GMC Terrain vs. Chevy Equinox

April 21st, 2022 by

If you’re searching for an all-purpose family wagon, the GMC Terrain and Chevrolet Equinox are probably on the top of the list. While they share similar designs and features, there are a few notable differences that make the Terrain the more luxurious alternative. Both have large cabins, uncomplicated infotainment systems, and a plethora of standard features. Are the differences enough to put the Terrain on top, or the Equinox? Let’s have a look at the characteristics of the 2022 GMC Terrain versus the 2022 Chevy Equinox.

Trim Levels

2022 GMC Terrain Denali on highway road

The 2022 GMC Terrain Denali Edition

The GMC Terrain comes in four trim levels: SLE, SLT, AT4, and the top-of-the-line Denali. The SLE and SLT grades have 18-inch silver-painted aluminum wheels, new LED headlights and tail lamps with GMC’s characteristic C-shaped lighting, a hands-free programmable power liftgate with LED logo projection, and a restyled grille.

The Elevation Edition is also available on the SLE and SLT. With this appearance package, drivers get to swap in 19-inch gloss-black painted aluminum wheels, black center caps with red GMC lettering, a darkened front grille, black roof side rails, exterior accents, mirror caps, and badging. Further, The AT4 and Denali each get unique exterior elements like 19-inch machined aluminum wheels with dark gray highlights. It’s easy to take the Terrain’s upscale look to the limit with either of these top-level trims.

The latest Chevy Equinox comes in four trim levels: LS, LT, RS, and Premier. The updated model has a significantly sportier design language inspired by the compact Blazer crossover. New front and back fascias are available, as are split-level LED headlights with LED daytime running lights. There is also a new grille design that will vary in color (for example, with black or chrome inserts) depending on the trim level. Higher models get new 19-inch machine-faced wheels.

Body Style

The immediate differences between the two vehicles, visually, are the branded badging and alternate color options, as well as two different styles of grille and front fascia. The Terrain is only 0.2 inches narrower and 0.8 inches shorter, which doesn’t affect interior volume.

Due to their moderate size and sensitive steering, the Terrain and Equinox gracefully weave in and out of parking lots or driveways—the Terrain even more so due to its shape. Also, the more condensed silhouette adds to the model’s upright, truck-inspired stance. Finally, the Terrain benefits from a sharper-sloping roof-line.

Power and Performance

Both SUVs have the same  170-horsepower 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. However, the Terrain is equipped with a nine-speed automatic transmission, while the Equinox only has a six-speed automatic transmission. This gives the Terrain a much smoother feel. Overall, the ride quality in the Terrain is a touch more comfortable than the Equinox, mainly due to active noise cancellation and the extra transmission gears. Both SUVs have a towing capacity of 1,500 pounds when properly equipped.

These two crossovers ride curves with minimal body lean. They both get 203 pound-feet of torque, powerful brakes, and a well-balanced suspension. Everything contributes to a smooth and secure ride, whether at high speeds or stop-and-go traffic.

Equinox vs Terrain: Comfort and Interior

2022 GMC Terrain AT4 Teams Background

You’ll want to make sure you and your passengers are comfy whenever you’re on the road. Fortunately, both the Chevy Equinox and GMC Terrain carry the same configuration, offering a lot of space for even tall adults in the front and back seats. In terms of cargo area, they’re nearly the same, with 29.6 cubic feet on the Terrain and 29.9 cubic feet on the Equinox. Both SUVs allow drivers to expand the cargo zone as needed by folding down the back seats.

When it comes to fit and finish, the Terrain bears a more aesthetically beautiful and sophisticated interior. You’ll find a greater number of luxury materials and soft-touch surfaces. For example, the 2022 GMC Terrain’s Denali package adds French-stitched leather-appointed front seats with ornamental stitching. While the Chevy model can get fancier on high enough trims, it’s generally meant to be simpler and more economical on the inside.

Both the Terrain and Equinox come standard with all of the luxury conveniences that modern drivers anticipate. When comparing the GMC Terrain SLT and Chevy Equinox LT, you’ll note that the GMC Terrain SLT has stronger active noise cancellation, a feature that cancels out ambient and road noises. The GMC also comes standard with leather upholstery, but the Chevy Equinox requires you to go up a trim level.

Terrain vs. Equinox: Infotainment System

The 2022 GMC Terrain and 2022 Chevrolet Equinox are both outfitted with a plethora of infotainment capabilities and the same overall screen and software, just with slightly different branding and placement. Both models provide a sophisticated, empowering in-cabin experience, with quick reactions, simple menus, and clear visuals. The Terrain’s screen is positioned slightly back with air vents beside it because its dash descends more steeply, while the Equinox makes the vents narrower and further apart, and sits the screen slightly forward.

The shared system has a 7-inch touch-screen display, a six-speaker music system, four USB ports, a Wi-Fi hot spot, Bluetooth, built-in navigation, wireless Apple CarPlay, and wireless Android Auto. However, the Terrain comes standard with Amazon Alexa capability.

Safety Equipment

GMC equips the Terrain with their GMC Pro Safety technologies, which is their term for various features like automatic front pedestrian-detecting emergency braking, a following distance indicator, front collision alert, IntelliBeam auto high beam lights, lane keep assist with lane departure warning, and more. The Chevrolet Equinox has the same set of active safety systems as the Terrain, just with some of the names changed, although it lacks a following-distance indicator.

While both Terrain and Equinox provide a similar experience, the differences generally make the Terrain a more sophisticated alternative. We feel the latest GMC Terrain is a better choice for many Ohio drivers and their families. If you think you could use a convenient and powerful SUV and prefer the premium look, browse our website or contact us to get your questions answered.

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