The new Equinox’s identity could be summed up with the mantra “smaller and lighter is better.” And while its tidy dimensions add to the SUV’s responsive handling, there’s no sacrifice when it comes to roominess. The rear seat is especially spacious and folds flat to offer a large cargo space.

But the standard 1.5-liter turbo is a letdown. Our engineers felt it lacked oomph, and it was one second slower to 60 mph than the Mazda CX-5. Fuel economy is 25 mpg overall, better than most competitors.

The cabin stays fairly quiet, and the ride is supple and steady on all types of surfaces, although it’s a bit firm during lower-speed city driving. The cloth seats look rather insubstantial but they provide plenty of support, helped by the two-way lumbar adjustment. We found the controls easy to master, and GM’s optional MyLink infotainment system is one of the better ones on the market.

We do have a few nits to pick with the interior fit and finish, which reminded us of a cut-rate rental car.

Forward-collision warning and automatic emergency braking are available, but to get them you have to shell out for the Premier, which costs nearly $6,000 more than the popular LT. We think these safety features should be standard on every version. Plus the Equinox costs about $3,000 more than similarly equipped competitors, hurting its value proposition.

Read the complete Chevrolet Equinox road test.

2017 Chevrolet Equinox

HIGHS: Interior room, ride, quietness, controls, infotainment system
LOWS: So-so acceleration, interior fit and finish, price
POWERTRAIN: 170-hp, 1.5-liter turbo four-cylinder engine; 6-speed automatic transmission; all-wheel drive
FUEL: 25 mpg
PRICE AS TESTED: $33,730


Editor's Note: This article also appeared in the August 2017 issue of Consumer Reports magazine.