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The Equinox has long been a superb value-for-money choice for families who don’t need a third-row seat, but the recent addition of several standard active safety features makes the 2021 Chevrolet Equinox an even more tempting family-friendly proposition.
With decent fuel economy ratings, a smooth ride and handling, a spacious and comfortable cabin and impressive performance from its turbocharged engines, the Equinox is the perfect vehicle for all occasions, from taking the kids to school to heading out with friends to Mosaic Stadium for the big game.
There certainly isn’t a shortage of choice when it comes to the available trim levels in the 2021 Equinox family. If you want a front-wheel-drive version you have a couple of choices, which are the Equinox LS and the LT 1.5L Turbo. If it’s an all-wheel-drive Equinox you have your heart set on, you then get to choose between the entry-level LS, LT 1.5L Turbo, LT 2.0L Turbo, Premier 1.5L Turbo and top-of-the-line Premier 2.0L Turbo.
You don’t need to be Sherlock Holmes to deduce from the trim levels that there are two different engines available in the 2021 Chevrolet Equinox lineup, or that they are 1.5 and 2.0-litre turbocharged units.
The first of the pair is a 1.5-litre turbocharged inline-four that puts out a very healthy 170 horsepower and 203 lb.-ft. of torque, which sends its power to the front or all four wheels through a standard six-speed automatic transmission. The more powerful alternative is a 2.0-litre version of the turbocharged inline-four, but this time it gives the Equinox a pretty impressive 252 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque to play with. If you go for a model with the 2.0-litre engine you also get an upgrade to a nine-speed automatic transmission as part of the package.
If you’re struggling to decide between front-drive and all-wheel-drive and you’re concerned about the effect AWD might have on fuel economy, you’ll be glad to know that there’s only a reasonably small penalty for the extra capability of all-wheel-drive. Front-drive models are rated at 8.9 L/100km in the city and 7.7 L/100km on the highway, while all-wheel-drive models return figures of 10.9 L/100km in the city and 8.3 L/100km on the highway.
If most of your driving is on the highway going east to Elkhorn, west to Moose Jaw or further afield, you won’t notice anywhere near as big a difference in fuel economy between FWD and AWD as you would you spend all your time driving in and around Regina.
The Equinox has always been a pretty well-equipped crossover SUV for the money. However, Chevy has recently added even more standard safety features that have enhanced the Equinox family as a whole but have particularly increased the temptation for budget-conscious shoppers to seriously consider the entry-level LS trim.
LS standard features include 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic on/off headlamps, a full set of power features, heated four-way manually adjustable front seats, active noise control, cruise control, a rear vision camera, and a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Bluetooth compatibility.
As well as the usual airbags and other safety features we now take for granted, even the LS model now comes standard with more advanced safety features that include the likes of automatic braking and active lane control.
The 2021 Chevrolet Equinox is one of those vehicles that do everything you want a vehicle in this class and at this price-point to do and more, but it does it without unnecessary fuss and fanfare. If you’re looking for a rock-solid five-seat compact SUV at a competitive price that comes with a lot more than just the bare essentials, Chevy Equinox should be top of your list of models to try out.
To learn more, speak to one of our Chevrolet Product Advisors by calling 306-585-1770 or come and see for yourself with a test drive from us today here at RMP Chevrolet, which you’ll find conveniently located at Albert St. South @ Hwy 1 & 6 in Regina, Saskatchewan.