For decades, the SUV was synonymous with power. While there are still plenty of SUVs out there that exude the same high-class power of the SUVs of old, the trend seems to be playing more towards smaller engines and by relation a smaller chassis. The 2020 Chevy Equinox bucks trend, while at the same time continuing to live up to modern automotive standards. Nowadays, drivers expect for a vehicle to be powerful, fuel-efficient, and responsive, the 2020 Chevy Equinox marks all three with breathless ease.
Starting with trim options, you can purchase the 2020 Chevy Equinox in one of four trim options the base L, LS, LT, and Premier. The standard model of the Chevy Equinox sports some pretty standard engine power, equipped with a 1.5-liter Turbo 4-cylinder engine that thrums out a moderately impressive 170 horsepower and 203 lb-ft worth of torque. This base engine is paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission that certainly gets the job done, and can only be purchased with a front-wheel-drivetrain.
When its all said and done and the base model Chevy Equinox hits the pavement, drivers can expect a fair range breaking 26 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. This combination of mechanics and design gives entry-level drivers a worthwhile driving experience but is hardly the top of the line for this compact SUV.
Move up to higher trims, and you’ll be given access to a whole new level of power. The Chevy Equinox can be saddled with a range-topping turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that throttles out 252 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. This larger engine also sports a larger transmission as a sidekick, with 2.0-liter models utilizing a 9-speed automatic transmission, which makes driving simply seamless. Add in the option of an AWD drivetrain, and you have a vehicle that simply can’t be stopped on and off the pavement.
While this larger engine and more robust drivetrain cut fuel economy, this sacrifice of gas mileage comes with a boost to power that some drivers may not want to miss. At the heights of power offerings, the 2020 Chevy Equinox truly performs, giving drivers the option to haul a tremendous 3,500 pounds, which is a rarity amongst compact SUV models.
These two engine options, the 1.5-liter, and 2.0-liter four-cylinder break the mold, providing drivers with a varied driving experience. That said, no matter which engine option catches your eye, you’re certainly in for a ride that is bound to live up to all of your expectations of this compact SUV.