Managing to sell close to over even over the 300,000 unit market in recent times, the Chevrolet Equinox has been one of the most preferred family machines in the states. Given this substantial interest, Chevy does need to keep an eye on the occupant safety of this redesigned model year as the iteration it replaces was not really known to be the best when it comes to overall build and safety. As it seems, with an overall 5-Star rating from the IIHS and an average “Good” rating from the IIHS, the new Equinox is not short in safety, which is now complemented by the availability of driver assistance tech. With base prices of $24,795, does the 2019 Chevrolet Equinox provide enough equipment compared to competitors like the Honda CR-V, the Toyota RAV4, and the Mazda CX-5? Let's find out.

The 2019 Chevrolet Equinox is built on the GM 2XX platform, introduced last year with the third generation update. This essentially is the same platform shared by vehicles like the GMC Acadia and the Buick Envision. This specific platform was co-developed GMs subsidiary, Opel, to underpin its compact vehicles to provide high modularity, safety, and dynamics while being lightweight. Shared with many other cars internationally in various forms since 2012, the safety capability of this chassis is commendable which has been proven year after year with its excellent safety scores. 

Apart from the structural aspects, basic safety features like multi-stage airbags, a backup camera, Chevrolets of proprietary StabiliTrak traction control systems, and ABS come in as standard not matte what trim you choose to go for. The 2019 Chevrolet Equinox gets access to a variety of advanced driver assistance tech. The higher trim of the Equinox now can be equipped with features like Blind spot warning, lane-keep assist, and lane departure warning in addition to the passive features.

What features make the 2019 Chevrolet Equinox safe?

Some features which make the 2019 Chevrolet Equinox safe are –

  • Lane departure warning- This feature notifies the drivers about any unwanted drifting of the vehicle from a lane using an array of forward-looking sensors and cameras. The warning may include visual, audible, or both in some cases.
  • Lane Departure prevention- This is a physical system that steers the vehicle into the right path with information that has been sent from the radar and other sensors. Unwanted drifting off the lane is self-correct to a decent extent.
  • 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.
  • Forward collision warning/ autonomous braking- Using an array of forward-looking sensors and radar (in some cases), this system warns the driver about any impending frontal collisions. If equipped, this system is also capable of automatically braking when an imminent collision is detected.
  • Blind Spot Detection/ rear cross traffic alert- This optional system alerts the driver of approaching vehicles when changing lanes or when trying to merge onto highways. The warnings include both visual and audio notifications, the former mostly integrated into the exterior mirrors.

Is the 2019 Chevrolet Equinox safe?

The Chevrolet Equinox has been always a safe SUV and its consistent 5-star and overall good ratings from the NHTSA and IIHS ever since the generation update further backs up that statement. With the introduction of the new generation last year, Chevy has taken up a step in its safety game switching to the modified D2xx platform and the including a wide range of advanced driver assistance systems. However, the unavailability of some of these systems, like blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert, on the lower trims is a bit of a bummer if you ask us. Then again, this might be just us, over expecting things, because the 2019 Equinox fairs really good when it comes to the safety department.

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