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In the hotly contested compact crossover SUV segment, there are plenty of competitors, including the Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V, and Ford Escape. However, rising from the crowd is the 2021 Chevy Equinox, with a lower starting price than the competition, several updated features, and an impressive drivetrain. In addition to its appealing price, the 2021 Chevy Equinox is roomy, comfortable, and includes numerous safety features to keep you safe on the road.
The standard 1.5-liter is perfect for your everyday needs, and it provides the necessary power to get you through your daily commute or errands. In addition to solid power, the heavy Equinox boasts a controlled and firm ride, an intuitive multimedia system, and plenty of head and legroom. Whether you are shopping for an SUV to get you to and from work during the week and run errands on the weekend, or you need a roomy ride to transport the family around town, the 2021 Chevy Equinox will check all the boxes on your want and need list. Let’s take a closer look at the 2021 Chevy Equinox and the reasons why it should be sitting in your garage.
The 2021 Chevy Equinox has a standard 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that nets 170 horsepower, 203 lb-ft of torque, and is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. Regardless of the trim package, front-wheel drive is standard, while all-wheel drive is available for most trims. The towing capacity is 1,500 pounds, which is exceptional for the size of the SUV. You can expect to get 26 MPG in the city and 31 MPG on the highway with the standard front-wheel drive; the gas mileage is slightly lower with the AWD.
While the Chevy Equinox won’t take corners like a sports car, it handles very well nonetheless. The Equinox’s ride quality is soft and comfortable both for driving and as a passenger. The steering is accurate and smooth to make the Equinox a competent handling ride that is perfect for daily activities or new drivers.
Chevrolet is making sure the 2021 Equinox is a safe ride by equipping it with numerous safety features. All Equinox trims come with lane departure warning, lane-keeping assist, automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, following distance indicator, and automatic high beams. The Premier trim comes standard with lane change alert, rear parking sensors, rear cross-traffic alert, and blind-spot monitoring. There are also packages you can choose that will give you even more safety features if you want to create the safest ride possible.
All Equinox trims come standard with a 7-inch touchscreen with Chevy’s infotainment software, which has Wi-Fi capability, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. Passengers will appreciate the fact there are two USB ports in the front of the vehicle and two more in the back. A six-speaker audio system is also standard. Should you choose the LT trim, you get to enjoy satellite radio. Meanwhile, the Premier trim offers a standard 8-inch touchscreen as well as a wireless charger. You can upgrade the infotainment package and enjoy HD radio, navigation, and a seven-speaker Bose audio system.
The lineup of trim levels starts with the Equinox L, which offers a very nice blend of luxury, high-tech, and affordability. In addition to a comprehensive infotainment system, the Equinox L offers keyless entry and start, Chevy Safety Assist, a rear vision camera, and heated side-view mirrors, not bad at all for a base model. The Equinox L is a smart choice for anyone who desires a budget SUV with cutting-edge tech features. The Equinox L also includes Teen Driver technology, which helps younger drivers learn long-lasting, safe driving habits. This technology is standard on all of the other trims as well.
Next up is the Chevy Equinox LS, which offers everything you love in the L level and builds on it. In addition to smartphone integration and LED daytime running lamps, the LS boasts Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which allows drivers to use voice commands to utilize their smartphones without having to take their hands off of the steering wheel or eyes off of the road. It is one of the best safety features of our time.
The 2021 Chevy Equinox LT enjoys all of the previous trim levels features and even more advanced features for your pleasure. You will appreciate the heated driver and front passenger seats on those cold mornings. The HID headlamps and deep-tinted rear glass add additional style to an already smart-looking exterior. The power driver seat with lumbar control is a blessing for those who will be using their Equinox for long road trips.
If you want a 2021 Chevy Equinox with everything it has to offer, then the obvious choice is the Premier. Of all trim levels, this is the Equinox with all of the comforts, conveniences, and tech features at your fingertips. Slide behind the steering wheel of the Premier, and you can’t help sinking back into the leather-appointed seats. That new-car smell is great, but nothing beats the sweet smell of leather. The 18-inch aluminum wheels ensure a stunning look that will turn heads as you drive through town. And the hands-free power liftgate is just icing on the cake.
Whether you are headed out for a weekend road trip with the family or commuting to and from work with colleagues, the 2021 Chevy Equinox boasts an interior that is roomy, comfortable, and entertaining. With rear seats that are split-folding and easily reconfigurable, access to the cargo area is a piece of cake. The Equinox seats five adults quite comfortably, and the driver and passengers enjoy 40 inches of headroom in the front and 38.5 inches of headroom in the back. You get plenty of legroom as well; the Equinox boasts 40.9 inches of legroom in the front row and 39.9 inches of legroom in the 2nd row.
Cargo space might not always be at the top of your list of important elements when searching for the right SUV, but there will always be a situation in which you will be glad you have a decent amount of cargo space. The cargo volume behind the second row is 29.9 cubic feet, and the cargo space in the first row is 63.9 cubic feet, which is plenty of space to store the things you need to bring with you on long trips.
If you take family drives often and get tired of the disagreements about the temperature in the vehicle, you will appreciate the available dual-zone automatic climate control. By upgrading to this feature, the front and back passengers can control the temperature separately. It’s a great way to ensure happy passengers. The cabin within the Chevy Equinox draws a lot of attention due to its nice style and appeal. In addition to plenty of cupholders, which is critical for thirsty passengers, the Equinox boasts a spacious center-console storage bin.
There is no doubt about it, the Chevy Equinox is a sporty-looking SUV, and there have been a few changes in the 2021 look. One of the stand-out changes is to the front facia, which now happens to look a lot like the front end of a Camaro, which isn’t a bad thing at all. The change definitely gives the Equinox a sporty and somewhat aggressive look. The grille has also been reshaped, and the headlights have been slimmed down. Chevy also changes the looks of the taillights. You can expect plenty of looks when you are driving your Equinox, and that is never a bad thing.