The Chevrolet Equinox Got an Upgrade, but Is It Enough?
The Chevrolet Equinox is a small SUV that gets by in its vehicle segment. It hasn’t made waves in the small SUV space in years. The 2023 Chevy Equinox features some welcome upgrades, but can the small SUV really compete with rivals?
The 2023 Chevrolet Equinox thankfully comes with some upgrades
The 2023 Chevrolet Equinox got an upgrade, but it isn’t redesigned. Kelley Blue Book claims that the new Equinox features an upgraded engine and upgraded brakes. A performance upgrade is nothing to sneeze at, but do these changes make a significant difference to consumers?
Both the 2022 and 2023 Chevy Equinox have 1.5-liter four-cylinder engines. The 2023 Chevy Equinox makes 175 horses, a measly 5 hp boost from the previous model year.
The popular Toyota RAV4 makes 203 horsepower. The CR-V makes 190 horsepower, and the Hyundai Tucson makes 187 horsepower. So, the Equinox features a new engine, but it’s still underpowered compared to rivals and segment leaders.
The Chevy Equinox also isn’t as fuel-efficient as some of its rivals. The 2023 Equinox model starts at $26,300. It isn’t significantly more affordable than competitors. The Equinox has changed for the 2023 model year, but it isn’t the only small SUV that has learned some new tricks for a new year.
The 2023 Honda CR-V is gunning for the top spot
The 2022 Hyundai Tucson was a complete redesign. Its bold character lines and new features captured the attention of critics and automotive publications. The Honda CR-V has undergone a similar redesign for 2023, and the result is awe-inspiring.
The CR-V base model has never been as technologically advanced as it is for the 2023 model year. The 2023 Honda CR-V now comes standard with Blind-Spot Warning on every trim level. This advanced feature allows drivers to drive with comfort, knowing that they will be alerted if another vehicle is in their blind spot.
The new CR-V also comes standard with a larger 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system. Previous model years came with a 5.0-inch infotainment system. The new model features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity as well.
The 2023 Honda CR-V is a complete redesign with a bold new exterior and a spacious and classy new interior. It comes standard with the Honda Sensing suite of safety and driver assistance features. The CR-V is already popular, but its new upgrades could result in a huge sales bump for the nameplate year over year.
What is the best small SUV on the market?
The Hyundai Tucson is considered the best small SUV of 2022 by many experts and automotive publications. It’s been featured at the top of a ranking list compiled by U.S. News & World Report. That being said, the Toyota RAV4 is still America’s best-selling SUV model. The 2022 Honda CR-V comes in a close second. Will the latest CR-V overtake the Toyota RAV4 in 2023 for a historic sales year?
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