|170-252 HP||Horsepwer||170 HP|
|8-inch||Available Infotainment Display||7-inch|
|Standard||Teen Driver Safety System||Unavailable|
Small SUVs are a great option for anyone that wants the functionality, performance, and reliability of an SUV, but without committing to the somewhat intimidating size of a large model. With so many small SUVs available, however, it can be difficult to see everything they all have to offer and choose the right one. That is when picking just two to focus on and see what they can do makes the process a lot easier. For example, consider the 2020 Chevy Equinox vs 2020 Nissan Rogue as two great options for a small SUV, but which one should you choose?
Although these are fairly comparable in some ways, when it comes to the heart of any vehicle, the engine, they are very different. The 2020 Chevy Equinox has two engines available, while the Nissan Rogue has only one, and the more powerful engine for the Equinox is vastly superior to what the Rogue can offer. This is not merely a numerical difference, however, as the greater power of the Equinox means it also has a much greater maximum towing capacity: more than three times higher than the best the 2020 Nissan Rogue can do.
The 2020 Chevy Equinox also has some nicer features available inside, including a larger infotainment display and an available wireless charging pad on high trims. While these are both safe SUVs with some great safety features standard, you can ultimately get some things on the Chevy Equinox that the Nissan Rogue simply does not offer. All in all, while the 2020 Nissan Rogue is fine in many ways, the Equinox comes out on top with more power, greater towing, and technology and safety features the Rogue cannot match. Come visit us at McCluskey Chevy today to see the 2020 Chevy Equinox for yourself.
No matter what kind of vehicle you are looking at, whether it is a hard-working pickup truck, a sports car, or a small SUV, the engine is important. You might think that a small SUV can have a weak engine and still be fine, and while it might still drive, your time behind the wheel will be a lot less enjoyable. So let us see how these two vehicles compare with their engines.
The 2020 Nissan Rogue has only one engine available, so we will start there. It is a 2.5L 4-cylinder engine that offers just 170 hp and 175 lb-ft of torque. That is okay, but really it is just that: okay. It comes paired with a Continuously Variable Transmission, which some people like, but others find rather flat and lacking in rewarding feedback while driving. Front-wheel drive is standard on the Rogue, but intelligent all-wheel drive is available on all trim levels.
By comparison, the 2020 Chevy Equinox has two different engines available, offering a tremendous amount of power. The standard engine is a 1.5L Turbo 4-cylinder engine that provides up to 170 hp and 203 lb-ft of torque. You can see this is the same horsepower and quite a lot more torque than the Rogue, and it comes paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission.
If you really want impressive performance, however, there is an available 2.0L Turbo 4-cylinder engine available on the 2020 Chevy Equinox. This engine delivers up to 252 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. This is a far greater power than you can get in the Nissan Rogue, and it comes with a 9-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is also standard on the Equinox, while all-wheel drive is available if you want it.
While a lot of people look to a pickup truck for great towing performance, a good SUV can also be an excellent choice if you have some moderate towing needs. With their large size and powerful designs, SUVs often provide towing capacity that is similar to a midsize truck, while still providing plenty of room inside for passengers and cargo. Even a small SUV like the 2020 Chevy Equinox can deliver impressive towing when properly designed for it.
The Equinox has a maximum available towing capacity of up to 3,500 lbs when configured for it and with the powerful available 2.0L engine. This makes it a great choice for pulling a small boat, trailer, or camper behind you. By comparison, the 2020 Nissan Rogue has a maximum towing capacity of just 1,102 lbs when properly equipped. This means that you can get more than three times greater trailering ability with the 2020 Chevy Equinox than the Rogue, which is a significant difference.
The features you get inside any vehicle will depend on the trim level and available packages you choose. Both the 2020 Chevy Equinox and the 2020 Nissan Rogue have quite a few trims to choose from. To keep things simple, let us look at what you can get in their highest trims.
The Equinox Premier features an 8-inch infotainment display, with an available Bose premium sound system, and perforated and leather-appointed, heated front seating, featuring an 8-way power driver seat with two memory settings. The Premier also has a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio and driving controls, a multi-color driver information display, and keyless open with remote keyless start. Numerous USB ports, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a wireless charging pad are all included in the 2020 Chevy Equinox Premier.
By comparison, the 2020 Nissan Rogue SL, which is its highest trim, features a 7-inch Infotainment display, Bose premium audio system, and leather-appointed, heated front seating with an 8-way power driver’s seat. The Rogue SL also has a leather-wrapped steering wheel with mounted controls, a pair of USB ports, and dual-zone automatic temperature control. Altogether, the Rogue has some decent interior features, though it lacks the option for a wireless charging pad and has a smaller infotainment screen than the Equinox, even at the highest trim.
Nothing is as important as safety when it comes to choosing a vehicle, and you want a small SUV that has plenty of systems designed to protect you. These are both very safe small SUVs with plenty of standard and available safety features to help protect you and your loved ones on the road.
For example, the highest trim of the 2020 Chevy Equinox includes automatic emergency braking, a comprehensive airbag system, and rear park assist. It also has StabiliTrak electronic stability and traction control, LED daytime running lamps, and an HD rear vision camera. A lane change alert with side blind zone alert, forward collision alert, and front pedestrian braking are also available on the Equinox, while a Teen Driver system that helps new drivers develop safe habits is standard on every model.
The 2020 Nissan Rogue has automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, a lane departure warning, blind spot warning, and rear cross traffic alert standard. Available features include intelligent cruise control, a rear sonar system, rear automatic braking, and an intelligent around-view monitoring system. The Rogue lacks the Teen Driver system that you get with the 2020 Chevy Equinox, however. So, if you have a young driver in your house that is just learning, the Equinox is likely a better option because it will let you keep track of your teen driver and their behavior on the road, even when you are not in the vehicle.