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2019 Chevrolet Equinox

Starting Price: $24,795 | Price yours

Above Average: Two optional engines for Chevy loyalists looking for a compact SUV including a diesel that gets up to 39 mpg and a 252-horsepower, turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that can tow up to 3,500 pounds.

Below Average: You have to step up to the top-line trim for active safety features and driver--assistance features like lane departure assist. Competitors offer these for thousands less. No manual transmission offered, either.

Consensus: The 2019 Chevrolet Equinox is a compact SUV that offers comfort and competency. Along with an optional diesel engine that gets up to 39 mpg, it’s got a lot to offer. 
 

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2019 Nissan Rogue

Starting Price: $25,845 | Price yours

Above Average: Standard driver assist packages and an available hybrid make the 2019 Nissan Rogue a good bet. It’s got more interior space than the Mazda CX-5, offers better fuel economy than the Ford Escape and has more cargo room than a Subaru Forester. 

Below Average: Lacks in off-road ability and the some competitors like the RAV4 offer more power and performance. Resale value leaves something to be desired.

Consensus: The 2019 Nissan Rogue is Nissan’s best-selling vehicle and it gets great safety options, value, style and an optional fuel-efficient hybrid engine.
 

The Chevrolet Equinox was updated in 2018 and got a slightly smaller but more upscale look. It is a compact crossover and it’s the only one in the segment that offers a highly efficient optional diesel engine.  Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come standard at the base level and there are 3 different engines you can opt for, including the peppy 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. In our drives, the smaller, 1.5-liter engine is more than sufficient. The 2.0-liter engine offers a whole lot more pep even chirping the tires off the line. Inside the 2019 Chevy Equinox you can comfortably seat 5 people with plenty of space. The interior space however is significantly smaller than the Honda CR-V even with the rear seats down—getting only 63.5 cubic feet of space. On the other hand, the 2019 Nissan Rogue, feels just about right in terms of space. It’s large enough to feel spacious and stable on the road but it’s small enough to wheel into tight parking spaces. Plus, ride quality is fantastic and it’s quiet and comfortable inside. It comes standard with automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning and a rear door alert that reminds you to check the back seat. Step up to the SV and SL grades if you want adaptive cruise control called ProPilot Assist. It comes standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Similarities

Compact SUVs with a diverse range of engine options and some good optional equipment.  

Chevrolet Equinox Advantages

If you need to tow, or are looking for a very efficient diesel engine, the 2019 Chevrolet Equinox is the right bet for you.

Nissan Rogue Advantages

The goldilocks of compact SUVs the Rogue doesn’t feel like a massive barge on the road, it’s quiet inside and gets a good suite of standard equipment at the entry level. 

Final Recommendation

The Chevrolet Equinox is our pick in this head-to-head, mainly because the Nissan Rogue doesn’t stand up very well in terms of resale. It also comes with more engine choices than the Rogue. 

  2019 Chevrolet Equinox 2019 Nissan Rogue
Popular Powertrains    
Engine 1.5-liter turbo I4 2.4-liter I4
Horsepower 170 @ 5600 RPM 170 @ 6000 RPM
Torque 203 lb-ft @ 2000 RPM 175 lb-ft @4400 RPM
Transmission Automatic, 6-Speed w/Overdrive Automatic, CVT w/Xtronic
Fuel Economy 28 combined/26 city/32 highway 29 combined/ 26 city/ 33 highway
Also Available 4-Cyl, turbo 2.0 Liter and 4-Cyl turbocharged diesel 1.6 Liter 4-Cyl hybrid (electric motor) 2.0 Liter
Specs    
Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
NHTSA Overall Safety Rating 5 Stars n/a
Max Seating Capacity 5 5
Wheelbase 107.3 inches 106.5 inches
Overall Length 183.1 inches 184.5 inches
Width 72. 6 inches 72.4 inches
Height 65.4 inches 68.0 inches
Turning Diameter 37.4 feet 37.6 feet
Headroom, Front 40.0 inches 41.6 inches
Headroom, Rear 38.5 inches 38.5 inches
Legroom, Front 40.9 inches 43.0 inches
Legroom Rear 39.7 inches 37.9 inches
Shoulder Room, Front 57.2 inches 56.6 inches
Shoulder Room, Rear 55.5 inches 55.9 inches
EPA Passenger Volume n/a 105.8 cu. ft.
EPA Cargo Volume 63.5 cu. ft.  70.0 cu. ft. 
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