2017 Chevy Equinox vs 2017 Nissan Rogue
2017 Chevy Equinox
2017 Nissan Rogue
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If you’re one of the millions of shoppers looking to buy a compact crossover SUV, you’ve probably put on your list both the 2017 Chevrolet Equinox and the 2017 Nissan Rogue. Both are solid compact crossover SUVs and both have proven profitable vehicles for their manufacturers. But between the two, which compact crossover SUV is best for you and your family?
If the interior cabin and its features are important to you and your family, you’ll find the 2017 Chevy Equinox to measure a little bit bigger than most other compact SUV crossovers, including the 2017 Nissan Rogue. For those with a family to carry, the Equinox provides enough space for all of your passengers and their cargo. Front seat passengers, especially the driver, are afforded upright and supportive seats. It you choose the LTZ trim you’ll be rewarded with cross-stitched, dual-tone perforated leather. If they choose, your backseat passengers will be able to sprawl out and adjust their seat backs while they’ll enjoy plenty of legroom, too. They’ll also enjoy the tablet holders that attach to the rear of the front seats. The Equinox also offers a rear bench that can easily slide fore and aft as well as 31.4 cubic feet of cargo space. If you flip the seatbacks down, you’ll gain extra cargo space up to nearly 64 cubic feet. For those families who bring games and drinks along, they’ll find lots of cubbies to hold those smaller items. For larger items, the Equinox offers a deep center console and two wells, a retractable cargo cover, and a stretchy net for grocery bags between the two deep cargo wells in back.
Chevy designers have kept the brighter interior cabin from last year’s update and opted to give this 2017 model new chrome shift buttons, new graphics for the instrument panel, and a redesigned center stack with a new storage shelf.
Upon initial inspection, the 2017 Nissan Rogue’s interior is attractive and well finished. Its interior cabin is designed with high-quality materials. For this latest model year, it received a reshaped steering wheel, nicer trim on the dash and doors, and a newly packaged Platinum Reserve model with quilted leather seats.
This year’s Rogue offers plenty of seating space and comfort as well. Its front seats offer optional heating controls that warm up first in more sensitive contact areas. Drivers and passengers in the front seats will appreciate its dense bolstering that provides comfort during long road trips. For those seated in the second row, they’ll find an enjoyable and respectable space due to the SUVs sliding and reclining seats. For additional flexibility, the second row can also be adjusted on a nine-inch long track. The third-row option is more marketing than extra space for your passengers. While it does have usable legroom, only small children will be comfortable.
Let’s look under the hood first to compare these two competitors. Chevy has not changed the Equinox’s mechanics since 2010, but why should they? Its proponents are content with its dynamics and power from either its base trim 182 horsepower, 2.4-liter inline-4 or optional 301-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 engines. The former is one of the most fuel-efficient engines in its class and provides enough power to run errands and go on family trips. It’s rated at 32 mpg highway by the EPA in front wheel drive appearance. With those numbers, it’s no wonder that the Equinox is considered one of the better performing non-hybrid crossovers in its segment. It also displays great performance numbers with 0 to 60 mph in around nine seconds. The latter option is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission.
Under the hood of the 2017 Nissan Rogue is a 170 horsepower 2.5-liter inline-4 paired with a continuously variable transmission (CVT). A new Hybrid edition pairs a 2.0-liter gas 4-cylinder with a 30-kw electric motor and lithium-ion batteries for a net of 176 horsepower. The Rogue Hybrid delivers EPA ratings of up to 34 mpg. Other Rogues can earn ratings as high as 28 mpg combined.
In 2017, Chevy streamlined the available trim models on the Equinox to four: L, LS, LT, and LTZ. If you choose the base model, you’ll receive a front-drive only with basic features. Chevy has equipped all models with a 7.0-inch touchscreen for infotainment with Bluetooth phone pairing. The higher LT and LTZ models receive the MyLink system that enables Bluetooth streaming. MyLink also integrates Pandora and Stitcher internet-radio streaming, plus hands-free controls and navigation connectivity.
The LS trim can be had with optional all-wheel drive, as well as a rear-seat entertainment system, navigation, leather, heated seats, steering-wheel controls, a sunroof, 17-inch wheels, and remote start.
The LT trim provides standard 17-inch wheels, keyless ignition, an anti-theft system, one year of OnStar services free, and a leather-trimmed steering wheel with audio controls. If you splurge for the top-of-the-line LTZ model, you’ll be rewarded with perforated-leather upholstery, memory seat settings, automatic climate control, a universal remote, and both forward collision warning and lane departure warning. Additional safety features found on the LT and LTZ models are blind-spot monitors and rear cross-traffic alert systems.
In comparison, the 2017 Nissan Rogue is available in three trims: S, SV, and SL models as well as a new hybrid model in SV or SL trim. If you find a model labeled 2017.5, it is because Nissan wanted to designate those models because they are equipped with automatic emergency braking, lane departure warnings, and rear cross-traffic alert standard on that version of the Rogue.
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If you’re in the market for a compact crossover SUV, we believe that the best choice is a 2017 Chevrolet Equinox. It provides much more space than its competitors and is flexible and versatile enough for families on the go.