2013 Chevrolet Equinox vs. Its Competition

2013 Chevrolet Equinox
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

The 2013 Chevrolet Equinox is a surprisingly good, fully competitive model; it's surprising because up until just a few years ago (with the introduction of this generation) it really didn't feel like GM took this segment seriously.

Today, this is one of the most competitive areas of the market, and the Equinox sizes up a bit better as a slight step up from other compacts than it does as a slightly smaller mid-sizer.

The all-new 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.

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.

Otherwise, the latest Subaru Forester feels more nimble than other vehicles in this class; its interior trim and appointments don't feel nearly as upscale, but it's a strong value and has standard all-wheel drive.

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

Finally, there's always the GMC Terrain--a mechanical clone of the Equinox, with some added comforts, like better shocks on all models.

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2013 GMC Terrain Denali2013 GMC Terrain
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Quick Specs
The 2013 Chevrolet Equinox is a good, affordable choice for cost-conscious families, but it doesn't skimp on comfort, safety, or the latest connectivity features.
After eleven years, a change-up: the 2013 Ford Escape drops the faux-SUV pitch and reels off authentically athletic looks and performance.
The 2013 GMC Terrain may wear a tough skin, but shows a softer side with excellent four-cylinder gas mileage and Denali luxury.
The 2013 Honda CR-V hits all the right marks for cost-conscious families—with its interior layout and safety ratings both best-in-class—although it doesn't feel as sprightly as former CR-V models.
Rich in value and interesting styling cues, the 2013 Hyundai Tucson's a pint-sized crossover that completely avoids SUV cliches of size and looks.
The rugged 2013 Subaru Forester handles well and copes confidently with any weather and road surface--and the XT turbo models are sporty--but its economy-car interior and sluggish automatic remain drawbacks.
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Gas Mileage     
20 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy
Gas/Ethanol I4Gas I4Gas/Ethanol I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas Flat 4
EPA Class     
2WD Sport Utility VehicleSport Utility Vehicle - 2WD2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport UtilitySport Utility Vehicle - 2WDSport Utility Vehicle - 4WD
Style Name     
FWD 4-Door LSFWD 4-Door SFWD 4-Door SLE w/SLE-12WD 5-Door LXFWD 4-Door Manual GL4-Door Manual 2.5X
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
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Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
Sport Utility VehicleSport Utility VehicleSport UtilitySport Utility VehicleSport Utility VehicleSport Utility Vehicle
AutomaticAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomaticAutomaticManualManual
Detailed Spec Comparison
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