Chevrolet is home to a full breadth of vehicles that range in body styling, performance, and features. That said, amongst the SUV category, two models vie for superiority, and today we are going to compare them: 2020 Chevy Blazer vs 2020 Chevy Equinox. These are two mid-sized SUVs that attempt to fill the gap between compact models like the Chevy Trax, and beefy titans of power like the Chevy Suburban. Meant to balance fuel economy, power, and utility, these two SUVs have a lot to live up to. And for the most part, these two models fit an awfully similar market; however, some distinct differences separate them. So we are going to line up some of these differences and characteristics side by side to see which really is the superior model.
The Opening Package
While aspects like performance, engine size, cargo capacity, and smart features all matter, we figured it would be a good idea to focus on the first thing you’re likely to notice, the price. The Chevy Equinox and the Chevy Blazer may be similar models, but they are very different when you get into the nitty-gritty of pricing. On the one hand, the Chevy Equinox starts at $23,800 MSRP, which is a rather decent price considering the fact that even at the start, you get a well-sized five-person SUV. Plus, the trim spread for the Chevy Equinox is well versed, too, offering the L, LS, LT, and Premier to choose from. Instead of the dizzying number of configurations that some manufacturers issue, Chevy decided to keep things simple here, which is not a bad thing.
Meanwhile, the 2020 Chevy Blazer does come in several margins higher in terms of price. Base models begin at $28,800 MSRP. Although, in the Chevy Blazer, you get far more range in terms of trims. All totaled, you’ll find the L, 1LT, 2LT, 3LT, RS, and Premier. The extra variety here is substantial, especially considering what additional features you will find across this diverse trim model lineup. But knowing the Blazer starts at a higher price, let’s look at all of the reasons this might be.
Unpacking the Performance of Each SUV
Performance matters a great deal when comparing two SUVs. An engine can do a lot in terms of utility and can shape the difference between a rugged vehicle and one that may work better as a commuter than an adventure vehicle. Luckily, both of these SUVs have great options in terms of performance, but the Blazer does come out a bit on top.
For a five-seater SUV, the Chevy Equinox does not do a lousy job in terms of performance, with base models getting a 1.5-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine that makes 170 hp and 203 lb-ft of torque. Although, if you want more oomph behind your accelerator, you can opt for the bigger 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4, which manages to pump out 252 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. A 6-speed automatic transmission is standard in that base model powertrain and does a rather straightforward job at shifting power. Although, if you want more in terms of performance, we suggest opting for the 2.0-liter engine build, which can be combined with a 9-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. Toss in the optional 19-inch wheels, and you have an SUV that is ready for almost anything.
That said, if you’re looking for a more robustly powered midsize Chevy SUV, we suggest picking the Chevy Blazer. The 2020 Chevy Blazer roots its entry-level power from a 193 hp, 2.5-liter inline-4 engine that makes 188 lb-ft of torque, with the assistance of a 9-speed automatic transmission, and front-wheel drive. Already, the Chevy Blazer is leagues ahead of the baseline powertrain of the Chevy Equinox, and it does not stop there.
Want a compact powerhouse? Well, you can find it in a 2.0-liter turbo-4, which puts out 230 hp and 258 lb-ft worth of torque. Or, if you are looking for a truly large and in charge powertrain, you can find it in the 3.6-liter V6 that provides 308 hp and 270 lb-ft worth of torque. And, like the Chevy Equinox, all-wheel drive is available in many of the trims giving the Blazer an off-road edge. And in the RS trim model, you can take advantage of superior road performance, with 20-inch tires, upgraded shocks, and revamped struts.
So, when comparing power and performance, the Chevy Blazer is clearly superior. However, the Chevy Equinox manages to fit into the market appeal of drivers who want something that can handle some rough roads but otherwise offers a pretty consistent and affordable driving experience.
Diving Deep into the Cabin
Step into the cabin of the Chevy Equinox or the Chevy Blazer, and you will not be disappointed. While neither vehicle is particularly spacious like their big brother, the Chevy Suburban, this is not really the goal here. Both the Chevy Equinox and the Chevy Blazer manage to provide ample room comfort features that elevate the entire experience.
The Chevy Equinox, for instance, offers 63.9 total cu.ft. of cargo space and provides 39.9 inches of legroom for rear passengers. Base models use durable, yet high-quality, cloth for base models, with options to upgrade to leather in higher trim models. An Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integrated infotainment touchscreen is standard fare in the Chevy Equinox, as is Bluetooth connectivity. Upgrade this entry model, and you will get some great extras such as Bose speakers, and a panoramic moonroof. At this top-tier level, the Chevy Equinox feels a lot like a luxury ride, which says a lot for an affordable midsize SUV.
Enter the Chevy Blazer, and you will find the same ample amount of cargo and passenger room. There is a total of 64.2 cu.ft. of cargo space, which is very similar to the Equinox. Rear legroom measures in at 39.6 inches total, which, again, puts it in the same range as the Equinox. Also, similar to the Equinox is the basic cloth upholstery with options for greater materials at higher trim models. Set in the middle console of the Chevy Blazer is an infotainment touchscreen that makes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible software available. Upgrade the base model of the Chevy Blazer, and you will find premium-tier features that add-in things like heated rear seats, a Bose designed audio system, and a wireless smartphone charger.
Overall, the more expensive price tag becomes more reasonable after looking through all of the standard and available features. While the Equinox offers many great features, the Blazer simply offers more.
Our Verdict on Which is the Better SUV
Now that we have set the 2020 Chevy Blazer and the 2020 Chevy Equinox side by side, it is clear that the two midsize SUVs manage to provide a substantial package for two very different target markets. On the one hand, the Chevy Equinox is more of a family SUV with a more affordable price. Meanwhile, the Chevy Blazer is the real adventure vehicle, offering robust powertrains and performance at base levels. So, when it comes to determining which is the better SUV, it all depends on who is buying.