At the Chicago Auto show, we got our first look at the 2021 Chevrolet Equinox RS, and Chevy’s best seller is looking to continue its streak in 2021.
Chevrolet is an automaker with over a hundred years of experience under their belt making mainstream vehicles. Chevy is one of the top-selling brands in the market and the Equinox is their second most selling car. The Equinox is a compact crossover SUV from Chevy, and it received the Top Safety Pick in 2020. The Equinox is one of the best selling cars in its segments outselling the likes of the Ford Escape, GMC Terrain, and the Mazda CX-5.
The 2021 Equinox is getting a nip and tuck and an RS edition. The nip and tuck come in the form of an aggressive-looking front and rear, and the most anticipated RS trim. The 2021 Equinox also offers more safety and convenience features. Chevy has stepped up the styling for the 2021 model, the aggressive looks and the black gloss finish for the RS trim is certainly appealing.
The 2021 Equinox offers a 1.5L turbocharged inline 4 and a 2.0L turbocharged inline 4 engines. The 1.5-liter engine is mated to the 6-Speed automatic and the 2.0 liter is mated to the 9-Speed Automatic. The 2021 Equinox offers the same engine and transmission as the 2020 Equinox, and the similar drive layout- Front-wheel drive and All Wheel Drive.
The 2021 Chevy Equinox is available in four main trims: L, LS, LT and Premier- and the RS Trim. The least expensive Equinox comes with a 1.5-liter turbo engine and FWD layout. The Equinox comes with a lot of standard and optional safety features. Lane Keep Assist with, Lane Departure Warning Rear Vision Camera, Following Distance Indicator, Automatic Emergency Braking, Front Pedestrian Braking, IntelliBeam Headlamps, and Forward Collision Alert as standard. Optional features include HD Surround Vision, Camera System, Camera-based Adaptive Cruise Control, Automatic Parking Assist, Safety Alert Seat, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Front Park Assist, Rear Park Assist, and Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert.
If you opt for the Premier of RS Trims you get Gloss black grille with chrome inserts, LED headlamps and taillamps, New 19" machine faced wheel, Logo projection liftgate, French stitching on interior, and High black gloss finish on the console. The RS Trim offers Gloss black grille, 19" Dark Android wheels, Black badging, Black side rails, RS shift knob, Eye-catching red stitching, and Black interior upholstery.
The 2021 Equinox comes feature-packed and promises a lot. Even though the Equinox is one of the best selling cars in its segment, the engine and the features offered are sub-par for the price. The competitors of the Equinox are the Toyota RAV4, Honda CRV, Hyundai Tucson, Ford Escape, Mazda CX-5, and the GMC Terrain. Against the overseas competitors, the Equinox falls short in performance and reliability. When it comes to safety, competitors like the Audi Q3, Hyundai Tucson, Lexus UX 4, Mazda CX-5, Toyota RAV4, and the Subaru Forester have the Equinox beat. If you are looking for the safest of the compact SUV then there is the XC 40 which has all of them beat.
For the 2021 model year, the Equinox is trying to improve on its shortcomings and hopefully, it will be able to take the top spot. The 2020 Equinox L (base Trim) starts at $23,800 and the premium AWD at $35,700, and we expect the 2021 trims to be similarly priced. The pricing for the RS trim is expected to slightly more the Premium AWD. The RS trim is an intriguing offer and with it, Chevy is expecting to improve the sales even more for the Equinox.