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The Baierl Chevrolet team put together this comparison of the 2020 Chevy Equinox vs. the Honda CR-V to highlight what each brings to the table. Let’s get started!
At the heart of any vehicle lies a strong powertrain. Between these two crossovers, you’ll find a few different options, with one favoring power far more.
In the Chevy Equinox, turbocharging comes standard with every trim level. The base trim, for instance, is equipped with a 1.5L turbo 4-cylinder engine. It pairs smoothly with its 6-speed automatic transmission to help drivers produce an impressive 203 lb-ft of torque.
The Honda CR-V comes standard with a 1.5L turbo 4-cylinder as well. Still, you’d only produce 179 lb-ft of maximum torque in this SUV, falling well behind the competition from Chevy.
This lower torque output is especially apparent when you compare it to the larger Equinox turbo engine. The Chevy’s upgraded engine churns out up to 260 lb-ft of torque for a real punch in the muscle department. The CR-V lacks a comparable option—it only offers one engine.
The 2020 Equinox and CR-V are both 5-seater SUVs with plenty of space in the front and back rows. Passengers will find the front and rear rows of both vehicles comfortable enough to relax for long rides.
However, you’ll find more rear hip room available in the Equinox. If you’ll often have a full rear row, the extra space will offer more individual comfort. Let’s look at the specs in detail:
|2020 Chevy Equinox||2020 Honda CR-V|
|Overall Length||183.1 inches||182.1 inches|
|Rear Hip Room||51.7 inches||49.5 inches|
|Wheelbase||107.3 inches||104.8 inches|
The Equinox’s longer wheelbase also helps it absorb dips and bumps in the road. You’re in for a smooth ride when you slide behind the wheel of the Chevrolet Equinox!
Safety is a priority when you settle into the driver’s seat of a crossover SUV. Thankfully, the Chevrolet Equinox and Honda CR-V make it a priority too. Both have earned top-tier safety ratings from crash test organizations.
The Equinox and CR-V have been designated with the IIHS 2020 TOP SAFETY PICK award. Both 2020 models have also won an NHTSA 5-Star Overall Safety Rating, the top score offered by the organization.
Crash protection is nice, but ideally, you want to prevent accidents in the first place. In the Equinox and CR-V, you can find a range of standard and available driver-assistive features designed to boost your awareness of the roads around you. These include:
If you have teenage drivers, you’ll appreciate the Teen Driver system in the Chevy Equinox’s safety suite. You’ll have more peace of mind when you can’t be in the vehicle with the new driver in the family. This system lets you set speed and audio volume limits as well as monitor driving performance. Unfortunately, the CR-V lacks a similar feature.
Power is all well and good, but what about fuel efficiency? Nothing can throw a wrench in your road trip quicker than superfluous stops at the gas station.
Fortunately, you’ll find excellent MPG numbers available in the Chevrolet Equinox and Honda CR-V. These two vehicles also come start with an Automatic Start/Stop system. This feature will help you save fuel in stop-and-go traffic—or when you need to hit the brakes.
How does it work? Simple: When you brake at a red light or stop sign—or in a parking lot—the engine will automatically shut off to conserve fuel. When you’re ready to move again, release the brakes. The engine will come back on and be ready to power you forward!
Read our Chevy Equinox gas mileage review to learn more about the Chevy SUV’s fuel efficiency.
Some adventures require that you bring your favorite toys along for the ride. Thankfully, the 2020 Equinox and CR-V both have the power to tow.
The CR-V lets you easily hitch up jet skis since you’ll have a 1,500-pound towing capacity to work with. Choose the Equinox, though, and you’ll have much more towing power to work with. The Chevy Equinox can tow up to 3,500 pounds when properly equipped.
You can move plenty with that kind of power at your fingertips. Hitch up a pair of jet skis or a utility trailer loaded with snowmobiles. You can even bring a lightweight travel trailer along for the drive! Expect more freedom of choice when you get behind the wheel of an Equinox.
With performance this pleasing, you only need some solid interior amenities to put a cherry on top of your crossover sundae. Both options strive to put forward unique options to keep you satisfied.
Touchscreen infotainment systems come standard in each. You can connect mobile devices via Bluetooth® and stream all your music, podcasts, and audiobooks with ease. However, they may sound better with the Bose® speakers available in the Equinox—something you won’t find in the CR-V.
In addition to this, the Equinox’s interior beats the competition with standard 4G LTE Wi-Fi® hotspot capability. Stream to your heart’s content without losing your connectivity!
There’s no doubt that the Honda CR-V has a nice technology suite and a comfy cabin to offer drivers in Wexford, Pittsburgh, and Cranberry Township. However, if it’s raw power and heightened efficiency that you’re looking for, you’ll have to stick with the dependable 2020 Chevy Equinox. The extra towing capacity is a nice perk, too.
Learn more about the Equinox with the rest of our Chevy Equinox reviews and comparisons. Then, schedule a test drive at Baierl Chevrolet. Contact our team online or over the phone to schedule yours now!