SUVs and crossovers are as popular as ever, and General Motors has responded to consumer demand with a variety of new models across multiple segments. Alongside the influx of fresh vehicles is a deluge of new safety features, which make for an excellent pairing to the practical, family-oriented SUV and crossover segments. Now, U.S. News & World Report has recognized the Chevrolet Equinox in its new list of the 14 Safest SUVs for 2020.
The latest U.S. News list recognizes vehicles based on crash test information taken from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), as well as the model’s standard advanced safety systems.
Of all the models listed, the 2020 Chevrolet Equinox was the only General Motors product recognized.
Justifying the 2020 Chevrolet Equinox’s position on the U.S. News list is its five-star NHTSA crashworthiness score, as well as its “Good” scores in all six IIHS crash tests.
As U.S. News points out, standard equipment includes features such as forward automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, pedestrian detection, and a rear view camera, while optional gear includes adaptive cruise control, rear parking sensors, rear cross traffic alert, and a surround-view camera system.
“In addition to its strong safety scores, the Equinox also features efficient powertrains, competent handling, and user-friendly tech features,” writes U.S. News.
The Chevrolet Equinox nameplate first hit production for the 2005 model year, and now stands in its third generation following a complete overhaul for the 2018 model year. The latest 2020 Chevrolet Equinox dropped the 1.6L diesel engine option, and is now offered with either the turbocharged 1.5L LYX four-cylinder, or the turbocharged 2.0L LTG four-cylinder, the former of which produces 170 horsepower, and the latter of which produces 252 horsepower. The LYX mates to a six-speed automatic transmission, while the LTG mates to the GM nine-speed automatic transmission.
Source: U.S. News & World Report