2014 Chevrolet Equinox vs. Its Competition

2014 Chevrolet Equinox
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior 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 family-friendly Honda CR-V introduced last year has a cabin designed with foresight, making the most of its available passenger and cargo 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The sharp-looking 2014 Subaru Forester gets a lot more comfortable inside, and offers some useful driving aids and safety electronics.
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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
Gas/Ethanol I4Regular Unleaded I-4Gas/Ethanol I4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded H-4
EPA Class     
2WD Sport Utility VehicleSmall SUV 2WD2WD Sport Utility VehicleSmall SUV 2WDSmall SUV 2WDSmall SUV 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
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
Sport Utility VehicleSport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility
AutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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