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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 08-19-2019, 02:02 PM Thread Starter
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1.5 or 2.0

Looking at buying a 2019 Equinox - leaning towards 1.5 litre FWD- with a good set of snow tires. Do they produce enough power for winter driving here in Eastern Ontario. Thoughts? Ideas? suggestions?
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My thoughts on the 1.5 FWD would be; marginal but adequate power. I have a 1.5 in a Malibu, and it's more than adequate; in an Equinox that pushes more air and is heavier, it has its limits.

I personally prefer the 2.0 in an Equinox, but it's a tough choice. The 2.0 is a premium fuel recommended engine and is a huge power upgrade over the 1.5. Fuel mileage isn't too far apart between the two.

I would consider a FWD, 1.5; but wouldn't put a 1.5 in an AWD model.

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I have the 1.5 AWD and never yearned for more power. But I don't go to the drag strip.
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It depends on what you value most out of your ride. More than adequate power and great fuel economy, get the 1.5T. if you want extra power and lower fuel economy + higher cost of fill-ups (premium fuel), get the 2.0L.
I have the 1.5T and have no complaints with the power and amazed at how well it does on gas. My new low rolling average is 5.1 L/100kms, mostly on my daily commute. I never would have thought that possible without a diesel or hybrid but the numbers don't lie.

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It depends on what you value most out of your ride. More than adequate power and great fuel economy, get the 1.5T. if you want extra power and lower fuel economy + higher cost of fill-ups (premium fuel), get the 2.0L.
I have the 1.5T and have no complaints with the power and amazed at how well it does on gas. My new low rolling average is 5.1 L/100kms, mostly on my daily commute. I never would have thought that possible without a diesel or hybrid but the numbers don't lie.
thanks for the reply? how is it in the snow? snow tires?
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thanks for the reply- i assume its the FWD 1.5L - how does it handle in the winter/snow?
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I haven't had a chance to drive mine in any significant snow yet but I generally find any FWD car with good all seasons or better yet, snow tires, will have no problem as long as you drive appropriately for the conditions.

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This choice is really up to you but i personally went with the 2.0 mainly for the better performance. Even with the 2.0 I personally consider the power of the car to just be ok but for others accustomed to less powerful vehicles the 1.5 seems to be adequate. One thing that you have to consider with the 2.0 is that premium fuel is recommended which some people feel is a big deal. Also the gas mileage difference between the 2 is minimal, i still get over 30mpg's on the highway with the 2.0 and mine is the heavier awd model. As far as the fwd 1.5 im sure it will be fine in the snow as long as your tires are decent.

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Personally, I'd never buy a GM 4 cylinder. I'd opt for the 2.7 in a Toyota Highlander.
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post #10 of 17 (permalink) Old 08-21-2019, 11:05 PM
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I have the 1.5 AWD. Power is personal. I am happy with it. I pulled a 1500 pound trailer up a mountain, starting mid mountain and accelerated effortlessly to 50mph in a short distance. Before I bought, I compared torque and hp curves to my 3.3L caravan. The 1.5L outperforms the 3.3L, no question.
One thing I noticed was the Equinox seems more powerful when in AWD. But I stay in FWD mode for economy.
I didn't want to run premium in a 2.0, nor pay the price for the engine.
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