Differences Between the Chevy Equinox and the Chevy Trailblazer | McKinney, TX

Chevrolet Equinox vs. Chevrolet Trailblazer | El Dorado Chevrolet in McKinney, Texas

If you’re in the market for a compact SUV, consider both the Chevrolet Trailblazer and the Chevrolet Equinox. Both of these fun, family-friendly models boast plenty of style, capability, and advanced safety features. Here’s a look at what each of these models has to offer.

Powertrain and Efficiency

If you’re looking for a little more muscle, consider the Equinox. It boasts a 1.5-liter turbo mill that delivers 170 horsepower, earns 31 mpg on the highway, and enables you to tow up to 1,500 pounds when properly equipped. That’s enough to bring along light watercraft or a small trailer for your next weekend getaway.

On the other hand, the Trailblazer comes standard with a 1.2-liter turbo engine that offers 137 horsepower and 162 lb-ft of torque. You can also upgrade to an available 1.3-liter turbo that churns out 155 horsepower, 174 lb-ft of torque and earns an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 34 mpg on the highway.** It also lets you pick between a continuously variable transmission and a nine-speed automatic gearbox.

Size and Spaciousness

While the Equinox and Trailblazer may appear similar in size from the outside, the Equinox has more room for both passengers and cargo. The Equinox is about 10 inches longer than its subcompact sibling, and on the inside, the Equinox boasts about 5 more cubic feet of total volume. When it comes to cargo volume specifically, the Equinox provides up to 63.9 cubic feet of storage space, while the Trailblazer offers 54.4 cubic feet of room. That said, the Trailblazer offers a unique fold-flat front passenger seat, which helps it accommodate long cargo items, despite its compact side.

Design and Functionality

The Equinox and Trailblazer sport completely different looks. Thanks to its square, rugged design, the Trailblazer boasts an off-road-ready look. You can customize it with a variety of two-tone exterior color schemes. The Equinox, on the other hand, has a modern and subtle design, with a fresh new look for the 2022 model year and an updated exterior paint palette.

Interior Comforts

Whether you choose the Equinox or the Trailblazer, you’ll get a capable, modern SUV that provides comfortable seating for up to five people. Both models come standard with 7-inch touch screens, but offer 8-inch displays when you upgrade to a higher trim level. The Trailblazer comes standard with wireless Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ compatibility, while the Equinox still offers wired smartphone connectivity. The Trailblazer also offers Amazon Alexa connectivity, so you can take advantage of voice commands and control your compatible smart home devices right from your dashboard.

However, the Equinox offers a few more creature comforts than the Trailblazer. While both models offer heated front seats and a heated steering wheel, only the Equinox lets you opt for heated rear outboard seats.

Safety Technology

Both the Equinox and the Trailblazer are well-equipped to provide peace of mind on the road. The Trailblazer comes standard with Chevy Safety Assist, a suite of tech tools that includes Automatic Emergency Braking, Front Pedestrian Braking, Following Distance Indicator, Forward Collision Alert, IntelliBeam® automatic high beams, and Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning. The Equinox comes with all of those features except IntelliBeam®. That said, the Equinox isn’t lacking for safety features — it comes standard with Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert, offers HD Surround Vision, and boasts the innovative Safety Alert Seat, which uses haptic feedback to notify you to take evasive action.

Need some help deciding which SUV is right for your family? Come to El Dorado Chevrolet in McKinney, Texas — our friendly sales staff is happy to help you make the best choice for your needs.
*EPA-estimated 26 MPG city/31 highway with 1.5L engine (FWD).
**EPA-estimated 29 MPG city/34 highway (1.3L FWD).

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