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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-15-2019, 11:49 AM Thread Starter
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Test drove a 2020 Equinox,hmmm

Hello to everyone,new to the forum with a couple questions i recently test drove a 2020 Equinox FWD LT/ 1.5L, beautiful car with black on black (leather Interior) After maybe a 10-15 minute test drive i was leaning towards buying this vehicle but decided to go home and think it over..i contacted the dealer the following day and decided to take it for a longer test drive.the one thing i noticed after taking it out for a second test drive was the overall ride quality,the suspension seemed somewhat stiff and jarring on rough roads,at least to me i'm almost 60 and have back problems..i wouldn't say the ride quality was horrible by any means but not as smooth and forgiving as i would've liked..my question is,would the added weight of a AWD Equinox make any noticeable difference in ride quality? i know the AWD adds around 150lbs more in weight then the FWD..i also considered the GMC Terrain but was told by the sales person they have the exact same suspension? i really liked the Equinox and i'm still considering buying it,but still a bit undecided..any advice would be greatly appreciated, TY

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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-15-2019, 12:28 PM
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I don't think the AWD will benefit the ride. Do you recall if the one you drove had the standard LT wheels or the optional size? The standard 17" wheels with higher aspect ratio tires will do more to improve the ride over the optional wheel and tire package. I generally find all CUVs ride a little stiff but I think the Equinox/Terrain have a pretty good balance between ride and handling overall. I've driven a lot of the competing vehicles in this class and don't think any ride softer other than maybe the Rogue....but who wants a CVT?

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i didn't notice the wheel size while at the dealership but just looked online and according to the online window sticker it has the standard 17" Aluminum wheels
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Originally Posted by BigRedAurora95 View Post
i didn't notice the wheel size while at the dealership but just looked online and according to the online window sticker it has the standard 17" Aluminum wheels

Not sure what your price range is or other requirements, but if you want a smooth less jarring drive have you looked at the GMC Acadia. No need to get AWD for added weight if the vehicle is designed for good ride and handling.

We are older also, and I had not even considered an Acadia. However it is not much larger than the previous Equinox and rides so much better. Seats are good as well, and in summer we were getting 20 to 22 MPG around town and mixed town road driving. On a few highyway trips we got 27 to +28 MPG and once on a 330 miles trip got 31.4 MPG. . with the 3.6L V6 engine no less.
The ride and the seats and price with dealer incentives and discounts sold us.

If you live anywhere near the st. Louis area. . . this dealer has amazing prices and selection.


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post #5 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-15-2019, 01:48 PM
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My wife luvs our 19 AWD Equinox but it rides like a lumber wagon. Our daughter has 2wd LT and it might be a tad better, but it's not significant. The Nox drives nice & provides good MPG but if you want smooth ride better keep looking...


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I have a 2019 LT, 2.0 Redline that comes equipped with the 19" wheels.

It does ride a little harsh, but the one you tested with 17's should ride marginally better if the air pressure is correctly adjusted.

The Gen 3 Equinox/Terrain platform (2018 >) does ride firmer and handle better than prior generations; at the expense of a softer ride.

I have a 2016 (Gen 2) Equinox, (see in my signature below) that rides substantially better in terms of a softer ride. Unfortunately they're (Gen 2) no longer in production.

To attain a better ride quality in a current Chevy/GMC vehicle, you probably need to look at the larger Blazer, Acadia, or Traverse.

JayTee2014 has some insight on this topic in his post above.


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Like JayTee said the Acadia rides nice and is just a tad bit larger than the 2nd gen Equinox/Terrain. You can see from my signature Iíve had all 4 sizes of GMs CUV/SUVs, the most comfortable ride for us (being old folks) was the Enclave, but just became tool big for us. Donít know what your budget is and what size youíre most comfortable with.

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post #8 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-15-2019, 07:59 PM
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Well, the Equinox/Terrain both got downsized somewhat, so I would expect the ride to get harder than the Gen-2 Equinox that I have (which I've always thought, itself, was harder than the two sedans I was driving before it: '97 Taurus Wagon and '02 Impala).

I drove a '18 Terrain a co-worker here had and I thought it was a harder ride than my '11 Equinox, but it wasn't a *lot* different. Wouldn't stop me from buying it.

I agree with JayTee, though - you should look at the Acadia. It might only cost you an extra $3,000 for a still-very-well-equipped SLE-2, and you'll get so much more of a vehicle for that money.

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I've had three [2013, 2016 and 2017] previous generation 'Nox's. All were 2.4L FWD LT's. With16" wheels. Now I'm driving a 2019 current generation 1.5L FWD LT. 17" wheels. Both designs can be a little harsh on uneven roads; both very smooth and quiet on good pavement. The new model even more so - bumpier on rough streets and even quieter on the Interstate. I've always kept the tires at the recommended 36PSI. A little softer helps a little, but is probably not good for tread life. I think the bumps are typical for SUV-style cars. My neighbor's new Ford Explorer - $10,000 more expensive - is only a little smoother, IMO.

PS - Love my 2019 'Nox - 30 mpg+; great handling; plenty of space inside; nice and high for the wife; plenty of power when needed [that turbo really shines!]; and zero problems so far.
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post #10 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-18-2019, 07:35 AM
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I had an 18' FWD SLE 1.5L Terrain and now have a 19' AWD Diesel Premier Equinox. Even with the 18" wheels on the Equinox compared to the 17's on the Terrain it does ride better. Not sure what was the main contributor but obviously with the diesel, AWD, and being fully loaded it weighs a lot more. If you can swing a Denali it rides even better due to different suspension tuning.

I will say both of my GM SUVs ride better than my mothers 18' CRV. If you are willing to go down a size and live with something a little more dated the Buick Encore rides extremely nice. The only other CUV I have time in is a Rogue and I didn't find it significantly better in ride quality and it's handling was downright scary. I test drove a Tiguan and didn't find it to ride any better either.
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