Chevy Equinox Has Wider Appeal Than GMC Terrain

The Chevy Equinox and GMC Terrain are similar products, but, while the Terrain is aimed at an upscale market obsessed with amenities, the Equinox delivers reliability and value that make it a more popular choice.

The 2018 Chevy Equinox, now available at Chevy dealers in Indiana, may not have all the amenities of the new Terrain, but it does offer fuel economy, a great driving experience, and a more competitive price than its rival. Consumers seeking value from their next SUV purchase need to consider the Equinox.

Fuel Economy & Ride Quality

The base Chevy Equinox edges the GMC Terrain in fuel economy, getting 26 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway. The Terrain gets 26 mpg in the city and just 30 mpg on the highway. Turbodiesel versions of the two vehicles are tied—each gets 28 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway.

2018 Chevy Equinox

While the Equinox has a small edge in fuel economy, it has a greater advantage in ride quality. The Equinox’s cabin is much quieter on the highway than the Terrain, which suffers from a lot of road and wind noise.

The Equinox is also much more maneuverable than the Terrain. The Equinox has very precise steering and handles curves with aplomb.


The GMC Terrain has a more upscale look than the Chevy Equinox, but that’s also why it is more expensive. The Equinox’s interior is of good quality, however, even if it doesn’t have some of the luxury features of the Terrain.

The Equinox has a solid set of standard features, including a rearview camera, 7-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth, voice commands, and a Wi-Fi hotspot.

While the Terrain’s seats and surfaces are made of higher quality materials than the Equinox’s, the Chevy SUV has very comfortable seats, and its interior is far from bargain basement in its aesthetics.

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The Equinox has built a reputation in recent years of being a “bulletproof” vehicle, meaning drivers will have few, if any, mechanical issues with it. Chevrolet regularly outclasses GMC in J.D. Power & Associates annual reliability reports, and the 2018 model year is shaping up to be no exception. Buyers of the Equinox can rest assured that, with regular maintenance, their vehicle will easily pass the 200,000-mile mark in great shape.


For consumers seeking a bargain, the Equinox is the right choice. The 2018 Chevy Equinox starts at around $23,500, and a fully-loaded Equinox costs $31,000. The GMC Terrain is pricier. A base level 2018 GMC Terrain costs $25,000, while the top-level Denali trim costs $37,500.

Chevy Equinox vs. GMC Terrain in Sales
Year Equinox Sales Terrain Sales
2010 149,979 60,519
2011 193,274 83,179
2012 218,621 97,786
2013 238,192 99,525
2014 242,242 105,016
2015 277,589 112,030
2016 242,195 87,925


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