What separates Chevy from many other automotive manufacturers is a keen eye for detail. Chevy asks all the crucial questions when designing their vehicles, including what most people will use them for, how much they'll be driving them, and other important aspects of drivers' needs. By figuring out these details, Chevy can produce some of the most popularized vehicles on the automotive landscape. Chevy constructs vehicles for every type of driver, including commuters, adventurers, blue-collar workers, and families of varying sizes, the latter of which are SUVs, like the exciting 2024 Chevy Equinox. A returning fan-favorite, the 2024 Equinox is the 19th model year for this versatile and family-friendly SUV, and it's a refined experience that takes the best parts of the Equinox's more recent features and fine-tunes them.
The 2024 Chevy Equinox has four trims, like the previous 2023 model. The base-level trim is the LS, but this isn't your ordinary base-level trim; the LS is on par with the priciest Equinox trim regarding performance and efficiency. Your options for trim levels continue with the LT and RS, and the Premier trim returns for drivers who want to widen the capabilities of their SUV. Compared to other compact SUVs, the Equinox offers a perfect balance of great performance, a spacious interior, and a host of cutting-edge tech that is sure to elevate your everyday drive.
As you know, the larger the vehicle, the less likely it'll be to save you money on fuel. The 2024 Equinox manages to secure formidable fuel economy ratings, not only owing to its smaller size against other Chevy SUVs like the Suburban and Tahoe but because of the powertrain harnessing its power and efficiency.
Coming standard with the 2024 Equinox is the turbocharged 1.5L I-4 engine that has become the veteran of the Equinox lineup and carries over the horsepower increase that first appeared in the 2023 Equinox. For the price of the base Equinox, performance is impressive thanks to the turbocharged engine, outputting 175 hp and 203 lb-ft of torque, and it comes paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission. Fuel efficiency is the crown holder of the Equinox, especially if you want your SUV to come equipped with AWD.
The 2024 Equinox comes with front-wheel drive, but you can and should consider the all-wheel drive option instead. The Bane of fuel efficiency is regularly all-wheel drive on smaller engines, but it hardly affects the EPA-estimated ratings you'll get with the base Equinox. Front-wheel drive 2024 Equinox models earn fuel economy ratings of 26 MPG in the city and 31 MPG on the highway, with a combined rating of 28 MPG. These ratings are breathtaking, and you'll spend far less time at the gas pump, meaning you'll get yourself and your family where you need to go without wasting money on constant gas refills.
The FWD Equinox is perfect for practical uses, but even in daily travel, FWD can be a negative attribute depending on where you live. Snowy roads, rain, and sleet are all possible road conditions that are more tricky to travel on with FWD. Many believe SUV owners should always opt for AWD when available, and it's not a bad idea with the 2024 Equinox because of similar fuel economy ratings when compared to their FWD counterparts, offering an EPA-estimated rating of 24 MPG in the city and 30 MPG on the highway, along with 26 MPG combined. If fuel efficiency is your concern, there's no reason why you shouldn't opt for AWD with your 2024 Equinox.
A compact SUV doesn't mean you have to feel condensed and crammed in the car. With an SUV like the 2024 Equinox, you'll have plenty of breathing room, meaning your shoulders, hips, legs, and head will have enough room to avoid feeling "compact." Likewise, the 2024 Equinox punches well above its weight regarding cargo space.
Beginning with the cargo space, SUVs like the Equinox can have their cargo space exemplified once you fold down the back row of seats, but the Equinox is unlike the others. When you fold down the rear seats, the available cargo space more than doubles; you go from 29.9 cu.ft. of space to 63.9 cu.ft., a nearly 114% difference. However, the 29.9 cu.ft. of space with all seats upright is another strength of the Equinox, as having people in all five seats doesn't mean people have to hold their bags or belongings in their lap, making it the perfect vacation vehicle for families; excellent fuel economy ratings help too.
Compact SUVs like the Equinox need to make the most out of the space they're given, and Chevy has meticulously crafted an interior that's freeing to sit in, no matter what seat you're sitting on. While driving, you'll have 40 inches of headroom, 40.9 inches of legroom, and 57.2 and 54.2 inches of shoulder and hip room, respectively. Passengers behind you will have a comfortable 38.5 inches of headroom, 39.9 inches of legroom, 55.5 inches of shoulder room, and 51.7 inches of hip room.
The total passenger volume for the Chevy Equinox is 103.5 cu.ft., the wheelbase measures 107.3 inches, and on the outside, the Equinox is 65.4 inches tall, 72.6 inches wide, and 183.1 inches long, with a 62.2-inch front and rear track width. Perfect dimensions for a compact SUV, but sitting inside the Equinox, you'll have an outstanding amount of room that makes you question why they call it a "compact" vehicle.
Chevy never disappoints with the Equinox, and the 2024 model is the most feature-rich Equinox to date. The most notable addition to the 2024 Equinox is the new features offered in the Driver Confidence II Package, meaning more people can experience the previously more costly safety features. Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Change Alert, and Side Blind Zone Alert are now standard on the top three trim levels, and they can be added to the base LS model. These features are also complemented by standard Front and Rear Park Assist on the top three trims; the latter also comes standard on the base Equinox LS model.
These features are welcome enhancements to the Chevy Safety Assist suite, which already includes safety features like Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keep Assist, Forward Collision Alert, Automatic Emergency Braking, Front Pedestrian Braking, and more. The LT, RS, and Premier also offer Adaptive Cruise Control to match the Following Distance Indicator that comes standard, along with the available HD Surround Vision, which adds more cameras to the outside of your SUV, allowing you to look through said cameras from the touchscreen in your car.
Every Chevy Equinox comes with the Chevrolet Infotainment 3 system unless you purchase the Premier, in which the standard tech is swapped for the Chevrolet Infotainment 3 Plus System, also available on the top three trims. The trim levels supporting the Chevrolet Infotainment 3 Plus System can be upgraded further, adding Chevy's in-house navigation software into the operating system. The standard media system has a 7-inch touchscreen, but a higher-definition 8-inch screen is available on higher-end trims.
Both screens are touch-enabled, but the 8-inch system is presented with a more sleek aesthetic. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come standard on all trims, greatly boosting the 2024 Equinox's appeal over competitors with the traditional and more cumbersome USB cable method. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto improve the Chevy Equinox by lending it new facets of connectivity as the media hub becomes a companion to your mobile device. This means that answering phone calls and text messages and sending them out can be done through your vehicle, not to mention having easy access to your favorite playlists and podcasts at your fingertips.
These pieces of software by Apple and Google also have built-in navigation software, meaning those who didn't invest in the Chevrolet Infotainment 3 Plus System won't be left without reliable navigation apps like Waze, Apple Maps, Google Maps, and more. The Equinox Premier also comes with a wireless charging pad, so charging your phone is as easy as placing it down. It also doesn't matter which of the three infotainment center variations you choose for your 2024 Equinox if you're seeking a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot because that comes standard on every trim.