It's that time of year again when Chevy unveils its latest models, and this year we have the 2024 Chevy Equinox. The Equinox has been a beloved Chevy vehicle for decades, and it continues to evolve and improve with each new release. Millions of drivers have been drawn to its feature-complete package—and it has an attractive starting price to boot. The Chevy Equinox has everything you should want from a compact SUV: a turbocharged engine that maximizes fuel efficiency, a spacious cabin and cargo bay, and a suite of modern tech features, including the tried and true Chevrolet Infotainment 3 system.
Everything that made the 2023 Equinox as great as it is remains intact, but the 2024 model makes a few key improvements. The most noteworthy addition is the advanced safety features that now come with the Driver Confidence II Package, like Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Change Alert, and Side Blind Zone Alert. These are now standard on more Equinox trims, and even the entry-level LS trim can opt to include Front Park Assist in addition to its already standard Rear Park Assist. The 2024 Equinox retains the four trim levels originally put together for the 2022 model, with the LS as the base trim, ascending to the LT, RS, and top-level Premier.
Chevy has taken the clear route of performance and efficiency to deliver the ideal compact SUV in today's market. Part of this comes down to the powertrain Chevy opted to utilize, championed by a turbocharged 1.5L I-4 engine. Turbocharged engines are the way to go for many of the vehicles you'll see today, including Chevy favorites like the Trailblazer, Colorado, and Trax.
Turbocharged engines have made it possible to have a smaller engine that is less weighty by design yet able to achieve degrees of performance and fuel efficiency on par—or even better than—their non-turbocharged peers that are much larger. For example, it's not uncommon to see a small turbocharged engine like the one found in the 2024 Equinox to outperform other four-cylinder engines, whether that be a 2.4L or otherwise.
The turbocharged 1.5L I-4 engine in the 2024 Equinox comes with a six-speed automatic transmission. Your 2024 Equinox will come with FWD as its standard arrangement, but it's possible to opt for an all-wheel drivetrain. AWD doesn't affect the horsepower or torque output, meaning both the FWD and AWD versions of the 2024 Equinox will output 175 hp and 203 lb-ft of torque.
For a compact SUV, this type of performance will get you all that you'll need and more, and it'll retain a decent value going forward. If you're shopping for the Equinox, your expectations are in check as a family-friendly SUV priced far under $30,000 isn't expected to pump out 250 to 300 hp and tow upwards of 5,000 lbs; for its class, the 2024 Equinox is more than acceptable, but its real advantages come in its fuel efficiency.
Its fuel economy ratings are on par with the 2023 model, so your 2024 Equinox with front-wheel drive earns an EPA-estimated 26 MPG in the city and 31 on the highway, for 28 MPG combined. If your 2024 Equinox has the all-wheel drivetrain, you'll have an EPA-estimated 24 MPG in the city and 30 MPG on the highway, for 26 MPG combined. The 2024 Equinox will also allow light towing if you need to cart a small trailer in a pinch, with a maximum towing capacity of 1,500 lbs.
Compact SUVs have big shoes to fill for interior space, both for cargo and passengers. If a manufacturer doesn't make a big enough interior, nobody will want to spend time in the cabin, which will make long road trips more uncomfortable than enjoyable. Concurrently, if they make the interior too big, they stray away from the "compact" nature of the compact SUV. This class of vehicles needs to have a balance between the two ends, keeping it consolidated while maximizing available space—and this is where the skilled engineers at Chevy shine.
With its available cargo space, the 2024 Equinox keeps familiar ratings to its predecessors in this generation; this means that, if you've got bodies in all five seats, you'll have 29.9 cu.ft. for rear storage. If you're alone or only have a co-pilot, you can fold down the backseats to increase the available cargo space to 63.9 cu.ft.—nearly 114% more. By compact SUV standards, this is all the space you'll need and then some, as it's the ideal amount for up to five people to add their luggage to the inventory.
When the bags are packed and the trunk is filled, how does the interior fare for those seated within? The main variable that alters these dimensions is the available sunroof, with Equinox models that have it having slightly less headroom. With the sunroof, the front and rear rows have 38.2 and 36.9 inches of headroom, respectively; models without it have 40.0 inches of headroom in the front row and 38.5 inches in the back.
Legroom is more similar between the front and back rows: you'll have 40.0 inches for your legs, and passengers behind you have 39.9 inches. Spaciousness is more than head and legroom, however, as an interior should also have some width. The 2024 Equinox still manages to do great here, despite being compact. In the front row, you'll have 57.2 inches of shoulder room and 54.2 inches of hip room, while your three passengers in the back will have 55.5 inches of shoulder room and 51.7 inches of hip room.
Chevy's trim lineup for 2024 is enriched with features, more than a dozen of which are rooted in multimedia, connectivity, and safety. Those of the latter that come standard in the 2024 Equinox are courtesy of Chevy Safety Assist—however, if you buy any trim but the base LS, you'll get two additional features: Adaptive Cruise Control and HD Surround Vision. Since Chevy Safety Assist comes with each model, your 2024 Equinox will assuredly have Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Alert, Automatic Emergency Braking, Front Pedestrian Braking, and IntelliBeam High Beam Assist. The Chevy Safety Assist safety suite also comes with a Following Distance Indicator, which pairs well with the Adaptive Cruise Control that's available on the top-three trims.
The 2024 Equinox presents a few changes in how it offers some of its features. The LT, RS, and Premier have heated front seats and a power liftgate, and the RS and Premier get LED taillamps to accompany their LED headlamps, and both the LT and RS allow for a heated steering wheel. The heated steering wheel is standard on the Premier trim, which also offers available heated outboard rear seats; these luxury comfort features really help the Premier trim live up to its name.
Multimedia and connectivity features are a large part of the 2024 Equinox's appeal, especially since some features that come standard aren't always seen as such elsewhere, like in other vehicles from some big-name automotive manufacturers. The first three trims—the LS, LT, and RS—all come standard with an infotainment center based around a 7.0-inch touchscreen, a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, and up-to-date versions of both wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are two features commonly not standard on vehicles in this price range, with other manufacturers sometimes opting to include the regular variants of the two, which requires a USB cable to connect your phone to your infotainment center. If you purchase the Premier trim, you won't need any cable, even when charging, because of the standard wireless charging pad. The Premier trim also comes standard with a larger 8.0-inch infotainment center, replacing the 7.0-inch screen of the LS, LT, and RS. These three trims also have built-in navigation software if you don't want to use an external application from Apple or Google.