Starting at the respectable prices of around $23,000, the 2020 Chevrolet Equinox and Hyundai Tucson are close competitors in the Crossover / Small SUV class. With seating for up to five passengers, at first glance they don’t appear to be much different. Here at Cantin Chevrolet in Laconia, New Hampshire, we are going to break down these two competitors to help you in the decision-making process.
Fuel Efficiency = Equinox
Let’s start with one of the most crucial topics for a good crossover vehicle--fuel efficiency. In this first category, the Equinox blows the Tucson out of the water getting an impressive 26 mpg City / 31 mpg Highway. Compared to the 23 mpg City / 28 mpg Highway that the Tucson gets, there is a lot of money to be saved at the pump when driving the Equinox around instead of the Tucson.
If power and towing is important to you, then the Equinox is the way to go. Even though both vehicles have Front Wheel Drive and All Wheel Drive options, they are definitely not created equal. The Equinox has an incredible max trailer rating of 3,500lbs, which surpasses the Tucson by 1,500lbs. The Tucson only gets 181 horsepower, 175 ft. lb. of torque and is equipped with a 6-speed automatic transmission. The Equinox, on the other hand, gets up to 252 horsepower, 260 ft. lb. of torque and comes with a 9-speed automatic transmission.
Convenience / Technology = Equinox
Both vehicles have an array of standard and available technological features. They both come standard with various configurations of power points, Android Auto™ compatibility and Apple CarPlay® compatibility, just to name a few.
They also have similar available features as well, such as Adaptive Cruise Control, Hands Free Auto-Opening Liftgate, and Wireless Charging capabilities.
From here, the Equinox takes things up a notch and expands its lineup of available features by adding things like 4G LTE Wi-Fi® hotspot capabilities, and a Rear Seat Infotainment System with DVD Player Dual headrests with 8" diagonal screens and multiple inputs (including SD, USB, and HDMI).
Another thing that the Equinox excels in is cargo space. With the seats all folded flat, the 63.9 cubic feet of cargo room exceeds that of the Tucson.
In terms of comfort, both these vehicles have available upgraded comfort options, such as heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear passenger seats, and a heated steering wheel. Regardless of who you decide to bring along with you on your road trip or who carpools with you to work, they both offer a great amount of comfort for all passengers.
Once again, the Equinox outperforms the Tucson when it comes to safety features. The Tucson comes standard with Driver Attention Warning, Lane Keeping Assist, Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, Electronic Stability Control, and has available Blind-Spot Collision Warning, Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Warning, Surround View Monitor, Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with Pedestrian Detection, and High Beam Assist.
The Equinox comes standard with the Chevy Safety Assist bundle of these six advanced safety technologies: Automatic Emergency Braking, Forward Collision Alert, Front Pedestrian Braking, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, Intellibeam® Automatic headlamps, Following Distance Indicator. On top of those standard intuitive features, you also have these available features for added safety: Adaptive Cruise Control, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Rear Park Assist, Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert, High-Definition Surround Vision, and Safety Alert Seat (which turns the audible alerts into the option of receiving seat-bottom vibration pulses for crash-avoidance alerts).
Every safety feature that Chevy has put into their Equinox lineup has been created to elevate the safety you feel while inside of the vehicle. Making sure that the headlights automatically switch from low to high beams using Intellibeam®, making sure that you have a clear view of your surroundings to prevent any devastating accidents with the Surround Vision, and allowing the vehicle to notify and assist you of any dangers that are not apparent to you while in the driver’s seat.
When it comes time for the selection of a new family SUV, the Equinox has got everything you need and want. Between the excellent gas mileage, competitive power and towing ability, upgraded convenience features, and superior safety features, the Equinox will be the only vehicle you will ever need for all your day-to-day happenings as well as your frequent family adventures.