If you want a great SUV without paying top dollar, we have a lineup for you. Wave hello to the 2019 Chevrolet Equinox and the Nissan Rogue. The Rogue might be the bestselling SUV between the two right now, but Chevrolet might just give Nissan a run for their money.
Price: 2019 Chevrolet Equinox
Speaking of money, the 2019 Chevy Equinox is the more affordable compact SUV. The Equinox starts at just $23,800 while the Nissan Rogue is over $1100 more expensive. What does your hard-earned cash get you? With the base Equinox, you get a 170-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine, six-speed automatic transmission, and front-wheel drive, plus standard features like six-speaker audio system, USB port, Bluetooth, rearview camera, Teen Driver, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Wi-Fi hot spot, and MyLink infotainment system with 7-inch touch screen. As you can see, the Equinox does not skimp on tech features everyone craves.
What about the base Rogue, starting at $24,920? The Rogue has many of the same standard features as the Equinox, but with the Rogue you only get four speakers on your audio system, though there is satellite radio and an extra USB port to boot. But there’s no Wi-Fi and no Teen Driver. So it’s a bit of a wash when it comes to which SUV gives you more, but the Chevy Equinox certainly comes out on top due to its low price tag.
Fuel Economy: 2019 Chevy Equinox
The cost of fuel isn’t plunging anytime soon. When considering an SUV over a sedan, you need to be careful not to grab a gas guzzler. In this comparison, there is no bad choice. The 2019 Chevy Equinox gets 28 city miles and 39 highway miles per gallon with its most frugal engine, the turbodiesel. The Nissan Rogue gets 26 city and 33 highway mpg. Both are above average for their class, the Equinox’s turbodiesel jaw-droppingly so. But, if you don’t care to drive a diesel, this category is almost an exact tie.
Reliability: 2019 Chevy Equinox
The final way you save—if you’re noticing the affordability trend—is a bit down the road. JD Power and Associates rates cars on a scale of 1 to 5 in terms of reliability. The higher the number, the less likely you are to have issues with your new SUV, issues that can leave your vehicle languishing in a repair shop or broken down on the side of the road. Think of all the money you might save avoiding costly repairs. The 2019 Chevy Equinox scored well above average: a 4 out of 5 on the JD Power scale. The Nissan Rogue scored lower, just 3 out of 5 on that scale, which is a completely average score. If you want a greater chance of driving worry-free, the 2019 Chevy Equinox is your pick.
The 2019 Chevy Equinox saves you a bundle at the dealership, the pump, and in avoiding future repairs. And we haven’t even touched on its superior performance and safety features. Step into the Equinox, and keep some cash in your wallet.