Son's Automotive Group Compares 2017 Honda CR-V VS 2018 Chevrolet Equinox Near Duluth, GA

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2017 Honda CR-V

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2017 Honda CR-V

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2018 Chevrolet Equinox

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Honda CR-V 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 seat belts.

The CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’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 CR-V and the Equinox have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front wheel drive, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the CR-V its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2017, a rating granted to only 54 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Equinox has not been tested, yet.

Warranty Comparison

The CR-V’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Equinox’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

Reliability Comparison

Engine Comparison

The CR-V LX’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 14 more horsepower (184 vs. 170) than the Equinox’s standard 1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the CR-V gets better fuel mileage than the Equinox:

 

 

CR-V

Equinox

 

2WD

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

26 city/32 hwy

n/a

 

 

1.5 Turbo/Auto

28 city/34 hwy

26 city/32 hwy

1.5 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

4WD

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

25 city/31 hwy

n/a

 

 

1.5 Turbo/Auto

27 city/33 hwy

24 city/30 hwy

1.5 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Honda CR-V 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.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the CR-V has larger tires than the Equinox (235/65R17 vs. 225/65R17).

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the CR-V is .8 inches wider in the front and 1.4 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Equinox.

Passenger Space Comparison

The CR-V has 2.7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Equinox (105.9 vs. 103.2).

The CR-V has .1 inches more front headroom, .4 inches more front legroom, .9 inches more front hip room, .7 inches more front shoulder room, .7 inches more rear headroom, .7 inches more rear legroom and .1 inches more rear shoulder room than the Equinox.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The CR-V has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Equinox with its rear seat up (39.2 vs. 29.9 cubic feet). The CR-V has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Equinox with its rear seat folded (75.8 vs. 63.5 cubic feet).

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the CR-V. The Equinox doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Ergonomics Comparison

The CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s front power windows both open or close with one touch of the switches. The Equinox ’s front passenger window doesn’t close automatically.

If the windows are left down on the CR-V the driver can raise them all using the key in the outside lock cylinder; on a hot day the driver can lower the windows. The driver of the Equinox can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The CR-V 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 CR-V Touring’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.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring has a standard Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Equinox doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Recommendations Comparison

The Honda CR-V outsold the Chevrolet Equinox by 47% during the 2016 model year.

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