2020 Chevrolet Equinox vs. 2020 GMC Acadia

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Safety

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Both the Equinox and the Acadia 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, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors 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 GMC Acadia:

Equinox

Acadia

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

17%

22%

Neck Compression

10 lbs.

16 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

376

403

Chest Compression

.6 inches

.6 inches

Neck Injury Risk

26%

37%

Neck Compression

51 lbs.

186 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 GMC Acadia:

Equinox

Acadia

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

630 lbs.

896 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

13 inches

14 inches

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

Warranty

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There are over 73 percent more Chevrolet dealers than there are GMC dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Equinox’s warranty.

Reliability

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To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Equinox has a standard 700-amp battery. The Acadia’s 660-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

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 13 points higher than the Acadia.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Equinox first among compact suvs in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The Acadia 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 GMC vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 9 more problems per 100 vehicles, GMC is ranked 12th, below the industry average.

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 GMC vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet fourth in reliability, above the industry average. With 46 more problems per 100 vehicles, GMC is ranked 22nd.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than GMC vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Chevrolet 2 places higher in reliability than GMC.

Fuel Economy and Range

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

MPG

Equinox

FWD

1.5 Turbo 4-cyl.

26 city/31 hwy

2.0 Turbo 4-cyl.

22 city/29 hwy

AWD

1.5 Turbo 4-cyl.

25 city/30 hwy

2.0 Turbo 4-cyl.

22 city/28 hwy

Acadia

FWD

2.5 DOHC 4-cyl.

21 city/27 hwy

3.6 DOHC V6

19 city/27 hwy

AWD

3.6 DOHC V6

18 city/25 hwy

Brakes and Stopping

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The Equinox stops much shorter than the Acadia:

Equinox

Acadia

70 to 0 MPH

161 feet

173 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

119 feet

126 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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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 Acadia’s optional 55 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The Equinox Premier AWD handles at .86 G’s, while the Acadia Denali AWD pulls only .85 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 Acadia’s (37.4 feet vs. 38.7 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Equinox has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Acadia (7.9 vs. 7.2 inches), allowing the Equinox to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Equinox’s minimum ground clearance is .1 inch higher than on the Acadia All Terrain (7.9 vs. 7.8 inches).

Chassis

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The Chevrolet Equinox may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 650 to 750 pounds less than the GMC Acadia.

The Equinox is 10.3 inches shorter than the Acadia, making the Equinox easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

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The front step up height for the Equinox is .8 inches lower than the Acadia (17.2” vs. 18”). The Equinox’s rear step up height is 1.5 inches lower than the Acadia’s (17.5” vs. 19”).

Cargo Capacity

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The Equinox has a much larger cargo volume than the Acadia with its rear seat up (29.9 vs. 12.8 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 Acadia’s liftover is 32 inches.

Towing

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The Equinox’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Acadia’s (1500 vs. 1000 pounds).

The Equinox can be flat towed on all four wheels (dinghy 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 Acadia 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 Acadia 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 Acadia’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open them fully.

On a hot day the Equinox’s driver can lower all the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Acadia can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

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 PIN entry system. The Acadia doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system, and its OnStar® can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

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 PIN entry system. The Acadia doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system, and its OnStar® can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Equinox owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Equinox will cost $435 less than the Acadia over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Equinox is less expensive to operate than the Acadia because typical repairs cost much less on the Equinox than the Acadia, including $18 less for front struts, $346 less for a timing belt/chain and $496 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Chevrolet Equinox will be $4838 to $5690 less than for the GMC Acadia.

Recommendations

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the Equinox second among compact suvs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Acadia isn’t in the top three.

The Chevrolet Equinox outsold the GMC Acadia by over three to one during the 2019 model year.

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