Did you know that the crossover SUV market is one of the most competitive segments in the automotive industry? Don’t believe us? Ask the Chevy dealer near you. You’ll find that full-size SUVs often come with hefty price tags and below-average fuel economy while cars offer limited room for passengers and cargo. Enter the crossover SUV, which offers the spaciousness of an SUV and the fuel economy of a sedan without a shocking sticker price. That’s exactly what brings the team here at Richard Lucas Chevrolet in Avenel, NJ, to answer one of the most popular questions: “Why is the Chevrolet Equinox such a great buy?”
The Chevrolet Equinox is an SUV that was first introduced in 2004 as a mid-size crossover. In 2017, Chevrolet reintroduced the model as a newly designed compact crossover SUV packed with many new standard features that earned it high praise across the board. That’s exactly where we find the Equinox today—as Chevrolet’s top-selling SUV. Let’s take a better look at why the 2020 Equinox is such a great buy!
Plenty of Budget-Friendly Options
One of the biggest selling points of the 2020 Chevrolet Equinox is that it comes in four different trims—L, LS, LT, and Premier. The trims are moderately priced between $23,800 and $31,400, which is a fraction of a full-size SUV MSRP. This is huge and enhances the value of the Equinox since drivers can select the best trim that meets their needs in terms of comfort, performance, and advanced safety features.
The Equinox L starts at $23,800 and includes Chevrolet’s Driver Confidence Package. The package includes a variety of safety features such as Automatic Emergency Braking, Forward Collision Alert, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, Front Pedestrian Braking, Intellibeam headlamps, and a Following Distance Indicator. The base model also includes keyless entry and Chevrolet’s state-of-the-art Infotainment 3 with a 7-in diagonal touchscreen.
The LS starts at $26,300 and features the same Driver Confidence Package as well as enhanced Teen Driver technology that gives parents greater peace of mind when their young driver gets behind the wheel. The LS also includes LED daytime running lamps and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration. The LT is the next trim and starts at $27,500. It includes more in terms of comfort with heated driver and front passenger seats as well as a power driver seat with lumbar support. Its exterior boasts high-intensity discharge headlamps that make driving in low-visibility conditions easier.
The Premier is the Equinox’s high-end trim package and starts at $31,400. The Premier includes the standard Driver Confidence Package but ups the game right from the front seat with heated leather seats. The driver seat also has memory technology, and the hands-free power liftgate makes accessing the cargo space a breeze. Talk about luxury!
Power and Performance
The Equinox L, LS, LT, and Premier come standard with a 1.5-liter turbo engine that offers solid performance for the segment, but where the Equinox truly shines is with the 2.0-liter turbo engine upgrade that’s available on the LT and Premier. The 1.5-liter engine produces 170 hp and 203 lb-ft of torque with a maximum towing capacity of 1,500 lbs. Fuel efficiency is above average, with 26 MPG in the city and 30 MPG on the highway.
Upgrading to the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine makes a world of difference and showcases why the Chevrolet Equinox is such a great buy for those who can afford the higher-level trims. The 2.0-liter produces 252 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque with a maximum towing capacity of 3,500 lbs. Fuel efficiency averages 22 MPG in the city and 29 MPG on the highway, which is a modest difference that the 2.0-liter more than makes up for with its ability to go from 0 to 60 mph in just 6.8 seconds.
The 2.0-liter also makes towing easier with its maximum hauling capacity of up to 3,500 lbs. Chevrolet makes towing a breeze with the Tow/Haul mode button. Chevrolet also gives LS, LT, and Premier drivers even more options with an available switchable AWD system that enhances traction and control on slippery ice, rain, and snow-covered roads.
Connectivity and Technology
Chevrolet’s commitment to connectivity and technology also make the Equinox a great buy. Chevrolet’s promise to drivers is to “be behind the wheel, not behind on your life.” That promise begins with the Chevrolet Infotainment 3 System that’s housed on the central touchscreen display—the L, LS, and LT feature a 7-in color display, while the Premier features an 8-in high-definition color display. The displays are easily accessible and feature large icons that make navigating the system incredibly easy.
The Equinox also includes an available 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot that ensures connectivity on the go. That connectivity doesn’t come at the cost of your smartphone battery thanks to multiple USB data and charging ports. The L, LS, and LT come standard with four USB ports and an aux input jack, while the Premier includes six USB ports, an SD card reader, and a wireless charging station. All models also feature Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration. One of the newest features on the Equinox is built-in Amazon Alexa, which allows drivers to stream their favorite music, add items to their Amazon shopping list, and connect with their smart home devices all from the convenience of the Equinox!
The technology features on the Equinox are just as impressive with an integrated rear seat reminder that alerts drivers to check the backseat before exiting the vehicle. The technology works by sensing when the second-row door is opened or closed before or during a trip. What’s even more impressive is the Equinox’s Teen Driver technology that allows parents further control and insight when their teen driver gets behind the wheel. The technology serves as a virtual assistant and automatically mutes the audio until the front seat belts are buckled. It also initiates advanced safety features and provides a driving report card that shows how the driver performed during each trip.
Visit Richard Lucas Chevrolet Today
The team here at Richard Lucas Chevrolet is ready to help you get behind the wheel of Chevrolet’s top-selling SUV—the Equinox. We are more than happy to put you in the Chevy Equinox for a test drive so that you can see exactly why it is such a good buy. If you’re looking for something other than an Equinox, we can help with that too!
Whatever you’re looking for, we’re committed to providing outstanding service to our customers and offer an exclusive VIP Program. This program includes free oil changes, tire rotations, multi-point inspections, roadside assistance, and loaner cars while your vehicle is in the hands of our factory-trained service department.
Our team at Richard Lucas works by our “Easy Price Promise.” We guarantee upfront prices and absolutely no hassle to ensure our customers drive off happy and confident with their purchase and our service. Come see us today! We’re located near Staten Island at 10