2019 Infiniti QX30 vs. 2019 Chevrolet Equinox

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Infiniti QX30 have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Chevrolet Equinox doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Infiniti QX30 are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Chevrolet Equinox doesn’t offer height-adjustable front seat belts.

Both the QX30 and the Equinox have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front wheel drive, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, lane departure warning systems and around view monitors.

Warranty

The QX30 comes with a full 4-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Equinox’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 24,000 miles sooner.

Infiniti’s powertrain warranty covers the QX30 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Chevrolet covers the Equinox. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the Equinox ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

The QX30’s corrosion warranty is 1 year and unlimited miles longer than the Equinox’s (7/unlimited vs. 6/100,000).

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Infiniti vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Infiniti fourth in reliability, above the industry average. With 4 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chevrolet is ranked 6th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Infiniti vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Infiniti 17 places higher in reliability than Chevrolet.

Engine

The QX30’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 38 more horsepower (208 vs. 170) and 55 lbs.-ft. more torque (258 vs. 203) than the Equinox’s standard 1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Infiniti QX30 is faster than the Chevrolet Equinox:

 

QX30

Equinox 1.5

Equinox 2.0

Zero to 60 MPH

6.3 sec

9.2 sec

6.6 sec

Quarter Mile

14.9 sec

16.9 sec

15.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

93.7 MPH

81.2 MPH

92.1 MPH

Transmission

The QX30 offers a standard sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The Equinox doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the QX30’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Equinox:

 

QX30

Equinox

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

11.8 inches

Rear Rotors

11.6 inches

11.3 inches

The QX30 stops much shorter than the Equinox:

 

QX30

Equinox

 

70 to 0 MPH

163 feet

182 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

106 feet

127 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the QX30 has larger tires than the Equinox (235/50R18 vs. 225/65R17).

The QX30’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Equinox’s standard 65 series tires. The QX30’s optional tires have a lower 45 series profile than the Equinox Premier’s optional 50 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the QX30 has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Equinox.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the QX30 can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The Equinox doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

The QX30 has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the QX30 flat and controlled during cornering. The Equinox’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

The QX30 Essential AWD handles at .83 G’s, while the Equinox LT AWD pulls only .77 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The QX30 Sport executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.9 seconds quicker than the Equinox LT AWD (26.1 seconds @ .71 average G’s vs. 28 seconds @ .61 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the QX30 AWD’s turning circle is .8 feet tighter than the Equinox’s (36.6 feet vs. 37.4 feet). The QX30’s turning circle is 4.3 feet tighter than the Equinox w/19” wheels’ (37.3 feet vs. 41.6 feet).

Chassis

The QX30 is 8.9 inches shorter than the Equinox, making the QX30 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The QX30 is 7.4 inches shorter in height than the Equinox, making the QX30 much easier to wash and garage and drive (lower center of gravity).

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the QX30 Essential AWD is quieter than the Equinox LT AWD (41 vs. 43 dB).

Cargo Capacity

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the QX30. The Equinox doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Servicing Ease

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Infiniti service is better than Chevrolet. J.D. Power ranks Infiniti first in service department satisfaction. With a 27% lower rating, Chevrolet is ranked 10th.

Ergonomics

Unlike the driver-only memory seat and mirrors in the Equinox Premier, the QX30 Luxe/Sport/Essential has standard driver and passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The QX30’s front power windows open or close 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 Equinox’s front passenger window doesn’t close automatically.

If the windows are left open on the QX30 the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Equinox can only close the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The QX30 has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Equinox doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

The QX30 Sport/Essential’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Equinox’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the QX30 Sport/Essential to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Equinox doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the QX30 Sport/Essential has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Equinox doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The QX30 has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning costs extra on the Equinox.

The QX30 (except Pure/Luxe)’s optional Intelligent Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Equinox doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the QX30 owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the QX30 with a number “5” insurance rate while the Equinox is rated higher at a number “8” rate.

The QX30 will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the QX30 will retain 53.6% to 54.72% of its original price after five years, while the Equinox only retains 46.06% to 49.61%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the QX30 is less expensive to operate than the Equinox because it costs $558 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the QX30 than the Equinox, including $330 less for a muffler, $134 less for front brake pads, $14 less for a starter, $87 less for fuel injection, $263 less for a fuel pump and $12 less for a timing belt/chain.

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