2020 GMC Terrain vs. 2020 Chevrolet Equinox

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Both the Terrain and the Equinox 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, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.


The Terrain’s optional 2.0 turbo 4-cyl. produces 82 more horsepower (252 vs. 170) and 57 lbs.-ft. more torque (260 vs. 203) than the Equinox’s standard 1.5 turbo 4-cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the GMC Terrain 2.0 turbo 4-cyl. is faster than the Chevrolet Equinox 1.5 turbo 4-cyl.:



Zero to 60 MPH

6.8 sec

9.2 sec

Quarter Mile

15.4 sec

16.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

89 MPH

81.2 MPH

Brakes and Stopping

The Terrain stops shorter than the Equinox:



60 to 0 MPH

128 feet

135 feet

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60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

136 feet

145 feet

Consumer Reports

Suspension and Handling

The Terrain Denali AWD handles at .79 G’s, while the Equinox LT AWD pulls only .77 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Terrain Denali AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Equinox LT AWD (27.5 seconds @ .64 average G’s vs. 28.1 seconds @ .59 average G’s).

Passenger Space

The Terrain has .2 inches more front hip room, .1 inches more rear hip room and .1 inches more rear shoulder room than the Equinox.


The Terrain Denali’s optional Automatic Parking Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Equinox doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Terrain owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Terrain will cost $155 less than the Equinox over a five-year period.

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