2020 Chevrolet Equinox vs. 2020 Ford Explorer

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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 Ford Explorer 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 Explorer doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

Both the Equinox and the Explorer have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, 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 all wheel drive, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

A significantly tougher test than their original offset frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does 40 MPH small overlap frontal offset crash tests. In this test, where only 25% of the total width of the vehicle is struck, results indicate that the Chevrolet Equinox is safer than the Explorer:

Equinox

Explorer

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Restraints

GOOD

GOOD

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Head injury index

86

110

Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

0 G’s

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Max Chest Compression

22 cm

24 cm

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Femur Force R/L

.7/.1 kN

1.7/1.2 kN

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L

0%/0%

0%/0%

Lower Leg Evaluation

GOOD

POOR

Tibia index R/L

.47/.51

1.54/.5

Tibia forces R/L

1.2/.2 kN

2.8/2.1 kN

For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, its standard vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention system, its standard vehicle-to-pedestrian front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Equinox the rating of “Top Pick” for 2020, a rating granted to only 31 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Explorer is not a “Top Pick.”

Warranty

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

Reliability

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A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Equinox’s reliability 35 points higher than the Explorer.

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

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet fourth in reliability, above the industry average. With 31 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 16th.

Engine

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As tested in Motor Trend the Chevrolet Equinox 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder is faster than the Ford Explorer V6 hybrid gas:

Equinox

Explorer

Zero to 60 MPH

6.6 sec

7.7 sec

Quarter Mile

15.2 sec

15.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

92.1 MPH

92 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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

Equinox

Explorer

2WD

1.5 turbo 4 cyl./6-spd. Auto

26 city/31 hwy

21 city/28 hwy

2.3 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./9-spd. Auto

22 city/29 hwy

n/a

4WD

1.5 turbo 4 cyl./6-spd. Auto

25 city/30 hwy

20 city/27 hwy

2.3 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./9-spd. Auto

22 city/28 hwy

n/a

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Chevrolet Equinox uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended with the 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder engine for maximum performance). The Explorer ST requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Equinox stops shorter than the Explorer:

Equinox

Explorer

70 to 0 MPH

161 feet

170 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

119 feet

125 feet

Motor Trend

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 Explorer doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

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The Equinox Premier AWD handles at .86 G’s, while the Explorer XLT 4WD pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Equinox’s turning circle is 1.3 feet tighter than the Explorer’s (37.4 feet vs. 38.7 feet).

Chassis

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The Chevrolet Equinox may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 1050 to 1300 pounds less than the Ford Explorer.

The Equinox is 1 foot, 3.7 inches shorter than the Explorer, making the Equinox easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The Equinox is 6.3 inches narrower than the Explorer, making the Equinox easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.

Cargo Capacity

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The Equinox has a much larger cargo volume than the Explorer with its rear seat up (29.9 vs. 18.2 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 Explorer’s liftover is 31.1 inches.

Towing

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The Equinox can be flat towed on all four wheels (dingy towed), allowing recreational vehicle owners to bring it with them on the road. When they reach their destination, the Equinox can be unhitched and driven around locally. The Explorer can’t be towed flat on the ground.

Ergonomics

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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 Explorer does not have an oil pressure gauge.

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 Explorer’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open them fully.

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 Explorer’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Chevrolet Equinox, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Ford Explorer isn't recommended.

The Chevrolet Equinox outsold the Ford Explorer by 85% during 2019.

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