For a long time, the image that came to mind when we thought about an SUV was something big and bulky that took up a lot of room in the driveway and guzzled up gasoline. Convenient for things like leg room and storage, but perhaps not the most versatile or practical for today’s loaded schedules and travel needs. Chevrolet had the same idea and is bringing the SUV into the modern age with the 2019 Chevy Equinox. With a modest overall size and all the gadgets you need without sacrificing quality performance or style, the Equinox looks to cover all your needs in one conservative package.
Tech and Safety Features
Number one on most of our priority lists when looking for a new car is being safely accessible while on the move. The Equinox has this covered. Each model is equipped with the Chevrolet Infotainment 3 System on either a 7” (in the L and LS) or an 8” (in the Premier) diagonal touch screen. Make your phone part of the car with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Compatibility. Your texts can be read to you, your calls can be played over the onboard sound system, and your favorite navigational apps become your extra large map to your next destination. Never miss a thing without having to take your hands off the wheel or your eyes off the road. The Infotainment System also has the option to add 4G LTE Wifi to your vehicle, giving all your passengers full access to their devices on the go.
Chevy has also added some features to make parenting on the road a lot easier. The Equinox has available Teen Driver Technology, allowing parents to ease their young drivers into the world of operators. You can limit certain vehicle features, such as muting the audio until everyone in the front seats is buckled up and ready to go. Parents can also receive a report card detailing their child’s habits and actions during their trip. Nothing like a little peace of mind when you have someone starting out on the road for the first time. The 2019 model also comes with a Rear Seat Reminder if it senses the rear doors were opened and closed. This is a helpful reminder for anyone who’s had a busy day that needs reminding they put the groceries back there or your child has been resting quietly for the whole trip.
Realistically, there’s nothing more important than a vehicle’s safety and dependability. The Equinox has received the NHTSA 5-Star Overall Safety Rating and also received the 2016 JD Power Award for Dependability, a pretty solid resumé. The 2019 Equinox keeps the legacy going with continued attention to these standards. Low-Speed Automatic Breaking keeps the driver out of unnecessary collisions while trying to navigate the more crowded areas like parking lots and side streets. Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning keeps you between the lines and watches out for anyone else that may be encroaching upon your driving space. The Forward Collision Alert helps monitor trailing distance behind any vehicle in front of you to make sure you maintain a safe perimeter while on the roadways. Intellibeam Headlamps sense the appropriate situation in which to set your high beams on or turn them off when approaching another vehicle. The Premier Model also has an available Safety Alert Seat, which vibrates instead of your car giving off an audible warning sound, and available Virtual Overhead View, which helps you park at low speed.
Style and Practicality
Chevy has been knocking it out of the park with style for quite some time now, and the 2019 Equinox is no exception. The looks come off as subtle yet elegant, with curves and edges that pop in just the right spots without distracting from the classic and unmistakable front end. While this isn’t the biggest SUV Chevy offers, the Equinox still appears larger than life. A head turner at any event. The interior is no less awe-inspiring with available leather and features like the touch screen and conservative vents elegantly flowing together to complete a perfectly balanced dash.
For those looking for a little extra flash, the Equinox also has a Redline Edition. This comes with a 2.0 Liter Turbo Charged Engine, Nineteen Inch Wheels, Black Grille, Black Mirror Caps, Black Window Trim, and Black Bowtie Emblems. It’s mean and meant to be the only thing anyone sees on the street. The ultimate in cool.
Looks can only get a car so far, though. The Equinox defies the cramped assumption of its modest size by providing 63.9 cubic feet of maximum cargo space, less than one cubic foot less than its larger sibling the Blazer. 60/40 Split folding rear seats allow for all the room you need for a load of any size. From groceries to sports gear, you have all the space you need. To help with the packing, the Premier comes standard with a Hands-Free Lift Gate so you can get everything loaded up without having the hassle of putting it down only to pick it back up again.
Fuel Economy and Specs
There’s no doubt that fuel economy is the first question that comes to mind when contemplating the purchase of a new SUV. The 2019 Chevy Equinox can get up to an astonishing 39 miles per gallon highway with the 1.6 Liter Turbo Diesel Engine, with the 1.5 L Turbo Engine running on regular fuel still gets up to 32 highway mpg. This puts the Equinox in a league of its own, outperforming other vehicles more commonly associated with road trips and workday commutes.
Efficiency doesn’t have to translate into less power, either. The Front-Wheel Drive model with the 1.5 Liter Turbo Charged 4-Cylinder Engine clocks in with 170 horsepower at 5600 RPM with 203 Torque at 2000-4000 RPM. If that’s not enough for you, the All-Wheel Drive model with a 2.0 Liter Turbo Charged 4-Cylinder Engine has a mighty 252 horsepower at 5500 RPM and 260 Torque at 2500-4500 RPM.
All trims of the 2019 Chevy Equinox come with Multi-Link Rear Suspension, and standard StabiliTrak Electronic Stability Control System, Traction Control System, and Electric Steering. The Maximum Conventional Trailering weighs in at 1500 pounds for most models and 3500 pounds for the Premier. Other standard features include Chevrolet Connected Access, OnStar Availability, and Dual-Note Horn.
The Complete Package
Without a doubt, the introduction of the 2019 Chevy Equinox brings with it a new age for the modern SUV. Its compact size and stylish exterior make it perfect for display at the top of any driveway while its unexpectedly spacious interior enables you to take on any errand with ease. It outshines its competitors with more available tech and safety feature than anyone else in its class. So many I can add more to what’s already been listed with the Ventilated Front Seats, and Heated Second Row Outboard Seats. Above all else, you can rest assured you’re driving a dependable vehicle that was built with your safety in mind, and one that has taken serious strides in making a fuel-efficient SUV available to everyone. you’d be hard pressed to find a more suitable vehicle for your everyday needs