all-wheel drive is available on all but the base model as an optional extra. The cabin's swoopy styling is well matched to the exterior's, but while Chevy provides plenty of infotainment niceties as standard, the most affordable Equinox models are somewhat short on creature comforts. Driving enthusiasts may prefer to look at the Honda CR-V, the Volkswagen Tiguan, or the Mazda CX-5.
What's New for 2021?
The 2021 Equinox carries over from 2020 with no significant changes. A facelifted version of Chevy's compact SUV will debut for the 2022 model year following a one-year delay due to the coronavirus pandemic that shuttered automotive manufacturing and hampered production of the refreshed model. The optional turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine has been dropped from the lineup.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
- L - $24,995
- LS - $27,595
- LT - $28,795
Premier - $32,695
We'd suggest the mid-range LT model, as it adds several worthwhile features over the more affordable LS. Among them are an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat, SiriusXM satellite radio, tinted rear windows, body-colored exterior mirror housings, and extra chrome trim.
Features & Options
Overall Safety Rating (NHTSA) ★★★★★
The Equinox nabbed a five-star honor from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration but missed out on the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's Top Safety Pick accolade due to headlights that scored only marginal in that agency's testing. For shoppers who place driver-assistance features at the top of their lists, know that the Equinox provides automated emergency braking, automatic high-beam headlamps, and lane-keeping assist as standard. Key safety features include:
- Standard automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection
- Standard lane-keeping assist with lane-departure warning
- Available adaptive cruise control
Chevrolet's basic warranty package is just that—basic—but so are those of its competitors. The Kia Sportage and its corporate cousin, the Hyundai Tucson, both offer longer protection plans. Chevy also provides one free dealer maintenance visit within the first year of ownership, which is a nice perk.
- Limited warranty covers three years or 36,000 miles
- Powertrain warranty covers five years or 60,000 miles
- Complimentary maintenance is covered for the first visit