Fully redesign last year as a smaller but more sophisticated version than before, the 2019 Chevrolet Equinox is the answer for crossover compact SUVs such as the Ford Escape, Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4 and Nissan Rogue. The Equinox competes well with rivals in terms of features and driving manners, and offers something that is not in competition: diesel engines that achieve nearly 40 mpg. It is also available with a more powerful 2.0 liter turbocharged which can be used as a replacement of the standard 1.5-liter.
The 2019 Chevrolet Equinox is available in four trims levels: L, LS, LT and Premier. Notable standard Equipment includes 17-inch wheels, push-button start, keyless entry, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, 7-inch infotainment system with four USB ports, OnStar telematics system, a subscription-based 4G LTE connectivity with Wi-Fi, and the Teen Driver system that can set parameters and relay information on driving habits. The LS trim adds a compact spare tire, carpeted floormats, compass, all-wheel drive and a few other options. Buyers will get better at least in the Equinox LT trim. Its eligible to the optional engines and comes with features like high-intensity headlights, tinted rear glass, 8-way power driver’s seat, color driver-information screen and SiriusXM satellite radio.
The 2019 Chevrolet Equinox offers three engines options. All come standard with front-wheel drive (FWD), with all-wheel drive (AWD) available as an option for better traction on wet surfaces. The standard engine is a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder produces 170 horsepower and 203 lb-ft of torque. That’s enough power for daily tasks and is rated to tow up to 1,500 pounds. The optional turbocharged 2.0-liter engine good for 252 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque makes the Equinox feel quite a bit faster. It can tow up to 3,500 pounds. Also optional is a 1.6-liter turbodiesel has 137 horsepower and 240 lb-ft of torque. It achieves an impressive fuel economy rating of 39 mpg. The 1.5-liter gasoline engine and the diesel come with a six-speed automatic transmission, while the 2.0-liter turbo gets a nine-speed automatic.
Every 2019 Chevrolet Equinox have an automatic start/stop system that cuts engine power at idle, such as at stop lights. Restarts can be annoying, and unfortunately, the system cannot be deactivated. In track testing, the 2019 Chevrolet Equinox 2.0T AWD went to 60 mph in 6.6 seconds. The diesel took a more slowly 9.8 seconds.
1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder
170 horsepower @ 5,600 rpm
203 lb-ft of torque @ 2,000-4,000 rpm
EPA fuel economy city/highway: 26/32 mpg (FWD), 25/30 mpg (AWD)
1.6-liter turbocharged diesel 4-cylinder
137 horsepower @ 3,750 rpm
240 lb-ft of torque @ 2,000 rpm
EPA fuel economy city/highway: 28/39 mpg (FWD), 28/38 mpg (AWD)
2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder
252 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm
260 lb-ft of torque @ 2,500-4,500 rpm
EPA fuel economy city/highway: 22/29 mpg (FWD), 22/28 mpg (AWD)
The 2019 Chevrolet Equinox is on sale and arriving now at dealers nationwide. It has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting at $24,795 for the base L model. It will be better to step up to the LS or LT model, which start at $26,795 and $28,095. If you want the LT diesel, the price begins at $30,495. The Equinox Premium start just under $32,000. All-wheel drive is an extra $1,700.