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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 12-31-2019, 11:20 AM Thread Starter
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So how is the current generation Equinox doing?

I was burn't on a 2014 Equinox with the 2.4 that I dumped while still under warranty, but took a financial hit when I moved to a 2016 Equinox with the 3.6 that I love, but is 4 years old now. Getting the car buying itch again but still skeptical. Overall, I get the feeling that it has been very quiet here since the current generation came out in 2018. Very unlike it was in here back on 2014 with all of the 2.4 issues, the rear hatchback and bottom of the door paint/rust issues, and a few other issues. Is the current generation that well designed or is there a lot fewer owners? The Equinox was a hit with Consumer Reports and others in the early days that helped sell a lot. If I pull the trigger, it will be an AWD with the 2.0. Just not sure if I want to downsize from my larger 2016. I would definitely enjoy the MPG gain as my 3.6 needs long highway trips to see 24 MPG and averages closer to 19 which is 3mpg worse than my 2017 Colorado with the redesigned 3.6 and cylinder deactivation. Just curious as I think it has been very quiet here. I have thought about the Acadia as others on here have mentioned but I have no local GMC dealers for service.

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I was burn't on a 2014 Equinox with the 2.4 that I dumped while still under warranty, but took a financial hit when I moved to a 2016 Equinox with the 3.6 that I love, but is 4 years old now. Getting the car buying itch again but still skeptical. Overall, I get the feeling that it has been very quiet here since the current generation came out in 2018. Very unlike it was in here back on 2014 with all of the 2.4 issues, the rear hatchback and bottom of the door paint/rust issues, and a few other issues. Is the current generation that well designed or is there a lot fewer owners? The Equinox was a hit with Consumer Reports and others in the early days that helped sell a lot. If I pull the trigger, it will be an AWD with the 2.0. Just not sure if I want to downsize from my larger 2016. I would definitely enjoy the MPG gain as my 3.6 needs long highway trips to see 24 MPG and averages closer to 19 which is 3mpg worse than my 2017 Colorado with the redesigned 3.6 and cylinder deactivation. Just curious as I think it has been very quiet here. I have thought about the Acadia as others on here have mentioned but I have no local GMC dealers for service.

You might consider the GMC Acadia if you wish to stay about the size of your 2016 Equinox V6.
We test drove a 2018 and 2019 Equinox (1.5L and 2.0L) and must admit the 2.0L had some spirited power. The seats and over all interior size just seemed a bit less than we had in our 2015 Equinox LTZ.
On a whim back last June I got some of the usual GM emails with the current "offers" and an Acadia was one of them featured. So we went and test drove two Acadia again at different dealers. One was and SLT1 FWD and the other and SLT2 AWD.

End of story . . we found the Acadia SLT 1 only 6" longer and 2.5" wider than the 2015 Equinox LTZ, yet had more interior room, nicer interior over all, 3.6L new LGX engine for about the same $31K we paid for the 2015 Equinox LTZ.
Since then, we are pleased with the level of comfort, performance and better MPG than the 2015 Equinox LTZ 3.6L V6. We get 20 to 22 around town mixed driving and easily 28 to 29 MPG (65 to 72 MPH) on the interstate. In a few mixed road trips of rural 55 MPH roads and interstate highway we got a combined of 31.4 MPG. There are hand calculated MPG numbers at fill up time. . not DIC readings (which were also close).
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I'm a big fan. Love the 2.0 w/ 9-speed. I think the smaller 1.5 engine is buzy due to pushing the gas peddle harder but I know some people don't agree. The 2.0 has some real grunt. Some people don't like the new smaller seats but we love them. It's a bit smaller so probably rides a little rougher but easier to maneuver in lots. I think GM did a nice job. If subaru didn't use that cvt tranny and had more power, the Forester would have been the competition in our minds. I expect the 2.0 power is inadequate for the Traverse but I am a total fan of this engine/tranny combo.
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+1 on the Acadia. If you're comparing the Acadia to the Nox I think the scales tip towards the Acadia. You'll likely pay a little more for it than a comparably equipped Nox but I think for the extra $ you get a whole ton of value. It rides better, has a nicer interior and the MPGs are really impressive for its size/performance and the V6 is a terrific motor.. On the highway the Acadia actually gets better MPGs than my Terrain.

We have a 2019 Acadia and a 2019 Terrain so I've driven them both back to back. My wife likes larger vehicles which is why she was drawn towards the Acadia but I like the Terrain's size more for my day to day driving (but that's just my opinion) ...for some it might be a little "small". I like them both a lot and likely could have gone either way while i was at the dealer. For reference, my Terrain wound up being about $2500 less than the comparable Acadia while I was pricing them but pricing and deals change every month.

As for a local GMC dealer for service: You obviously have a local Chevrolet dealer that you have done business with...they'd be more than happy to handle any maintenance needs on your GMC as its identical to the Blazer and Traverse in so many ways. You may even want to try the Blazer. Its the same size as the Acadia with a different but similar interior and different styling. I don't see a lot of them on the roads...you might be able to get a good deal on one.
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I have both a gen2, 2016, LTZ/AWD 3.6; and a gen3, 2019 LT/FWD 2.0 Redline.

The 2016 is more comfortable; rides better, seats are more comfortable, physically larger overall and the 3.6 has a more linear power output but is a little thirsty on fuel.

The 2019 is more sporty, meaning handles better, rides more firmly, seats are a tighter fit and the 2.0 engine has what I describe as explosive power output. It's better on fuel by about 5 mpg. (between my two vehicles)

My 2016 is my good/road-trip vehicle.

My 2019 is a daily driver.

If you like your current vehicle; as others have mentioned, the Acadia is a closer match than the new gen3 Equinox/Terrain. What is most noticeable is ride quality; the gen3 is borderline harsh in comparison.

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Iíve had all 3, 2012 Equinox, 2017 Acadia and now a 2018 Terrain 2.0, each one served a different need for us at the time of ownership. As someone posted before the V6 Acadia mpg is a tad better the the older and newer Equinox. The wife likes the size of the new Terrain, the way it handles, itís power. with the amount of driving we do weíre not too concerned about mpgs or the fact that 93 is recommended. What I would suggest is go to a dealer and compare .

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We very much like our 19 Nox but it really does depend on what you are after and trying to replace. The 2.0 is very peppy but I'm not thrilled with the premium fuel it really is setup & designed to run on. If we had it all to do over I think we'd be looking more towards something with the V6, Blazer, GMC or etc...

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. I have thought about the Acadia as others on here have mentioned but I have no local GMC dealers for service.

Any GM certified service centre should be able service or repair a GMC vehicle or any other GM brand.
So if you have a chevrolet or Cadillac dealership they should be able to do the same repair/maintenance stuff as a GMC dealership.


So the real question for me is why not the chevy traverse (which is one size bigger than the nox) but the acadia ?

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So the real question for me is why not the chevy traverse (which is one size bigger than the nox) but the acadia ?
Tizan, actually the Traverse is now 2 sizes bigger than the Envision/Nox/Terrain/XT4. GM threw in the Acadia/Blazer/XT5 between them. As of now the Acadia gives you the option of a 3rd seat (some say the Blazer will have it shortly) but with the 3rd row seats up cargo space is limited and they are not really intended for long drives.

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We've had 2 2018 Equinoxs, one 1.5 premier and, for about a year, an LT, 1.6 diesel. Both have/were trouble free with only normal maintainance. The LT diesel was traded in on a 2020 Canyon SLT diesel in an effort to get down to two every day vehicles. (I sold a seldom used 2001 2500 HD).
We find the 1.5 Premier to have all the power, comfort and features we need and with18k miles we are averaging 29 mpg, (DIC and hand). Best over 50 miles 42.8. (Probably a long hill).
We actually broke 50 mpg with the diesel over a 50 mile segment.
We've had a couple of Ford explorers and 10 Subarus before we felt comfortable getting back to U.S. brands and have not been disappointed. Since we picked up the premier in August 2017, we're thinking of trading on a 2020 Equinox, later this year, same model.
We would consider the Terrain, but don't care for the push button gear selector. Chrysler, Edsel and Packard tried it for a few years, (Edsel only one), and either dropped it or went out if business. JMO.
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