2020 Chevrolet Equinox vs. 2020 Hyundai Tucson

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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 Hyundai Tucson 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 Tucson doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

Both the Equinox and the Tucson 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, lane departure warning systems, 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 Hyundai Tucson:

Equinox

Tucson

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

159

172

Neck Injury Risk

17%

21%

Neck Stress

190 lbs.

219 lbs.

Neck Compression

10 lbs.

97 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Compression

.6 inches

.6 inches

Neck Injury Risk

26%

37%

Neck Stress

153 lbs.

162 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 post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Chevrolet Equinox is safer than the Hyundai Tucson:

Equinox

Tucson

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Max Damage Depth

13 inches

14 inches

Spine Acceleration

40 G’s

48 G’s

Hip Force

730 lbs.

1028 lbs.

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

Warranty

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There are almost 4 times as many Chevrolet dealers as there are Hyundai 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 Tucson’s 600-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 Tucson was rated second 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 Hyundai vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet fourth in reliability, above the industry average. With 9 more problems per 100 vehicles, Hyundai is ranked 8th.

Engine

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The Equinox’s standard 1.5 turbo 4 cyl. produces 6 more horsepower (170 vs. 164) and 52 lbs.-ft. more torque (203 vs. 151) than the Tucson SE/Value’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. The Equinox’s 1.5 turbo 4 cyl. produces 28 lbs.-ft. more torque (203 vs. 175) than the Tucson SEL/Sport/Limited/Ultimate’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. The Equinox’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 71 more horsepower (252 vs. 181) and 85 lbs.-ft. more torque (260 vs. 175) than the Tucson SEL/Sport/Limited/Ultimate’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Chevrolet Equinox is faster than the Hyundai Tucson:

Equinox 1.5

Equinox 2.0

Tucson SE/Value

Tucson SEL/Sport/Limited/Ultimate

Zero to 60 MPH

8.7 sec

6.6 sec

9.7 sec

8.8 sec

Quarter Mile

16.7 sec

15.2 sec

17.2 sec

16.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

83.1 MPH

92.1 MPH

81.1 MPH

84.1 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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

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

Tucson

FWD

2.0 DOHC 4-cyl.

23 city/28 hwy

2.4 DOHC 4-cyl.

22 city/28 hwy

AWD

2.0 DOHC 4-cyl.

22 city/25 hwy

2.4 DOHC 4-cyl.

21 city/26 hwy

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 Tucson doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

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 Tucson doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Transmission

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A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Chevrolet Equinox 2.0 turbo 4 cyl., for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the Tucson.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Equinox 2.0T’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Tucson:

Equinox 2.0T

Tucson

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

12 inches

The Equinox stops shorter than the Tucson:

Equinox

Tucson

60 to 0 MPH

119 feet

128 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

141 feet

142 feet

Consumer Reports

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 Tucson doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Equinox’s wheelbase is 2.2 inches longer than on the Tucson (107.3 inches vs. 105.1 inches).

The Equinox’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (56% to 44%) than the Tucson’s (58% to 42%). This gives the Equinox more stable handling and braking.

The Equinox Premier handles at .83 G’s, while the Tucson Limited AWD pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

For greater off-road capability the Equinox has a 1.5 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Tucson (7.9 vs. 6.4 inches), allowing the Equinox to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

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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 Tucson 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 Tucson doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

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The Equinox has .4 inches more front headroom, .1 inches more front shoulder room, 1.7 inches more rear legroom and .4 inches more rear shoulder room than the Tucson.

The front step up height for the Equinox is 1.8 inches lower than the Tucson (17.2” vs. 19”). The Equinox’s rear step up height is 2.5 inches lower than the Tucson’s (17.5” vs. 20”).

Cargo Capacity

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The Equinox has a larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Tucson with its rear seat folded (63.9 vs. 61.9 cubic feet).

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

Towing

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Maximum trailer towing in the Hyundai Tucson is limited to 1500 pounds. The Equinox offers up to a 3500 lbs. towing capacity.

Ergonomics

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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 Tucson 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 Tucson 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 Tucson does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The Equinox’s front and rear power windows all open fully with one touch of the switches and its driver’s window also automatically closes, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Tucson’s standard power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully. Only its driver’s window opens automatically.

On a hot day the Equinox’s driver can lower all the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Tucson 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 Tucson doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system, and its Blue Link 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 Tucson doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system, and its Blue Link can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

The Equinox’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Hyundai only offers heated mirrors on the Tucson Value/SEL/Sport/Limited/Ultimate.

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 Tucson’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 Tucson offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

Both the Equinox and the Tucson 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 Tucson 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 Tucson doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Equinox owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Equinox with a number “8” insurance rate while the Tucson is rated higher at a number “10” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Equinox is less expensive to operate than the Tucson because typical repairs cost less on the Equinox than the Tucson, including $28 less for front struts.

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 Tucson isn’t in the top three in its category.

The Chevrolet Equinox outsold the Hyundai Tucson by over two to one during the 2019 model year.

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