2020 Chevrolet Equinox vs Mazda CX-5

August 14th, 2020 by

2020 Chevrolet Equinox vs Mazda CX-5

You can count on the 2020 Chevrolet Equinox to be ready for just about anything, anytime and anywhere. The Equinox is a small-size SUV featuring a striking exterior and a fun-to-drive performance. With Chevrolet’s power, active safety features and infotainment technology, the Equinox is ready for your next adventure. If you’re also considering the Mazda CX-5, with its similar style, let Burlington Chevrolet help you take a look at the differences.

Design and Style

The Chevrolet Equinox has numerous strengths, offering aerodynamic sculpting and accents that combine style and function. There is plenty of legroom and cargo space and is a sure competition to its rivals. This SUV seats five people comfortably with spacious seating and great visibility. Its solid handling offers the Equinox a smooth ride around town and feels secure on winding roads. The Equinox provides plenty of cargo space, with 29.9 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats and 63.9 cubic feet of space when the rear seats are folded down. With a hidden storage compartment underneath the rear floor, your cargo stays secure and organized. It also comes available with a convenient hands-free liftgate. The Equinox is available in four choices of trims: L, LS, LT, and Premier. Each model adds a little more to it’s trim,so there is an Equinox for everyone.

2020 Chevrolet Equinox on the Road

The 2020 Mazda CX-5 is attractively styled inside and out, but it is weak with its rear legroom and smaller overall cargo capacity. This crossover seats five people, with comfortable front seating, but the rear seats are a bit cramped and offer less space than its rivals. The CX-5 gives you 30.9 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats and 59.6 cubic feet with the seats folded down. It offers a flat cargo floor and an available power liftgate. The CX-5 comes in five trims: Sport, Touring, Grand Touring, Grand Touring Reserve, and Signature. 

Quality, Power, and Engine

You have two engine options with the Equinox: the base 170-horsepower 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder and an available 252-horsepower 2.0-liter powerful turbo-four engine. The impressive large turbo-four feels strong and provides great acceleration and solid handling capability. The Equinox’s base engine earns an EPA rating of 26/31 mpg in the city on the highway, which is competitive in the compact SUV market. When equipped with the larger turbocharged engine, the Equinox gets 22 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. 

The CX-5 comes with a choice of three engines: a four-cylinder with 187 horsepower, an available turbocharged four-cylinder with 227 horsepower, or a turbocharged diesel with 168 horsepower. It gets an estimated 25/31 mpg in the city and on the highway when equipped with its base engine and front-wheel drive. The standard engine delivers enough power for most driving situations, with good acceleration. The upgraded turbocharged engine and all-wheel-drive will give you 22/27 mpg city and highway. 

2020 Chevrolet Equinox Technology

Safety, Tech, and Price

All 2020 Equinox models now include standard Chevy Safety Assist, a bundle of six advanced safety technologies that can help you detect and prevent potential hazards before they happen. Other safety and driver assistance features include, a rearview camera, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, forward collision warning, forward automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, a rear seat reminder, and Chevy’s Teen Driver system. Technology features include the Infotainment 3 system with a 7-inch touch screen, a six-speaker audio system, two USB ports, Bluetooth, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and a Wi-Fi hot spot. Starting base price for the Equinox is an affordable $23,800 and ranges to $31,400 for the Equinox Premier. That’s lower than top-trim prices for many competitors. 

The CX-5 standard safety features include a rearview camera, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, and automatic emergency braking. The Mazda connect infotainment system, with a 7-inch touch screen, four speakers, HD Radio, Bluetooth, and two USB ports are standard. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto are available features. The Sport trim has a base price starting at $25,090 and it ranges to $37,055 for the range topping CX-5 Signature.

2020 Chevrolet Equinox Interior


There is a lot to like about the Equinox. These two compact SUVs are similar in many ways with their style and performance, but with higher quality ratings and an affordable price tag, we think the Chevrolet Equinox is the solid choice.