Eclipse the Competition in a Used Chevy Equinox

 

A white 2018 used Chevy Equinox is driving through the city.

An Equinox is a day when the amount of daylight and darkness are equal. This happens twice a year, the Vernal Equinox in March, and the Autumnal Equinox in September. These are two of our favorite days of the year since they represent a time of equals and getting the best of both worlds. This is why Chevrolet gave its popular crossover the name Equinox when it introduced this model for the 2005 model year. Owning a new or used Chevy Equinox is the personification of getting both comfort and power in an SUV.

The Equinox offers you a great vehicle with plenty of room for up to 5 passengers, a trunk that fits 29.9 cubic feet of your stuff, and is so easy to drive and park that it practically does this itself. Since its introduction, the Chevy Equinox quickly eclipsed the competition, vaulting to the front of the race among the increasingly popular class of vehicles known as the crossover. The Equinox also is equipped with many safety features to keep you and your passengers safe at any time of day or night.

The roominess, safety, dependability, and affordability of the Equinox are recognized by many as a reason why it is a popular choice for young drivers and families. If you are looking for a great deal, then you should consider buying a Used Chevy Equinox. You will get all these great features at a price that is easy to afford. Lexington area residents, stop by our Dan Cummins Chevrolet Buick of Georgetown dealership for a great deal on a used Chevy Equinox. We offer a great selection of new, used, and certified pre-owned cars, trucks, and SUVs, including the celestial Equinox.

A close up is showing the front end of a 2018 used Chevy Equinox.

Evolution of the Equinox

To best understand this great crossover when you are in the market for a used Chevy Equinox, it pays to understand how we got to this point. When the Equinox first hit the market for the 2005 model year, there were only two models, the LS and LT. Moreover, those first Equinox models were front-wheel drive only. There was also only one choice of engine, a 3.4-liter V6 paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission. This engine produces 185 horsepower and 210 lb-ft of torque. It also gives the first generation Equinox the ability to tow up to 3,500 pounds while still providing reliable fuel efficiency. Those early models of the Equinox provide an estimated 17 miles per gallon in city driving and 23 miles per gallon on the highway.

Seeing the need to expand the market and meet the demand for a crossover with more features, Chevrolet added the Sport and LTZ trims in 2008, along with an optional all-wheel drive. This was a welcome addition to drivers who lived in temperate climates where winter snow, sleet, and rain are an ever-present threat. In addition, Chevy began offering an optional 3.6-liter V6 engine, also paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission. This engine produces 264 horsepower and 250 lb-ft of torque, and a solid fuel economy of 16 miles per gallon in the city and 24 miles per gallon on the highway. As you can see, this engine is more efficient in highway driving than the smaller one, which performed better in city driving situations.

An Equinox for a Second Generation

Not content with its industry-leading position, Chevrolet opted to give a complete makeover to its popular Equinox in time for the 2010 model year. This second generation Equinox was given a more refined, sharper image with the introduction of a more fuel-efficient engine option. Gone was the Sport trim level introduced just two years prior, but the LS, LT, and LTZ models remained, with the LTZ being the top trim level. Drivers were also given a choice of two engines, as well as front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive.

The standard engine is a 2.4-liter EcoTec I-4. This peppy little engine produces an impressive 182 horsepower and 172 lb-ft of torque. It is also amazingly fuel-efficient, with front-wheel drive models providing an estimated 22 miles per gallon in the city and 32 miles per gallon on the highway. If you opt for the available all-wheel drive, your Equinox will provide greater traction at a slight cost of fuel economy of 20 miles per gallon in city driving and 29 miles per gallon on the highway. As you can see, the second generation Equinox eclipses the first generation in the area of fuel economy.

The second-generation models also featured a bigger engine option. The initial model engine is a 3.0-liter V6 that was offered up until the 2012 model year. This produces 264 horsepower and 222 lb-ft of torque. While it has greater pickup than the 4-cylinder, it comes at the expense of fuel economy. The V6 Equinox with front-wheel drive provides 17 miles per gallon in the city and 25 miles per gallon on the highway, while the all-wheel drive gives drivers 17 miles per gallon in city driving and 24 miles per gallon in highway driving. In 2013, Chevy replaced the 3.0-liter V6 with a larger 3.6-liter V6 that produces 301 horsepower and 272 lb-ft of torque. All second-generation Chevy Equinox models feature a 6-speed automatic transmission.

An orange 2017 Chevy Equinox is shown from the front driving down the highway.

The Equinox for Future Generations

The first thing you are sure to notice about the current generation of Chevy Equinox is its sleek looks. The designers at Chevrolet made sure to make this great crossover even more aerodynamic. Introduced for the 2018 model year, the new Equinox also saw three engine options and two new trim levels. Gone was the LTZ, replaced by the Premier top trim. Chevy also added a new L base trim, in line with the naming of most other trims on its other cars, trucks, and SUVs. The other big news was the introduction of a new diesel engine option, giving drivers the opportunity to buy an Equinox with a truly mind-boggling fuel economy.

The base model engine is a 1.5-liter Turbo I-4. The addition of a turbocharger boosted this 4-cylinder engine’s performance to 170 horsepower and 203 lb-ft of torque while providing even better fuel performance. When paired with a front-wheel drivetrain, this engine gives an estimated 26 miles per gallon in city driving and 32 miles per gallon on the highway. Drivers who opt for the all-wheel drivetrain can expect 24 miles per gallon in the city and 30 miles per gallon on the highway.

For the current generation, Chevrolet replaced the V6 engine option with a 2.0-liter Turbo I-4 engine that produces 252 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. While still allowing the Equinox to tow an incredible 3,500 pounds of trailer, it gives even better fuel efficiency than the V6 on the second-generation model. With front-wheel drive, drivers can expect 22 miles per gallon in the city and 29 miles per gallon on the highway, while all-wheel drive reduces these numbers slightly to 22 miles per gallon in the city and 28 miles per gallon on the highway.

If you are looking for a used Chevy Equinox with an alternative fuel engine, then your only choice will be a current-generation model. With the 2018 model year, Chevy added a 1.6-liter TurboDiesel I-4 as an option for the Equinox. This engine produces 137 horsepower and 240 lb-ft of torque, which are solid numbers. But, what really jumps out is the fuel efficiency numbers. If you buy a used Equinox with the TurboDiesel and front-wheel drive, you can expect an estimated 28 miles per gallon in city driving and 39 miles per gallon on the highway. If you choose one with an all-wheel drive, your expected fuel economy will be 28 miles per gallon in the city and 38 miles per gallon on the highway.

Buying a used Chevy Equinox gives you the chance to get an exceptional crossover SUV at an even better price. Whether you choose a first-generation model with its powerful V6 engine, a second-generation model with either an efficient I-4 or a sporty V6, or the current generation with three choices of a turbocharged powertrain, you know you are getting a reliable vehicle with exceptional fuel economy. When you get behind the wheel of a used Chevy Equinox, you are getting the best of both worlds while preparing to eclipse the other crossover drivers on the road today.

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