2019 Chevrolet Equinox Introduction

The 2019 Chevy Equinox returns for the new model year with few changes to its compact-crossover shape or mission.

Changes for the 2019 model year largely relate to options. An Equinox may have a 7.0- or 8.0-inch touchscreen (8-inch with navigation available). Four USB data ports are standard. Adaptive cruise control and automatic emergency braking now are available for the Premier edition.

Equinox buyers must choose between two gasoline engines, a high-mpg turbodiesel engine, front- or all-wheel drive, and four basic trim levels: L, LS, LT and Premier trim levels.

The standard engine is a 1.5-liter turbo-4, rated at 170 horsepower and 203 pound-feet of torque, mated with a 6-speed automatic transmission.

LT and Premium trim levels can upgrade to a 2.0-liter turbo-4 that sends 252 hp and 260 lb-ft to a 9-speed automatic; or to a 1.6-liter turbodiesel 4-cylinder. Developing a modest 137 horsepower, the turbodiesel supplies 240 lb-ft of torque, working with a 6-speed automatic. Most models can have either front- or all-wheel drive.

Crash-testing by the NHTSA gave the Equinox a five-star rating overall, as well as for frontal- and side-impact. Rollover prevention (a calculated figure) rated four stars. The IIHS gave the Equinox “Good” score in every test, but it missed a Top Safety Pick due to its headlights, deemed only “Marginal.”

The Equinox Premier comes with blind-spot monitors, which are optional on LT but not available on L and LS versions. Only LT and Premier models can add a safety package which includes low-speed automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, active lane control, automatic headlights, and adaptive cruise control.

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