2020 Hyundai Tucson vs. 2020 Chevrolet Equinox

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Hyundai Tucson are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Chevrolet Equinox doesn’t offer height-adjustable front seat belts.

The Tucson has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Equinox doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the Tucson’s standard Downhill Brake Control allows you to creep down safely. The Equinox doesn’t offer Downhill Brake Control.

The Tucson’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Equinox doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Tucson 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, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, daytime running lights, 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 Hyundai Tucson is safer than the Chevrolet Equinox:

Tucson

Equinox

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Leg Forces (l/r)

64/54 lbs.

363/349 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

226

376

Chest Compression

.6 inches

.6 inches

Neck Compression

50 lbs.

51 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

45/43 lbs.

264/236 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, results indicate that the Hyundai Tucson is safer than the Chevrolet Equinox:

Tucson

Equinox

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

94

109

Chest Movement

.8 inches

1.1 inches

Abdominal Force

107 G’s

195 G’s

Hip Force

356 lbs.

357 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

241

288

Spine Acceleration

55 G’s

55 G’s

Hip Force

482 lbs.

630 lbs.

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

For its top level performance in IIHS driver-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, its “Good” rating in the new passenger-side small overlap crash test, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Tucson the rating of “Top Pick” for 2019, a rating granted to only 88 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Equinox was last qualified as a “Top Pick” in 2017.

Warranty

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The Tucson comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Equinox’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 2 years and 24,000 miles sooner.

Hyundai’s powertrain warranty covers the Tucson 5 years and 40,000 miles longer than Chevrolet covers the Equinox. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Equinox ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

The Tucson’s corrosion warranty is 1 year and unlimited miles longer than the Equinox’s (7/unlimited vs. 6/100,000).

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Hyundai vehicles are better in initial quality than Chevrolet vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai third in initial quality, above the industry average. With 14 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chevrolet is ranked 6th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Hyundai vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Hyundai 13 places higher in reliability than Chevrolet.

Engine

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The Tucson SEL/Sport/Limited/Ultimate’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 11 more horsepower (181 vs. 170) than the Equinox’s standard 1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Tucson SEL/Sport/Limited/Ultimate 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. is faster than the Chevrolet Equinox 1.5 turbo 4 cyl.:

Tucson

Equinox

Zero to 60 MPH

8.8 sec

9.2 sec

Quarter Mile

16.7 sec

16.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

84.1 MPH

81.2 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Hyundai Tucson uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Equinox with the 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. engine requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Tucson has 1.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Equinox FWD’s standard fuel tank (16.4 vs. 14.9 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission

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The Tucson offers an available sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The Equinox doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Tucson’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the Equinox:

Tucson

Equinox

Front Rotors

12 inches

11.8 inches

Rear Rotors

11.9 inches

11.3 inches

The Tucson stops shorter than the Equinox:

Tucson

Equinox

60 to 0 MPH

118 feet

127 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

138 feet

145 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Tucson Sport’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Equinox (245/45R19 vs. 235/50R19).

The Tucson SE/Value’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Equinox’s standard 65 series tires. The Tucson Sport’s tires have a lower 45 series profile than the Equinox Premier’s optional 50 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The Tucson has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Tucson flat and controlled during cornering. The Equinox’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

The Tucson has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Equinox doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Tucson is 1 inch wider in the front and 1.5 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Equinox.

The Tucson SE handles at .82 G’s, while the Equinox LT AWD pulls only .77 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Tucson Limited AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1 seconds quicker than the Equinox LT AWD (27.1 seconds @ .64 average G’s vs. 28.1 seconds @ .59 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Tucson’s turning circle is 2.5 feet tighter than the Equinox’s (34.9 feet vs. 37.4 feet). The Tucson’s turning circle is 6.7 feet tighter than the Equinox w/19” wheels’ (34.9 feet vs. 41.6 feet).

Chassis

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The Tucson is 6.9 inches shorter than the Equinox, making the Tucson easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

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The Tucson has .6 inches more front legroom, 1.4 inches more front hip room, .7 inches more rear headroom and 2.8 inches more rear hip room than the Equinox.

Cargo Capacity

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The Tucson has a much larger cargo volume than the Equinox with its rear seat up (31 vs. 29.9 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

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The Tucson has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Equinox doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

The Tucson Ultimate’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Equinox’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The Tucson’s available headlights were rated “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the Equinox’s headlights are rated “Marginal.”

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Tucson Limited offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Equinox doesn’t offer cornering lights.

Economic Advantages

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The Tucson will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Tucson will retain 44.13% to 45.94% of its original price after five years, while the Equinox only retains 41.13% to 44.06%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Tucson is less expensive to operate than the Equinox because it costs $309 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Tucson than the Equinox, including $142 less for a water pump, $458 less for a muffler, $152 less for front brake pads, $102 less for a starter, $160 less for fuel injection, $419 less for a fuel pump, $514 less for a timing belt/chain and $169 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Hyundai Tucson will be $1532 to $6973 less than for the Chevrolet Equinox.

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