Honda Cars of Katy Compares 2017 Honda HR-V VS 2017 Chevrolet Equinox Near Katy, TX

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2017 Honda HR-V

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2017 Chevrolet Equinox

Safety Comparison

Both the HR-V and the Equinox have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras and available all-wheel drive.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Honda HR-V is safer than the Chevrolet Equinox:

 

HR-V

Equinox

 

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

41%

60%

Neck Compression

46 lbs.

209 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Honda HR-V is safer than the Chevrolet Equinox:

 

HR-V

Equinox

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Chest Movement

.8 inches

1.4 inches

Abdominal Force

158 G’s

180 G’s

Hip Force

321 lbs.

547 lbs.

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

385 lbs.

501 lbs.

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

203

341

Spine Acceleration

48 G’s

63 G’s

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty Comparison

The HR-V’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Equinox’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

Reliability Comparison

The engine in the HR-V has a single overhead cam for simplicity. The engines in the Equinox have dual overhead cams, which add to the number of moving parts and the complexity of the cylinder heads.

Engine Comparison

As tested in Consumer Reports the Honda HR-V is faster than the Chevrolet Equinox 4 cyl. (automatics tested):

 

HR-V

Equinox

Zero to 60 MPH

10.5 sec

10.7 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

6.7 sec

7.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

81.1 MPH

79.8 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the HR-V gets better fuel mileage than the Equinox:

 

 

HR-V

Equinox

 

2WD

1.8 4 cyl./CVT

28 city/34 hwy

21 city/31 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

4WD

1.8 4 cyl./CVT

27 city/31 hwy

20 city/28 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The HR-V stops much shorter than the Equinox:

 

HR-V

Equinox

 

70 to 0 MPH

170 feet

185 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

132 feet

138 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

139 feet

154 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The HR-V’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Equinox’s standard 65 series tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The HR-V EX-L AWD handles at .84 G’s, while the Equinox Premier AWD pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the HR-V’s turning circle is 2.6 feet tighter than the Equinox’s (37.4 feet vs. 40 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Honda HR-V may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 900 to 1050 pounds less than the Chevrolet Equinox.

The HR-V is 1 foot, 6.7 inches shorter than the Equinox, making the HR-V easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the HR-V EX-L AWD is quieter than the Equinox Premier AWD (43 vs. 44 dB).

Ergonomics Comparison

The HR-V’s driver’s power window opens or closes with one touch of the window control, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths. The Equinox’s power windows’ switch has to be held the entire time to close it fully.

The Smart Entry System standard on the HR-V EX/EX-L allows you to unlock the driver’s door, cargo door and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Chevrolet Equinox doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

The HR-V has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Equinox doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

Consumer Reports rated the HR-V’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the Equinox’s headlights, which were rated “Fair.”

A built-in pollen filter removes pollen, exhaust fumes and other pollutants from the HR-V’s passenger compartment. This helps prevent lung and/or sinus irritation, which can trigger allergies or asthma. The Equinox doesn’t offer a filtration system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the HR-V is less expensive to operate than the Equinox because it costs $531 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the HR-V than the Equinox, including $479 less for a water pump, $239 less for an alternator, $145 less for front brake pads, $107 less for fuel injection, $508 less for a fuel pump and $131 less for a power steering pump.

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