2020 Cadillac XT4 vs. 2020 Chevrolet Equinox

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear (child comfort guides) seat shoulder belts of the Cadillac XT4 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.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The XT4 Premium/Sport offers optional Reverse Automatic Braking that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Equinox doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

Both the XT4 and the Equinox have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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The XT4 comes with a full 4-year/50,000-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 14,000 miles sooner.

Cadillac’s powertrain warranty covers the XT4 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 XT4’s 6 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Equinox runs out after 100,000 miles.

Engine

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The XT4’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 67 more horsepower (237 vs. 170) and 55 lbs.-ft. more torque (258 vs. 203) than the Equinox’s standard 1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Cadillac XT4 is faster than the Chevrolet Equinox 1.5 turbo 4 cyl.:

XT4

Equinox

Zero to 30 MPH

3 sec

3.7 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

7.6 sec

9.6 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

3.6 sec

6.2 sec

Quarter Mile

15.9 sec

17.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

91 MPH

82 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the XT4’s fuel efficiency. The Equinox doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

The XT4 FWD’s standard fuel tank has a gallon more fuel capacity than the Equinox FWD’s standard fuel tank (15.9 vs. 14.9 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the XT4’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Equinox:

XT4

Equinox

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

11.8 inches

Rear Rotors

12.4 inches

11.3 inches

The XT4’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Equinox are solid, not vented.

The XT4 stops much shorter than the Equinox:

XT4

Equinox

70 to 0 MPH

172 feet

182 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

118 feet

127 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

141 feet

145 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the XT4 has larger standard tires than the Equinox (235/60R18 vs. 225/65R17). The XT4 Premium Luxury/Sport’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Equinox (245/45R20 vs. 235/50R19).

The XT4’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Equinox’s standard 65 series tires. The XT4 Premium Luxury/Sport’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 XT4 has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Equinox. The XT4 Premium Luxury/Sport’s optional 20-inch wheels are larger than the 19-inch wheels optional on the Equinox Premier.

Suspension and Handling

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The XT4 has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the XT4 flat and controlled during cornering. The Equinox’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

The XT4 offers an available driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads or off-road. The Equinox’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The XT4 has variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Equinox doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the XT4’s wheelbase is 2.1 inches longer than on the Equinox (109.4 inches vs. 107.3 inches).

The XT4 Sport AWD handles at .89 G’s, while the Equinox LT AWD pulls only .77 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The XT4 Sport AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.8 seconds quicker than the Equinox LT AWD (26.3 seconds @ .66 average G’s vs. 28.1 seconds @ .59 average G’s).

Passenger Space

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The XT4 has 3.2 inches more front legroom and .3 inches more front hip room than the Equinox.

Cargo Capacity

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A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the XT4. The Equinox doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Towing

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The XT4’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Equinox’s (2500 vs. 1500 pounds).

Servicing Ease

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The XT4 uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The Equinox uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Cadillac service is better than Chevrolet. J.D. Power ranks Cadillac third in service department satisfaction. With a 35% lower rating, Chevrolet is ranked 13th.

Ergonomics

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The XT4 Premium Luxury/Sport offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Equinox doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The XT4’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.

The XT4 Luxury’s standard speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Equinox’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted. The XT4 Premium/Sport’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the XT4 (except Luxury) offers optional cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Equinox doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The XT4 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 and isn’t available on the Equinox L/LS.

The XT4 Premium Luxury/Sport’s optional Automatic Park Assist can parallel park by itself, starting and stopping automatically, with the driver only responsible for switching from reverse to drive. The Equinox doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

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