The 2021 Chevy Equinox is here and as it was expected, it hasn’t brought any particular change. The current generation has been around for about three years and the latest reports suggest that the mid-cycle refresh will happen in the next year, for the 2022 version. For that occasion, we will see some styling changes, as well as other upgrades. On the other side, the 2021 model year brings no excitement.
This means you may count on a good compact crossover, which has a lot of things to offer. Two capable engines are also pretty efficient, while the amount of passenger space is generous as well. The infotainment system is very intuitive, while the predicted reliability rating looks really impressive. On the other side, the drawbacks are pretty familiar and they are mostly about interior quality. Also, the price has remained pretty much the same.
2021 Chevy Equinox Design
In terms of base design characteristics, there are no surprises in terms of 2021 Chevy Equinox specs. It comes with a familiar design that has been around for about three years. It rides on a familiar D2 platform, the same one that underprints models like GMC Terrain and Buick Envision. The three crossovers share a lot of mechanics, while aesthetics are completely different.
As we already mentioned, this crossover will get a facelift next year, so we can’t say that it follows the brand’s design language entirely. Moreover, it follows the previous design philosophy and takes a lot of inspiration from the bigger Traverse. We presume this will change with the next-year facelift.
The 2021 Chevy Equinox interior remains pretty much the same and carries on with the same pros and cons. The cabin is spacious and comes with pretty massive and supportive seats and there is really nothing to complain about in these aspects. The ride quality is pretty good, though there is a little bit of noise at higher speeds. Also, the ride can be pretty firm if you pick higher trim levels with bigger wheels, like 2021 Chevy Equinox Premier for example.
When it comes to the overall interior quality, this crossover is a mixed bag. There are some pretty nice areas, but there are also many parts of the cabin that feature low-grade materials. Combined with some pretty odd styling solutions, they make this cabin look not so appealing.
In terms of the cargo space, you may count on typical ratings for the class. There are 30 cubic feet behind the rear seats and roughly 64 cubic feet with the second row folded down.
2021 Chevy Equinox Engines
When it comes to the 2021 Chevy Equinox specs, things haven’t changed compared to the previous model year. Base versions come with a familiar 1.5-liter turbo-four, which puts out around 170 horsepower. This engine seems okay for most drivers but if you’re looking for some pretty good driving dynamics, you should pick the optional 2.0-liter turbo-four engine, which puts around 252 horsepower. While the base engine comes in pair with a six-speed automatic transmission, the more powerful engine is coupled with a nine-speed gearbox.
If you pick the base engine, you may count on a pretty good fuel economy, which goes around 26 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway. On the other side, the optional engine is notably thirstier and returns around 22 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway.
The trim level organization remains the same. So, the base L trim comes with goodies like LED daytime running lights, heated mirrors, keyless entry and ignition, height-adjustable front seats, Bluetooth, OnStar with 4G LTE connectivity and a Wi-Fi hotspot, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, 7-inch touchscreen and more.
The LS doesn’t bring too many upgrades, but some of them are really important, such as the availability of AWD layout. Also, the range of color options is much wider. On the other side, the LT trim level brings upgrades like xenon headlights, an upgraded information display, auxiliary rear-seat release levers, satellite radio, and a power-adjustable driver’s seat, as well as some pretty nice optional packages.
Finally, the 2021 Chevy Equinox Premier sits at the top of the offer and brings upgrades like LED headlights and taillights, a hands-free liftgate, driver-seat memory functions, and wireless device charging.
2021 Chevy Equinox Release Date and Price
The exact pricing details are still to come, but we presume that base versions will go around 24.500 dollars. The competition in this segment is pretty fierce. Some of the key players are models like Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V, Ford Escape, Hyundai Tucson, Kia Sportage etc.