The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), an independent non-profit organization dedicated to road safety, has announced its latest Top Safety Picks, recognizing the 2021 Chevrolet Equinox in the Small SUVs category.
The IIHS awards its Top Safety Pick rating to the best performers in the organization’s various safety evaluations. The evaluations include a long list of crashworthiness tests, all of which the 2021 Chevrolet Equinox aced with a top “Good” score.
The organization also looks at crash avoidance and mitigation, with the 2021 Chevrolet Equinox awarded with the top “Superior” rating for its standard Automatic Emergency Braking and Forward Collision Alert systems. Meanwhile, the latest Equinox was awarded with an “Advanced” rating for its Front Pedestrian Braking system in the IIHS’ Front Crash Prevention: Vehicle-To-Pedestrian test, while the headlight evaluation was mixed depending on trim level, with the LT trim’s HID projectors and high-beam assist rated as “Acceptable,” and the Premier trim’s LED projectors and high-beam assist rated at “Marginal.” The L and LS trims’ halogen projectors and high-beam assist were rated “Marginal” as well.
Given these ratings, it would appear as though the 2021 Chevrolet Equinox barely missed the IIHS’ Top Safety Pick+ rating, which would be within reach had the Equinox come equipped with better headlights. Nevertheless, a Top Safety Pick rating is still something worthy of recognition.
As a reminder, the 2021 Chevrolet Equinox is the fourth model year of the latest third-generation. Although the 2021 model year was originally expected to usher in a refresh for the Equinox, disruptions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic delayed the refresh to the 2022 model year.
The 2021 Chevy Equinox rides on the GM D2 platform, and following the deletion of the turbocharged 2.0L I4 LTG gasoline engine from the Equinox model lineup for the 2021 model year, it is offered with a single engine option, namely the turbocharged 1.5L I4 LYX, which produces 170 horsepower and 203 pound-feet of torque. Both FWD and AWD configurations are available.