Last year’s update left the 2019 Chevrolet Equinox with less weight, a bit less length and some more luxury. This compact crossover is a hit with customers at the Salem Chevrolet dealer, thanks to its excellent handling, smooth ride and its outstanding engine choices. These are just a few of the reasons the Equinox remains competitive in this crowded segment.
According to Salem Chevrolet, the 2019 Chevrolet gets some new standard features this year, including adaptive cruise control and pedestrian-sensing automatic braking. A new high-definition rearview camera is optional. The touchscreen for the Equinox’s infotainment system has been revised, and the LT trim gets a new option package called Lights and Brights, which comes with 19-inch bright machined wheels with Sparkle Silver pockets, all-season blackwall tires, chrome grille surround, LED headlights and taillights, and molded assist steps.
The automotive experts at Kelley Bluebook’s kbb.com gave the 2019 Chevrolet Equinox high marks, writing: “If you’re a Chevy loyalist looking for a compact SUV, this is it. Other reasons to choose the Equinox are for its two optional engines: a segment-exclusive diesel that earns up to 39 mpg, or the potent, 252-horsepower turbocharged 4-cylinder gasoline powerplant that is rated to tow up to 3,500 pounds.”
The 2019 Chevrolet Equinox seats five and comes in four trim levels, listed as L, LS, LT and Premier. Buyers can choose between standard front-wheel drive or available all-wheel drive. The Equinox employs a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 170 horsepower and 203 lb.-ft. of torque, teamed to a six-speed automatic transmission.
LT and Premier buyers can choose one of the Equinox’s two available engines. The first is a 2.0-liter turbo-four that’s good for 252 hp and 260 lb.-ft. of twist, connected to a nine-speed automatic gearbox. Those looking for the best fuel efficiency can choose the 1.6-liter diesel that makes 137 hp and 240 lb-ft, joined to a six-speed automatic. EPA-estimated fuel economy for the diesel engine is rated at 28 mpg city/39 mpg highway for front-wheel-drive models, and 28 mpg city/38 mpg highway with all-wheel drive.*
Inside, the seats will keep the driver and passengers comfortable, even on longer trips. The second-row bench reclines and folds 60/40, which is useful for carrying larger cargo items. With the rear seats down, the Equinox provides 63.5 cubic feet of space.
A rearview camera is standard. Parents will love the standard Chevrolet Teen Driver system, which lets them limit parameters like the vehicle’s maximum speed and the volume of the audio system when their teenage drivers are behind the wheel. Teen Driver can even report back home to alert parents about how the vehicle was driven.
Optional safety features include automatic braking with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, rear parking sensors, forward collision warning, a surround-view camera and a safety alert seat.
*All vehicle mileage based on 2019 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.