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|308||Max Horsepower (HP)||252|
|24 MPG||Max Combined Fuel Economy||28 MPG|
|64.2||Max Cargo Space (cu.ft.)||63.9|
The Chevy Equinox has been Chevrolet’s best-selling SUV for years. With five seats, plenty of cargo space, and solid engine options, the Equinox is a versatile vehicle that has earned its popularity. However, Chevrolet recently introduced the all-new Chevy Blazer to supplement the Equinox. The two vehicles are close in size and have many similarities. However, a close comparison of the 2020 Chevy Blazer vs 2020 Chevy Equinox will also reveal many differences.
While their overall utility is virtually identical, the Blazer is a more expensive and upscale vehicle that offers a nicer interior, a wider array of features, a more powerful engine, and a superior all-wheel-drive system. However, the comparison is far from one-sided as many of the Blazer’s advantages are only available on its higher trims. This means that the Equinox not only offers greater value for your dollar, its lower trims actually compare favorably to those of the Blazer in some critical aspects, including engine power, fuel economy, and advanced safety technologies. In the end, which of these two Chevrolet SUVs is better will depend largely on which trim is compared as well as on the needs of the individual driver.
Both the 2020 Chevy Blazer and the 2020 Chevy Equinox offer multiple drivetrain options. The base engine for the Equinox is a 1.5L turbo producing 170 hp and 203 lb-ft of torque. This is more than adequate for normal driving and allows the Equinox to achieve an excellent combined fuel economy of 28 MPG.
However, if you want a little more power, then the top trims of the 2020 Equinox can be upgraded with a larger 2.0L turbocharged engine producing 252 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. This engine is also paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission instead of the six-speed automatic that comes with the base engine, which contributes to its solid combined fuel economy of 25 MPG. All but the base trim of the 2020 Equinox are also available with an all-wheel drive system that will improve traction in bad weather, at the cost of a small reduction in fuel economy.
However, for the 2020 Chevy Blazer, you have more options. The two lowest trims of this SUV have a 2.5L non-turbo with 193 hp and 188 lb-ft of torque. But despite a standard nine-speed transmission and similar performance to the base Equinox engine, with this engine, the Blazer is only rated for a combined fuel economy of 23 MPG.
The middle two trims of the 2020 Blazer come standard with a 2.0L turbo with 230 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. And in addition to being less powerful than the 2.0L Equinox engine, this engine also has a lower combined fuel economy of 24 MPG. However, the Blazer’s real engine is a 3.6L V6 that is optional on the middle trims and standard on the top trims. This engine produces 308 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque, making the SUV come alive. Although, the fuel economy does take a hit from this power getting 21 MPG. So when picking between the Equinox and Blazer, a consideration may be whether power or fuel efficiency is more important to you.
The other significant difference between the Chevy Blazer and the Chevy Equinox is its optional twin-clutch all-wheel drive system. While the mid trims of the 2020 Blazer are offered with the same single-clutch all-wheel drive system offered on the Equinox, the all-wheel drive system in the top RS and Premier Blazer trims is the more advanced twin-clutch version. While the normal all-wheel drive can shift power between the front and rear axles as needed through the use of a central clutch, the twin-clutch system adds a second clutch on the rear axle that can direct power to the individual wheels. The end result is superb traction on even the slipperiest of roads.
Inside and out, the 2020 Chevy Blazer presents a more refined image than the 2020 Chevy Equinox. On the outside, it stands out with sharper and more modern looks, and even the base trim Blazer comes standard with larger 17” aluminum wheels and LED running lights and taillights. And while LED headlights are only an option on the top trims of the 2020 Blazer, all trims come standard with powerful high-intensity discharge headlights while the base trim Equinox comes with basic halogen projector-beam headlights.
However, when it comes to optional exterior features, the two vehicles actually share most of the same equipment. For instance, both of them offer a panoramic power sunroof as well as a hands-free power liftgate. And the higher trims of the 2020 Equinox are even available with the same HID and LED headlights found on the Blazer. So overall, the exterior comparison of these two SUVs will come down to trims and personal preference rather than having a clear winner.
Moving to the interior, you will find that the Blazer again has more modern styling composed of angular lines instead of the smooth curves of the Equinox. However, on the interior comparison, the Blazer has the features to back up its sharp looks. All trims of the 2020 Blazer come standard with a variety of luxury items ranging from a premium leather-wrapped steering wheel to a dual-zone automatic climate control system. And while the higher trims of the 2020 Equinox share many of these standard Blazer features, they do not get all of them.
One particularly noteworthy feature unique to the Blazer is its electronic-locking glove box. This allows you to lock or unlock the compartment by entering a PIN into the infotainment system, making it an extremely convenient way to secure items. But this is far from the only feature that is not shared with the Equinox. Other items only found on the Blazer run the gamut from a standard eight-point digital compass all the way up to an available automatic heated steering wheel.
However, while the interior features of the Equinox do not quite compare to those of the Blazer, the Equinox is far from an uncomfortable vehicle and is available with numerous premium features, including heated and ventilated power seats and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. So again, the two vehicles are quite even.
Comparing the technology available in the 2020 Chevy Blazer and the 2020 Chevy Equinox, you will see many similarities, but overall the Blazer has a technological edge. This begins with the infotainment systems of the two vehicles. The standard system for the Equinox includes a 7” touch screen built into the dashboard while the Blazer comes with a larger 8” touch screen resting on top of the dashboard. And while both SUVs can be optioned with 8” HD touch screens, their positions will not change.
The Blazer infotainment is also available with SiriusXM 360L in addition to the standard SiriusXM satellite radio, providing over 200 channels of entertainment as well as greater personalization. Finally, the premium sound system available in the 2020 Blazer includes eight Bose speakers while the upgraded setup in the 2020 Equinox tops out at seven speakers. However, the Equinox infotainment system is not that far behind that of the Blazer and does still offer important features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as navigation.
When it comes to advanced safety technology, the Equinox actually takes the lead. While virtually all of the driver assistance features on the 2020 Blazer are only optional equipment on its top trims, every trim of the 2020 Equinox comes standard with a range of valuable safety equipment. This includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane-keep assist, automatic high beams, and a following distance indicator. Together, these systems help reduce driver workload and cover for momentary lapses in attention, giving the Equinox a safer and more convenient driving experience.
However, when it comes to comparing the safety technology available in full-equipped versions of these SUVs, then the Blazer comes out on top. This is because the Equinox uses camera-based technology for its advanced systems such as automatic emergency braking and adaptive cruise control, while the Blazer employs more sophisticated radar-based technology. This makes the Blazer’s systems more reliable in poor visibility, such as bad weather or low light conditions. The Blazer also offers a much larger 8” digital driver information center as part of its instrument cluster, allowing it to present critical information more clearly than the Equinox. So really, depending on trim and what you are looking for, it is possible to find what you need in both the Blazer and the Equinox.