Chevrolet has unveiled the 2021 Equinox crossover, bringing it into the latest Chevy design era with a fresh face and lots of new technology. Safety tech is a high priority for many crossover buyers today, so Chevy knows what they had to do to keep the magic formula popular.
The front of the 2021 Equinox is much sleeker and modern looking thanks to new LED headlights. Out back, there’s a new set of taillights that mimic the ones in the Blazer, and the exhaust pipes have a more polished look.
A new Equinox RS trim will bring a sportier look with a gloss black grille, black badges and trim, and dark alloy wheels. Inside, there’s an RS-specific shift knob, red stitching and black upholstery. We really like those details on the Blazer RS.
On the tech front, Chevy’s latest infotainment system carries Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Equinox now also makes all the safety tech standard, including lane-keeping assist, lane-departure warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian braking, and automatic high beams. Parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, automatic parking assist, and blind-spot monitoring remain on the options list.
Power-wise, there are now just two (gas) engines, a 1.5-liter turbo or a 2.0-liter turbo. The diesel engine was removed from the options list in 2019 due to low interest.
Depending on the engine, a six- or nine-speed automatic transmission is available. Front-wheel drive is standard and selectable AWD is available; we found the system worked well in 2018 and expect only improvements for 2021.
The 2021 Chevy Equinox reaches dealers in the fall.