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The Best Gets Better: 6 Updates to the 2025 Chevy Equinox

Can you name Chevrolet’s best-selling SUV? Most people immediately think of icons like the Tahoe and long-running nameplates like the Suburban, but these full-size behemoths don’t hold that coveted title. Instead, it goes to the Chevy Equinox for sale at dealerships across the country. But what is it about the Equinox that makes it so popular?

This compact SUV is Chevrolet’s second best-selling model behind the Silverado pickup truck and leads the segment for its remarkable packaging. It’s renowned for being engaging, versatile, and efficient, with those characteristics earning it numerous awards from organizations like JD Power. These characteristics also fuel excitement for the 2025 Equinox, with Chevrolet introducing the model’s fourth generation. So, what can drivers expect from the newly redesigned SUV?

#1 – More Personality Across the Lineup: Updated Exterior Design

The 2025 Equinox introduces an updated exterior design that blends athleticism and sophistication. Chevrolet widens the Equinox’s footprint by two and a half inches, adding square wheel arches and fender flares to make the SUV’s athleticism a focal point. The C-pillar shark fin is a signature design detail shared with siblings like the Traverse and adds a sense of movement to the Equinox’s design. Beyond this, the Equinox’s LED lighting visibly extends the front and rear fascias, complementing the SUV’s wide, rugged stance.

Apart from its wider footprint and bolder silhouette, the 2025 Equinox introduces more personality across its lineup. The LT, RS, and ACTIV trims have unique design details that satiate various performance and style needs. The LT is a well-equipped base trim offering traditional Equinox design elements, the RS is sportier, and the ACTIV is more adventurous. Chevrolet differentiates the trims with unique wheel options, badging, interior and exterior design elements, and an expansive color palette with hues like Mosaic Black Metallic, Summit White, Cacti Green, and Lakeshore Blue Metallic.

The black interior and dash in a 2025 Chevy Equinox is shown.

#2 – More Adventurous: Meet the Equinox ACTIV

The Equinox enters the realm of adventure-ready road warriors in 2025, with Chevrolet introducing the all-new Equinox ACTIV. The Equinox ACTIV takes everything drivers love about the Equinox and makes it more adventurous, giving you the confidence to venture off the pavement to do some light off-roading. The Equinox ACTIV looks the part, capitalizing on the SUV’s wider stance with its rugged front fascia enhanced by vertical grille inserts and gray metallic accents. The ACTIV’s blacked-out badging, 17-inch aluminum wheels, and all-terrain tires take the look even further, with Chevrolet finishing the ACTIV’s packaging with an optional Summit White roof to give the Equinox a distinct two-tone design.

Beyond its aesthetic, the Equinox ACTIV offers plenty of comfort and technology inside to ensure you never have to go without when venturing beyond the pavement. The ACTIV features exclusive interior details, like the ACTIV embroidered front head restraints and premium Evotex and sueded microfiber seating in Maple Sugar and Black. You’ll also enjoy heated and ventilated front seats, heated outboard rear seats, a heated steering wheel, and driver’s seat memory that guarantees your comfort at the push of a button.

#3 – More Power: Turbocharged Performance and Capability

Since opening its doors in the 1900s, Chevrolet has built its reputation on making high-performance vehicles accessible and affordable to everyone. The 2025 Equinox continues that tradition, rolling off Chevrolet’s production line with a single-engine lineup. Chevrolet doesn’t overthink it; instead, the automaker equips the 2025 Equinox with a 1.5L turbocharged engine that delivers 175 hp and up to 203 lb-ft of torque. The turbocharged heartbeat is paired with a continuously variable transmission on front-wheel drive models or a Hydra-Matic eight-speed automatic transmission on all-wheel drive models.

The Equinox’s standard power plant delivers enough power to make the SUV engaging to drive in any condition, but Chevrolet doesn’t stop there. The 2025 Equinox can tow up to 1,500 lbs as an all-wheel drive model, which adds to its versatility and functionality. Moreover, the 2025 Equinox introduces another first as the RS and ACTIV trims feature driver-selectable modes (Normal, Snow, and Off-Road) that give you more control over the Equinox’s performance, responsiveness, and handling.

#4 – More Technology: Seamless Connectivity

The 2025 Equinox is tech-savvy, introducing a driver-centric cabin that feels like a modern cockpit. Chevrolet accomplishes this by framing the driver’s seat with an 11-inch configurable driver information center and an extensive 11.3-inch infotainment system––a 30% larger display than the third-generation Equinox. The driver information center offers insights into the Equinox’s performance, like fuel economy, mileage, and navigation cues.

While the driver display is integral, the focal point in the Equinox’s cabin is the infotainment screen. Chevrolet goes to great lengths to put everything you need within reach or immediate view. The display is home to the Chevrolet infotainment system and offers seamless smartphone integration via wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It’s a hub of connectivity and entertainment, but it also features a virtual assistant via Google Built-In, which allows you to do more without taking your eyes off the road or your hands off the wheel.

The infotainment screen is shown being used to inspect the teen driver's report card.

#5 – More Functionality: Interior Design Details

The Equinox’s popularity extends from its well-equipped packaging and efficient powertrain to its functional and value-oriented design. Chevrolet’s remarkable attention to detail and keen awareness of what drivers want and need in their SUVs is apparent in the 2025 Equinox. The best-selling SUV features a folding 60-40 split-folding second row that extends the Equinox’s total cargo capacity to 63.5 cu.ft. and guarantees enough room for luggage, groceries, and other bulky items. The hidden storage space under the rear cargo floor adds to that space, keeping your valuables out of sight and secure.

Even more impressive, Chevrolet incorporates these functional elements without compromising the 2025 Equinox’s sophisticated and refined design. For example, the cabin features high-quality materials in various textures that complement the trims and their respective personalities. The Equinox RS celebrates its penchant for performance with Torch Red and Santorini Blue stitching, a flat-bottom steering wheel, and RS logos on the headrests in the front row. The ACTIV takes a different approach, with its premium Evotex and sueded microfiber seating in Maple Sugar and Black.

#6 – More Peace of Mind: Driver-Assist Technologies

Chevrolet’s dedication to keeping drivers safe is unparalleled, with the automaker celebrated for outfitting its lineup with the latest safety and driver-assist technologies. The 2025 Equinox is no exception, rolling off the production line with one of the most extensive suites of standard safety features in the segment. Chevy Safety Assist works behind the scenes to mitigate the potential for collision via technologies like IntelliBeam headlights, Following Distance Indicator, Automatic Emergency Braking, Forward Collision Alert, Front Pedestrian and Bicyclist Braking, and Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning.

Beyond Chevy Safety Assist, you’ll find many other standard features that add to the 2025 Equinox’s overall value. For example, the Equinox features Chevrolet’s exclusive Teen Driver technology. You’ll also enjoy enhanced technologies, like Enhanced Automatic Emergency Braking and Enhanced Lane Keep Assist. Side Bicyclist Alert and Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert outfit the Equinox with a virtual spotter on the sides, while Rear Cross Traffic Braking and Rear Park Assist keep an eye out behind the SUV.

Lastly, the 2025 Equinox promises a more relaxing experience when cruising at highway speeds. Chevrolet equips the SUV with standard Adaptive Cruise Control, which is legions above traditional cruise control. By monitoring the flow of traffic ahead, the 2025 Equinox can automatically adjust your cruising speed, leaving you to focus on steering and enjoying the drive.