2020 Chevrolet Equinox vs. 2020 Lexus UX Series

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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 Lexus UX Series 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 UX Series doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

The Equinox Premier offers an optional Surround Vision to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The UX Series only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

Both the Equinox and the UX Series 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 all wheel drive, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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There are over 12 times as many Chevrolet dealers as there are Lexus dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Equinox’s warranty.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the Equinox first among compact suvs in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The UX Series 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 Lexus vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 5 more problems per 100 vehicles, Lexus is ranked 8th.

Engine

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The Equinox’s standard 1.5 turbo 4-cylinder produces 1 more horsepower (170 vs. 169) and 52 lbs.-ft. more torque (203 vs. 151) than the UX 200’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4-cylinder. The Equinox’s 1.5 turbo 4-cylinder produces 203 lbs.-ft. more torque (203 vs. ) than the UX 250h’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4-cylinder hybrid. The Equinox’s optional 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 71 more horsepower (252 vs. 181) and 260 lbs.-ft. more torque (260 vs. ) than the UX 250h’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4-cylinder hybrid.

As tested in Motor Trend the Chevrolet Equinox 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder is faster than the UX 250h 2.0 DOHC 4-cylinder hybrid:

Equinox

UX Series

Zero to 60 MPH

6.6 sec

8.3 sec

Quarter Mile

15.2 sec

16.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

92.1 MPH

87.3 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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Regardless of its engine, the Equinox’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) Lexus only offers an automatic engine start/stop system on the UX Series Hybrid.

The Equinox FWD’s standard fuel tank has 4.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the UX Series Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (14.9 vs. 10.6 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Equinox AWD’s standard fuel tank has 3.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the UX Series’ standard fuel tank (15.6 vs. 12.4 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 UX Series doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping

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

Equinox 2.0T

UX Series

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

12 inches

Rear Rotors

11.3 inches

11.1 inches

The Equinox stops much shorter than the UX Series:

Equinox

UX Series

60 to 0 MPH

119 feet

129 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

141 feet

143 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Equinox Premier’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the UX Series (235/50R19 vs. 225/50R18).

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

The Equinox LS/LT/Premier has a standard space-saver spare (not available on L) so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the UX Series; it requires you to depend on its run-flat tires, which limits mileage and speed before they are repaired. If a run-flat is damaged beyond repair by a road hazard your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling

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

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Equinox is 1.2 inches wider in the front and 1.2 inches wider in the rear than on the UX Series.

The Equinox Premier handles at .83 G’s, while the UX 200 pulls only .78 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Equinox Premier executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the UX 200 (27.7 seconds @ .61 average G’s vs. 28.2 seconds @ .62 average G’s).

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 UX Series 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 UX Series doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

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The Equinox has 12.8 cubic feet more passenger volume than the UX Series (103.2 vs. 90.4).

The Equinox has 2.8 inches more front headroom, .4 inches more front hip room, 2.2 inches more front shoulder room, 2.2 inches more rear headroom, 6.8 inches more rear legroom and 2.6 inches more rear shoulder room than the UX Series.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Equinox’s rear seats recline. The UX Series’ rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

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The Equinox has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the UX Series (29.9 vs. 21.7 cubic feet).

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

Towing

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The Equinox has a 1500 lbs. towing capacity. The UX Series has no towing capacity.

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 UX Series 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 UX Series does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The power windows standard on both the Equinox and the UX Series have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Equinox is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The UX Series prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

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 UX Series doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system.

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 UX Series doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system.

Both the Equinox and the UX Series 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 UX Series.

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 UX Series doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

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 $405 to $2005 less than the UX Series over a five-year period.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends both the Chevrolet Equinox and the Lexus UX Series, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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 UX Series isn’t in the top three.

The Chevrolet Equinox outsold the Lexus UX Series by almost 21 to one during 2019.

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