2020 Chevrolet Equinox vs. 2019 Toyota C-HR

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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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 Toyota C-HR 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 C-HR doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

The Equinox offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The C-HR doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

The Equinox Premier offers an optional Surround Vision to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The C-HR only offers a rear monitor.

Both the Equinox and the C-HR 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, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

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 Toyota C-HR:

Equinox

C-HR

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

357 lbs.

419 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

288

333

Spine Acceleration

55 G’s

58 G’s

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

13 inches

13 inches

Spine Acceleration

40 G’s

40 G’s

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 C-HR’s (6 vs. 5 years).

There are over 2 times as many Chevrolet dealers as there are Toyota 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 C-HR’s 520-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Equinox first among compact SUVs in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The C-HR isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are better in initial quality than Toyota vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 5 more problems per 100 vehicles, Toyota is ranked 8th.

Engine

The Equinox’s standard 1.5 turbo 4-cyl. produces 26 more horsepower (170 vs. 144) and 64 lbs.-ft. more torque (203 vs. 139) than the C-HR’s 2.0 DOHC 4-cyl. The Equinox’s optional 2.0 turbo 4-cyl. produces 108 more horsepower (252 vs. 144) and 121 lbs.-ft. more torque (260 vs. 139) than the C-HR’s 2.0 DOHC 4-cyl.

As tested in Car and Driver the Chevrolet Equinox is faster than the Toyota C-HR:

Equinox 1.5

Equinox 2.0

C-HR

Zero to 60 MPH

8.9 sec

6.6 sec

11 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

26.8 sec

17.1 sec

33.8 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

9.6 sec

7 sec

11.8 sec

Quarter Mile

16.9 sec

15.1 sec

18.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

83 MPH

94 MPH

79 MPH

Top Speed

124 MPH

130 MPH

115 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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 C-HR doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Equinox FWD’s standard fuel tank has 1.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the C-HR (14.9 vs. 13.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Equinox AWD’s standard fuel tank has 2.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the C-HR (15.6 vs. 13.2 gallons).

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 C-HR doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Equinox 2.0T’s brake rotors are larger than those on the C-HR:

Equinox 1.5T

Equinox 2.0T

C-HR

Front Rotors

11.8 inches

12.6 inches

11.75 inches

Rear Rotors

11.3 inches

11.3 inches

11.1 inches

The Equinox stops much shorter than the C-HR:

Equinox

C-HR

70 to 0 MPH

161 feet

174 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

119 feet

137 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

141 feet

147 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Equinox has larger standard tires than the C-HR (225/65R17 vs. 215/60R17). The Equinox Premier’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the C-HR (235/50R19 vs. 225/50R18).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Equinox Premier offers optional 19-inch wheels. The C-HR’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 C-HR doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Equinox’s wheelbase is 3.4 inches longer than on the C-HR (107.3 inches vs. 103.9 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Equinox is 1.6 inches wider in the front and 1.6 inches wider in the rear than on the C-HR.

The Equinox Premier AWD handles at .86 G’s, while the C-HR Limited pulls only .81 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 C-HR XLE (27.7 seconds @ .61 average G’s vs. 28.3 seconds @ .59 average G’s).

Chassis

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 C-HR 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 C-HR doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

The Equinox has 19.4 cubic feet more passenger volume than the C-HR (103.2 vs. 83.8).

The Equinox has 1.9 inches more front headroom, 1.2 inches more front hip room, 8.2 inches more front shoulder room, .2 inches more rear headroom, 8.2 inches more rear legroom, 3.7 inches more rear hip room and 3 inches more rear shoulder room than the C-HR.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Equinox’s rear seats recline. The C-HR’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

The Equinox has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the C-HR with its rear seat up (29.9 vs. 19 cubic feet). The Equinox has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the C-HR with its rear seat folded (63.9 vs. 36.4 cubic feet).

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Equinox easier. The Equinox’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 28.6 inches, while the C-HR’s liftover is 31 inches.

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

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the Equinox (except L/LS) offers an optional power liftgate, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button, or on the Equinox Premier, by just kicking your foot under the back bumper, completely leaving your hands free. The C-HR doesn’t offer a power liftgate.

Towing

The Equinox has a 1500 lbs. towing capacity. The C-HR has no towing capacity. The Equinox offers up to a 3500 lbs. towing capacity.

Servicing Ease

An Oil Life Monitor is standard on the Equinox to save the owner time and money by calculating maintenance intervals for oil changes based on actual driving conditions. This takes the guesswork out of keeping your vehicle in top condition and helps it last longer. Toyota doesn’t offer a maintenance reminder on the C-HR.

Ergonomics

The Equinox offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The C-HR doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

When two different drivers share the Equinox (except L/LS), the optional 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 C-HR doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Equinox’s optional 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 C-HR 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 C-HR does not have an oil pressure gauge.

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 C-HR doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Equinox has standard extendable sun visors. The C-HR doesn’t offer extendable visors.

When the Equinox with available tilt-down mirrors 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 C-HR’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

The Equinox offers optional 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 C-HR has an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

Both the Equinox and the C-HR 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 C-HR.

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 C-HR 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 C-HR doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The Equinox has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The C-HR doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

Both the Equinox and the C-HR 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 C-HR doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

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 C-HR doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Recommendations

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Equinox first among compact SUVs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The C-HR was rated second in its category.

The Chevrolet Equinox outsold the Toyota C-HR by almost seven to one during 2018.

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