2014 Chevrolet Equinox vs. Its Competition

2014 Chevrolet Equinox
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

Up until a few years ago, General Motors didn't have any serious entries in this segment--especially not from Chevrolet.

Now the Equinox lives up to the expectation that compact and mid-size crossovers are today's family sedans in a lot of ways.

Overall, the Equinox feels more like a somewhat sized-up compact than it does a somewhat smaller mid-sizer.

The latest Ford Escape provides plenty of cutting-edge technology on board, with fuel-efficient new engines, but Equinox remains impressive for its ride comfort and quiet ride.

Subaru is also becoming more of a mainstream offering with the all-new 2014 Forester.

it remains a strong value and has standard all-wheel drive, but it's now much more refined, and its interior design is better than it was.

The all-new Honda CR-V introduced this past year is a very family-friendly alternative, with a smartly designed interior that really makes the most of available space.

The Hyundai Tucson is a step smaller and has great fuel economy, although its steering and ride quality are sore points.

And the GMC Terrain is a formidable rival, with better ride quality although a slightly higher price tag.

Some might prefer the GMC's slightly more truck-like styling, however.

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Quick Specs
7.8
The 2014 Chevrolet Equinox is every bit as solid, spacious, and well-equipped as cost-conscious families could expect -- and far more quiet and refined than many other models without a luxury badge.
8.2
With authentically athletic looks and performance balancing out good passenger space, cargo versatility, and loads of high-tech features, the 2014 Ford Escape is attractive to a wide range of buyers.
7.8
The uniform may be military-grade, but the GMC Terrain's softer side shows up in its excellent four-cylinder gas mileage and Denali luxury.
7.6
The 2014 Honda CR-V isn't exactly sprightly, but it nails efficiency on a few levels and finally brings more features to the family-wagon fight.
7.4
A better ride and improved handling should add to the appeal of the 2014 Hyundai Tucson, which carries forward with curvaceous sheetmetal and against-the-grain crossover styling.
8.4
The sharp-looking 2014 Subaru Forester gets a lot more comfortable inside, and offers some useful driving aids and safety electronics.
MSRP From     
$24,440$23,100$26,465$23,120$21,450$21,995
Gas Mileage     
20 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas/Ethanol I4Regular Unleaded I-4Gas/Ethanol I4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded H-4
EPA Class     
2WD Sport Utility VehicleSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD2WD Sport Utility VehicleSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD
Style Name     
FWD 4-Door LSFWD 4-Door SFWD 4-Door SLE w/SLE-12WD 5-Door LXFWD 4-Door GLS4-Door Manual 2.5i PZEV
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
Sport Utility VehicleSport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility
Transmission     
AutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODManual w/OD