An unsung hero among compact SUVs, the Chevrolet Equinox has, over the course of 16 years and through two complete redesigns, delivered utility and comfort at an affordable price. What’s always been missing is good power from the standard engine, quality that matches the standard bearers in the class, and competitive cargo space measurements. With the 2020 Chevrolet Equinox, they remain absent.
You can solve the first of those problems easily enough. Just get the optional turbocharged 2.0-liter engine. You’ll need LT trim at a minimum, and the engine option is $1,500, bringing your cash outlay to $31,195 before adding any options. But at least this version of the Equinox offers decent acceleration, even if it sacrifices maximum fuel efficiency. You might also want to wait for the 2021 Equinox to go on sale. It gets wider availability of safety technologies, a sporty RS trim level, and a visual nip-and-tuck that gives the SUV’s somewhat soft styling more of an edge. Otherwise, it’s the same as what’s on sale right now.