The cluttered compact crossover category is confusing for some buyers because the sheer volume of options makes choosing the best fit a long and arduous process. Let us save you some time and introduce you to the 2021 Chevy Equinox. This is Chevy’s hardworking compact SUV that feels like a mid-size version thanks to a thoughtful interior cabin layout and an available 63.9 cubic feet of cargo space.
Starting at a surprisingly affordable MSRP of just $23,800, the 2021 Equinox is loaded with advanced safety features that help protect occupants and assist drivers during challenging driving conditions. While other SUVs in its class charge thousands more for the same driver-assist technology, Chevy makes it standard so every driver can benefit, regardless of whether they choose a base model or the top-of-the-line Premier.
All that safety and practicality might mean that you’ll sacrifice style, but that’s not the case with the 2021 Equinox. You’ll find modern LED daytime running lamps and a sculpted, eye-catching curb appeal that earns style points and turns heads. Choose from eight distinctive exterior colors and dial in the features you want by choosing from four distinct trims. Whether you want a budget-friendly base model L or a fully-loaded Premier, the Equinox gives you plenty to choose from.
It’s also nice to know that all Chevrolet vehicles come with a 3-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty and include scheduled maintenance for the first year or 12,000-miles (whichever comes first). Chevrolet also includes a comprehensive roadside assistance program that includes lockout service and flat tire changes, giving buyers a buffer for unexpected challenges while on the road. Chevrolet is a well-rounded and reliable company, and the 2021 Equinox is all of that and more.
You’ll feel extra safe in this sporty, small package because Chevy has outfitted the 2021 Equinox with a whole suite of standard driver-assist systems, all designed to keep occupants safer and help drivers anticipate road hazards and other dangers. Called Chevy Safety Assist, the system includes six different technologies that work in tandem, vigilantly scanning ahead and behind to assess any potential threats.
Forward collision alert and automatic emergency braking detect when a front-end collision is possible and sends an audible alert. When traveling under 50 MPH, the system can automatically apply the brakes to avoid a collision, helping drivers keep their edge and giving just the right amount of extra support, right when it’s most needed. It can also alert the driver and adjust speed to help the driver avoid tailgating. Opt for available adaptive cruise control, and the system takes it a step further, automatically adjusting vehicle speed, so you maintain a consistent and safe distance from the vehicle ahead.
Front pedestrian braking monitors the road ahead for any pedestrians that might step in your lane of traffic. When you’re driving under 50 MPH, the system detects, applies the brakes, and can even perform emergency braking (or boost the driver’s own hard braking) to avoid a tragedy. The system also helps in low visibility driving conditions and while driving at night. The standard rear vision camera also helps keep potential hazards in view while backing up or backing out of a parking space.
The lane keep assist with lane departure warning is designed to keep the vehicle safely in its intended lane of travel, which is especially helpful during long, boring highway driving. When the system senses the vehicle drifting out of its lane and the turn signal isn’t engaged, it will alert the driver and send gentle nudges to the steering wheel to help drivers smoothly keep the car where it belongs and avoid unintended, and potentially unsafe, drifting.
With comfortable seating for five, the Equinox is a roomy, yet very manageably-sized, small SUV. It offers 63.9 cubic feet of cargo space when the rear seats are folded flat, so it’s also a very capable weekend shopping or home store companion. The folding 60/40 split rear bench seat offers versatility to accommodate passengers and cargo, a great option when hauling long cargo with a rear seat passenger.
With an overall length of 183.1-inches, the Equinox is still a nimble, efficiently-sized SUV, but you wouldn’t know it once you slide into the driver’s seat. The Equinox offers a surprisingly roomy front cabin area, with 40-inches of front headroom and 40.9-inches of front legroom. In the back seat, passengers will love the 38.5-inches of headroom and the 39.9-inches of legroom, and with shoulder room at 55.5-inches and hip room at 51.7-inches, the back seat passengers won’t feel shoehorned in.
The upscale Equinox Premier sports cushy heated driver and passenger seats and has available jet black and brandy perforated leather seat trim. A leather-wrapped steering wheel is standard on the Premier, along with a Memory Package that stores two driver seat configuration presets. Even the shift level gets a hit of bling, with an elegant chrome trim upgrade. It all adds up to a luxurious, refined interior cabin that feels like an oasis, especially with the standard active noise cancellation.
Chevy knows connectivity is on every buyer’s must-have list. That’s why the Equinox is equipped with standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as Amazon Alexa compatibility, which allows drivers to stream music, add items to an Amazon shopping list, and issue voice commands. There’s even an optional wireless charger to easily keep your devices fully-charged during your journey.
Opt for the available Bose premium audio system with seven speakers, and the Equinox converts to a mobile concert hall. With the 8-inch infotainment touchscreen mounted front-and-center on the dash, you’re the maestro, switching between streaming music, the latest podcast, or even the available SiriusXM Satellite Radio at the touch of a button.
All Equinox models come wired for OnStar compatibility. OnStar is Chevy’s connected service that provides roadside assistance and emergency response support. Staffed 24/7 by specially trained representatives, OnStar is a touch button away whenever drivers need a hand while on the road. The system can also sense when the vehicle has been involved in a collision and will dispatch emergency services to your location.
For $1,125, buyers can add the Infotainment II Package, which includes Chevy’s upgraded infotainment system with navigation, upgraded HD radio, and the Bose audio system. The package also comes with HD Surround Vision, a 360-degree exterior camera that makes the vehicle visible from every angle. Add a rear seat infotainment system with a DVD player for $1,995, and your back seat passengers will stay entertained on even the longest road trips.