The current-generation Chevrolet Equinox was introduced in 2018 as a completely redone and improved design. Now, seven years later, it’s still relevant, matching most of the expectations of those buying in the lower-cost small crossover segment. For 2023, the Equinox gets a little more horsepower and a couple of new package options.
Amongst the small crossover options, the 2023 Equinox is generally lower in cost than competitors with higher-end interiors and newer designs. Base price for the Chevy Equinox is about $27,000 plus delivery. For that price, the buyer is getting a stylish crossover-SUV with a useful layout and comfortable seating. What isn’t included are high-quality interior materials or bling.
For most, however, the smooth ride quality and intuitive handling characteristics of the 2023 Chevrolet Equinox will win over everything else. This is a great day-to-day driver, with a balanced feel and predictable dynamic that smooths rough surfaces and gets there without added effort. The Equinox is neither sporty nor sluggish, falling into the middle where most people buying in this segment lie.
There are four trim levels to the 2023 Equinox, starting with the base LS. We’d opt to go up the lineup, however, to at least the LT for better accoutrements and more comfort. Whatever you choose, though, the Equinox includes basic driver’s aids and advanced safety technologies as standard equipment. Even wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard.
Added for 2023 are the Midnight and Sport editions for the Equinox, which tie to the LS and LT trim levels. These two packages are exactly the same, adding 18-inch gloss black wheels, badges to front and rear, and body-color mirror caps. The difference between these packages is in paint color, with the Midnight being black and the Sport being any color off the palette.
Infotainment in the 2023 Chevrolet Equinox is very good, with Chevy’s latest system offering a clear screen and easy menus. The 7-inch touchscreen might seem small by today’s standards, but it’s more than adequate for a vehicle of this size. A few upgrade or trim options can raise the screen size to eight inches instead.
Most of the appeal of the Equinox is in its contemporary, but well-done body styling and its comfortable interior. The drive quality for everyday drives is also one of the best you’ll find. There are sportier and better-equipped options on the market in this segment, notably from Toyota and Mazda, but the Chevy Equinox holds its own pretty well thanks to its value proposition when compared.
All in all, a nicely done small crossover that we enjoyed driving for a week. It handled family toting well and was a smooth daily driver.
This review first appeared on CarNewsCafe.com.