With good looks, impressive power, plenty of safety features, and an amenity-filled interior, the Chevy Equinox is a car that has it all. If you’re in the market for a compact, athletic SUV, the Equinox deserves your attention. Like many car models, the Chevrolet Equinox has gotten some notable improvements over the years. In 2019, the Equinox is at its best yet. The base model comes with desirable standard amenities such as 17-inch wheels, heated power-operated outside mirrors, OnStar support, and a seven-inch infotainment center with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. There are four trim levels available in this year’s Equinox, which gives you plenty of options. And if there’s a feature you couldn’t live without on your Equinox, such as a sunroof, leather seats, or a more powerful engine, you can add on those amenities, too, unless they come standard on the trim level that you want. As the recipient of JD Power’s “Most Dependable Compact SUV” of the year award in 2018 and a top five-star NHTSA safety rating, the Equinox is a car you won’t want to miss.

The Equinox at First Glance

From the start, there are plenty of options to customize the Equinox with a choice of up to 13 paint colors. No matter where you go, you’ll get there in style in the Equinox, which features an elegant, sculpted exterior with aerodynamic lines and intricate curves. The Equinox’s impressive exterior is due in large part to a design change in 2018 that refreshed the car’s look inside and out. The SUV’s more powerful engine was carefully paired with a more streamlined appearance to make it more powerful and look the part, too. Completing the exterior are signature LED lights that improve visibility as well as the car’s aesthetic appeal. To make life easier, an available liftgate has a convenient hands-free mechanism that lets you load and unload cargo and pets with ease. Adding to the appeal is the fact that you can pre-program settings to make the liftgate adjust to the height that you want for future use. Depending on the trim level you get, you can get standard wheels ranging from 17 inches to 19 inches.

Inside the Equinox

While the Chevrolet Equinox is impressive on the outside, it is equally appealing inside. Stepping into the cabin, you’ll find plenty of room for five passengers with two spacious rows of seats. The cargo area has just under 64 feet of cargo space, which leaves plenty of room for groceries, camping equipment, sports gear, and more. When you take the wheel, you’ll feel more like you’re in the cockpit of a plane with a stacked center where everything is in easy reach. The driver’s instrument panel features easily readable, real-time information about the car’s performance to enhance your driving experience. Want to know your trip distance, fuel economy, or engine output? All that information and more is available on the instrument display panel. On the LS and LT, you’ll get a standard seven-inch infotainment display screen, while the higher level trims have a larger standard eight-inch infotainment display screen. Navigation is an optional amenity to make your rides even more convenient. Heated front seats are standard on the Premier, while ventilated seats are available for the driver.

Power and Performance

Several choices of engine give you the opportunity to experience driving the way you want. The base engine is a 1.5L, turbo-charged engine that is both powerful and efficient. If you want a more powerful ride, you can upgrade to an available 2.0L, turbo-charged engine that produces up to 252 HP and up to 260 LB-FT of torque. With this engine, you’ll also be able to tow up to a maximum of 3,500 LBS. The car even comes equipped with a special tow/haul function that engages the transmission to help the Equinox tow at its top capacity without a problem. The third engine option is a 1.6L, turbo-charged diesel engine that maximizes fuel economy without sacrificing performance. Adding to the Equinox’s driving experience is the fact that it has available all-wheel drive on select models, which allows you to switch between FWD and AWD as needed.

Safety

The Equinox is impressive in both looks and performance, but it is also designed to keep you safe. For all it offers, the Equinox was awarded a five-star crash test rating by the NHTSA. A combination of passive and active safety features give it the power to keep you protected in the event of an accident. Airbags throughout the cabin, driver-assist features, and exterior features like LED lights complete the Equinox’s safety package.

The Chevrolet Equinox is a compact SUV, but don’t let its small size fool you. Under the hood, you’ll find plenty of power and performance to get where you need to go. The Equinox keeps everyone happy and entertained with a variety of interior amenities, and it attracts attention with a commanding exterior. If you’re ready to see the latest that the Equinox offers, don’t hesitate to take the 2019 Equinox for a spin.