The 2021 Chevrolet Equinox marks the 16th model-year for the crossover sport-ute.  And it’s always been a 5-passenger.  But it’s been categorized as both a midsize and compact SUV.

Because of its size, it’s currently referred to as a compact.  But the Chevy SUV lineup also includes two smaller SUV models.  Both the Trailblazer and Trax are Equinoix’s little siblings.   While  Equinox’s larger sibs include; Blazer, Traverse, Tahoe, and Suburban.

Equinox has been Chevrolet’s number two selling vehicle in the US.  Because it’s highly capable, versatile, and affordable.

2021 Chevrolet Equinox Top-3:

  1. Value
  2. Interior
  3. Technology

My friends at Martin Chevrolet in SoCal’s Chevy Dealer in South Bay gave me the Equinox pictured in this article.

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2021 Chevy Equinox Premier trim with Redline Edition Package, white, driver profile

Premier trim w/ Redline Edition Package

2021 Chevy Equinox Trims & Prices

So, this year’s Equinox offers four trim levels.  But that doesn’t include the special edition packages and options.

Trims & Starting MSRPs:

  • L $23,800
  • LS $26,300
  • LT $27,500
  • Premier $35,390

Plus there are special edition packages available for the ’21 Equinox.  For example, the handsome Redline package that you see pictured here.  Additionally, Chevy offers an athletic Sport and Midnight special edition package.

Engine, Transmission & MPG

Chevy keeps the engine and transmission options simple for Equinox.  All trims receive the same spirited 1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder.  It produces 170 horsepower and 203 pound-feet of torque.  And there’s a smooth-shifting 6-speed automatic transmission.  That can power either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.

1.5L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine

1.5L Turbo 4-cylinder

Fuel economy is a solid 25 mpg in the city and 30 on the highway for the AWD.  And if you opt for FWD you increase to 26 mpg city and 31 mpg on the open road.

The curb weight for ’21 Equinox varies with configuration – from 3,274 to 3,512 pounds.  And it can tow 1,500 lbs.

What Does 2021 Chevrolet Equinox Look Like?

From the entry-level L trim to the Premier with Redline pictured here, the ’21 Equinox take on many looks.  You can stand out from the crowd or blend in.  But regardless of the trim, Equinox is well proportioned.  It has a clean aerodynamic look.  And it’s especially good-looking from the rear three-quarter views.

2021 Chevy Equinox passenger rear

7.6 to 8.0-inches of ground clearance

Equinox leans more crossover than an off-road sport utility vehicle.  But you still have the option to give it that more rugged look.  Plus with up to 8″ of ground clearance Equinox is ready for some light-duty off-pavement adventures.

Exterior dimensions:

  • Length: 183.1
  • Width 72.8
  • Height: 65.4
  • Track:
    • Front: 62.2
    • Rear: 62.2
  • Ground clearance: 7.6 to 8.0

*All inches 

 

Inside The 2021 Equinox

Inside the Equinox is class-leading-spacious and equally versatile.  Depending on the trim, you can dance it up or tone it down.  New for 2021, leather is available on the LT.  Including perforated leather-appointed seating surfaces.

2021 Chevy Equinox backseat

39.9″ backseat legroom

And, the Premier trim that I drove was subtle but handsome inside.  And all the surfaces had a quality feel to the touch.

Interior dimensions:

  • Headroom – w/out & w/ sunroof:
    • Front 40/38.2
    • Rear 38.5/36.9
  • Legroom:
    • Front 40.9
    • Rear 39.9
  • Shoulder room:
    • Front 57.2
    • Rear 55.5
  • Hip room:
    • Front 54.2
    • 51.7

Also, there’s up to 63.9 cubic-feet of cargo space with the backseats folded down.  And 29.9 cu-ft with the backseats up.

2021 Chevy Equinox cargo area w. backseat partial down

Up to 63.9 cu-ft cargo volume

 

Driver Assistance, Tech & Safety

Chevy’s infotainment system is well designed.  Because carmakers continue tinkering with just the right combination of touchscreen, buttons, and knobs.  And General Motors, Chevy’s parent company, has a great interface dialed-in (pun intended).

2021 Chevy Equinox cockpit

Premier trim cockpit

Plus Chevrolet packs a lot of tech into Equinox.  And that includes Chevy Safety Assist, a package of advanced safety technologies helping drivers avoid hazards.

Driver Assistance Tech:

Standard:

  • Forward collision alert w/ automatic emergency braking
  • Lane-keeping assistance w/ lane departure warning
  • Following distance indicator
  • Automatic high beam assist
  • Front pedestrian braking
  • Teen driver technology
  • Rear seat reminder
  • Rearview camera

Available:

  • Lane change alert w/ blindspot alert.
  • High-definition surround vision.
  • Adaptive cruise control.
  • Rear cross-traffic alert.
  • On-star connectivity.
  • Rear park assist.
  • Safety alert seat. 

 

2021 Chevrolet Equinox Top-3

So, here are my Top-3 reasons for buying the 2021 Chevrolet Equinox.

  1. Value – Overall bang for the buck is undeniable.  Chevy packs a lot into its number two selling vehicle.  And perhaps that’s why Equinox is second only to Silverado.  Which really makes it first outside of pick-up trucks.
  2. Interior – Equinox is super-spacious inside.  In fact, backseat passengers get nearly as much legroom as the driver!  Plus there’s ample cargo space.  And this makes Equinox both appealing and versatile.
  3. Technology – Finally, the safety technology that Chevy includes in Equinox is class-leading.  In fact, it rivals luxury vehicles.  And kudos to Chevy for keeping safety first among with its top-selling non-pick-up truck.

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