When a company like General Motors carries several different brands as it does with Chevrolet, Buick and GMC, they often make similar versions of the same vehicle that share many of the same of the same internal parts like engines, transmissions, etc. For us at Chevrolet of Naperville, we are often asked to compare vehicles like the 2013 Chevy Equinox vs. the 2013 GMC Terrain. These are two good examples of twin vehicles that are produced by GM. The biggest difference between them comes in terms of small creature comfort things and some tech goodies, and of course different exteriors. Also, when compared trim model to trim model, the Chevy Equinox us usually a few thousand dollars less when it comes to manufacturers’ suggested retail price.
The lower trim models of the Chevy Equinox and the GMC Terrain are powered by a 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine with 182-horsepwer and 172 pound-feet of torque. Both the Chevy Equinox and the GMC Terrain come standard with front-wheel drive and have an option for all-wheel drive if you are the type that will be going over less than ideal surfaces most of the time. Also if you were to move up to the higher trims on each vehicle, both have a 3.6-liter, V-6 that makes 301-hp and 272 pound-feet of torque. The similarities extend further into both the Chevy Equinox and GMC Terrain’s Environmental Protection Agency fuel estimates. Models with the four-cylinder engine and front-wheel drive will get 22 mpg (city) and 32 mpg (highway); all-wheel drive models will get 20 mpg (city) and 29 mpg (highway). The EPA estimates on the V-6 versions of the Chevy Equinox and GMC Terrain are identical as well. A V-6 Equinox with front-wheel drive will score 17/24 in miles per gallon and all-wheel drive models will get 16/23.
When comparing the Chevy Equinox vs. the GMC Terrain, the similarities do not stop with what is under the hood or with what changes the gears. The interiors of both crossover SUVs share many of the same features while the Chevy Equinox’s sticker price will come in about $3,000 less than that of the GMC Terrain. Both the Chevy Equinox and the GMC Terrain have cargo capacities that put them at or at the very least near the top of their classes. Five people can ride comfortable in each vehicle. Even passengers of generous proportion can ride with ease in the big rear seat area. When the rear seat is deployed for passengers, both the Equinox and Terrain have a little over 34 cubic-feet of space for cargo. When the rear seats are folded down, the available cargo area expands up to 63.7 cubic-feet of space. Both vehicles also offer a 60/40 split rear seat for some added flexibility.
Both the Chevy Equinox and the GMC Terrain will come with a free six-month trial of OnStar with its Directions and Connections plan that will allow you to get some of the most accurate GPS navigation directions sent directly to your Chevy Equinox. Both vehicles also come with a full suite of OnStar supported features like Crisis Assistance, Emergency Services, remote door unlocking, remote ignition lock and stolen vehicle assistance. Also both the Chevy Equinox and GMC Terrain come standard with stability and traction control systems to give you extra confidence and peace of mind on slippery surfaces.
As we talked about earlier one of the starkest differences between the Chevy Equinox and the GMC Terrain is the exterior sheet metal. The Chevy Equinox has smooth lines and graceful curves that almost look more like an upscale sedan than a crossover SUV. The GMC Terrain on the other hand has many sharper corners and a boxier, more squared off look that shows its pickup truck heritage. Performance and features of the two vehicles are almost identical and the price will always favor the Chevy Equinox. Also we have specifically not included the Terrain Denali version because there is no direct comparison to a trim or version on the Chevy Equinox. Again, because it bears repeating, when compared trim-by-trim, the Chevy Equinox is on average less expensive than the GMC Terrain by around $3,000.
Another major difference in the Chevy Equinox vs. the GMC Terrain lies not with the vehicles or in their available accessories; but with us, Chevrolet of Naperville. The most important part of our process in working with you to find the not only the perfect SUV to fit your needs, but any vehicle you look at from Chevrolet of Naperville, is to make sure you are properly serviced. Your needs are the most important thing to us. That is why we begin offer services to make car shopping easier and more convenient before you even step through our doors. We have an accurate inventory system on our website as well as online tools that help you find your credit score and calculate the value of the vehicle you might be trading in to us.