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

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2017 Honda CR-V

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2017 Chevrolet Equinox

Safety Comparison

The CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring has standard Collision Mitigation Braking System, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Equinox offers an available collision warning system without the automated brake feature which would prevent or reduce the collision if the driver fails to react.

The CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Equinox doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the CR-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, available all wheel drive, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the CR-V its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2017, a rating granted to only 54 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Equinox was last qualified as only a “Top Pick” in 2016.

Warranty Comparison

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

Reliability Comparison

Engine Comparison

The CR-V LX’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 2 more horsepower (184 vs. 182) and 8 lbs.-ft. more torque (180 vs. 172) than the Equinox’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Car and Driver the CR-V 1.5 turbo is faster than the Chevrolet Equinox 4 cyl.:




Zero to 60 MPH

7.6 sec

8.9 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

12.9 sec

15.5 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

21.5 sec

28.4 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

8.1 sec

9.1 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

4.2 sec

4.5 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

5.3 sec

6.7 sec

Quarter Mile

16 sec

16.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

89 MPH

82 MPH

Top Speed

124 MPH

115 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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







2.4 4 cyl./Auto

26 city/32 hwy

21 city/31 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto


1.5 Turbo/Auto

28 city/34 hwy




2.4 4 cyl./Auto

25 city/31 hwy

20 city/28 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto


1.5 Turbo/Auto

27 city/33 hwy

16 city/23 hwy

3.6 V6/Auto

The CR-V has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Equinox doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The CR-V stops much shorter than the Equinox:





70 to 0 MPH

166 feet

185 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the CR-V has larger tires than the Equinox (235/65R17 vs. 225/65R17).

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the CR-V is .1 inches wider in the front and 1.5 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Equinox.

The CR-V Touring AWD handles at .82 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 CR-V’s turning circle is 2.6 feet tighter than the Equinox’s (37.4 feet vs. 40 feet).

For greater off-road capability the CR-V has a 1.3 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Equinox (8.2 vs. 6.9 inches), allowing the CR-V to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

The Honda CR-V may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 450 to 650 pounds less than the Chevrolet Equinox.

The CR-V is 7.2 inches shorter than the Equinox, making the CR-V easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The front grille of the CR-V uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Equinox doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the CR-V Touring AWD is quieter than the Equinox Premier AWD (40 vs. 44 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

The CR-V has 6.2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Equinox (105.9 vs. 99.7).

The CR-V has .1 inches more front legroom, .5 inches more front hip room, 2.1 inches more front shoulder room, .5 inches more rear legroom and .3 inches more rear shoulder room than the Equinox.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The CR-V has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Equinox with its rear seat up (39.2 vs. 31.5 cubic feet). The CR-V has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Equinox with its rear seat folded (75.8 vs. 63.7 cubic feet).

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the CR-V’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Equinox doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the CR-V. The Equinox doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the CR-V Touring’s cargo door can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Equinox doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its cargo door, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics Comparison

The CR-V’s standard 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 CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s front power windows both open or close with one touch of the switches.

If the windows are left down on the CR-V the driver can raise them all using the key in the outside lock cylinder; on a hot day the driver can lower the windows. The driver of the Equinox can only raise the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Smart Entry standard on the CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring 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 CR-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.

The CR-V Touring’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Equinox’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Equinox doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

The CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The Equinox doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

The CR-V’s standard automatic temperature control maintains the temperature you set, automatically controlling fan speed, vents and temperature to maintain a consistent, comfortable environment. The Equinox L/LS doesn’t offer automatic air conditioning.

Both the CR-V and the Equinox offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the CR-V has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Equinox doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

A built-in pollen filter removes pollen, exhaust fumes and other pollutants from the CR-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.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring has a standard Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Equinox doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Recommendations Comparison

The Honda CR-V outsold the Chevrolet Equinox by 47% during the 2016 model year.

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