Which SUV Could Be the Best Fit for Your Family?
Families come in all shapes and sizes, each with their own taste and needs. Lucky for us, Chevrolet offers a wide variety of vehicles to accommodate them. When it comes to the SUV class, two sleek and spacious Chevys with excellent maneuverability, driving dynamics, safety features and price points stand out—the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox and Trax. But which is the best Chevy for your family? Check out our guide below and decide for yourself!
Ask someone at a Chevy dealer and they’ll likely have a hard time telling you which gives you the best bang for your buck. Although, with an MSRP starting at $21,000, the new Chevy Trax comes in slightly under the third-generation Equinox, which starts at $23,580 and is available in new metallic colors.
Safety & Security
When it comes to family, we all want to know everyone is safe no matter where they are. With an array of adaptive crash-avoidance features—including Forward Collision Alert with Following Distance Indicator, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, Low-Speed Forward Automatic Braking, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Rear Park Assist, Side Blind Spot Alert and Surround Vision technology—Chevrolet prides itself on developing vehicles that put safety at the forefront.
Just look at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s safety ratings. The 2018 Chevy Trax received an overall five-star rating. The 2018 ratings for the new Chevy Equinox have not been announced yet, but with a four-star overall rating in 2017, it’s likely the revamped 2018 model will improve even more.
While Chevy’s best-selling compact crossover, the Equinox, may have a faster get-up-and-go, the Trax’s smaller frame (at 167.20 inches long) is able to maneuver around corners and into tight spaces a little more nimbly.
Although, it must be noted that the Equinox has more than one engine available—a trio of turbos which include a 1.5-liter, 170-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder, as well as a 1.6-liter, 137-horsepower turbodiesel and a 2.0-liter, 252-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder. This is compared to the Trax’s 1.4-liter, 138-horsepower turbocharged engine.
While both the Equinox and Trax offer ample room for soccer equipment, camping trip gear and families of four, or even five, the Equinox provides slightly more storage space. With 29.9 cubic feet of cargo space that expands to 63.5 cubic feet when the rear seat is folded, the Equinox’s spacious interior boasts storage beneath the trunk floor and allows for large items in the cab, as the rear seat folds nearly flat. This is not to say the Trax doesn’t measure up—it is roomier than the smaller, more-compact frame suggests, with 18.8 cubic feet of cargo space and 48.4 cubic feet with the rear seats folded.
Space is certainly important, but it’s the features filling the space that determine the direction of the buyer. With standard technology features including the MyLink infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, Wi-Fi, a seven-inch touch screen and USB ports, Chevy doesn’t disappoint, especially in the higher trims. While the Trax upgrades include Bose audio and headed front seats, the Equinox enhancements include an eight-inch touch screen with satellite radio, six USB ports and wireless charging, heated rear and ventilated front seats and a panoramic sunroof—not to mention a 360-degree camera.
Going the Distance
Whether long excursions are on the agenda or running to and fro after-school or after-work activities are in your plans, mileage is important. The Trax gets 25 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway, while the Equinox at 26 mpg in the city, 32 on the highway, with the base 1.5-liter engine (which can be reduced slightly—to 24 mpg in the city and 30 on the highway—with the optional all-wheel drive). However, with the diesel engine, the Equinox’s mpg is raised to an EPA-estimated 39.