Chevy Equinox vs GMC Acadia


Between the 2021 Chevy Equinox and GMC Acadia, drivers may be wondering which SUV is right for them. Our team at Baierl Chevrolet wants to help Wexford, Pittsburgh, and Cranberry Township, PA, drivers find the right vehicle for them.

Read more to have your questions answered in this detailed Chevy Equinox vs. GMC Acadia comparison.

Chevy Equinox Fuel Economy

Does the Chevy Equinox or GMC Acadia Have a Better Fuel Economy?

Overall, the Chevy Equinox has a better fuel economy than the GMC Acadia, as you can see below:


2021 Chevy Equinox

2021 GMC Acadia

Standard engine

1.5L turbocharged I-4

2.5L I-4

Standard EPA-estimated city MPG

26 MPG

21 MPG

Standard EPA-estimated highway MPG

31 MPG

27 MPG

As you can see, the Equinox can take you up to an EPA-estimated 26 city/31 highway MPG with its standard engine and front-wheel drive (FWD). With its EPA-estimated 21 city/27 highway MPG, the Acadia may have you stopping more often to fill up your tank.

One of the reasons why the Equinox may take you farther is because it features something called Automatic Stop/Start technology. This turns off your engine during extended waits at traffic lights or stop signs so that you’re not using fuel when you don’t need to. When you move your foot off the brake, your engine seamlessly jumps back into action.

As an added bonus, the standard engine on the Equinox is turbocharged, giving you that extra oomph right out of the gate, which might be missing in the standard powertrain of the Acadia.

Does the Equinox or Acadia Have Better Safety Features?

When it comes to safety features, the Equinox and Acadia are pretty evenly matched. They both include available high-tech systems that are designed to improve your awareness of your surroundings while you drive. Features you’ll find available for either SUV include:

  • Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • HD Surround Vision
  • Front and Rear Park Assist

They even include available IntelliBeam® headlamps. These automatically toggle your high beams off when other vehicles approach or when you come to a traffic signal or stop sign. Once you’re in the clear, your high beams will automatically come back on again.

A feature like that can really come in handy when you’re driving somewhere new at night and want to focus more of your attention on navigating than adjusting your headlights.

If you prefer to receive tactile warnings, then you’ll probably love that both the Chevy Equinox and GMC Acadia offer the Safety Alert Seat. This available safety feature provides alerts via vibrations in your driver’s seat.  

Which SUV Has the Better Infotainment System?

Just like we did with the safety tech features, the infotainment technologies between the Chevy Equinox and GMC Sierra seem to be evenly matched. Both vehicles have an available 8-inch touchscreen display in the center stack that acts as your media hub. With standard Bluetooth® connectivity, you’ll be able stream audio and phone calls from your smartphone through your SUV’s speakers.

Standard Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ also give you safer access to your favorite apps, like phone calls, internet radio streaming, podcasts, voice-to-text, audiobooks, and more. Simply connect your phone and you’ll see these apps pop up on your vehicle’s infotainment display.

Other features you’ll see inside both SUVs include a Bose® premium audio system and available Amazon Alexa compatibility that keep you connected to home, no matter where you are, with a simple voice command.

Chevy Equinox Cargo Space

Is the Chevy Equinox or GMC Acadia Bigger?

The GMC Acadia is the bigger vehicle between these two SUVs, as you can see in the table below:


Chevy Equinox

GMC Acadia


107.3 inches

112.5 inches


183.1 inches

193.4 inches


72.6 inches

75.4 inches

You may have noticed that the Acadia is more than 10 inches longer than the Equinox. While this can come in handy if you have a lot of cargo to carry, bigger isn’t always better. For example, if you needed to drive downtown for work or to see a show at Heinz Hall, then you may have a more difficult time parking your GMC Acadia.

Meanwhile, the Chevy Equinox has a wheelbase that’s similar to a midsize sedan, so it should be much easier to maneuver around crowded streets.

However, both vehicles have a standard rearview monitor that can help you parallel park or back into (or out of) a parking spot. When your vehicle is in reverse, your infotainment display will show a live video feed of the area directly behind your vehicle so that you can see where you’re going.

Additionally, Rear Cross Traffic Alert enhances safety even more by issuing a warning when another vehicle is approaching your rear bumper from the side.

Chevy Equinox vs GMC Acadia: Which Vehicle Suits You?

Now that you’ve seen how the Chevy Equinox and GMC Acadia compare, which vehicle are you going to pick for your drives around town? While both the 2021 Equinox and Acadia offer excellent infotainment and safety features, only the Chevy stands out with its nimble body design and efficient powertrain specs.

If you want to test out the capabilities of this Chevy SUV, the team at Baierl Chevrolet is here to put you behind the wheel. We’ll show you everything the Equinox can offer and even help you choose the trim level you want. We can also help you determine which of its available trim levels suit your style best.

Are you ready to get into the driver’s seat? Contact our dealership and test drive the Chevy Equinox today!


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