Think fast: You’re going on vacation and you’ve reserved a compact crossover as your rental car. Which model do you definitely not hope you get? If you answered Chevrolet Equinox, you aren’t wrong, but you may want to reconsider in the near future. There’s a new 2025 Chevrolet Equinox on the horizon and it looks like a massive upgrade over the outgoing model. Keep in mind, this is completely unrelated to the Chevrolet Equinox EV we saw earlier, a branding decision that surely nobody thought was confusing in any way, shape, or form. Oh, GM.
The current Chevrolet Equinox is, let’s not mince words, near the bottom of its class. In the nearly seven years since the current Equinox was introduced, models like the Mazda CX-5, Hyundai Tucson, and even the current Mitsubishi Outlander have substantially evolved the art of sensibly-sized family transportation with nicer materials, more pleasant design, and better technology. However, despite being on the back foot, the Equinox closed out 2023 as Chevrolet’s second-best-selling vehicle. This new generation ought to give hundreds of thousands of people a significant bump in style and tech.
Now, this doesn’t seem to be anything new for Chevrolet. If Toyota’s dramatically restyled Prius hadn’t landed first, the new Chevrolet Trax would’ve been the most spectacular butterfly transformation of last year. Likewise, the new Chevrolet Traverse looks seriously promising, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that the new Equinox takes existing teachings and packages them in America’s favorite compact crossover form.
As you’d probably expect given the way the compact crossover field has gone, the new Chevrolet Equinox has cast off amorphous blob styling in favor of a more chiseled, more angular appearance. Sure, it feels a bit like Chevrolet is pulling the German “same sausage, different length” styling routine, but it works alright if the fundamentals are good. This new Equinox looks a lot like the more expensive Traverse, a good thing for Equinox buyers even if Traverse drivers might not be pleased.
Let’s be honest, though. You don’t drive cars from the outside, and interiors matter in an everyday vehicle. While the new Equinox doesn’t exactly go full luxe, a smattering of stitched textiles that don’t appear to feature a scrotal texture elevate what would otherwise be a relatively ordinary experience. Column shifters are making a big comeback due to the prevalence of electronic shifters, and Chevy has followed suit here. The Equinox uses the opportunity to carve out more center console space, but doesn’t entirely allocate it for the typical detritus the average person accumulates in their vehicle. Instead, a giant drive mode selector sits exactly where you’d expect a shifter to be on RS and Activ trims, an odd ergonomic choice for a mainstream model. Still, there appears to be plenty of storage between the seats, from a wireless smartphone charger to a big open cubby with USB-A and USB-C sockets. Also, that’s one wide armrest, an underrated interior feature on long trips.
Speaking of upgrades, the tech in this new model is a visual step up compared to what Equinox buyers are used to. We’re talking about an 11.3-inch infotainment system, with an 11-inch digital instrument cluster providing key driving information. Unfortunately, there’s no word on Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, even if Android Automotive OS is built-in. However, a standard heated steering wheel and heated front seats may make up for the annoyance of having to onboard your personal profile to the vehicle.
Interestingly, 2025 Equinox buyers will get different transmissions depending on how many wheels they want driven. Front-wheel-drive models get a continuously variable transmission, while all-wheel-drive models gain a traditional eight-speed automatic. Regardless of transmission, a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine is the only choice. With 175 horsepower on tap, it doesn’t sport the outright numbers available in most competitors, but I don’t see any obvious reason why it wouldn’t provide adequate propulsion.
The big news here is that the 2025 Chevrolet Equinox looks like it won’t suck, which is a big upgrade over the current Equinox. These things sell like Big Macs, so expect to see them out on the road as soon as they hit showrooms later this year.
(Photo credits: Chevrolet)
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