2019 Chevrolet Equinox vs. 2018 Hyundai Tucson

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the Chevrolet Equinox’s rear seat shoulder belts have child comfort guides to move the belt to properly fit children. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages children to buckle up. The Hyundai Tucson doesn’t offer comfort guides on its rear seat belts.

In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Equinox are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The Tucson doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

The Equinox Premier offers an optional Surround Vision to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Tucson only offers a rear monitor and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the front or sides.

Both the Equinox and the Tucson have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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Chevrolet pays for the first scheduled maintenance on the Equinox. Chevrolet will pay for the first oil change, lubrication and any other required maintenance in the first year. Hyundai doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Tucson.

There are almost 4 times as many Chevrolet dealers as there are Hyundai dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Equinox’s warranty.

Reliability

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To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Equinox has a standard 700-amp battery. The Tucson’s 600-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

Engine

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The Equinox’s standard 1.5 turbo 4 cyl. produces 6 more horsepower (170 vs. 164) and 52 lbs.-ft. more torque (203 vs. 151) than the Tucson SE/SEL’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. The Equinox’s 1.5 turbo 4 cyl. produces 8 lbs.-ft. more torque (203 vs. 195) than the Tucson Value/Limited’s standard 1.6 turbo 4 cyl. The Equinox’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 77 more horsepower (252 vs. 175) and 65 lbs.-ft. more torque (260 vs. 195) than the Tucson Value/Limited’s standard 1.6 turbo 4 cyl.

The Equinox’s 1.6 turbo diesel produces 89 lbs.-ft. more torque (240 vs. 151) than the Tucson SE/SEL’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. The Equinox’s 1.6 turbo diesel produces 45 lbs.-ft. more torque (240 vs. 195) than the Tucson Value/Limited’s standard 1.6 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Chevrolet Equinox 1.5 turbo 4 cyl. is faster than the Tucson SE/SEL 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.:

 

Equinox

Tucson

Zero to 30 MPH

3.7 sec

4 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

9.6 sec

11 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

6.2 sec

6.9 sec

Quarter Mile

17.5 sec

18.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

82 MPH

80.2 MPH

As tested in Motor Trend the Chevrolet Equinox 2.0 is faster than the Tucson Value/Limited 1.6 turbo 4 cyl.:

 

Equinox

Tucson

Zero to 60 MPH

6.6 sec

8.3 sec

Quarter Mile

15.2 sec

16.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

92.1 MPH

84.5 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Equinox diesel gets better fuel mileage than the Tucson:

 

 

Equinox

Tucson

 

FWD

1.6 turbo 4 cyl./6-spd. Auto

28 city/39 hwy

23 city/30 hwy

2.0 4 cyl./Auto

AWD

1.6 turbo 4 cyl./6-spd. Auto

28 city/38 hwy

21 city/26 hwy

2.0 4 cyl./Auto

On the EPA test cycle the Equinox gets better fuel mileage than the Tucson:

 

 

Equinox

Tucson

 

2WD

 

n/a

23 city/30 hwy

2.0 4 cyl./Auto

 

1.5 turbo 4 cyl./6-spd. Auto

26 city/32 hwy

25 city/30 hwy

1.6 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

4WD

 

n/a

21 city/26 hwy

2.0 4 cyl./Auto

 

1.5 turbo 4 cyl./6-spd. Auto

25 city/30 hwy

24 city/28 hwy

1.6 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Equinox’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Tucson doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Equinox has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Tucson doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Transmission

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A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Chevrolet Equinox 2.0 turbo 4 cyl., for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a seven-speed automatic is available for the Tucson.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Equinox 2.0T’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Tucson:

 

Equinox 2.0T

Tucson

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

12 inches

The Equinox stops shorter than the Tucson:

 

Equinox

Tucson

 

60 to 0 MPH

119 feet

128 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

141 feet

142 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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The Equinox has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Tucson doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Equinox’s wheelbase is 2.2 inches longer than on the Tucson (107.3 inches vs. 105.1 inches).

The Equinox Premier handles at .83 G’s, while the Tucson Limited AWD pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

Chassis

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The front grille of the Equinox uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Tucson doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

The Equinox uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Tucson doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

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The Equinox has .4 inches more front headroom, .1 inches more front shoulder room, 1.5 inches more rear legroom and .4 inches more rear shoulder room than the Tucson.

The front step up height for the Equinox is 1.8 inches lower than the Tucson (17.2” vs. 19”). The Equinox’s rear step up height is 2.5 inches lower than the Tucson’s (17.5” vs. 20”).

Cargo Capacity

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The Equinox has a larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Tucson with its rear seat folded (63.5 vs. 61.9 cubic feet).

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Equinox LT/Premier’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Tucson doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

Towing

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Maximum trailer towing in the Hyundai Tucson is limited to 1500 pounds. The Equinox offers up to a 3500 lbs. towing capacity.

Ergonomics

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When two different drivers share the Equinox Premier, the memory seats and mirrors make it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position and outside mirror angle. The Tucson doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Equinox Premier’s standard easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Tucson doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Equinox’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge – which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The Tucson does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The Equinox’s front and rear power windows all open fully with one touch of the switches and its driver’s window also automatically closes, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Tucson’s power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully. Only its driver’s window opens automatically.

On a hot day the Equinox’s driver can lower all the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Tucson can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Equinox LS/LT/Premier’s available exterior keypad. The Tucson doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system, and its Blue Link can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the Equinox Premier detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Tucson doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

When the Equinox Premier is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Tucson’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

The Equinox Premier has standard automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Tucson offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

Both the Equinox and the Tucson offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Equinox has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Tucson doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Equinox Premier offers an optional Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Tucson doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

The Equinox (except L/LS) offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Tucson doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Equinox owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Equinox with a number “8” insurance rate while the Tucson is rated higher at a number “10” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Equinox is less expensive to operate than the Tucson because typical repairs cost less on the Equinox than the Tucson, including $28 less for front struts.

Recommendations

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The Chevrolet Equinox outsold the Hyundai Tucson by almost three to one during 2017.

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