Sporty and stylish, the 2021 Chevrolet Equinox and Nissan Rogue are competing to be your next commuter crossover. Which should you choose? Our comparison guide has the details you need to drive home in the small crossovers that’s right for you.
Best Price: 2021 Chevrolet Equinox
The Equinox MSRP range ($23,800 - $33,000) will go the easiest on your wallet. Depending on the size of your downpayment and the terms of your loan, choosing the Equinox can be the simplest route to the lowest possible monthly payment. Of course, the Nissan Rouge’s MSRP range ($25,750 - $36,930) isn’t unreasonable.
Driving Dynamics: 2021 Chevrolet Equinox
Once again, the Equinox takes the lead. Chevy’s small crossover is a pleasure to drive. On a curvaceous road, it will impress you with its sporty handling. And steering weight adjusts accordingly, with a light feel in parking lots and a tighter execution at highway speeds.
Like the Equinox, the Nissan Rogue is also secure and responsive. However, we do wish its powertrain was a little quicker to get you up to speed. If you do a lot of highway merging, you’ll want a crossover with a little extra get-up-and-go.
Cabin Comfort and Tech: 2021 Chevrolet Equinox
This was a close competition, because both of these small crossovers speak to your senses with supportive seats and clean-cut style. But the Equinox has the edge, earning a big win with its smooth ride and long list of standard features. Every Equinox includes a smartphone-friendly infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Four USB ports are also standard — enough to keep every device in the family charged.
As we said, the Rogue is a close second. This crossover also feels smooth and composed, with lasting seating support to boot. However, road and wind noise can be overpowering, especially on long highway trips. And the Rogue only comes standard with two USB ports.
Standard Safety: 2021 Nissan Rogue
Both crossovers offer an impressive list of high-tech safety aids, but the Rogue gives you more for your money. While both crossovers come standard with forward collision mitigation and lane departure warning, the Rogue also adds a blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert. And the Rogue’s rear-passenger safe exit system warns passengers before they open a door when a vehicle is approaching from behind. The Rogue’s standard lineup also includes rear automatic braking, a feature that comes in handy when you’re navigating parallel parking spaces.
The 2021 Nissan Rogue will impress you with its safety lineup, but the 2021 Chevrolet Equinox ultimately comes out ahead. Chevy’s compact crossover will catch your attention with its friendly price. And, once you experience the Equinox’s sporty performance, comfy seating, and cutting-edge tech lineup, you won’t want to live without it.