2020 Chevy Equinox vs. 2020 GMC Terrain
If you’re looking for a powerful SUV that’s big enough to seat the whole family and comfortable for all, the 2020 Chevy Equinox and the 2020 GMC Terrain have probably come to the top of your research. Both vehicles have strong name plates with a storied pedigree, and both are strong performers with stylish designs. However, when you look closer at these two SUVs, they distinguish themselves very quickly from their surface design down to their mechanical features.
Here’s a closer look at how the 2020 Chevy Equinox and the 2020 GMC Terrain compare:
Take one look at the Equinox and the Terrain parked side-by-side, and the styling differences will become immediately obvious. The Chevy Equinox has a much meatier look, as do most Chevy models. The Equinox has a thick front end that is carefully sculpted around the sides to blend with the body, so as not to create the squared-off look that you see in so many other large SUVs, including the Terrain. The hood blends smoothly with the windshield, creating an aerodynamic design without getting too abstract or “futuristic.” The large grill is trimmed elegantly in chrome, and the bowtie rest above it on a bar that glides gracefully toward the headlights. Grooves and detailing provide interest throughout the body and create a cohesiveness in the design.
The GMC Terrain looks like blocks pieced together, as is often the case with large SUVs. The grille seems disjointed from the rest of the design, floating in a sea of metal on the front end and flanked by comma-shaped headlights that don’t fit the design. The rest of the body is mostly flat metal, with few embellishments or grooves for details. If you’re looking to turn heads, the Chevy Equinox is the much better choice.
Inside the Equinox and the Terrain, you’ll find more similarities, but the Equinox still emerges as the more stylish of the two SUVs. Both offer comfortable seating for five, but the Chevy Equinox offers stylish seating that features two-tone coloring and detailed stitching. You’ll see similar designs throughout the cabin, such as on the door paneling and the dash. The center stack features a touchscreen for the infotainment system, flanked by air conditioning vents trimmed in chrome and resting atop a cluster of ergonomically designed controls.
The Terrain offers a similarly stylish interior, but you’ll find a more utilitarian edge to the aesthetic. The seats are a bit straighter and the interior is a bit less detailed, giving you less comfort and less pizzazz. The center stack has a similar design, but there doesn’t seem to be the same flair or personality that you find in the Equinox. If you want an SUV that looks as good inside and out as it drives, the Chevy Equinox is the clear winner.
Under the Hood
The Chevy Equinox and the GMC Terrain both offer powerful performance for handling rough terrain or for pulling heavy loads. In terms of numbers, the Terrain edges out the Equinox, but the differences aren’t likely to be noticed by most.
The 2020 Chevy Equinox comes with a 1.5-liter Inline4 engine that puts out 170 horsepower and 203 lb-ft of torque, while the 2020 GMC Terrain comes with a 2.0-liter Inline 4 engine that puts out 252 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. Both SUVs offer you the power and performance you will need in almost any scenario, but the Terrain does offer a little more oomph. You will pay for it though in gas mileage – the Terrain only gets an estimated 23 mpg combined and the Equinox gets 27 mpg.
The Equinox also beats out the Terrain in towing, offering a greater maximum payload by a few hundred pounds.
Driving is partly about the mechanics of the vehicle you are handling and partly about the comfort and fun you experience in it. You might love the way a vehicle drives, but if you don’t like the way the controls are set up or you can’t enjoy music along the way, for example, you may not enjoy your time in the vehicle much.
Fortunately, both the Chevy Equinox and the GMC Terrain offer plenty of great convenience features to make your ride more enjoyable. With the Chevy Equinox, you get features like a remote start system, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a hands-free liftgate, dual-zone automatic temperature control, and heated and ventilated front seats. You get some of those features with the GMC Terrain, but not nearly as many.
The Equinox also comes with great safety features, including automatic emergency braking, forward collision alert, a following distance indicator, lane keep assist with lane departure warning, and intellibeam headlights. Both vehicles are five-star rated across the board in crash testing, so you can feel good about driving your family in either, but the Equinox has a greater offering of safety features to give you more control and protection behind the wheel.
Choosing the Right SUV for You
Comparing the 2020 Chevy Equinox and the 2020 GMC Terrain, it’s obvious that the Equinox is the superior SUV. You get far greater features and better design both inside and out, giving you greater value for your investment. However, you shouldn’t take our word for it. You can truly feel the superior quality when you get behind the wheel of the all-new Chevy Equinox and try out all the features yourself. You’ll enjoy the exceptional performance, and you’ll love the comfort and styling you get.
Visit Betley Chevrolet today to take a test drive and experience the 2020 Chevy Equinox for yourself. One of our friendly and knowledgeable associates can help you learn more about what sets the Equinox apart from its competitors. You can also look at the different trim levels and packages to determine which configuration of the Equinox will best meet your needs. Then we’ll help you understand your financing options to get the most affordable terms for our budget. Visit us today to fall in love with the all-new Chevy Equinox!