Chevy Equinox: What Models & Trim Levels?

TOYOTA EQUINOX MODELS AND TRIM LEVELSIf you are considering a Chevy Equinox, you probably want to get better acquainted with the available models and trim levels. VEHQ has extensively reviewed the 2020 Chevy Equinox models and trim levels to provide you a breakdown of what this crossover has to offer for safety, style, and comfort.

The available models of the 2020 Chevy Equinox include L, LS, LT, and Premier. The base model has a starting MSRP of $23,800. The Equinox LS has a starting MSRP of $26,300. For additional standard safety features, design features, and interior comforts, the Equinox LT has a starting MSRP of $27,500, and the Equinox Premier has a starting MSRP of $31,400. Choose from a variety of Limited Production Option packages to further customize each Chevy Equinox model.

It’s good to know that the 2020 Chevy Equinox is available in four models but, what types of features and additional trim options are available per model? Keep reading this ultimate guide to the Chevy Equinox to learn everything that this affordable crossover has to offer.

What’s New For Chevy 2020 Equinox Models and Trim?

The Chevy Equinox’s overall design and standard features were refreshed during 2018 production. Since then, the 2019 and 2020 models have both remained relatively unchanged. New for the 2020 Equinox models, the diesel engine option is no longer available.

What Are The Models of The Chevy Equinox?

Chevy has not strayed from the 2019 Equinox when offering the latest models of this 5-passenger crossover. Chevy’s 2020 Equinox will yet again be offered in four models; L, LS, LT, and Premier. Let’s take a closer look at the standard features.

Engine Options

Chevy Equinox engine options for the LS, LT, and Premier include either the base powertrain 1.5L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine or 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. Output for the 1.5L engine is 170-horsepower, paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission. Production for the 2.0L engine is 252-horsepower, paired with a 9-speed automatic transmission.

Start/Stop Engine Technology is standard on all Equinox models. The start/stop feature automatically shuts off the engine during specific scenarios, like when the vehicle is stopped at a traffic light. The engine will restart once when you release the brake pedal.

The Max Tow Capacity for the Equinox depends on the engine selection. With the 1.5L turbo 4-cylinder engine, the Equinox can tow a maximum of 1,500-pounds. With the 2.0L turbo 4-cylinder engine, the Equinox can tow a maximum of 3,500-pounds.

Fuel Efficiency

The Equinox is a fuel-efficient crossover. Base powertrain models receive an EPA rating of 26 mpg for city driving and 31 mpg for highway driving. Models with the larger, 2.0L turbo 4-cylinder engine receive an EPA rating of 22 mpg for city driving and 29 mpg for highway driving. Equinox models equipped with AWD receive an EPA rating of 25 mpg for city driving and 30 mpg for highway driving.

Standard Safety Features

The Chevy 2020 Equinox has a 5-star overall vehicle safety score received from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration safety rating. No matter which model you choose, expect Chevy’s standard safety features to be available on the Equinox.

  • Automatic Emergency Braking
  • Forward Collision Alert
  • Following Distance Indicator
  • Lane Keep Assist & Lane Departure Warning
  • Front Pedestrian Braking
  • IntelliBeam Headlamps
  • Rear Vision Camera
  • Teen Driver Assist
  • Airbags: dual-stage frontal for driver and front passenger, seat-mounted side-impact for driver and front passenger, head-curtain for front and rear outboard seating, and front passenger sensing system.

Optional All-wheel drive (AWD)

The Equinox L base model comes standard as a front-wheel-drive (FWD) crossover vehicle. Choose the optional all-wheel drive (AWD) system on the Equinox LS, LT, and Premier. Chevy’s ‘part-time’ AWD system lets the driver select performance configuration, giving the Equinox maximum traction and optimized handling as needed.

Integrative Infotainment 3 System

Chevy’s Infotainment 3 system comes standard on all 2020 Equinox models. Integrate your communication, entertainment, and navigation onto one, safe-to-use system while you are in the driver’s seat. The infotainment three system is equipped with a 7-inch touchscreen, 6-speaker audio system, Android Audio, Apple CarPlay, 4G/LTE WiFi Hot Spot, Bluetooth, and two (2) USB ports. Additional options include OnStar (subscription paid). Turn-by-Turn Navigation, Chevrolet Apps, and personalization features of infotainment 3 Plus and Premium systems.

Cargo Capacity

The split-folding rear seats of the Chevy Equinox enable you to maximize the available cargo space of any model to 63.9 cubic feet. There are dedicated interior storage compartments for water bottles in each door, four cup holders, map pockets in the front seatbacks, designated cell phone compartment, and dedicated sunglasses compartment.

New Vehicle Limited Warranty

All of the Chevy 2020 Equinox models are backed by a 3-year/36,000-mile (whichever comes first) bumper-to-bumper limited warranty. Cosmetic corrosion resulting from defects is also covered, and rust-through corrosion is covered for 6-years/100,000-miles (whichever comes first).

The 2020 Equinox models are also backed by a 5-year/60,000-mile (whichever comes first) transferrable powertrain limited warranty. If an issue arises during this warranty coverage, 24/7 roadside assistance and courtesy transportation are offered.

What Are The Chevy Equinox LS configurations?

The Chevy Equinox LS comes equipped with the same standard features as the base model, additionally with your choice of engine and a more comprehensive array of exterior color choices. Add the optional ‘part-time’ AWD system to the Equinox LS.

What Are The Chevy Equinox LT configurations?

In addition to Chevy’s standard safety features, the Equinox LT offers lane change alert with side blind alert, rear cross-traffic alert, and rear park assist.

Driver comfort is essential on the Equinox LT model with an 8-way power adjust driver’s seat, overhead storage for sunglasses, and a 4.2-inch multi-color display driver information center. Sirius XM Radio is standard, for three months of use. A panoramic sunroof is an available option.

The exterior of the Equinox LT will turn heads when you arrive, with LED headlamps and tail lamps, deep-tinted rear glass, and bright lower window trim.

What Are The Chevy Equinox Premier configurations?

In addition to Chevy’s standard safety features, the Equinox Premier comes standard with lane change alert with blindside alert. A rear cross-traffic alert, and rear park assist. Adaptive cruise control is available on Premier, assisting you to maintain a safe gap between vehicles with the use of camera technology.

Get started on your way out the door with the standard remote vehicle starter for the Equinox Premier. Memory settings on the driver’s side door make adjustments simple with the push of a button for driver seat and side-view mirror preferences. Sink into the perforated leather-appointed seating, which is equipped with heated driver and front passenger seats, ventilated driver and front passenger seats, heated rear outboard seats. All passengers can enjoy the dual-climate controlled comfort of the interior of the Premier. Upscale details highlight the interior design, such as Galvano chrome trim and ambient lighting. A panoramic sunroof is an available option. Using the standard 8-inch touchscreen on the Premier infotainment system, choose your favorite Sirius XM Radio channel, which comes standard, for three months of use.

Make an impression when you roll-in with the Equinox Premier’s 18-inch machined-face aluminum wheels. The exterior features also include LED headlamps and tail lamps and chrome mirror caps. A Hands-free, programmable power liftgate will be ready at your summoning and, partnered with the rear seat reminder feature. The Equinox Premier helps you to remember all your gear before you step away from the vehicle.

What Are The Exterior Color Options For Chevy Equinox Models?

The Chevy Equinox base model L is available in silver ice metallic or summit white. The Equinox LS models offer six (6) exterior colors, including cayenne orange metallic, MidnightMidnight blue metallic, mosaic black metallic, nightfall gray metallic, silver ice metallic, and summit white. The Equinox LT models offer an impressive eleven (11) exterior colors adding Cajun red tint-coat, chocolate metallic, iridescent pearl tint-coat, pacific blue metallic, and satin steel metallic to the mix. Premium Equinox models offer ten (10) exterior color choices, excluding iridescent pearl tint-coat from the selection.

What Are The Interior Trim Options?

Chevy Equinox models & trim levels (include Midnight)

On the Equinox LS and LT, choose from premium cloth upholstery available in the neutral colors of jet black, jet black/brandy, or medium ash grey. The Equinox Premier accentuates the interior design with Galvano chrome and adds the additional luxury of perforated leather-appointed upholstery.

What Is The Chevy Equinox Midnight?

The Chevy Equinox Midnight is an exclusive edition option available on the LT models. The stealthy Midnight edition comes neatly outfitted in black on black exterior with mosaic black metallic color accentuated with a black grille, black bowtie emblems, black mirror caps, and 19-inch black aluminum wheels. As a finishing touch, the Midnight’sMidnight’s interior is jet black perforated leather-appointed upholstery.

What Is The Chevy Equinox Redline?

The Chevy Equinox Redline is a unique edition option available on the Premier models. The Redline edition’s exterior features stand out from the crowd with black and red accented 19-inch aluminum wheels and badging, black mirror caps, black grille, black window trim, and black bowtie emblems.

What Do LS, LT, and LTZ Stand For?

LS, LT, and LTZ are acronyms used to designate different trim levels. The jury is still out on what the letters stand for exactly. Different schools of thought have suggested the LS means ‘luxury sport,’ and LT means ‘luxury touring’ or ‘luxury trim.’ Most agree the letter meaning depends on the manufacturer although, there is no industry standard for these acronyms. Others claim the letters do not mean anything specifically other than designating the trim level. Generally speaking, LS identifies a trim level higher than the base, LT is a mid-grade trim with multiple luxury options, and LTZ is the highest trim level with all available options.

Now that you are familiar with the Chevy Equinox models and trim levels have fun choosing options to customize your 2020 Equinox. When you are ready to hit the road, come back to VEHQ to check out our other topics related to accessories, towing, and RV’ing with the versatile Equinox. 

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