2018 Chevrolet Equinox vs. 2017 Honda CR-V Comparison Review | Edmunds

2018 Chevrolet Equinox vs. 2017 Honda CR-V Comparison Review | Edmunds

we have the 2017 Honda CRV, fully redesigned
for the 2017 model year. We consider it to be the
top of the small SUV class. MARK TAKAHASHI: That’s
the 2018 Chevy Equinox. It’s all new for 2018, and
it’s a huge improvement. Is it good enough
to unseat the CRV? We’re going to find
that out right now. This is your first ish
time driving the Equinox. JOSH SADLIER: Yeah. It’s also I think my
first time inadvertently wearing the same shirt as you. The power of this engine
and the responsiveness of the transmission–
nine speed automatic. Some people might
be wondering, has too many gears for one gearbox. My experience so
far, it’s seamless. MARK TAKAHASHI: It doesn’t
seem to hunt much when you’re climbing a hill. JOSH SADLIER: No. MARK TAKAHASHI: You got plenty
of punch right off the line. JOSH SADLIER: Yep. MARK TAKAHASHI:
And at the top end, the really tall gears give you
the best fuel economy you can. JOSH SADLIER: The other
thing I noticed on the way over was when I wanted to
hit an opening in traffic, get a quick downshift,
it was on point. MARK TAKAHASHI: We are
now in the 2017 Honda CRV. JOSH SADLIER: It’s
190 horsepower. 190 strong horses. MARK TAKAHASHI: And
there really wasn’t that much of a power difference
between the base engine in this and this engine. But there is fuel economy wise. JOSH SADLIER: Well,
that’s the thing. The turbo gives you
good fuel economy. Plus it gives you
the torque down low. It’s the kind of
driving experience that you would ordinarily have
to pay a little extra for. But Honda gives it to
you standard on EX on up. Performance. Whack it. Just punch it right now. See what happens. Just do it. MARK TAKAHASHI: That’s adequate. JOSH SADLIER: Ah. Maybe it’s better. MARK TAKAHASHI:
It’s not inspiring. It’s– JOSH SADLIER: It’s that
just this, eh. MARK TAKAHASHI: And there was
absolutely nothing initially. JOSH SADLIER:
That’s what makes me think I can’t own a CVT myself. On my drive over to the
studio this morning I had checked over
my right shoulder, and I was kind of expecting
poor visibility because of that upward kink in
the styling back there. Right around the seat
pillar it kind of swoops up. But I wasn’t offended
by the visibility. I looked back. I saw what I needed to see. I saw a lot of glass. MARK TAKAHASHI: I am pretty
good with the visibility in this car. This A pillar isn’t too thick. And it’s kind of
placed far enough away so I don’t have to look
around it at left turns. These mirrors are pretty wide. I get a really good
view of three lanes. Rear visibility is also about
the same as the Equinox. JOSH SADLIER: This is kind
of the elephant in the room with this particular vehicle. As tested price, correct
me if I’m wrong mark, is about $40,000. MARK TAKAHASHI:
It’s right below. Like it’s brushing $40,000. That’s a deal breaker
in this class. At $40,000 you can get a
we’re riding in cost us $31,700 I think, $31,800. For the price this is a
pleasantly nice interior. Whereas the Equinox, at an as
tested price of about $40,000, not pleasantly nice. MARK TAKAHASHI: This
is the premiere trim. This is the top of the line. And we’ve got this really
kind of cheapo hard plastic. And it doesn’t match any
graining anywhere else. And it kind of has the look
of a child’s dinosaur toy. We’re nitpicking here. But I’m not nitpicking when it
comes to the quality of that. JOSH SADLIER: And
also I think the price invites us to nitpick. MARK TAKAHASHI: If
we’re paying $9,000. JOSH SADLIER: If the price
were more like the CRV then, more or less. MARK TAKAHASHI: Right. This kind of bright chrome
work around the vents. Right now I’m getting five
hot spots in my vision. JOSH SADLIER: This is why
I’m wearing sunglasses, Mark. I have to apologize to our
producer, who prefers that we don’t wear sunglasses on video. But I had to put them on because
this chrome is like attacking me with reflections. This is the facepalm moment
for me with GM products. I keep hoping with each
new generation they’re just going to tone down the
chrome on the interior, because whenever
the sun hits it, it goes right into
people’s eyes. Like why do you want that? MARK TAKAHASHI: Hear that? #Tonedownthecrhome. JOSH SADLIER: Otherwise yeah. I will say the interior design
came as a bit of a letdown for me. MARK TAKAHASHI: I’m actually
OK with these seats. And they’re ventilated. I’m not getting a
whole lot of support on the edge of my
thighs up here. JOSH SADLIER: The bottom
cushion seems a little short. MARK TAKAHASHI:
It’s well shaped. It’s adequately padded. JOSH SADLIER: Yeah. I would say overall I’m
pleasantly surprised by the seat comfort. There’s some firm support here. I feel some shape in
the seat, like it’s trying to accommodate me. I appreciate that. I would give the CRV the edge. MARK TAKAHASHI: Now we do
not have ventilated seats. These are heated only. Comfort wise I think
they’re pretty comparable. I’m feeling a little bit of
a push on my shoulder blades from the seat, but also
not a deal breaker. Overall usability in a
CRV is really thoughtful. And that’s Honda’s thing anyway. I mean, you have the
conversation mirror here to keep tabs on the kids. You have these nice cubbies
that are well shaped and hold everything in place. JOSH SADLIER: The
storage is really impressive I think, the way they
do this whole center console. There’s all these
different levels. And there’s this
tray that slides. MARK TAKAHASHI: And removes. JOSH SADLIER: Yeah. I really like this. I am amazed right now, I have
to say, because I’m 6’1″. My driving position is usually
close to the back extreme of the seat travel. This is as far back as
the driver’s seat goes, and I’ve got, what? Two inches? MARK TAKAHASHI: And you’ve
got some space with your feet too that you can scoot
forward a little too. JOSH SADLIER: Tons of space. I don’t know why I would
need a mid-size crossover. This is a compact crossover. But two six footers
can sit here. MARK TAKAHASHI:
One thing that I do notice about the CRV
front versus backseats is the materials quality is
quite a bit less impressive back here. But I think that’s
actually a smart idea because you don’t want your
kids messing up the interior. JOSH SADLIER: Yeah. Fair enough. MARK TAKAHASHI: And that
makes perfect sense to me. That’s easier to clean. It’s going to be more durable. Otherwise the
amenities are good. We’ve got two USB
ports down there. You’re covered. Armrests, pretty decent. About the same size cup
holders as the front. JOSH SADLIER: Yep. MARK TAKAHASHI:
It’s totally fine. JOSH SADLIER: As with the CRV,
I put the driver’s seat where it would be for my
6’1″ driving self. And my knees are a little
closer to the seat back. MARK TAKAHASHI:
But you still fit. JOSH SADLIER: Than
they were in the CRV. I still fit. But it’s interesting. I was expecting–
you know, the Equinox has a reputation for having
an unusually roomy interior. I was expecting it to win
this particular category. MARK TAKAHASHI: OK. JOSH SADLIER: And the CRV
for me wins by an inch. MARK TAKAHASHI: I’m getting
a lot better thigh support. I don’t feel like they’re
just kind of raised above slightly as they taper off. I still have plenty of
leg room for myself. And right now because of
the panoramic sun roof, my hair is brushing
the headliner. JOSH SADLIER: Yep. My hair too. That’s a higher bench below you. And that’s also cutting
a little bit of headroom. MARK TAKAHASHI: So
it’s a give and take. JOSH SADLIER: Yep. MARK TAKAHASHI: We do have
heated seats back here. JOSH SADLIER: Yep. MARK TAKAHASHI: Eh,
it’s a little shorter. JOSH SADLIER: A
little less armrest here than there was in the CRV. MARK TAKAHASHI: A little bit. [DING DING DING] Oh. So that beep. That was the rear
seat reminder, which is a new feature for
GM vehicles to help you remember that if
you had a kid back here to check the back seats. JOSH SADLIER: Could be useful. I just think if I’m the
kind of parent who’s not going to forget that
my kids in the back, I might want to turn that off. You know what I mean? MARK TAKAHASHI: One
of the big concerns with any compact
crossover is cargo space. And the CRV has a lot. JOSH SADLIER: Yes. MARK TAKAHASHI: 75.8 cubic feet. JOSH SADLIER: Yeah. Over 75. MARK TAKAHASHI: Which is
midsize SUV territory. JOSH SADLIER:
Knocking on the door. Yep. MARK TAKAHASHI: We have this
kind of deployable floor, which I don’t know if it really
serves that much of a purpose. JOSH SADLIER: Yeah. I’m not sure what to do with it. But it looks cool, right? MARK TAKAHASHI: It also
has these remote releases where you don’t even have to
reach in and push down or go to the back seat. JOSH SADLIER: That’s
very convenient. Yep. MARK TAKAHASHI: Very
convenient, right? And these big scooped out
areas by the wheel wells. How many golf bags do you
think we can get in there? JOSH SADLIER: Yeah. I think you get about nine. MARK TAKAHASHI: Equinox. Load floor is flat. It doesn’t deploy. But you do have a space for
your laptop bag and stuff. JOSH SADLIER: Space underneath. So you can’t drop it
down like in a CRV, but you can put
stuff underneath it. MARK TAKAHASHI: Right. Now, there’s not
nearly as much space. This wheel well’s eating
up a lot of real estate. Just like the CRV
though, these fold flat. But they fold flat
really violently. JOSH SADLIER: Yeah. Let’s check it out. MARK TAKAHASHI: Whoa. JOSH SADLIER: Whoa. MARK TAKAHASHI: Right. The whole car kind of bounces. Hopefully junior’s
not in the backseat. JOSH SADLIER: Yeah. Hopefully not. MARK TAKAHASHI: Cause
you just squished him. That’s still really
a huge space. But what’s the capacity? JOSH SADLIER: Yeah. This is about 63, and then
the CRV is 75 cubic feet. And that’s a 20%
difference, which is kind of hard to believe it. But still, 20% difference
in the same segment? That’s almost unheard of. MARK TAKAHASHI: One thing that’s
kind of unique that the Equinox has is six USB ports. Two there. Two here. Two in the back. JOSH SADLIER: Wow. MARK TAKAHASHI: Everyone’s
going to stay charged. JOSH SADLIER: Yeah.
everyone and then some. MARK TAKAHASHI: This also
has a wireless charging pad. JOSH SADLIER: That’s a
nice little bin there too. Obviously if you’re not
charging your phone, it’s the perfect
place to put it. MARK TAKAHASHI: Right. Apple CarPlay, Android
Auto are standard. JOSH SADLIER: Oh wow. MARK TAKAHASHI: And
as a GM vehicle, this comes with a WiFi hotspot. JOSH SADLIER: This
touchscreen interface strikes me as significantly
more aesthetically appealing. It’s a little bigger. It looks better. It responds well. I would definitely
give the Chevy the edge in terms of the
infotainment interface. MARK TAKAHASHI: This
is an improvement because they have a volume knob. That screen’s a little small. It’s got the buttons taking up– there’s a lot of missing
real estate here. It’s not a good use of space. JOSH SADLIER: It looks huge. It looks almost like a BMW
kind of widescreen display. But then there’s 2 and
1/2 inches over here that are not being
used for the display. MARK TAKAHASHI: Right. There’s about a third
of that space that’s not being used for anything. It does come with Apple
CarPlay and Android Auto. I do love my Apple CarPlay. The steering wheel
controls are fine. I don’t like this
volume slider here. Inadvertently
sometimes I’ll brush it and the volume goes up. JOSH SADLIER: Yes. MARK TAKAHASHI: Now, one thing
I do think it has an edge over is the way they
tuned the safety features. JOSH SADLIER: Yes. MARK TAKAHASHI: This
isn’t sending up all sorts of false alarms
and making you crazy. JOSH SADLIER: The Honda
system is not great. MARK TAKAHASHI: And
this, I know it’s one of your favorite
features, the butt vibrator thingy, the safety alert seat. If you’re kind of
backing into a spot and there’s an object on the
right that’s in the blind spot, it will buzz you
on the right side. JOSH SADLIER: It’s great. No. It warns you visually. But then you get
a little warning in the seat of your pants too. And I got to tell you,
Mark, it’s not unpleasant. [LAUGHTER] Someone coming
from an old CRV is going to feel right
at home in this one. MARK TAKAHASHI: So we
heard a few beeps there from the blind spot. Honda has a recent reputation
for their safety features being a little too
overprotective, firing off false alarms. This wasn’t a situation. But the frontal collision
warning in particular seems to be, hrmph, way too
vocal about what’s going on. Eventually you just
want to turn them off, which defeats the purpose of
having them in the first place. JOSH SADLIER: Frankly,
that’s what I do. MARK TAKAHASHI: So we
just spent a lot of time driving both cars. And at least personally
for me, it wasn’t as close a battle as I thought. I am firmly in CRV camp. Josh, where are you? JOSH SADLIER: I think it’s
a little closer battle than Mark’s letting on. I think the Equinox
in particular has an edge on the
power train front, 2.0 liter turbo,
250 plus horsepower. Plus the nine speed automatic
has a conventional field. CVT on the CRV side
might take a little getting used to if you
haven’t had a CVT before. I’m with the
Equinox on that one. MARK TAKAHASHI: How important is
performance in the compact SUV class? JOSH SADLIER: I think
it depends on the buyer. But ultimately this comparison
comes down to price. The Equinox came
in about $40,000. That’s pushing it. CRV, great value at $32,000. I think if the Equinox
cost $32,000 like the CRV, different conversation. But as tested, hard to go
with the Chevy fundamentally. MARK TAKAHASHI: I’m totally
with you on that one. Let us know what you think. Leave a comment below and
head over to Edmunds.com to check out the rest
of the competition. [MUSIC PLAYING]

100 thoughts on “2018 Chevrolet Equinox vs. 2017 Honda CR-V Comparison Review | Edmunds

  1. Just 2 wimps reviewing grocery getters. Gotta love the Asian guy defending the Asian car, the backseat is cheap and it's slow, but that's a good thing. Lol

  2. Every time I check if I ask no one wants an American car except me. I was outside Costco where they have the cars for sell. They had a Ford Fusion and a Subaru then a guy with an accent told me ; don't look at the Ford is terrible they broke a lot😡 I was how do u know , and he said everyone knows that😖

  3. CRV over that overpriced GM green turd. The chrome everything approach by GM is mind numbing. No idea on why they are obsessed with chrome covered plastic

  4. Look at these two skinny guys sitting in the backseat. Of course they wouldn't complain. You would need a mid size crossover if you have some healthy relatives.

  5. If you get into an accident and your insurance company request a vehicle status report. It will show at the time of impact the safety features were deactivated by the driver and they will not pay on your accident claim. I would watch that if I was you.

  6. Why do they test a top of the line fully loaded Equinox against a mid trim CR-V? An equally loaded CR-V with AWD would cost $35K and 2WD Equinox would have saved them $4K which will bring it well within the price range. I hate stupid comparison that are offset in trim level. Seriously, disclose what the exact trim level they are comparing. Also, Equinox has a 1.6L version that are also cheaper. This isn't saying that Honda CR-V isn't better or I don't like CR-V. I would choose CR-V as well. But let us be honest with comparison especially since they don't care about power train in their comparison….

  7. 40K? That rolling pile of garbage isn't worth 20k! How do they keep selling these things? Must be to people who still think a car is junk by 90k miles

  8. who can carry more , equ. or cr-v . who do offroading more , all that u have to check, and to me , the equa look better looking to

  9. Why GM will never get it right, "Make people pay $$ for the cheapest amount of plastic we can get away with". Look at Chrysler too, when they purchased Maserati, they put in cheap Chrysler parts in the Maserati. GM, Chrysler, they're never going to change. Ford, slightly better.

  10. link video shows under driver's dashboard of a Honda CR-V 5th generation that was delivered to a consumer in south Korea about only 2 weeks ago.
    Check it before buy 2017 NEW CR-V. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lAE0f-raxl8

  11. What a great colour for the Equinox! Good to see Chevy and Audi offering green finish these days. More manufacturers should do it.

  12. The test Chevy has more options than the tested Honda (which Honda doesn't offer at any price)

    – much more powerful engine
    – heated/cooled front seats
    – heated back seats
    – panoramic sunroof
    – more USB ports & 120v plug

    Of course it'll be more expensive.

    The options on the tested Chevy should have been removed from the cost to get the feature set as close as possible and then compare price. That was really an poorly thought out by the reviewers.

  13. Top of the line CR-V heated fronts seats only. Equinox heated and ventilated front seats. CR-V 190HP. Equinox can get 252hp with the 2.0T. I would get the Equinox, but the price would be bargained down of course.

  14. General Motors.Enabling every other automobile manufacturer in the world to sell better cars, for less money, for over 100 years. The bean counters at General Motors should have been FIRED a long, long, long, long, time ago.

  15. Unfortunately a lot of Canadians don't realize while GM is launching these advertising campaigns, they are shipping Canadian Auto jobs to Mexico where they exploit workers and their families making them assemble cars for $2/hour. In mean time, thousands of Canadian families are stripped off their jobs, no more hockey for thousands of Canadian kids.

    Hey General Motors, is this your idea of Canadian dream?


  16. If you really like this vehicle, to minimize your chances of having issues with it, don't buy Equinox that is assembled in Mexico, look at VIN# by windshield, if it starts with #3 it's build in MEXICO, and expect nothing by nightmares, from missing parts to damaged parts on Mexican build models. Also, avoid GMC Terrain which as of 2017 is build in MEXICO also.

    Cheers! Hope this helps!

  17. You guys could have spared us the extra 10 minutes in the video and been like “hey spend more money and get less space, buy an equinox”

  18. I saw the new GMC Terrain and really liked it… Until I saw the price. The Denali is comparable to the CR-V touring but costs about $45 grand! Don't know why GM is so much more expensive

  19. You guys are so silly. CR-V has 4 choices and Equinox has 6 and also a diesel and 2.0 Turbo. The base CR-V starts at $24,150 and the base Equinox stars at $24,575

    (Top of the line) CR-V Touring is $32,650 while Equinox Premium starts at $31,785 for a 1.5 like The CR-V, the 1.6 diesel Premium starts at $33,980 and the 2.0 Premium starts at $34,580

    CR-V 7 inch screen, Equinox 8 inch screen.

  20. The 2017 Equinox front leg room was 41.2 and the rear was 39.9, while the 2017 CR-V is 41.3/38.3…I think it’s pretty dumb to put a cheaper upholstery in the rear seat just because you think some kids are going to mess it up. You two were nit picking like two old broads in a retirement home fussing over knitting needles.

  21. It was stupid of me to think this video would be educational. CR-V is better because the Equinox you tested was $40k? Maybe next time compare and contrast value at price points customers are actually interested in.

  22. I actually got an Equinox recently, with the 2.0T premier version which is similar to what you've been testing. I think it's overall very good. Answering your question at last, yes, power for a 'compact' SUV is VERY important for me, at least 1.5T is far from sufficient for me. If 1.5T is enough, then what else can a SUV offer better than a sedan, or even hatchback/wagon? Not to mention that in my situation, I doubt what a 1.5T car can do DOES require a car anyway. And people around me are amazed by how 'BIG' my equinox is even it's ONLY a 'compact', so it doesn't make sense if you put it in the standard of a 'compact car' and doubt if 2.0T is necessary. Equinox 18 IS a 'big guy', and without 2.0T, it would not be strong enough, which makes it Obese. Obesity is unhealthy for humans, so for the cars.

  23. Why do you guys take a Premier-trimmed Equinox and compare it against an all-are-the-same Honda and then complain about the price difference? Really? You can walk in to practically any GM dealer and get $5-6000 off sticker not counting any credit card points or "coupons" so that argument has zero merit. Honda makes fairly nice cars (most of them) but please don't insult us with your lame comparisons and "professional" opinions about cheap plastic. I never had to "learn and adapt" to operate anything on the Equinox – its ergos are nearly flawless. Did you not see the after-thought designs, cheap chrome, and goiter-like things hanging out of everything in the Honda? Anyway, 252 hp w/gobs of torque in front of a silky 9-speed makes Honda lovers weep!

  24. I would take the Chevrolet over the Honda any day!. I'd definitely take an Audi over the Honda. Honda's were really strong in the early 90's and today they should be phased out and let Acura do the sales (they're Honda's underneath).
    My 2001 CR-V with it's 2.0 engine and all wheel drive still net me 34 mpg and it has 324,000 miles. I change the oil, follow maintenance intervals and get the valves adjusted as needed and its been one of the best vehicles I've ever owned.
    Most of my family has turned down Honda in favor of Chevrolet and Toyota. You get your money's worth with those two brands.

  25. I get sick of the "hard plastic" comments of these reviewers. They DO NOT drive a car over 3 years old. That hard plastic will still look good 5+ years from now. And, still do great in wear and tear. The soft door stuff will break down much faster, fade and look like crap in no time. Who want's a car that will self destruct in a few years? Especially an SUV!!! GM builds them to last these days. Nobody else does that any more.

  26. 2018 Equinox has so many features it would require these 6 cuvs to get the same content.


  27. The Equiniox looks better but I'd probably go with the CRV. [Even though I'm not a fan of CVT transmissions] Then again… I bet it would be FAR easier to get a 'good deal ' on the Chevy. Hmm…

  28. Why are you comparing a 2.0T Equinox to the 1.5T CR-V? Of course the Equinox is way more expensive. It would have been a fairer and more usable review if you had compared the 1.5T LT Equinox to the CR-V.

    Also, why does no one ever mention that if you get the 2.0T Equinox GM recommends 93 octane fuel, not 87 like all the other SUVs in this segment? With 93 octane being 50-60 cents more a gallon, that wipes out any gains in fuel economy, which the 2.0T lags behind in. And if you use 87 octane gas, which you can, your performance and fuel economy drops even further.

     Finally, that CR-V center console storage "thing' is a HORRIBLE design and virtually unusable. Put some thing tall in the rear under the armrest and you can't slide the tray back to access the lower front section with all the USB ports. It's awful, yet you guys rave how great it is – were you really paying attention?

  29. No way it's selling for 40 grand but I like the pana moonroof in the Equinox. I'll take the Equinox interior over the CRV's. The CRV interior still reminds me those from the early 2000s.

  30. What a waste of time watching this.  Based entire review on price.  Get two at a similar price or ignore reviewing the upgrades that added the price.  This is a horrible video.  Helped in no way.

  31. As stated before no one is going to pay 40K you will get one priced at 40 for 32 without even trying. That goes for the diesel version also which blows everyone away. Anyway I just hate how you could see their bias and the little school girl antics they were pulling. Both are good vehicles for the segment though.

  32. I will take the 2.0 Turbo, and the 9 speeds. I agree that power is a big deal these days. The CVT is also a deal breaker, I haven't owned a Maxima since they started that crap. Thanks a lot Nissan.

  33. I own the CR-V EX-L but have not looked at the Equinox. The gents in this tube video didn't touch on some very important points. So far, the CR-V has been great with mileage (about 29 city), and way better on the road (35+ on level ground) and power is good WOT. Turbo lag is present but not as bad as the CVT lag. The acceleration is very good once past these delays. It has a very annoying lag at throttle tip in and I'm told by Honda dealer this is the CVT programming. If it is, some Honda software engineer needs to be fired. All I get from Honda is "that's normal". HD Radio is missing from my CR-V even though it was a standard feature on the sticker at the time. Honda refuses to make this right. I learned all I need to know about Honda credibility with this problem. Also, the entertainment system is pretty laggy and has substandard music/voice quality. The interior space is outstanding and the leather seats are very comfortable. Love the heated feature in cool weather. The best part of this vehicle is the ride and handling. It is also very quiet for a Honda, or any other medium priced vehicle for that matter. Red alert, though, for the Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane Keep Assist. This thing has jammed the brakes on with nothing in front of me, but drivers behind. Two near misses at getting rear ended. I hate this cruise control because of the false alarms. LKA is forever wiggling the wheel to keep me in my lane, but it frequently follows tar strips or tar repairs instead of the lane markers, so it is basically useless as a safety aid. I will be changing vehicles in 2019 model year to get away from Honda and this spastic ACC/LKA because they are not safe.

  34. Meanwhile, you can get a fully loaded Mitsubishi Outlander GT with a V6, leather, AWD, 3rd row seat and a 10yr/100k mile warranty for around $27k.

  35. Both are good choices. I will go for the equinox. Chevy has great vehicles now and there features like no other brand. They mAke it affordable to atleast have technology and not compromise the cost. Even base model loaded with standard features. Thats awsome

  36. Should have mentioned the residual value on both vehicles down the road. The CR-V is less to buy up front AND will return more as a trade when it comes time. You just can't beat the Honda right now.

  37. You've convinced me not to get the most expensive Equinox, but I wonder how one that was similar in price to the CR-V EX-L would do in this comparison. I'm trying to decide what our next car will be, and I find it essential to compare similarly-equipped cars. Whether it's worth the money to upgrade from the 1.5L Turbo to the 2.0L Turbo Equinox is a different question from whether the Equinox is better or worse than a comparably-equipped CR-V, which is what I was hoping I could learn here.

  38. The Equinox clearly has an edge over the CRV in almost every department. Compare the top of the line Equinox with the top of the line CRV, and the CRV would cost $35k which is only like $3k less than the Equinox! Not to mention the Equinox actually drives well and comes with equipment that easily makes up for the $3k price difference such as air conditioned seats, OnStar, rear heated seats, 6 usb ports, and a panoramic moonroof. If you are going to say that one vehicle is better because it is a "better value", you should at least be comparing cars of equal spec!

  39. CR V all the way. The only thing the equinox had was a bit more oomph during acceleration. Big deal. 40k I can't tand the cheap plastic that is still used. Summed up perfectly wheb you said childs toy plastic. Traded my '09 Pontiac Torrent aka equinox, and purchased a 2018 Honda Ridgeline. Now there is 40k well spent.

  40. I test drove the 2018 Honda CR-V touring and almost bought it. I'm so thankful I didn't. Two days later I found a certified used 2018 Chevy equinox 2.0l premier. I paid $4,000 less than I would have for that new Honda. It had only 4,600 miles on it. Thankfully some rich couple thought it could pull their trailer and it couldn't as it could only tow 3,500 pounds. Having a fully loaded equinox is better in my book than having the fully loaded crv. The equinox feels 10x better on the road than the CRV. Also that sunroof is awesome.

  41. Chevy should NOT have made the equinox the same size as the competition. A lot of people liked the fact that it was 1/2 size bigger than a typical compact crossover. The bigger size and v6 was worth 40k, but I’m not sure this new one is.

  42. If you could get the CRV with the new 2.0 and 10 speed I'd buy one. If the Chevy cost 35, I'd buy one. I think GM is squeezing every possible penny from this segment because their cars are losing money.

  43. I don't think GM could have made a more horrendous looking shit green paint job for a otherwise bland new SUV …… Fucking awful.

  44. The majority of these comments are borderline moronic. Calling people names is highly against my nature, but here I am proving myself otherwise.

    These are both decent vehicles but Chevy has more package options. Honda lacks thereof, however stays true to what is needed in a Crossover/SUV market. Where one lacks, the other succeeds, it's like anything else… Just pick what is more important to you.

  45. Being delighted with the roominess and utility of our 1st gen Equinox, I had great expectations for the 2018.  What happened? The driver’s seat seems borrowed from the Trax and the interior lost much of its utility. The Traverse although much longer offers front seating more comparable to our Equinox. $40 grand, I don’t think so. What a disappointment. Perhaps a pre-owned Traverse would be a better choice.

  46. As I have a 2015 Honda CR-V this might not be even applicable. I didn't even look an Equinox. But this old write up I did 2 years ago for a friend considering a CR-V might give some looking, some ideas what sort of things to check when comparing models.

    I have a 2015 CR-V, which I bought new in October 2015. I actually bought it while it was still on the the truck/train on its way to the dealer so it was never used for test drives etc. by the dealer. Overall I am more or less happy with it (there are lots of nice features), these are just some nick picking things I never really considered while comparing Subaru Forester, Ford Escape, Mazda CX-5, and the Honda CR-V. I started by looking at a couple magazine articles and these were the top rated compact SUVs. Your concerns maybe different from mine. I got the Touring trim level, which I had to get to get the lane drift warning and lane keeping assist options. Lane drift warning is available on mid-level Forrester and on the top of the line CX-5 with optional upgraded radio, the lane keep assistant was only available on the CR-V, and was my main reason for going with the CR-V; after using it on several trips to Tucson, I am not sure its worth it. Another thing the CR-V has the others don’t is the continuously variable transmission (CVT). While driving you don’t notice or feel it changing gears, as it has essentially infinite gears (or speeds).

    Especially when parking on hills, I set the parking brake before putting the transmission in Park, then remove the transmission from Park before releasing the parking brake, this relieves your transmission from any stress. On the CR-V there is no parking brake release, you just press the parking brake a 2nd time to release (sort of like a ball point pen). The trouble is if you didn’t press the parking brake hard enough, you have to release it, then press it again, hopefully harder the second time. I’d prefer the option ‘if not hard enough just press it some more’.

    I really don’t have much to compare the CR-V to in regard to road noise out on the freeway, I didn’t pay attention much when test driving the other choices. I do think my friend’s Explorer Limited was much quieter. Not sure if this is partly due to the cheap tires manufactures put on new cars, but I think road noise is an issue if at all concerned about it.

    Most of these models have Adaptive Cruise Control, i.e. if you come up behind a car when on cruise control it will slow down and not rear end the car. On my CR-V you can set the distance it trails the car in front. How ever what I notice on the CR-V is it will happily keep the set cruise control speed until it reaches this set distance then slows down very quickly. Just seems to me it should sense the car in front much earlier and slowly slow down.

    Lane Keep Assist has a camera behind the rear view mirror to sense the lane markers. The system applies torque to the steering to keep the vehicle between the left and right lane lines. The applied torque becomes stronger as the vehicle gets closer to either of the lane lines. However I found when on the freeway in the right lane it likes taking the exits. I hear the 2016 model is better, but there hasn’t been a software upgrade for the 2015. Again, this system is not ’strong’ enough to keep you in your lane in most circumstances, so I really wouldn't buy based on this feature.

    Many cars stereos have a ‘line in’ jack, so you can play your iPod, or other music player through the car stereo. The lower trim level CR-V has one of these, but mine does not. It has USB ports for my iPod, and bluetooth for my phone. But I have a lot of books on tape that I presently can’t use with a portable cassette player.

    I think I noticed you had an Apple iPhone, not an Android phone. The audio system works pretty well with my my iPhone. I can make and receive phone calls by voice, listen to and send messages by voice. The audio system downloads just the phone #‘s of your contacts, so you can call someone from your contact list via voice. I also have the navigation system and just wish it would take from the phone the contact addresses to navigate. The voice activation button you push a short time to talk to the car system and give it a voice command, or a long push to talk to your phone and give it a command. The 2017 has Apple Car Play, but the only thing I think it adds is the capability to navigate to a contact on your phone, I think the ‘normal’ system handles phone calls, messages, and plays music just fine. One drawback I found was that Apple Car Play requires a USB connection, it won’t work over BlueTooth, I think a real draw back.

    More on the audio system. There is volume control on the steering wheel but not a mute button (think the drive through at any facility: fast food, bank, pharmacy), there are also volume up and down buttons to the left of the main screen and pressing one of those a mute button shows up on screen. Personally I use the on/off button also to the left of the main screen. The newer models now have a volume knob.

    Milage: On the road from Albuquerque to Tucson milage has been between 27.7 mpg heavily loaded to 33.7 lightly loaded and keeping speed to less than 70. I’ve made this trip 6 x so I have some statistics on highway milage (and road noise). There is an economy button to help get maximum mpg; in town with econo off I’ve gotten 26.7 mpg and with it on I got 28 mpg (both averaged over several tanks). There is a nice screen to see your mpg for your current trip, your last trip, and last couple fill ups (if you reset the A trip odometer).

    Garcia Honda on Lomas has done repair work (factory updates, tire rotation mostly) and has gotten it done when they said they would as I waited.

    Opening the rear, the only way is opening the whole tail gate. The window does not open separately. Our garage is not very high, if the garage door is open I can open rear tail gate but it hits the opened garage door, so I glued pipe insulation to the garage door where it hits, problem solved. (I have the power tail gate, and one time, some how, it opened unknowingly, and then for some reason I opened the garage door from the outside, lets just say there were some not pleasant crunching noises. Body shop says this happens often).

    I think the fuel filler open latch is in an inconvenient spot.

    The roof rack cross members are not adjustable, i.e. they can’t move relative to one another or more forward or more backwards.

    There are a lot of settings, and some are more than confusing. There are three displays on mine, one in the center of the speedometer, an upper small display, and the main audio/navigation display. The speedometer display is controlled by a button on the dash and by buttons on the steering wheel, the two buttons do different things. So you know which display but not which button. Anyway it’s a little confusing for a while.

    Sometimes its nice to lock out control of the windows for the back seat passengers, many cars have this. But doing this on the CR-V also locks out the driver, pretty dumb. On another setting I actually had to get the dealer to show me. The setting he used did not sound like the one I wanted, but it worked.

    I wish the Tonneau cover would also cover the rear seats when folded down. It just reaches from the rear hatch to the back of the rear seats when they are up right (but I think all cars are like this). If you get the rear cargo rubber mat, you can’t stow the Tonneau cover in the slots in the bottom of the cargo area made to stow the cover. So it sits in a corner of my garage.

    The back seats do not fold flat, the Ford Escape's fold flat. Each rear seat has a slight recline and upright position.

    Most cars have a service schedule to follow (like when to replace this belt, when to change this fluid, etc.) The CR-V does not have such, its suppose to warn you with a wrench on the dashboard with a code. So you have go to the dealer or look up the code on the internet. My system has already failed me, it said to change the rear differential fluid, but the warning went away after a couple days, before I got to the dealer. The dealer, Garcias, really couldn’t find the problem physically, the fluid looked fine but did by hooking ‘the computer’ to the car and reading past codes (they also said next time take a photo of the warning). Most cars use to come with a service log book to make notes when service was performed, the CR-V does not (I guess no one other than me filled them out). I also got a low tire pressure warning, yet could not find a low tire with a pressure gauge. Actually most cars with a tire pressure sensing system have (as far as I know) actually pressure sensors in the wheels. The CR-V system works by somehow sensing rotation speed of the tires with respect to each other, sounds pretty hokey to me.

    Off to the side a little, but some older CR-V’s that had the spare tire outside, the floor to this back storage area was actually a small card table. Why they did away with that feature beats the $hit out of me.

    Here are some things you probably don’t care about, but I’ll list them anyway.

    I usually have the dealer change oil during warrantee periods. Oil change is recommended every ~10,000 miles, but I thought on a brand new car I’ll have it done at 5,000 due to break in wear and tear. For some reason I decided to do this myself. My CR-V recommends a Synthetic blend oil and I found it cheapest at Garcias believe it or not. However the last time I went they did not have the Synthetic blend just Full Synthetic and it was much more expensive.

    continued in first reply to this post

  47. I have a 2018 Equinox and the quality has been total crap. Definitely go for the Honda. Once mine gets out of the shop I'll be looking to get a CR-V!

  48. Owned a 2011 Chevy Equinox, and it was always in the shop for recalls. Replaced so many things prematurely, and the engine blew a head gasket after just 94k miles, left us stranded on a family road trip. Our 2012 Camry has more miles and I can’t remember bringing it to the shop except for routine preventative maintenance

  49. You have to remember that a lot of people will go to a place like Carmax and compare the price of these vehicles when they are 1 or 2 years old. The CRV will cost about $25k used at that point but the Equinox will be $17k. That's a whole different consideration.

  50. One year after this review the 2018 Equinox proven to one of best quality vehicle and one of the best new vehicle launches in the mainstream segment. While the CR-V is plagued with quality issues rated one of the lowest by Truedelta and J.D. Power in the compact segment with engine, drivetrain vibrations, and infotainment/electrical problems.

    Currently a Equinox 1.5t AWD is $7,000 less than a CR-V 1.5t AWD. Even the equinox 2.0T AWD is over $1,000 less than CR-V AWD with a smaller 1.5t engine.

  51. I'm on the fence about these two. the honda is better one in general and as per all pro reviews… but more power, even if less fuel economy, is good to have passing power… cooling seats is cool. bit more techy stuff is cool… less cargo room is no big deal, cause they both have enough… chevy likely can be had for $4-$5K less, or I would walk if I was to offer that and they turned it down.. it is over priced… and resale is much lower, so that affects value…. for power alone, I'm leaning towards the equinox, but the cr-v is much better than it ever was and is a strong choice, void that just adequate power…. decisions decisions…… ? ? I'm waiting for insurance quotes on them, as that will play a roll in budget to run the car.

  52. You two clowns fawning over insignificant details completely miss the point that the Equinox can tow a trailer up to 3500 pounds, while the CRV can barely tow a bicycle rack.

  53. I got a 19 equinox LT 2.0T for 28k and it's been stellar. I'm so glad they offer the LTG on mid-level LT models–its the biggest performance bargain in the entire segment. Don't forget that with the 2.0T you also get upgraded brakes and performance dual exhaust. Tons of power and I recently got 31mpg on a 200 mile road trip. And that's not even broken in yet. I've been totally happy with it. There is no way I would ever drive a CVT and I thank Chevrolet for not using them.
    The comparison review here is very focused on nuts and bolts and the CRV wins on things like cargo volume, etc. But where it flatly loses is the driving experience. Driving a CRV feels like driving a toaster on wheels. The Equinox has character. The dual exhaust has a satisfying low pitch growl and the torque is plentiful. The steering is tight and responsive, and you feel the road more. The driving dynamics are much more towards a performance sedan compared to the CRV and anyone who wants a good driving experience would do well to at least drive the equinox.

  54. I test drove just about all of the SUV's in this class and Equinox came out ahead for 2019 models. The engine was quiet and the transmission shifting was smoother than the rest. I came from a V8 and find the 1.5L adequate for highway merging. Most importantly I don't sense delay in acceleration like some of the other ones. The only negatives are the smaller rear cargo space and lack of safety features without extra charge. I have no use for adaptive cruise control myself but think Chevy needs to add Lane Assist/Blind spot warning to all trims if they want to hit a homerun. Look up the crash tests results for this thing, it's a safe ride.

  55. This review has zero credibility. You do realize that the Equinox offers more features than the CRV right? You do realize you can order an equinox with an amount of options which then brings the price to be exactly what the CRV offers right? The worse part is that there are going to be some soccer moms/dads on here that don't know jack shit about cars, they're going to blindly listen to your advice and go buy a CRV because it's cheaper. Well, not necessarily depending on the features you want! FYI, you can price a CRV up to $38k, and it still doesn't offer 4GLTE, vibrating seats, panoramic sunroof, or the powerful engine and tranny that the Equinox offers. Try not to be more objective in your reviews and make them more fair. At least admit if you're comparing two vehicles that are not comparably optioned.

  56. Before you buy the CR-V check out this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SrtULlpJHWE. It talks about oil dilution in the engine.

  57. Thanks guys im still buying the chevy BUY AMERICAN !!! GO TRUMP!!!

    thats a 2017 honda and a 2018 chevy thats the difference in price morons

  58. That’s not a top of the line CR-V. Touring CR-V’s feature full LED Headlights, as well as heated rear seats. This would’ve been a better comparison had it been the full touring model and not the mid-tier EX-L trim.

  59. 2018 Honda CRV engine is quitting before it's getting started! Recall in the CRV! Honda are overrated in everyway!

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