Salinas Chevrolet and GMC Shoppers Compare
The 2020 GMC Terrain vs 2020 Chevy Equinox
Salinas GMC shoppers who have been thinking about buying the 2020 GMC Terrain may also be considering the 2020 Chevrolet Equinox. These compact crossover cousins share similar features, but each has distinctions that set it apart from the other. We’ll examine the Terrain and Equinox to help you determine which one is best for you.
The 2020 GMC Terrain and the 2020 Chevrolet Equinox have similar price tags. The Terrain has a Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) that starts at $25,000. The Equinox has a starting MSRP of $23,800. You won’t pay the MSRP at dealerships like the GMC dealers near Salinas. We use the MSRP as a point of comparison for these two SUVs.
The Terrain and Equinox are powered by a standard turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder that makes 170 horsepower and 203 lb-ft of torque. This engine is connected to a nine-speed automatic gearbox in the Terrain and a six-speed automatic in the Equinox. Both models can upgrade to a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that generates 252 hp and 260 lb-ft, matched to a nine-speed automatic transmission.
Front-wheel drive is standard on both SUVs. The Terrain gets optional all-wheel drive on all trim levels. The Equinox can get all-wheel drive on all models except the base L.
Comparing Amenities Of The GMC Terrain vs Chevy Equinox
If you view the Terrain and Equinox side by side, you’ll quickly see some key differences. The Terrain is definitely the more stylish of the two SUVs. Move to the top-spec trims, and the differences are even more pronounced. The 2020 GMC Terrain Denali trim comes with 19-inch wheels, while the 2020 Chevy Equinox Premier model only gets 18-inch wheels. The Terrain Denali gets some touches you won’t find on the Equinox Premier, including French stitched leather seats, interior aluminum accents and exterior chrome detailing. Music lovers will enjoy the Bose premium audio system, which comes with seven speakers. This setup is standard on the Terrain Denali. Equinox Premier buyers who want this stereo can only get it as an option.
Compare Trim Levels
Both the 2020 GMC Terrain and the 2020 Chevrolet Equinox are available in four trim levels. The Terrain comes in SL, SLE, SLT and Denali trims, while the Equinox is offered in L, LS, LT and Premier models. Most buyers will probably skip the Chevrolet Equinox’s L trim level, since it can only be purchased as a special order, and buyers must wait while it’s being built. If you’re looking for an SUV that’s ready to buy at the dealer, the Equinox only has three on offer.
The 2020 GMC Terrain and the 2020 Chevrolet Equinox are both outstanding compact SUVs, and buyers would be happy with either model. Whether you prefer one over the other is a matter of personal preference. But the GMC Terrain offers more ready-to-drive trim levels, is more upscale than the Equinox (particularly at the Denali level), and provides some better standard equipment. This is the reason we recommend the 2020 GMC Terrain as the best choice for most buyers.