Chevy Blazer vs. Chevy Equinox: What’s the Difference?

Picking out a new SUV can be an overwhelming prospect for anyone, from subcompact crossovers to mid-size to full-size vehicles, there are lots of choices with a wide range of specifications and features that have to be examined and considered. Chevrolet alone has six SUV models to chose from ranging from the diminutive Trax to the behemoth Suburban.

Even when you narrow your choices to a specific make, like Chevrolet, you’re faced with deciding between different models of SUV. If you’re considering a Chevy Blazer or Chevy Equinox, you may be confused about which model is better for your needs. Understanding the differences between these two models can help you make your decision and pick the SUV you want to drive every day.

So what are the other differences between the Blazer and Equinox? Let’s check it out.

Model History

In 2018, Chevy was developing another crossover model to add to its mix, which it decided to deem the Blazer, as a mid-size CUV model. However, the Equinox model, which had been around since the 2005 model year, and had been growing in size as a compact crossover was still in the marketplace.

As a result, when it debuted for the 2018 model year in its third generation, the Equinox actually shrunk in size and went down in power, no longer offering a V-6 engine option.

This change helped make room for the return of the Blazer, which re-emerged as a new 2019 model, slotting in between the Equinox and three-row Traverse as a mid-size. The Blazer has seen many different forms over the years, originally debuting in 1969 as a large two-door SUV.

2019 Chevy Blazer RS

DETROIT, MI/USA – JANUARY 14, 2019: A 2019 Chevy Blazer RS at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS)

Chevy Blazer – Quick stats for the 2019 model

  • 24 MPG combined (22 MPG city and 27 MPG highway) with the 2.5-liter engine
  • 9-speed automatic transmission
  • 19.4-gallon fuel tank
  • 108 cubic ft. passenger room (41.0″ front legroom and 39.6″ rear legroom)
  • 30.5 cubic ft. of cargo space (64.2 cubic ft. with seats folded)

Chevy Equinox – Quick stats for the 2019 model

The Chevy Equinox, which is smaller and considered a crossover SUV, has nearly as much to offer as the Blazer, even if the specifications are different. The 2019 Equinox offers:


  • 28 MPG combined (26 MPG city and 32 MPG highway) with the 1.-5 liter engine
  • 6-speed automatic transmission
  • 14.9-gallon fuel tank
  • 100 cubic feet passenger room (40.9″ front legroom and 39.9″ rear legroom)
  • 29.9 cubic feet of cargo space (63.9 cubic ft. with seats folded)

2018 chevrolet equinox

Engine, Power & Pricing

The Equinox comes with a standard 1.5-liter 170 horsepower engine. According to Car & Driver, the Equinox ‘feels substantially underpowered’. There are other engines to choose from for the 2019 model: a 1.6-liter turbo diesel, and a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with a 9-speed automatic transmission.

The Blazer has a standard 2.5-liter 193 horsepower four-cylinder engine with an optional 3.6-liter 308 horsepower engine. The V6 is the clear choice if you want towing power or more passing power.

If you want speed and oomph, the Blazer is the clear winner. For 2020, the Blazer will see a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine added. While if you want more efficiency but near comparable space at a lower cost, the Equinox is a good choice.

The Equinox has a starting suggested Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price of $24,995 while the Blazer starts at $29,995.

Making the Decision

While the Equinox is smaller, it gets better gas mileage than the Blazer and similar interior space. The Blazer has the more bold, stylish exterior design, depending on your taste. Outside of the differences in these specifications, many of the features offered between the two models are similar.

Once you understand the differences between the Blazer and Equinox, you can decide which model is better for your needs. Even though they have lots of similarities, their differences make them distinct vehicles with very different driving experiences.

If you’re still undecided about whether the Blazer or Equinox is best for you, take the time to test-drive both and see which model will work best for your needs.

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