June 19, 2024
SUVs & Crossovers

Review of the 2024 Chevrolet Equinox EV: Chevy Nails it with this Compact SUV

DETROIT – Last week we examined the 2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV RST for the first time. An electric reinterpretation of the Silverado – Chevy’s top seller and a revenue generator for years – what could be more crucial? How about the 2024 Chevy Equinox EV? We’re serious.

The Equinox is Chevy’s latest electric offering for the masses. It’s an appealing and cost-effective compact crossover with ample range. The Silverado EV is costly and, well, clearly, a truck. Not everyone requires that. However, the world operates on compact crossovers. While it’s open for debate whether the current lineup of electric crossovers (VW ID.4, Hyundai Ioniq 5, Kia EV6, Nissan Ariya, Tesla Model Y, etc.) fits into the traditional “compact” segment, especially concerning price and body style, Chevrolet finally joins that competition. Moreover, it does so with a product that undeniably fits into the popular compact SUV segment.

“We genuinely believe that this is the one that will solve the puzzle,” says Brad Franz, Chevy’s marketing director for cars and crossovers. “It’s not just about spending $100,000 to get the range that the Equinox will provide.”

Or as Chevy vice president Scott Bell phrased it, “We would be foolish not to pursue this opportunity.”

The Equinox EV is available in two primary versions. The front-wheel-drive, single-motor model offers 319 miles of electric driving with 213 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque. The all-wheel-drive, two-motor variant can travel 285 miles and produces 288 hp and 333 lb-ft. This may not be as significant of a performance leap as seen in other EVs, indicating that the rear motor is a smaller induction motor that primarily reacts to front-wheel slippage similar to internal combustion all-wheel-drive systems. However, this also means the price increase is a relatively modest $3,300. The lineup is further divided into the LT (shown in blue above) and sportier RS trims (shown in white above), each offering multiple equipment levels.

Chevy mentions that the Equinox can recapture up to 77 miles of range in 10 minutes on DC fast charging with its 150-kilowatt maximum (a figure that’s average by today’s standards but a significant improvement over the old Bolt). Meanwhile, Level 2 charging at 11.5 kW, which is a typical home charger maximum, provides up to 36 miles of range per hour. It also has bi-directional charging capabilities, allowing you to use it as a generator, although additional accessories need to be purchased separately.

Even though it may not be as budget-friendly, the Equinox EV serves as the de facto replacement for the Bolt EV. Chevy notes that Bolt buyers are a knowledgeable, relatively affluent group, and they aim to attract some of them while bringing in a new audience. And for any Chevy owners ready to transition from their gas-powered vehicles, the Equinox EV is also an option. The brand is casting a wide net but is aware of the fierce competition. Give or take a few thousand dollars, the Equinox EV could compete with various SUVs listed above, the smaller and more affordable Kia Niro EV and Hyundai Kona Electric, or even some lower-trim Ford Mustang Mach-E models. Not to mention the Chevy Blazer EV and the returning Bolt itself in 2025.

The Equinox EV drives more like a hatchback than a crossover, with light steering and a comfortable suspension. With the Ultium batteries situated beneath the floor, it boasts a solid center of gravity that provides a touch of sportiness, though the Blazer EV is the more dynamic sibling despite its larger exterior size.

The Equinox offers 26.4 cubic-feet of cargo space behind its back seat, which is approximately 10 cubic-feet less than ICE compact SUVs like the Honda CR-V and Kia Sportage. It’s also less than a Volkswagen ID.4. However, it does provide slightly more cargo space than the Blazer EV (25.8), and considering it has only 0.9 inch less back seat legroom, it’s just as suitable for family use as its pricier counterpart. The second row is also reasonably accommodating, with an average-sized adult fitting comfortably without head or knee interference.

When it comes to the interior, the Equinox 3RS cabin is fashionable, sporty, and features quality leather. Unlike the Silverado we recently tested, the Equinox’s interior aesthetics and quality are more in line with its price point, competing well with compact crossovers in the internal combustion realm. While testing a lower-tier model may offer further insights, all the fundamental aspects of a solid cabin are present.

FAQ

Q: What is the maximum range of the Equinox EV?

A: The front-wheel-drive model offers 319 miles, while the all-wheel-drive model can travel up to 285 miles on a single charge.

Q: Does the Equinox EV support fast charging?

A: Yes, the Equinox EV can recapture up to 77 miles of range in 10 minutes on DC fast charging with its 150-kilowatt maximum.

Conclusion

Chevy’s Equinox EV presents a compelling option in the electric compact crossover market. With its stylish design, ample range, and competitive pricing, it stands out among its competitors. While Chevy may face stiff competition in the EV space, the Equinox EV has the potential to attract new customers and steal market share from existing players. Overall, it’s a solid offering from Chevrolet that showcases the brand’s commitment to electrification and innovation.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *