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2020 Chevrolet Equinox

2020 Chevrolet Equinox

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$23,800 — $35,700 MSRP
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5 Seats
24-32 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Solid base 1.5-liter engine
  • Quick performance with 2.0-liter
  • Firm, controlled ride
  • Intuitive multimedia systems
  • Child seat accommodations

The Bad

  • Steering and handling
  • Visibility
  • Front seat comfort
  • Some cheap cabin materials
  • Headroom with panoramic moonroof
2020 Chevrolet Equinox exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2020 Chevrolet Equinox
  • New standard active safety features
  • New Midnight Edition for LT trim level
  • Five-seat compact SUV
  • FWD or AWD
  • 1.5- and 2.0-liter turbo engines
  • Apple CarPlay, Android Auto standard
  • 2.0-liter can tow up to 3,500 pounds

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2020 Chevrolet Equinox Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

What Is the 2020 Chevrolet Equinox?

The five-seat Chevrolet Equinox compact SUV offers a choice of two engines: a 170-horsepower, turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder paired with a six-speed automatic transmission or a 252-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that works with a nine-speed automatic. The Equinox is available with front- or all-wheel drive and competes with the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4 and Nissan Rogue.

What’s New on the 2020 Chevrolet Equinox?

New standard active safety features include forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking and lane-keep assist. Meanwhile, a new Midnight Edition for the LT trim level comes with black metallic paint, gloss-black 19-inch wheels, a black grille, black Chevrolet bowtie emblems and a black interior with perforated-leather seats. 

What Features in the 2020 Chevrolet Equinox Are Most Important?

The Equinox’s standard 7-inch touchscreen multimedia system includes Bluetooth streaming audio as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity. It also has 4G LTE connectivity and a Wi-Fi hot spot (data subscription required after initial trial period) to keep your family connected on the go. 

Options include a power liftgate, a power moonroof, a heated steering wheel, heated front and rear seats, ventilated front seats, wireless charging and dual-zone automatic air conditioning. Available safety features include blind spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control and a 360-degree camera system. 

2020 Chevrolet Equinox Vs. 2020 Toyota RAV4: How Do They Compare?

Both the Equinox and RAV4 benefit from recent redesigns, but even with the Chevy’s new standard active safety features, the RAV4 has more standard advanced safety features including adaptive cruise control. Looking just at gas-powered models, the RAV4 has slightly better EPA-estimated gas mileage, but Toyota also sells a hybrid version of the RAV4 that’s considerably more efficient; it’s rated 40 mpg combined. Both SUVs have a standard touchscreen multimedia system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity. However, if total cost is your primary concern, the Equinox has a lower starting price.

Should I Buy the 2020 Chevrolet Equinox?

We like the Equinox’s available engines, intuitive multimedia systems and child-safety seat accommodations, but visibility and front seat comfort could be better.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.5
202 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.3)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.3)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

I loved my 2013 equinox and just had to upgrade an

by MariaP from Richland, IN on September 22, 2020

I love it! I loved my 2013 and was very pleased in the new 2020! We did test drive the terrain. Also but it just wasn’t as nice as the equinox and we found a cheaper and nicer deal online and In stock... Read full review

(5.0)

Best equipped car I've ever had.

by brotherlar from Onsted, MI on September 19, 2020

I have had this car for only three days and I am completely satisfied with it's performance and I am delighted with all the instrument options it possesses. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2020 Chevrolet Equinox currently has 2 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2020 Chevrolet Equinox L

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Child Seat Anchors (Latch)

Ease of Use
acceptable

Crash Avoidance and Mitigation

Front Crash Prevention
superior

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Headlights

Overall Rating
acceptable

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Small Overlap Front - Driver Side

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
good
Overall Evaluation
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
good
Structure and Safety Cage
good

Small Overlap Front - Passenger Side

Overall Evaluation
good
Structure and Safety Cage
acceptable

Small Overlap Front - Passenger Side - Driver Injury Measures

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
good

Small Overlap Front - Passenger Side - Passenger Injury Measures

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
acceptable
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Chevrolet

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    5 model years or newer/up to 75,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    12 months/12,000 miles bumper-to-bumper original warranty, then may continue to 6 years/100,000 miles limited (depending on variables)

  • Powertrain

    6 years/100,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    172-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Equinox received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.
For complete details,

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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