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2019 GMC Terrain vs 2019 Chevy Equinox

If you’ve been shopping for a 2019 GMC Terrain, you may want to compare it with the 2019 Chevrolet Equinox. These sister compact crossovers bring a lot to the table, combining exceptional performance, great fuel economy, the latest technology features and outstanding amenities. We’ll take a look at the difference between the Terrain and Equinox, so as a Seaside Chevrolet shopper you can make the best decision and see which model is right for you.

Trim Levels

Both the 2019 GMC Terrain and the 2019 Chevrolet Equinox are available with four trim levels. The Terrain comes in SL, SLE, SLT and Denali trims, while the Equinox is offered in L, LS, LT and Premier. But most Seaside Chevrolet shoppers will choose to skip the Equinox’s L trim, as it’s only available as a special order and buyers will have to wait while it’s being assembled. So, while the Equinox technically comes in four trim levels, for all intents and purposes, there are only three trims that most buyers would consider.


The 2019 Terrain and the 2019 Equinox have a similar Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). The Terrain starts at $25,000, while the Equinox starts at $23,800.

Compare Performance

The GMC Terrain and Chevrolet Equinox have the same powertrain options. You get to choose among the same engines and transmissions. Both have two four-cylinder gas engines, a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder generating 170 horsepower and 203 lb-ft of torque and a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder producing 252 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. Additionally, both models get an available 1.6-liter turbocharged diesel four-cylinder unit developing 137 hp and 240 lb-ft of torque. Both vehicles offer a choice of front- and all-wheel drive, with AWD models featuring a button in the center console that allows the driver to turn all-wheel drive on and off, which is great for further fuel savings.

Compare Amenities

When comparing the 2019 GMC Terrain and 2019 Chevrolet Equinox, the Terrain comes out ahead as the more stylish brand. When you compare the upper Terrain Denali trim level with the Equinox Premier trim, the differences become more evident. The Terrain Denali comes with 19-inch wheels, while the Equinox only gets 18-inch wheels. The Denali features interior aluminum accents, extra exterior chrome detailing and French stitched leather seats. The Terrain Denali also gets a standard Bose premium audio system with seven speakers, which is only available on the Equinox Premier as an option.


Safety is an important factor when considering a new vehicle purchase. Both the GMC Terrain and Chevrolet Equinox keep passengers safe with standard airbags and a rearview camera. Options include rear cross-traffic alert, blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control and forward collision warning. An optional Safety Alert Seat vibrates to warn the driver of a hazardous situation.


Both the 2019 GMC Terrain and 2019 Chevrolet Equinox and practical and capable SUVs. Ultimately, which one you prefer comes down to personal preference, but the Terrain can be outfitted with more luxuries and styling options, giving it a slight edge against the Equinox.