Having a quiet cabin can make a world of difference. Without constant eardrum bashing, drivers are less likely to become fatigued, and there’s a greater chance to recognize a potential mechanical problem or looming hazard on the road. Indeed, these kind of things can make a big difference behind the wheel, which is why Consumer Reports tests for noise levels in the cabin. Now, CR is recognizing the 2020 Chevrolet Equinox as one of the quietest compact SUVs it’s ever tested.
“We evaluate interior noise as part of more than 50 objective and subjective tests,” Consumer Reports explains. “We listen to the wind, road, engine, and tire noises that often penetrate the interior.” Through its testing, CR put together a list of the top five quietest compact SUVs on the road right now, which just so happens to include the Chevrolet Equinox.
Consumer Reports describes the 2020 Chevrolet Equinox as “one of the roomiest compact SUVs available,” adding that it had “a subdued engine hum, and there’s little road and wind noise. We found that the ride absorbed bumps and pavement imperfections quite well. Handling is responsive and secure.”
Also on the list of quietest compact SUVs were the Mazda CX-5, Honda CR-V, Subaru Forester, and Kia Sportage.
As for the Chevrolet Equinox, CR lists the Price Range between $23,800 and $35,700. The Chevy also achieved fuel returns of 25 mpg overall, with 17 mph in the city and 34 mpg on the highway. CR ranked the Equinox at sixth place among 33 entries in the compact sport-utility vehicles segment.
The 2020 Chevrolet Equinox is the third model year for the latest third-generation vehicle, which arrived for the 2018 model year. The engine lineup includes the turbocharged 1.5L LYX inline four-cylinder, which is tuned to produce 170 horsepower and 203 pound-feet of torque, as well as the turbocharged 2.0L LTG inline four-cylinder, which is tuned to produce 252 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. The LYX is paired with a six-speed automatic gearbox, while the LTG connects to the GM nine-speed automatic. The Equinox’s previous 1.6L turbodiesel LH7 engine is no longer offered.
Source: Consumer Reports