2023 Chevy Equinox vs 2023 Nissan Rogue

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  • 2023 Chevy Equinox

    A black 2023 Chevy Equinox RS is angled left.

    Starting at

    $26,600[a]

    2023 Nissan Rogue

    Starting at

    $27,360

    1,500Max Towing (lbs)1,500
    6-Speed AutoTransmissionCVT
    StandardLane Keep AssistAvailable

    When it comes to midsize SUVs, the options are seemingly endless. It can be difficult to decide which model is right for you, so we recommend breaking your search down into smaller steps. Compare two SUVs at a time and look closely at what each offers; you will have your perfect SUV in no time. For compact SUVs that combine class with power and safety, check out the 2023 Chevy Equinox vs 2023 Nissan Rogue to see what each of these models really has to offer. One of these models might check all of your boxes.

    With many SUVs on the market, deciding which one is right for you can take time. It's not just about performance numbers or bragging rights: what matters most is real-world practicality and affordability in the long run. The 2023 Chevy Equinox offers a complete automobile package with higher-rated safety features than the 2023 Nissan Rogue, so don't let exciting horsepower stats distract from the overall benefits that one model has over the other. Plus, as the Equinox has a lower starting price point compared to the Nissan Rogue, your wallet will also thank you.

  • Performance

    A grey 2023 Chevy Equinox is shown driving on a mountain highway.

    Engine and Power: The 2023 Chevy Equinox

    The 2023 Chevy Equinox has plenty of power to conquer any terrain with a turbocharged 1.5L I-4 engine producing 175 horsepower, which is a five-horsepower increase from last year's model. This model also offers a decent amount of performance with 203 lb-ft of torque. While these aren't numbers that will win races, they are going to serve you well during your daily commute.

    With this engine, the 2023 Equinox has an estimated fuel economy of 26 MPG in the city and 31 MPG on the highway with front-wheel drive. All versions of the Equinox come equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission and feature front-wheel drive as standard. However, all-wheel drive is available on all trims for additional security when you need it most. All-wheel drive models will have a slight drop in fuel economy to 24 MPG in the city and 30 MPG on the highway.

    Engine and Power: The 2023 Nissan Rogue

    The 2023 Nissan Rogue's 1.5-liter turbocharged inline-three engine produces 201 horsepower and 225 lb-ft of torque and is equipped with a continuously variable transmission. While the ratings are higher than that of the Equinox, the continuously variable transmission can be a huge drawback in the way this SUV feels while driving. Similar to the Equinox, you have the choice of front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. The Rogue gets an estimated 30 MPG in the city and 37 MPG on the highway with front-wheel drive. Opting for the all-wheel drive will slightly decrease those numbers to 28 MPG in the city and 35 MPG on the highway.

    Which Model Offers the Best Performance?

    The 2023 Nissan Rogue leaves something to be desired. While on paper its specs look good, the increase in horsepower and torque also means an increase in price for not a lot of actual gains. This model does have slightly better fuel economy, but that is largely due to its implementation of a continuously variable transmission, which many drivers dislike. While the 2023 Nissan Rogue may offer an initial quicker pickup with a slight horsepower advantage, that energetic spark doesn't carry over to longer drives and highway miles. On the other hand, the 2023 Chevy Equinox, while not breaking any speed records, is much more dynamic, dependable, and fun. For the average commuter or small family, we would have to suggest looking at the cheaper 2023 Chevy Equinox.

  • Safety

    A close up of the steering wheel in a 2023 Chevy Equinox is shown during a 2023 Chevy Equinox vs 2023 Nissan Rogue comparison.

    Safety Features of the 2023 Chevy Equinox

    The Chevy Equinox is designed with safety in mind and comes standard with the Chevy Safety Assist suite. Chevy Safety Assist gives you a series of cameras and sensors to help keep an extra set of eyes on the road and your surroundings. These driver-assist features are designed to help you avoid potential collisions. The six standard Chevy Safety Assist features include:

    • Following Distance Indicator - This will alert you if you are getting too close to the vehicle in front of you.
    • Forward Collision Alert - This will send out an audible and visual signal when you are approaching an object in front of you too quickly.
    • Automatic Emergency Braking - When a collision is imminent, this feature kicks in to help enhance your own braking or brake for you if you do not react fast enough.
    • Front Pedestrian Braking - Works the same as Automatic Emergency Braking, except it is geared towards pedestrians and not other vehicles.
    • IntelliBeam Automatic High Beam Assist - With available LED headlamps, this feature helps optimize visibility during nighttime drives by automatically controlling your high beams.
    • Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning - This will send out an audible and visual signal when you begin to drift out of your lane and will provide slight steering assistance if needed to get you back on track.

    You can also take advantage of Equinox's Teen Driver technology for extra peace of mind when young drivers are behind the wheel. Higher trim levels, such as LT or Premier models, include HD Surround Vision. This rear vision camera is a great feature that helps you park easily and monitors your environment. With the optional OnStar and Chevrolet connected services, drivers can expect a multitude of safety features available in an emergency. Automatic Crash Response, Crisis Assist, and Roadside Assistance are available through this system, assisting in speeding up emergency response. Stolen vehicle tracking, panic alarms, a LATCH system, and rear child safety door locks come standard.

    Safety Features of the 2023 Nissan Rogue

    Similar to the Chevy Equinox, the Nissan Rogue also has a standard driver-assist suite known as Nissan Safety Shield 360. This suite comes standard with the following:

    • Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection
    • Rear Automatic Braking
    • Blind Spot Warning
    • High Beam Assist
    • Lane Departure Warning
    • Rear Cross Traffic Alert

    The Rogue was engineered with safety in mind, providing ten airbags and available features like Intelligent Driver Alertness, Intelligent Lane Intervention, and Intelligent Blind Spot Intervention to improve road awareness (though you are going to have to upgrade to get these features).

    Which Vehicle Is the Safer Option?

    Both of these vehicles are packed with safety and driver-assist features, as you would expect in a modern offering. While the safety features on these two models are similar, the Equinox comes out on top for a couple of reasons. First, it offers Lane Keep Assist as a standard feature rather than an optional one, and many of the more impressive features of the Rogue are also locked behind a paywall. Also, the Equinox comes with a feature that Nissan doesn't offer an equivalent to: Teen Driver. Teen Driver allows you to set limits on things like volume, has features like Buckle-to-Drive (won't allow you to shift out of park until seat belts are fastened) to teach good habits, and will send you a report card of how fast your teen drove and how many times alerts were activated. If you are a commuter or someone with a new driver around, the 2023 Chevy Equinox is hard to beat.

  • Design

    A blue 2023 Chevy Equinox Premier is shown from the side parked near a restaurant.

    Can These SUVs Tow?

    The 2023 Chevy Equinox is a powerful vehicle that can be used for towing and carrying loads, with up to 1,500 pounds of strength at its disposal. The 2023 Chevrolet Equinox has a towing package as an optional extra that includes the necessary trailer hitch and wiring harness for added convenience. Additionally, all four trim levels of the Equinox––LS, LT, RS, and Premier––have the same towing capacity. The 2023 Rogue can also tow 1,500 pounds when properly equipped.

    Interior Tech

    Both of these vehicles offer the modern technology you expect to see. The 2023 Chevy Equinox comes standard with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity and has available Alexa Built-In and a Wi-Fi hotspot. While the Nissan Rogue does have Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, you will only be able to use Android Auto with wired connectivity and will have to upgrade to have the wireless Apple CarPlay. Both vehicles offer an infotainment touchscreen to control all of your tech features from. While there are some similarities in the features that are offered with these vehicles, the 2023 Chevy Equinox offers just that little bit extra.

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