2019 Chevrolet Equinox vs. 2019 Honda CR-V

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

Your buying experience includes...

business_centerProfessional Staff
account_balanceSimple Financing
local_gas_stationFull Tank of Gas
local_car_washFree Car Wash

Safety

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 Honda CR-V 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 CR-V 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 CR-V only offers a rear monitor.

Both the Equinox and the CR-V 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, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Chevrolet Equinox is safer than the Honda CR-V:

 

Equinox

CR-V

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

159

220

Neck Injury Risk

17%

23%

Neck Stress

190 lbs.

194 lbs.

Neck Compression

10 lbs.

66 lbs.

 

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Compression

.6 inches

.6 inches

Neck Injury Risk

26%

29%

Neck Compression

51 lbs.

111 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Chevrolet Equinox is safer than the Honda CR-V:

 

Equinox

CR-V

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

109

137

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

13 inches

13 inches

HIC

377

390

Spine Acceleration

40 G’s

43 G’s

Hip Force

730 lbs.

743 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty

The Equinox’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the CR-V’s (6 vs. 5 years).

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. Honda doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the CR-V.

There are almost 3 times as many Chevrolet dealers as there are Honda dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Equinox’s warranty.

Reliability

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Equinox has a standard 700-amp battery. The CR-V’s 410-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are better in initial quality than Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 20 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 23rd, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in reliability, above the industry average. With 16 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 12th.

Engine

The Equinox’s standard 1.5 turbo 4 cyl. produces 23 lbs.-ft. more torque (203 vs. 180) than the CR-V LX’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. The Equinox’s 1.5 turbo 4 cyl. produces 24 lbs.-ft. more torque (203 vs. 179) than the CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s standard 1.5 turbo 4 cyl. The Equinox’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 62 more horsepower (252 vs. 190) and 81 lbs.-ft. more torque (260 vs. 179) than the CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s standard 1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

The Equinox’s 1.6 turbo diesel produces 60 lbs.-ft. more torque (240 vs. 180) than the CR-V LX’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. The Equinox’s 1.6 turbo diesel produces 61 lbs.-ft. more torque (240 vs. 179) than the CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s standard 1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Chevrolet Equinox 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. is faster than the CR-V 1.5 turbo 4 cyl.:

 

Equinox

CR-V

Zero to 60 MPH

6.6 sec

8.6 sec

Quarter Mile

15.2 sec

16.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

92.1 MPH

84.9 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Equinox Diesel gets better fuel mileage than the CR-V:

 

 

 

MPG

Equinox

 

FWD

1.6 turbo 4 cyl. Diesel

28 city/39 hwy

 

AWD

1.6 turbo 4 cyl. Diesel

28 city/38 hwy

CR-V

 

FWD

2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

26 city/32 hwy

 

 

1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

26 city/30 hwy

 

AWD

2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

28 city/38 hwy

 

 

1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

24 city/28 hwy

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 CR-V doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Equinox FWD’s standard fuel tank has almost a gallon more fuel capacity than the CR-V (14.9 vs. 14 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Equinox AWD/Diesel’s standard fuel tank has 1.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the CR-V (15.6 vs. 14 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Equinox’s brake rotors are larger than those on the CR-V:

 

Equinox 1.5T/Diesel

Equinox 2.0T

CR-V

Front Rotors

11.8 inches

12.6 inches

11.1 inches

Rear Rotors

11.3 inches

11.3 inches

10.2 inches

The Equinox stops much shorter than the CR-V:

 

Equinox

CR-V

 

70 to 0 MPH

161 feet

166 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

119 feet

129 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

141 feet

146 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

The Equinox Premier’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s 60 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Equinox Premier offers optional 19-inch wheels. The CR-V’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

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 CR-V doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Equinox’s wheelbase is 2.6 inches longer than on the CR-V (107.3 inches vs. 104.7 inches).

The Equinox Premier AWD handles at .86 G’s, while the CR-V Touring AWD pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Equinox Premier executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the CR-V Touring AWD (27.7 seconds @ .61 average G’s vs. 28.3 seconds @ .6 average G’s).

Chassis

As tested by Car and Driver while under full throttle, the interior of the Equinox LT AWD is quieter than the CR-V Touring AWD (73 vs. 78 dB).

Passenger Space

The front step up height for the Equinox is 1.8 inches lower than the CR-V (17.2” vs. 19”). The Equinox’s rear step up height is .5 inches lower than the CR-V’s (17.5” vs. 18”).

Towing

Maximum trailer towing in the Honda CR-V is limited to 1500 pounds. The Equinox offers up to a 3500 lbs. towing capacity.

Ergonomics

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 CR-V does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The power windows standard on both the Equinox and the CR-V have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Equinox is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The CR-V prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Equinox’s front and rear power windows all lower with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The CR-V’s standard power windows’ passenger windows don’t open automatically. The CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to lower them fully.

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 CR-V doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system.

The Equinox’s variable intermittent wipers have an adjustable delay to allow the driver to choose a setting that best clears the windshield during light rain or mist. The CR-V LX’s standard fixed intermittent wipers only have one fixed delay setting, so the driver will have to manually switch them between slow and intermittent.

The Equinox has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. When the ignition turns off, the headlights turn off after a delay timed to allow you to securely get to your front door. The CR-V has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the EX/EX-L/Touring.

The Equinox’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Honda only offers heated mirrors on the CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring.

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 CR-V’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 CR-V offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

Both the Equinox and the CR-V offer available heated front seats. The Equinox Premier also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the CR-V.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the Equinox Premier keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The CR-V doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

On extremely cold winter days, the Equinox Premier’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The CR-V doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

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 CR-V doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Economic Advantages

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 CR-V 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 CR-V because typical repairs cost less on the Equinox than the CR-V, including $155 less for a starter and $73 less for front struts.

© 1991-2018 Advanta-STAR Automotive Research. All rights reserved.

How much is your car worth?

Get the best value for your car from an Asbury dealership.

Featured Videos