2019 Chevrolet Equinox Diesel SUV

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2019 MODEL
$29,600 - $35,100

7.5

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2019 Chevrolet Equinox diesel SUV Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Chevrolet Equinox was welcomed with a diesel option this year and with this addition, Equinox is now equipped with more torque and fuel efficiency. This diesel variant is offered with similar accessories as its gasoline powered counterpart.The 2019 Chevrolet Equinox diesel is offered with just one engine option and a variety of trims to choose from.

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Pros

Fuel Economy

Comfortable Ride Quality

Intuitive Infotainment System

Multiple Engine Options to choose from

Supportive Seats

Good Handling Manners

Spacious Interiors

Cons

7 Seater Configuration not available

Below Segment Standards Cargo Capacity

Cabin Build Quality needs a lot Improvement

What's New?

Pedestrian Sensing, Automatic Braking and Adaptive Cruise Control make way into the lineup

Updated Infotainment System


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$29600

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

98

horsepower

137 hp @ 3750 rpm

torque

240 lbs.-ft @ 2000 rpm

transmission

6-speed shiftable automatic

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

62.2/62.2

dimensions

wheelbase

107.3 in.

length

183.1 in.

width

72.6 in.

height

65.4 in.

curb weight

3485 lbs.

ground clearance

6.9 in.

capacity

passenger volume

39.1 cu ft.

cargo volume

63.5 cu ft.

towing capacity

1500 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

11 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

28/32/39 mpg

highway range

581.1 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr. / 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr. / 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

60 months. / 60,000

corrosion warranty

5 yr. / 100000 mi.

roadside assistance

5 yr. / 60000 mi.



Styles

 2019 Chevrolet Equinox diesel SUV in Summit White color  2019 Chevrolet Equinox diesel SUV in Storm Blue Metallic color  2019 Chevrolet Equinox diesel SUV in Silver Ice Metallic color  2019 Chevrolet Equinox diesel SUV in Sandy Ridge Metallic color  2019 Chevrolet Equinox diesel SUV in Pepperdust Metallic color
Summit White

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Ratings

Features

7.8

Interior

7.0

7.5

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Chevrolet Equinox diesel SUV LT

LT

power
137 hp @ 3750 rpm
fuel
Diesel
mpg
32 combined

$29,600 - $31,300


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
LT 4dr SUV AWD (1.6L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6A) Starting at $31,300 MSRP (28/32/38) 137 hp @ 3750 rpm, 1.6 L, I-4, diesel
See Full Specs
6-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5
LT 4dr SUV (1.6L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6A) Starting at $29,600 MSRP (28/32/39) 137 hp @ 3750 rpm, 1.6 L, I-4, diesel
See Full Specs
6-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5

 2019 Chevrolet Equinox diesel SUV Premier

Premier

power
137 hp @ 3750 rpm
fuel
Diesel
mpg
32 combined

$33,300 - $35,100


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Premier 4dr SUV AWD (1.6L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6A) Starting at $35,100 MSRP (28/32/38) 137 hp @ 3750 rpm, 1.6 L, I-4, diesel
See Full Specs
6-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5
Premier 4dr SUV (1.6L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6A) Starting at $33,300 MSRP (28/32/39) 137 hp @ 3750 rpm, 1.6 L, I-4, diesel
See Full Specs
6-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5

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MPG: 18 combined

Expert Review


CARHP Editorial August 30, 2019

7.5

Overall Rating


The 2019 Equinox starts at $24,995 for the base variant and is available in two transmission options (6 speed and 9-speed automatics) and in two drivetrains (FWD and AWD).


7.8/10
Features

 
 
 

7.0/10
Interior

 
 
 
 
 

2019 Chevrolet Equinox diesel SUV Features

7.8/10

The 2019 Chevrolet Equinox comes in four trims and two different engine configurations to suit the needs of different customers. The Standard 1.5L Motor is available on all trims while a more powerful 2.0L turbocharged motor is up for grabs in the LT and the Premier Trims. Customers have the option of choosing between Front Wheel Drive and AWD configurations in the available trims except for the base L which is only available in the 2WD option.

Trims

L

LS

LT

Premier

Price(2WD)

$24,995

$26,995

$28,295/$30,795(2L Motor)

$32,195/$34,995(2L)

Price(AWD)

-

$28,695

$29,995/$32,595(2L Motor)

$33,995/$36,795(2L)

Features

7" Touchscreen Infotainment System

Adds/Upgrades these from "L" Trim

Adds/Upgrades these from "LS" Trim

Adds/Upgrades these from "LT"

 

Heated Powered Outside Mirrors

16" Spare Tire

Deep Tinted Radio Glass

8" Touchscreen Infotainment System

 

Front and Rear Power Windows

Rear Carpeted Floor Mats

High-Intensity Discharge Headlamps

HD Rear Vision Camera System

 

Tire Inflator Kit

17" Aluminum Wheels

Sirius XM Radio

Fog Lamps

 

7" Full Touchscreen Infotainment System with 4G LTE Hotspot

Roof-Mounted Luggage Carrier Provisions

Heat Front Passenger Seats and Leather Wrapped Steering

Lane Change and Side Blind Zone Alert
 

4 Way manual Adjust Front Bucket Seats

8 Way power adjust driver's Seat

Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control

 
 

60/40 Split-Folding Rear Seats

Compass in the Instrument Console

Rear Seat Release Levers

 

 

3.5" Multi-Color DIS

4.2" Multi-Color DIS

Hands-free Liftgate

 
 

Steering Wheel Mounted Controls

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert & Remote Start

   
 

Keyless Open

LED Headlamps and Tail Lamps

   
 

Rear Child Security Door Locks

Inside Rear View Auto Dimming Mirror

   
 

Powered Door Locks

19" Aluminum Wheels

   

Chevrolet has also introduced a Special Edition of the equinox on the 2.0L turbocharged powered Equinoxes called the Redline Edition. The changes are mostly cosmetic which adds a Black Grill, Black Mirror Caps, Black Window Trim, and Black Bow-Tie emblems to the standard Equinox.

We Recommend

The Base "L" trim will be a good choice for customers, who just want a decently equipped SUV. For people who want AWD with good amount of technologically Advanced Features, the LT trim makes for a good buy.

2019 Chevrolet Equinox diesel SUV Engine

The standard 1.6-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder is more than satisfactory. With a 6-speed automatic driving either the front wheels or all four wheels, the little turbo handily gets the Equinox going -KBB.com

Engine and Transmission

The 2019 Chevrolet Equinox is available in a 1.6L turbo-diesel variant which was specially crafted for the torque-demanding customers of this SUV. This diesel variant lacks the refinement of gasoline engine but with a sheer pulling capacity of this vehicle, it can easily be ignored. The able chassis and great handling of the package add to the overall fun factor in the driving experience of the Equinox. Even without added packages, this SUV can easily indulge in serious dogfights around tight corners.

Models

Chevrolet Equinox L

Mazda CX-5 Sport

Volkswagen Tiguan S

Honda CR-V LX

Hyundai Santa Fe SE

Kia Sorento L

Nissan Rogue S

GMC Terrain SL

Subaru Forester 2.5i

Mitsubishi Outlander ES suv

Ford Escape S suv

MSRP

$24,795

$25,345

$25,190

$25,345

$26,545

$26,980

$25,795

$26,195

$24,295

$25,690

$25,100

Engine

1.5L I4 Turbocharged

2.5L I4

2.0L I4 Intercooled TSI

2.4L I4 i-VTEC

2.4L I4

2.4L I4

2.5L i4

1.5L i4 Turbo Gas/Ethanol

2.5L Flat 4

2.4L i4

2.5L i4 Regular Unleaded

Transmission

6 Speed automatic

6 Speed automatic

8 Speed automatic

CVT

8 Speed automatic

6 Speed automatic

CVT

9 Speed automatic

CVT

Continuously variable automatic

6 Speed automatic

Horsepower

137hp@ 5600rpm

187hp@ 6000rpm

184hp@ 4400rpm

184hp@ 6400rpm

185hp@ 6000rpm

185hp@ 6000rpm

170hp@ 6000rpm

170hp@ 5600rpm

182hp@ 5800 rpm

166 hp@ 6000rpm

168 hp@ 6000rpm

Torque

240ft-lbs@ 2000rpm

186ft-lbs@ 4000rpm

221ft-lbs@ 1600 rpm

180ft-lbs@ 3900rpm

178ft-lbs@ 4000rpm

178ft-lbs@ 4000rpm

175ft-lbs@ 4400rpm

203ft-lbs@ 2000rpm

176ft-lbs@ 4400rpm

162 ft-lbs@ 4200rpm

170 ft-lbs@ 4500rpm

There are 2 different transmissions for the 2 different gasoline motors on offer. The 6 Speed automatic does duty on the 1.5L motor while a 9 Speed automatic transmission does duty on the 2.0L Motor. The transmission isn't the quickest to respond but does respond well during overtakes or maintaining a constant speed during a hill climb.

Acceleration

The 2019 Chevrolet Equinox's acceleration ranks among the best in the class partly due to the powerful engines on offer and the nicely balanced weight distribution in the chassis. The Powerful Engine, however, generates some amount of torque steer which is evident, when you step on the gas hard.

Models

Chevrolet Equinox L suv

Mitsubishi Outlander ES suv

Mazda CX-5 SPORT suv

Volkswagen Tiguan S suv

Honda CR-V LX suv

Hyundai Santa Fe SE suv

Kia Sorento L suv

Nissan Rogue S suv

GMC Terrain SL suv

Subaru Forester suv

Ford Escape S suv

0-60 MPH

6.4 sec

N/A

8.7 sec

N/A

7.7 sec

8.9 sec

7.3 sec

N/A

6.8 sec

9.6 sec

7.1 sec

Quarter mile

N/A

N/A

16.7 sec

N/A

16 sec

16.7 sec

N/A

N/A

15.4 sec

17.3 sec

16.7 sec

Engine

1.5L I4 Turbocharged

2.4L i4

2.5L I4

2.0L i4

2.4L I4 i-VTEC

2.4L I4

2.4L I4

2.5L I4

1.5L I4 Turbocharged

2.5L flat4

2.5L i4 Regular Unleaded

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3274

6.5

3541

3721

3307

3591

3810

3456

3449

3499

3552

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

6.3

N/A

6.3

7.7

N/A

N/A

N/A

6.1

N/A

N/A

7.3

The Equinox has class-leading performance figures and the low curb weight ensures that the Equinox doesn't compromise on the Fuel Efficiency as well.

Ride and Handling

Regardless of whether you're driving down the motorway or through the mountains, the Equinox delivers a smooth ride experience in all conditions. Sure, it doesn't have the athletic ability of the Mazda CX-5 or even the Honda CR-V, yet the Equinox feels plenty Sporty. One of the downsides of the equinox is its big turning radius which ranks amongst the biggest in class, despite its compact proportions.

Braking

To match the superb driving dynamics of the 2019 equinox, the Engineers at Chevrolet have provided potent braking units to the Equinox. The Brakes offer good byte and feel with the pedal effort required being adequate for reducing speeds.

Model

Chevrolet Equinox L suv

Mazda CX-5 SPORT suv

Mitsubishi Outlander ES suv

Volkswagen Tiguan S suv

Honda CR-V LX suv

Hyundai Santa Fe SE suv

Kia Sorento L suv

Nissan Rogue S suv

GMC Terrain SL suv

Ford Escape S suv

Subaru Forester suv

Brake Front (in.)

N/A

11.7

11.6

13.4

11.1

12.6

12.6

11.7

11.6

12.8

11.8

Brake Rear (in.)

N/A

11.9

11.9

11.8

10.2

12

12

11.5

11.2

12

11.3

60-0 MPH (ft.)

115

136

N/A

N/A

115

130

N/A

N/A

130

112

129

The Low Curb weight and the potent brakes allow the 2019 Equinox to come to halt in the shortest distance. The Honda CR-V matches the Equinox's class-leading braking distances while the big heavy but sporty Mazda has the weakest times.

2019 Chevrolet Equinox diesel SUV Fuel Economy

The 2019 Chevrolet Equinox currently on sale offers one of the highest fuel economy figures in the class if not the highest. The 1.5L Unit manages to deliver an average MPG figure of 28 while the figure drops down slightly in the more powerful 2.0L unit. These figures are for the FWD variant while expecting a drop of around MPG for the AWD variants.

Model

Chevrolet Equinox L suv

Mitsubishi Outlander ES suv

Mazda CX-5 SPORT suv

Volkswagen Tiguan S suv

Honda CR-V LX suv

Hyundai Santa Fe SE suv

Kia Sorento L suv

Nissan Rogue S suv

GMC Terrain SL suv

Ford Escape S suv

Subaru Forester suv

MPG (city)

26

25

25

22

26

22

22

26

26

21

26

MPG (highway)

32

30

31

29

32

29

29

33

32

29

30

MPG (combined)

28

27

28

25

28

25

25

29

28

24

28

Range (city/highway)

(miles)

387 / 477

415/498

370 / 459

337 / 444

364 / 448

414 / 545

414 / 545

377 / 479

387.4/447

330/455

431.6/547.8

Tank Capacity (gal)

14.9

16.6

14.8

15.3

14.0

18.8

18.8

14.5

14.9

15.7

14.9

The 14.9L Fuel tank and the 28 MPG fuel efficiency offers good range from a fully loaded tank of fuel making for shorter stops at the gas station during long commutes.

2019 Chevrolet Equinox diesel SUV Interior

7.0/10

This Chevrolet seats five. Both rows of seats have ample space, though the optional sunroof limits headroom for taller occupants. There's plenty of support for all-day driving, and overall comfort is on par with many rivals -Cars.USnews.com

Ergonomics and Comfort

The 2019 Chevrolet Equinox doesn't disappoint when it comes to Interior comfort. The Equinox gets bucket Seats which have an adequate amount of cushioning and gives a comfortable seating position to riders of all shapes and sizes. We, however, don't like the awkward positioning of the Air Con Vents and the lacks of adjustment options on the lumbar Support.

Model

Chevrolet Equinox L suv

Mitsubishi Outlander ES suv

Mazda CX-5 SPORT suv

Volkswagen Tiguan S suv

Honda CR-V LX suv

Hyundai Santa Fe SE suv

Kia Sorento L suv

Nissan Rogue S suv

GMC Terrain SL suv

Subaru Forester suv

Ford Escape S suv

Passenger capacity

5

7

5

7

5

5

7

5

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

40.0/57.2/40.9

40.6/56.4/40.9

39.7/57.1/41.0

39.6/57.0/40.2

40.1/57.9/41.3

41.2/59.1/44.1

39.5/59.1/44.1

41.6/56.6/43.0

41.2/58.2/43.3

40.0/57.2/40.9

39.9/55.9/43.1

Second

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

38.5/55.5/39.7

38.4/56.0/37.3

39.0/54.8/39.6

39.1/55.9/36.5

39.2/55.6/40.4

39.2/58.3/40.9

39.3/58.0/39.4

38.5/55.9/37.9

39.6/57.2/39.4

38.5/55.6/39.7

39.0/55.2/37.3

The equinox manages to offer good level of headroom and legroom to the Passengers in the front. Seating three people abreast at the back won't be uncomfortable as the Equinox offers a good amount of shoulder room and legroom for passengers to rest their legs.

Interior Features

The Interiors of the 2019 Chevrolet Equinox on sale has a lot of Standard equipment on offer. 

  • Cruise Control
  • Blind Spot Monitoring System
  • Teen Driver System
  • Compass
  • Power Adjustable Driver Seats
  • Bucket Seats
  • Keyless Access with Push Button Start
  • Dual Zone Climate Control
  • Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel
  • Flat Folding Rear Seats
  • Spare Tire

Infotainment

Chevrolet has updated the Infotainment System of the 2019 Equinox to keep pace with the competition. The 2019 Chevrolet Equinox comes with a big color touchscreen Infotainment system as standard on all the Trims while you get most of the connectivity options in the Equinox that you will find in its rivals. These are the list of Features available from the infotainment system of the 2019 Chevrolet Equinox

  • Android Auto and Apple Car Play Compatibility
  • 8" Touchscreen Infotainment System with Navigation
  • SiriusXM Radio
  • 4G LTE Wi-Fi Hotspot Connectivity
  • FM/AM Radio connectivity
  • 4 USB Ports for Charging and Connectivity
  • Bluetooth Telephony and Connectivity to Multiple devices
  • Colored Driver Information System Screen

Cargo Capacity

One of the very few areas where the 2019 Chevrolet Equinox disappoints, is in its Cargo Space department. Despite being a 5 seater, the equinox fails to make a mark in terms of the storage space on offer for the Cargo while other similar-sized SUV's deliver better figures.

Model

Chevrolet Equinox L suv

Mitsubishi Outlander ES suv

Mazda CX-5 SPORT suv

Volkswagen Tiguan S suv

Honda CR-V LX suv

Hyundai Santa Fe SE suv

Kia Sorento L suv

Nissan Rogue S suv

GMC Terrain SL suv

Ford Escape S suv

Subaru Forester suv

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

29.9

10.3

30.9

37.6

39.2

35.9

11.3

39.3

35.4

34.0

29.6

For people wanting higher cargo space, the rear seats can be folded in a 60/40 split configuration that liberates a lot of space.

2019 Chevrolet Equinox diesel SUV Exterior

Looking the part of a younger and smaller sibling to the midsize Chevy Traverse, the new Equinox retains a fresh look all its own-KBB.com

Design

The current generation of Chevrolet's follow a similar design theme across the lineup and the 2019 Equinox is no different. At the front is a familiar-looking Chevy grill with a Big Bow-Tie logo in the front which will remind you of the new Cruze and the Malibu. The character lines flow through the front wheel arch and split through the midway. The rear end doesn't look the best as the tail lamps and the design might remind you of smaller hatchbacks from Chevrolet. The 2019 Chevrolet Equinox isn't a compact SUV in literal terms. The dimensions of the SUV will remind you of vehicles above its range. The Equinox, however, isn't the tallest in its class and the sloping roofline adds to that feeling.

Model

Chevrolet Equinox L suv

Mitsubishi Outlander ES suv

Ford Escape S suv

Mazda CX-5 SPORT suv

Volkswagen Tiguan S suv

Honda CR-V LX suv

Hyundai Santa Fe SE suv

Kia Sorento L suv

Nissan Rogue S suv

GMC Terrain SL suv

Subaru Forester suv

Curb weight (lbs.)

3274

3329

3552

3541

3721

3307

3591

3810

3456

3449

3499

Length(in)

183.1

184.8

178.1

179.1

185.1

180.6

187.8

189.0

184.5

182.1

182.3

Width(in)

72.6

71.3

72.4

72.5

72.4

73.0

74.4

74.4

72.4

71.5

72.4

Height(in)

65.4

67.3

66.3

66.2

66.3

66.1

66.1

66.3

66.3

68.1

65.4

Ground clearance (in)

N/A

8.5

7.8

7.5

7.9

7.8

N/A

7.3

7.8

8.7

6.9

Wheelbase (in)

107.3

105.1

105.9

106.2

109.8

104.7

108.9

109.4

106.5

105.1

107.3

Track width (in) F/R

62.2/62.2

60.6/60.6

61.5/61.6

62.8/62.8

62.2/61.8

62.9/63.5

64.3/64.7

64.3/64.7

62.8/62.8

61.6/61.8

62.2/62.2

The Equinox, despite its' not so small' dimensions, is one of the easiest to maneuver suvs in the city in densely crowded areas or in tight parking spaces.

Exterior Features

The 2019 Chevrolet Equinox's exteriors have a decent set of features to keep the Onlookers hooked at it, the moment they see it. Some exterior features include

  • Outside Powered and Heated Mirrors
  • 19" Alloy Wheels
  • Hands-Free Lift Tailgate
  • Fog Lamps
  • HD Rear Vision Camera
  • Roof-mounted luggage carrier provision
  • LED DRL's, Headlamps and Tail Lamps

 

2019 Chevrolet Equinox diesel SUV Safety

The Equinox, despite its comparatively lower set of standard safety features has managed to ace the NHTSA tests with its sturdy build. The 2019 CX-5 got 5 Overall Stars from NHTSA.

Some of those features include

  • ABS with Electronic Brake Force Distribution
  • Dynamic Stability Control with Traction Control
  • Rear View Camera
  • Teen Driver Assist
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert
  • Side Curtain, Front and Thorax Airbags
  • Seatbelts with Pre Tensioners and Load Limiters

 

2019 Chevrolet Equinox diesel SUV Competition

Chevrolet Equinox vs Honda CR-V

There is no denying the fact that the Honda CR-V is one of the Best suvs in the segment. It flaunts an easy to understand infotainment system and best in class storage space. The CR V additionally has a rich lodge that offers two lines of seating and has enough space to oblige grown-ups. The Equinox, however, offers a better fuel economy in the cities and a higher level of passenger space at the rear. The Chevrolet's Infotainment feels more intuitive to use as compared to the Honda's slightly "clumsy" feeling unit.

Chevrolet Equinox vs Mazda CX-5

The Mazda CX-5 is one of the Sportiest suvs in the segment. The Mazda offers one of the Best 2nd Row Seating arrangement in the class as well. When it comes to the off-road ability, both the SUV's are nearly matched and have potent 4WD systems. The Chevy Equinox, however, offers similar performance at a lower price and also edges out the Mazda in terms of MPG in the city.

Chevrolet Equinox vs Volkswagen Tiguan

The Volkswagen Tiguan has to be one of the best-built suvs in the segment. The Car has been solidly put together and exudes presence in flesh. It also has a potent AWD system in the form of the 4Motion technology on offer. The Equinox, however, offers a more powerful motor and a far better driving experience on all terrains.

2019 Chevrolet Equinox diesel SUV Final Verdict

The new 2019 Chevrolet Equinox is one of the more feature-rich suvs of its class. The Chevy fares well in offering ride quality, passenger space, and interior sound isolation. The Equinox also gives you the option of a powerful 2.0L motor.The Equinox however lacks in terms of Cargo Space offered and in terms of the number of standard safety features on offer.

All in all, if you are in a mood to buy a big American SUV that offers the thrills of the Mazda CX-5 and the Practicality of the Honda CR-V, the 2019 Chevrolet Equinox is the SUV to go for.