Compact SUVs have recently replaced midsize cars as the preferred passenger vehicle class. The Chevrolet Equinox is one of the most popular compact crossovers. In addition to being among the most affordable vehicles in the class, it is great value for your money. It features sufficient passenger space and comes standard with many safety and infotainment features. That said, the compact SUV class is highly contested, and the competition in this class is stiff. So while the Equinox is a great car, you should shop around before signing that check. Here is a full list of Cars Similar to the Chevy Equinox.
20. Kia Sportage
With an MSRP of $23,990, the Kia Sportage is one of the lowest priced vehicles in the compact SUV class – as is the Equinox. Both of these vehicles come with a long list of standard safety features, a user-friendly but highly functional infotainment system, and adequate cargo space. When stacked against each other, Equinox comes out on top in terms of fuel economy and cargo space. However, the Kia Sportage package includes an optional engine for added power, which Equinox does not.
19. Honda CR-V
The Honda CR-V has been the best-selling SUV in the United States for the last two decades. The Indiana-built vehicle features a Continuously Variable (CVT) transmission that improves fuel efficiency but pales in comparison to Equinox’s 6-speed automatic transmission. Nonetheless, it is a good performer, and its 1.5-liter four-cylinder 190-hp turbocharged unit is almost as fast as Chevy’s 252 horsepower 2.0-liter.
It also gets better mileage, with 34 mpg highway and 28 mpg city ratings. Additionally, the IIHS has rated it a Top Safety Pick, and its 39 cubic feet of cargo space is world class. The 2021 Honda CR-V is highly rated. It gets better gas mileage and accelerates faster than Equinox. Moreover, its cabin offers more value for your money, complete with standard features like adaptive cruise control and automatic climate control, which you will not find in Equinox.
Despite this, however, a reliable touch-screen infotainment system comes standard with the Chevy. If this is important to you and you do not wish to upgrade, go for Equinox. Even base models feature Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
18. Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross
The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross was updated for the 2022 model year and now features a larger 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system and a new and improved look. Mitsubishi also replaced the two-glass rear hatch with a sleeker single-window piece. Beyond that, however, the SUV uses the same 152-hp turbocharged 1.5-liter inline-four and CVT. You can get all-wheel drive in all trims and impressive driver-assistance features that come standard, including lane-departure warning, automatic emergency braking, and forward-collision warning.
17. Nissan Rogue
The Nissan Rogue is the brand’s best-selling model. Before it was completely redesigned for the 2021 year, the 2019 model offered an excellent combination of overall value, performance, style, and space. All models are powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder unit backed by a continuously variable automatic transmission.
The engine is unimpressive in this version and only offers 170 horsepower, but it is almost as quick as the Chevy Equinox. Nissan completely redesigned the Nissan Rogue for 2021, giving it more standard features and a stronger engine. Both the Chevy Equinox and the 2021 Nissan Rogue have moderate acceleration but the latter beats out the former in gas mileage.
The Rogue also boasts more cargo space, a nicer interior, and sharper handling. However, Equinox offers more standard features for a lower base price. Go for the 2021 Rogue if you want more cargo space, a finer-looking cabin, and a sporty design. However, choose Equinox if you would like features at a lower cost.
16. Jeep Cherokee
For a premium, you can have your compact Jeep Cherokee outfitted for off-road capabilities. Most trims come standard with all-wheel drive, although the front-wheel drive is standard in the Latitude Lux.
The Cherokee is powered by a 271-hp 3.2-liter V6, but the Latitude Lux and Limited models come with the option of a 270-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter I-4. If you go for it, you can expect 295 lb.-ft of torque, which is 56 more than the V6. That said, the fuel economy in the Cherokee is not up to par with other SUVs on this list.
15. GMC Terrain
Since they are both from General Motors, the GMC Terrain and Chevy share several components, including the engines, transmissions, and chassis. However, the Terrain has a more muscular design than the Chevy as well as more comfortable seats and a luxurious interior that trumps the Equinox’s dull cabin. It also comes with some features that cannot be found in Equinox.
The Equinox only comes out on top here in terms of base price. As of 2022, the GMC Terrain sells for $27,900. It is often compared to the Chevy Equinox because both SUVs share a platform and are basically mechanical twins. They also sport the same features, fuel economy estimates, engine options, and cargo and passenger dimensions. However, while Equinox’s interior is considered dull, the GMC Terrain has a rich cabin, with its Denali trim offering top-tier aesthetics. Still, Equinox has a lower MSRP and higher reliability rating.
14. Ford Bronco Sport
Like the name suggests, the Ford Bronco Sport is built for sport. It shares a platform with the Ford Escape, and its looks mirror its capabilities. It comes standard with a 181-hp turbocharged three-cylinder unit and a larger 250-hp four-cylinder optional for additional power.
Both engines are backed by eight-speed automatic transmission. Like the Equinox, the Ford Bronco sports an 8.0-inch touchscreen, Android Auto connectivity, Apple CarPlay, and an onboard infotainment system from Ford Sync 3.
13. Kia Soul
The Kia Soul is not very athletic, and its interior quality is not as impressive as other options on this list. Like the Chevy Equinox, it features an easy-to-use infotainment system, which comes standard. However, its cargo and passenger space does not level up to the Equinox (although it comes close), and it does not come with as many standard safety features as its rival. The Equinox also has a higher reliability rating than the Kia Soul, and its towing capacity is much higher. That said, the Kia’s starting MSRP of $17,490 undercuts that of the Equinox by $6,000, making it significantly more affordable.
12. Subaru Forester
The Subaru Forester is almost unmatched in terms of cargo and passenger space and a world class interior. It offers sharper handling than the Equinox, comes standard with all-wheel drive, and gets better gas mileage. Nonetheless, while a properly equipped Chevy will tow over 3,500 pounds, the Subaru Forester can only tow a maximum of 1,500 pounds. Both SUVs offer many standard safety features and roomy rear seats.
11. Chevrolet Traverse
While it is not a compact SUV like the Chevy, many buyers cross-shop the Chevrolet Traverse with the Equinox. This midsize SUV is larger and more expensive than the Equinox and offers 50 percent more cargo and passenger space, seating between 7 and 8 people depending on the configuration.
In contrast, the Chevy Equinox seats five people with no additional seating options. If you need more cargo space and extra seat rows, the Traverse is your car. If not, stick with the Chevy Equinox. It is more affordable, has a higher reliability rating, achieves better fuel economy, and features more advanced safety features.
10. Ford Escape
The Ford Escape provides better performance than the Chevy Equinox thanks to its tighter handling and sharper steering. It comes with a stronger base train than its Chevrolet counterpart and an optional engine for drivers looking for more power. Although it does not come standard, Escape’s infotainment system is very user-friendly and features a touch-screen SYNC 3 setup.
Both the Equinox and Escape have roomy interiors, smooth rides, and high reliability ratings but the latter has a higher max cargo capacity. The Equinox makes up for this with more cargo space behind the rear seats. In this case, either option will serve you well. While the Ford Escape has pretty much remained the same since 2013, it is one of the most popular crossover SUVs from Ford.
The 2019 version features highly responsive steering and breaks alongside an athletic suspension. Like the 2021 model, it is more fun to ride than the Chevy. That said, it does feel a little old-fashioned compared to the Chevy. The Chevy’s turbocharged 1.5-liter engine, which comes standard, is also more fuel-efficient than Ford’s unit.
9. Jeep Compass
The Jeep Compass stands out from other crossover SUVs because of its off-road trim, the Trailhawk. The 2022 update includes an improved interior that finally catches up to the Compass’s rivals, but that is where the good news ends. The six-speed automatic feels somewhat laggy, and the 177-hp inline-four, which comes standard, is lethargic at best. Acceleration is not very exciting in this all-wheel-drive but off-roaders will love the Trailhawk.
8. Hyundai Tucson
The Hyundai Tucson has a very roomy interior for its price range, making it worth your money. Standard features in each model include a functional Safe Exit Warning that prevents you from alighting into traffic, Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Avoidance, and Blind Spot Detection. Despite being roomier than the Chevy Equinox, the Hyundai Tucson provides more highway fuel economy.
7. Hyundai Santa Fe
The Hyundai Santa Fe was completely redesigned for 2019 to replace the Santa Fe Sport. It is available in seven trims, with the MSRP starting at $26,000. Like Equinox, it comes standard with equipment like a 7-inch touchscreen.
It also sports several driver assistance features like Rear Cross Traffic Collision Avoidance Assist, Blind Spot Collision Avoidance Assist, and Forward Collision Avoidance Assist, making it a better value. Compared to Equinox, it also has larger cargo space – a total of 36 cubic feet behind the rear seat. That said, while both cars provide equal performance and acceleration, Equinox gets better fuel economy than Santa Fe.
6. Kia Sorento
The Kia Sorento sports a standard third row. With an MSRP of about $27,000, it is one of the most affordable crossover SUVs with 7-passenger seating. The IIHS has rated it a Top Safety Pick+, which cannot be said about the Chevy Equinox. While the cargo space behind the third row is a mere 11.3 cubic feet, folding these seats opens up a total capacity of 38 feet, which is significantly more than Equinox offered.
The 2019 models are V6 and feature an updated 8-speed automatic transmission for enhanced fuel efficiency and performance. Nonetheless, the Equinox gets better fuel economy and is quicker than the 2019 Kia Sorento.
5. Subaru Outback
The Subaru Outback comes with standard all-wheel drive and is one of Subaru’s best-selling models. In addition to being very comfortable and carlike, this Indiana-built vehicle sports impeccable interior fit and build quality that trump those of the Chevy Equinox.
The MSRP is around $27,000, and most models feature a 2.5-liter four-cylinder 175-hp engine backed by a continuously variable automatic transmission. The result is a 32 highway mpg, which is also better than Equinox’s fuel economy. Moreover, the IIHS has rated the Subaru Outback a Top Safety Pick+. Its 35.5 cubic feet of cargo space is more than the Chevrolet’s, making the Outback an overall better pick.
4. Volkswagen Tiguan
The Volkswagen Tiguan is offered in four trims, with MSRPs starting at $25,000. Each model features a 2.0-liter, smooth turbocharged unit that produces 221 lb-ft of torque and 184 horsepower. Thanks to this, the crossover is more fun to drive than the Equinox, as well as considerably faster. It can clock 0-60 mph in approximately 8.2 seconds. Additionally, it offers seven-passenger seating through a small third row that comes optional.
3. Toyota RAV4
Toyota currently manufacturers eight SUVs, with its most popular release being the RAV4. The 2019 Toyota was completely redesigned for that year and given a more fuel-efficient powertrain, more rigid chassis, and a more aggressive design. Additionally, Toyota made it larger than its predecessor and offered it in several trims, all powered by a four-cylinder, 2.5-liter unit, and an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Being a hybrid SUV, the 2019 Toyota RAV4 features a system combining its engine with an electric motor and a small battery pack for improved fuel economy and acceleration. In this regard, it is better than Equinox’s diesel. The 2019 version of this vehicle comes standard with an updated safety package and the Toyota Safety Sense second generation.
2. Mitsubishi Outlander
The 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander was born out of the Mitsubishi-Renault-Nissan collaboration. Sharing a chassis with the Nissan Rogue, it comes with all-wheel drive optional and standard front-wheel drive. Its 181-hp four-cylinder rates an unimpressive 26 mpg highway so the Equinox is better in this regard. However, the Outlander comes with three rows of seats, which is more than Equinox offers. The rearmost seat is not very functional, however, so don’t buy it for the extra space.
1. 2021 Mazda CX-5
Compared to Equinox, the 2021 Mazda CX-5 is more performance oriented. It has a stronger base engine, sharper handling, and another engine that comes optional for increased power. Although its predicted rating is average, it does come close to Chevy’s ratings. The merits abound, including a larger touchscreen and more upscale cabin than the Chevy’s and safety features like rear cross traffic alert and blind spot monitoring.
The Chevy Equinox and the 2021 Mazda CX-5 share fuel economy ratings and cargo and passenger dimensions. So, ultimately, your choice will depend on whether you prefer the high reliability offered by Equinox or the livelier performance and classier interior of the CX-5.
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