2019 GMC Terrain versus 2019 Chevy Equinox

    By Autolist Staff | March 4, 2019

    2019 GMC Terrain

    2019 Chevrolet Equinox

    Automotive Website Analyzed


    96%

    The Best

    You should buy it

    88%

    Really Good

    You should buy it

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    What’s better about the Terrain?

    It’s more upscale. GMC and Chevy are both owned by General Motors; GMC is the more upscale (and truck/SUV oriented) brand. Thus, the Terrain and Equinox are mechanically similar — it’s the available amenities and style that set the two apart. This means the GMC will have a slightly higher degree of refinement and amenities than the more pedestrian Equinox. Plus, the GMC model offers high-end options that aren’t available on the Chevy, including the Denali trim level that brings an ultimate level of luxury to this compact crossover.

    More modern transmission. The GMC comes standard with a nine-speed automatic transmission, an impressive feature for a compact crossover. The Chevy, meanwhile, only has a six-speed auto. This will give the GMC a more modern and refined driving experience since its gearbox is newer (but as we note below, it doesn’t mean the GMC has better fuel economy…the Chevy still wins that battle).


    What’s better about the Chevy?

    It’s cheaper. The Equinox starts at about $25,000 for a base L model with the 1.5-liter turbo four and front-wheel-drive. The base GMC Terrain SL (with the same engine and FWD setup) will cost about $1,100 more — even though the vehicles are mechanically identical. The optional Diesel engine — available in both the GMC and Chevy models — spreads that cost difference to around $2,000. Finally, the 2.0-liter turbo four that’s optional on both models can be had for a lot less on the Chevy: $30,895 for the front-wheel-drive LT model, while that engine is only available on the high-end GMC Terrain Denali edition for $40,695.

    More efficient. Despite the fact that the GMC has a nine-speed automatic transmission and the Chevy has a six-speed auto, the Chevy manages to get better fuel economy (more speeds usually equates to better MPGs in EPA tests). An AWD Chevy Equinox with the base 1.5-liter turbo four is rated by the EPA at 25/30/27 MPG city/highway/combined, while the GMC Terrain with the same engine gets 24/28/26 MPG. Not a huge loss, but those differences could add up over your ownership of the vehicle.


    Autolist’s take?

    The 2019 GMC Terrain has a lot going for it: a variety of engine choices, a new and refined interior and exterior redesign and a quiet, refined ride. But its close cousin the Chevy Equinox, has all of those features and then adds in better fuel economy and a better value. Since both offer similar handling, ride quality, safety amenities and engine choices, there’s no need to spend the extra money on the GMC, so we say Buy the Chevy.


    Cost of Ownership

    2019 GMC Terrain

    2019 Chevrolet Equinox

    Annual Fuel Costs

    $1,831
    15k miles at $2.807/gal
    $1,754
    15k miles at $2.807/gal
    Fuel Economy

    21 mpg (miles per gallon)
    City
    22 mpg (miles per gallon)
    City
    26 mpg (miles per gallon)
    Highway
    28 mpg (miles per gallon)
    Highway

    Safety

    2019 GMC Terrain

    2019 Chevrolet Equinox

    NHTSA Crash Test Results

    5 stars
    Overall
    5 stars
    Overall
    Safety Features

    Available
    Autonomous Braking
    Available
    Autonomous Braking
    Available
    Blind-Spot Warnings
    Available
    Blind-Spot Warnings
    Standard
    Adaptive Cruise Control
    Standard
    Adaptive Cruise Control
    Available
    Lane-Keep Assist
    Available
    Lane-Keep Assist
    Available
    Cross-Traffic Alert
    Available
    Cross-Traffic Alert

    Interior

    2019 GMC Terrain

    2019 Chevrolet Equinox

    Interior Features

    -
    Leather
    -
    Leather
    Available
    Moonroof
    Available
    Moonroof
    Available
    Heated Seats
    Available
    Heated Seats
    -
    Keyless Entry
    -
    Keyless Entry
    Available
    Climate Control
    Available
    Climate Control
    Technology

    Standard
    Apple Carplay
    Standard
    Apple Carplay
    Standard
    Android Auto
    Standard
    Android Auto
    Available
    Satellite Radio
    Available
    Satellite Radio
    Standard
    Bluetooth
    Standard
    Bluetooth
    Available
    Navigation System
    Available
    Navigation System

    Under the Hood

    2019 GMC Terrain

    2019 Chevrolet Equinox

    Powertrain

    9-Speed Shiftable Automatic
    Transmission
    9-Speed Shiftable Automatic
    Transmission
    FWD
    Drivetrain
    FWD
    Drivetrain
    Drivetrain

    N/A
    Horsepower
    137+ HP @ 3750 RPM
    Horsepower
    N/A
    Torque
    240+ lb-ft @ 2000 RPM
    Torque
    N/A
    Cylinders
    I4
    Cylinders