2018 Chevrolet Equinox vs. 2017 Honda CR-V Comparison Review | Edmunds

Our experts review the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox vs. the 2017 Honda CR-V.

Edmunds car experts Mark Takahashi and Josh Sadlier do a side-by-side comparison of the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox and the 2017 Honda CR-V. Does the all-new Equinox have what it takes to challenge the fully redesigned 2017 CR-V, which represents the top of the small SUV class?

The editors measure up the driving experience, engines, interior, safety features and styling of the two compact SUVs and compare their merits. Watch the video to see which small SUV they’d give the edge to.

Q: How much are the 2017 Honda CR-V and the 2018 Chevy Equinox?
A: The 2017 Honda CR-V starts at $24,985, and the 2018 Chevy Equinox starts at $24,525.

Q: What engines do the 2017 Honda CR-V and the 2018 Chevy Equinox have?
A: Most 2017 Honda CR-Vs come equipped with a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine (190 horsepower, 179 pound-feet of torque). The base 2018 Chevrolet Equinox is powered by a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder (170 horsepower, 203 lb-ft of torque), and the higher trim level Equinox Premier we tested had the optional turbocharged 2.0-liter engine with 252 hp and 260 lb-ft.

Time Jump
0:01 CR-V vs. Equinox introduction
0:27 Engine comparison
1:50 Visibility comparison
2:26 Price comparison
3:12 Interior comparison
5:10 Back seat comparison
7:13 Cargo capacity comparison
8:35 Tech comparison
9:53 Safety features comparison
10:57 Final thoughts

Read our full review of the 2017 Honda CR-V here:

Check out our full review of the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox here: https://www.edmunds.com/chevrolet/equinox/2018/suv/review/

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TechGently says:

Why GM will never get it right, “Make people pay $$ for the cheapest amount of plastic we can get away with”. Look at Chrysler too, when they purchased Maserati, they put in cheap Chrysler parts in the Maserati. GM, Chrysler, they’re never going to change. Ford, slightly better.

Christa Urhot says:

an annoying beep sound to remind you that your kid is in the back seat? What a stupid feature!!

Donelle Harrison says:

Top of the line CR-V heated fronts seats only. Equinox heated and ventilated front seats. CR-V 190HP. Equinox can get 252hp with the 2.0T. I would get the Equinox, but the price would be bargained down of course.

tete Bbb says:

Fuck the shit r v

Anti Petrolhead says:

Look at these two skinny guys sitting in the backseat. Of course they wouldn’t complain. You would need a mid size crossover if you have some healthy relatives.

Modern Marvel says:

Why do they test a top of the line fully loaded Equinox against a mid trim CR-V? An equally loaded CR-V with AWD would cost $35K and 2WD Equinox would have saved them $4K which will bring it well within the price range. I hate stupid comparison that are offset in trim level. Seriously, disclose what the exact trim level they are comparing. Also, Equinox has a 1.6L version that are also cheaper. This isn’t saying that Honda CR-V isn’t better or I don’t like CR-V. I would choose CR-V as well. But let us be honest with comparison especially since they don’t care about power train in their comparison….

kn7gez says:

Good to see reflective dash Chrome called out. Deal breaker in Phx AZ. Imagine how more useful tests of SUVs would be if tested with weight added like 4 people and luggage weight.

naxeldelenarkie says:

Thanks for the fun and informative video. You guys are great!

Elliott Manning says:

The window sticker may say 40k, but I highly doubt people are actually paying 40 grand for an Equinox with incentives and haggaling. GM didn’t sell 26k of them last month by mistake, still very far off from CR-V sales though. I just can’t get behind the styling of the CR-V. Neither is pretty but the Equinox looks better.

Eliot Sanz says:

Ok the Honda wins
What American car is better then a Japanese car in every category?????
None) except trucks).
What America car is more durable and has better reliability then a Japanese car?????
None even the full size truck .
Why can’t a American brand be like the Japanese in this terms????

Johnny Rivas says:

Not only are they wearing matching shirts but their shirts match the honda lol

Hamid Ghazi says:

You pay 40k for that American toy and adaptive cruise control is NOT even available! I don’t give a shit to that Hotspot or stupid rear seat reminder feature! No thanks GM

Anti Petrolhead says:

If you get into an accident and your insurance company request a vehicle status report. It will show at the time of impact the safety features were deactivated by the driver and they will not pay on your accident claim. I would watch that if I was you.

Sheth Jones says:

You need to do an objective cargo carrying test. Automakers essentially make up cargo capacity figures. No way the Honda holds 20% more stuff in real world.

alphiejh1 says:

who can carry more , equ. or cr-v . who do offroading more , all that u have to check, and to me , the equa look better looking to

Richard J Leisner says:

Test the 1.5L Chevy vs the 1.5L Honda. That will bring down the price on the Chevy.

Clous von says:

You can get a Lexus NX Turbo for less than that equinox

Señor Darío says:

At $40k that’s class above money. That’s CX-9 GT money!

JUMP23MΔN says:

I like the green but @40k… No way!

John Steele says:

40K? That rolling pile of garbage isn’t worth 20k! How do they keep selling these things? Must be to people who still think a car is junk by 90k miles

Matt Boyd says:

You guys are the new leaders of automotive video journalism IMO. I watch all your videos, don’t comment much, but your entire team is doing good. Keep up the good job and stay consistent like you are.

yiyangcheng says:

Equinox just because I don’t like CVTs . But at that price range I’d rather have the Terrain or Envisions

drea177cha5er says:

Do like the green on the equinox. About it

Blake Swan says:

CRV over that overpriced GM green turd. The chrome everything approach by GM is mind numbing. No idea on why they are obsessed with chrome covered plastic

mountainhobo says:

The pricing on the Equinox is nuts. CRV needs a DCT to overcome the CVT stigma.

yonda ila says:

ThAt green is so gross

Norm T says:

Just hit..rrrrrrrrrr..the cars stay in the rear window..

80386 says:

What a badass colour for the Equinox! Good to see audi and chevy offering green finish, more manufacturers should do it.

Omari Taylor says:

hmm where’s Carlos? he should be in all reviews and comparison videos. you guys are putting me to bed

chuckwalla says:

The best looking vehicle in this segment is the Tucson.

Mr. Ash says:

Honda Honda Honda

Milko Vasilev says:

Honda is the way to go

Kyle Madrid says:

Well they’re seeming to leave out that the CR-V has standard Honda Sensing from the EX and above.. In order to even get a comparable amount of safety equipment in the Equinox you would need to spend over $2,000. Also, fuel economy is a huge factor. The Equinox makes up for power and performance while sacrificing efficiency.

misms says:

In my opinion, this is a very poor review.

David Growden says:

CRV is way better and more reliable. My wife has a 2015 Crv and loves it. When we bought it one thing we liked the most was we got a lot for our money

Mahesh says:

Which one is more quieter ?

1betterthanyou1 says:

The equinox has an edge on nothing if you actually consider the price why tf would I buy a cheap plastic Chevy when I could get Audi or BMW for around the same price? Or a cpo even better

HALWG51 says:

If the CRV had a 2.0T it would be a winner. A 1.5 anything is too small of N engine.

Lewie says:

So the upside of the Honda’s interior is the thoughtful shapes. Wow I never thought of that.

Semi Prepping says:

The test Chevy has more options than the tested Honda (which Honda doesn’t offer at any price)

– much more powerful engine
– heated/cooled front seats
– heated back seats
– panoramic sunroof
– more USB ports & 120v plug

Of course it’ll be more expensive.

The options on the tested Chevy should have been removed from the cost to get the feature set as close as possible and then compare price. That was really an poorly thought out by the reviewers.

Lin Hunnicutt says:

I think if Honda would put the 2.0 turbo and 10 speed they are putting in the 2018 Accord, the CR-V would be a no brainer. The deal breaker for me is the CVT.

Gerrald Chae says:

link video shows under driver’s dashboard of a Honda CR-V 5th generation that was delivered to a consumer in south Korea about only 2 weeks ago.
Check it before buy 2017 NEW CR-V. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lAE0f-raxl8

Kevin Bowman says:

Just 2 wimps reviewing grocery getters. Gotta love the Asian guy defending the Asian car, the backseat is cheap and it’s slow, but that’s a good thing. Lol

Cory Stansbury says:

I really like these videos, but it’s really important to actually compare expected prices, not MSRP. Nobody pays MSRP for a Chevy, ever. On the other hand, MSRP is often representative of Honda and Toyota prices. As such, using an average sale price from Edmunds/Trucar etc. would better inform the discussion. Doing so doesn’t mean we like or agree with the strategy adopted by most American car brands, but it at least compares apples to apples in terms of expected value.

Jason Gee says:

i would go with a certified RX 350 Lexus

Anti Petrolhead says:

He is the only person on earth who has ever complained about Chevy’s interior chrome embellishments.

Tito Caceres says:

Agreed, great review, very honest I thought. Do more!!!

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