The 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer has not even hit the mainstream auto market yet, but drivers and critics alike are already buzzing about this mid-size crossover SUV from Chevy. 

So what about the 2021 Chevrolet Equinox? Both the Trailblazer and the Equinox are part of Chevrolet’s lineup of crossover SUVs. The Blazer is a mid-size crossover and the Equinox is a compact crossover, but both models are ultra-trendy on the modern crossover-SUV-focused mainstream auto market. 

If you’re considering buying a crossover SUV from Chevrolet within the next year, should you choose the Trailblazer or the Equinox? How do these two crossover SUVs from one of the most reputable worldwide automakers measure up to each other? How do you know which model is the right choice for you? Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about the 2021 Chevy Blazer and Equinox, their reputations, and how they compare to each other on the mainstream auto market. 

2021 Chevy Blazer vs. 2021 Chevy Equinox 

The 2021 Blazer doesn’t feature any major changes from the 2020 model year, but it underwent a slight refresh for the 2021 model year. Updates to the Trailblazer for the 2021 model year include newly standard advanced safety tech, updated tech features, a bolder, more stylish exterior, and a higher-performing Sport drive mode. All in all, the 2021 Trailblazer is the same reliable, high-performing mid-size crossover SUV it has always been—just with the addition of a few exciting updates and upgrades that have helped it attract more attention on the mainstream auto market. 

As for the 2021 Chevrolet Equinox, this refreshed compact crossover SUV debuted at the Chicago Auto Show in early 2020. It features a redesigned exterior with a new front grille, a restyled lower fascia and bumper, and redesigned tail-lamps and fog-lamps. The higher trim levels of the 2021 Equinox feature bold black interior and exterior accents that give this compact crossover SUV a striking finishing touch. A wider range of advanced safety and driver assistance features are expected to be either standard or available as optional add-ons for more trim levels of the 2021 Equinox as well. 

2021 Chevrolet Equinox Redesign Delayed 

Unfortunately, the playing field between the Blazer and the Equinox is not exactly even. Chevrolet is moving full steam ahead with their production of the redesigned 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer. The newest Blazer is expected to hit the mainstream auto market and become available for purchase beginning in the last quarter of 2020, just in time for the 2021 model year. 

The release of what should have been the 2021 Equinox, however, has been delayed significantly. Like many other major automakers, Chevrolet has struggled to stick with their original production and distribution plans for their new vehicles as a result of complications, closures, and uncertainties due to the coronavirus pandemic that stormed the world in early spring of 2020 and—many months later—still doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon. 

Instead of being released in late 2020 in time for the 2021 model year, the refreshed Chevy Equinox SUV is now expected to be released at some point in 2021 for the 2022 model year. As such, the compact crossover SUV has been rebranded as the 2022 Chevrolet Equinox

Although it is disappointing that the release of the refreshed Chevrolet Equinox has been delayed by up to a full calendar year, disheartened Chevy fans can only hope that the 2022 Equinox will be a compact crossover SUV that is well-worth waiting for. Fortunately, first looks at the refreshed Equinox suggests that this may well be the case.