Seven years after it was last redesigned, an eternity in the car business, Chevrolet unveiled a redesigned 2025 Chevrolet Equinox on Thursday. The new model competes in America’s most competitive market segment: compact crossover SUVs.
Overdue? No doubt. But the new Equinox sports styling that resembles its Chevrolet truck siblings as well as the latest Chevrolet Traverse.
NEW TRIM LINEUP
The 2025 Equinox will come in base LT, sporty RS and off-road-oriented Activ trims, replacing last year’s LS, LT, RS and Premier grades. Each trim gets its own unique fascia. Seventeen-inch wheels come standard, but larger ones are available, including 20-inchers on the RS – a first for an Equinox.
The interior feels far more up-to-date, with an all-new 11-inch configurable instrument cluster and a 11.3-inch infotainment screen. That’s far better than the 7- and 8-inch screens offered on the new Equinox.
Opting for the Equinox Activ yields a “Sugar and Black” interior color scheme, with surfaces finished in GM’s Evotex, a synthetic leather-like material offset with sueded microfiber.
A FAMILIAR POWERTRAIN
Given that GM is slowly, and we do mean slowly, electrifying its lineup, it’s no surprise that the Equinox’s turbocharged 1.5-liter 4-cylinder carries over. But unlike the 2024 model, where its mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission, the 2025 model uses a continuously variable transmission in front-wheel-drive configurations, or an eight-speed automatic transmission with all-wheel drive, which is optional.
The 2025 Equinox uses an electronic transmission selector on the steering column that’s no longer mechanically linked to the transmission. Its placement also helps free up center console space, lending a larger feel to the cabin. In addition, f
ront-wheel-drive RS and Activ models come with Normal and Snow driving modes.
Safety, pricing and availability
Driver-assistance safety features include Lane Change Alert with Blind Zone Alert, Enhanced Automatic Emergency Braking, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert with Braking, Adaptive Cruise Control, Rear Park Assist, Enhanced Lane Keep Assist, Side Bicyclist Alert and a Rear Seat Reminder.
Chevrolet didn’t announce pricing. The current model runs anywhere from $26,600 for the LS to $34,795 for the Premier before options, taxes and a $1,395 destination charge.
The current Equinox has staked itself as somewhat of a bargain-priced compact crossover. Hopefully, that will continue despite the fresh duds.