Although most buyers take safety for granted, brands obviously have to go through multiple stages of rigorous testing to confirm their vehicles are safe, especially when it is one of the top sellers in their segment. You could say the Chevrolet Equinox fulfills most of that criteria but the safety aspect is not the best we have seen from this segment. Although the IIHS rates it’s a Top Safety Pick for the 2014 model year, a closer look finds it missing some of the industry standard tests, which directly is reflected by its more-or-less average safety score of just 4-Stars as awarded by the NHTSA for the same year. Should one be worried? Well, let this article do the talking. With a base price of $22,600, the 2014 Chevrolet Equinox will be going against the likes of other popular compact SUVs like the Honda CR-V, the Nissan Rogue, and the Subaru Forester.
The 2014 Chevrolet Equinox is based on GM’s Theta platform which has been in existence since 2022 in various short wheelbase formats. This same platform has been adapted in the Equinox line-up since 2005 into a long wheelbase form and has received minor tweaks for 2010 with the introduction of the second generation of this SUV. Co-developed for compact vehicles in multiple weight categories, this platform was known for its modularity and decent safety.
The unibody steel welded steel body shells and the transversely placed engine is said to provide the best frontal crash absorption and rigidity for its class. The four-wheel independent suspension setup also meant that the vehicle has improved stability and a better ride. Along with the structural improvement, the 2014 Chevrolet Equinox also gets all passive features including ABS, EBD, Chevy’s proprietary StabiliTrak traction control system, and even optional advanced driver assistance tech including lane departure warning, forward collision warning, and even side blind-zone alert.
What features make the 2014 Chevrolet Equinox safe?
Some features which make the 2014 Chevrolet Equinox safe are –
- StabiliTrak- Chevrolet’s proprietary traction control system uses sensors and steering input data to constantly check if the direction of the vehicle is in line with the steering. If a loss of control is detected it activated varied braking forced at different wheels till the vehicle comes back to full control, or in this case, matches the direction of the steering.
- Forward collision warning – This feature uses an array of forward-looking sensors and radar (in some cases), this system warns the driver about any impending frontal collisions.
- Lane departure warning- This feature notifies the drivers if any unwanted wavering of the vehicle for the lanes has been noticed by the system. The warning may include visual and audio notifications.
- Side Blind zone alert- This feature alerts you about oncoming rear traffic when changing lanes. The system is basic and a warning may be visual, audible, or combined.
- Tire pressure monitoring system- Constantly monitors the tire pressure and warns the driver if it detects any variation or drops in air pressure in any tire.
Is the 2014 Chevrolet Equinox safe?
The 2014 Chevrolet Equinox comes out just decent when it comes to safety aspects. Even though the IIHS rates it high, the actual rating might be a bit lower as determined by the average 4-Star rating from NHTSA. We are not contradicting IIHS’s results here, but some of the tests they missed, seemed like the weakest points of this vehicle as reported by the alternate agency. We are no trying to raise concern here, but on seeing some certain competitors performing better, there is definitely room for improvement, especially with the front crash regions. However, the option for features like line departure warning, forward collision warning, and blind-spot detection is a nice addition to this segment.