Not realizing that this thread was here, I had started my own in the Equinox General Discussion forum. So I'm copying my original post from that thread over here.
I got the latest Motor Trend yesterday (I know, it's the Weekly Reader of car magazines) but I still enjoy looking at it. So they did an article 'Who makes the best small SUV?'. There were eight vehicles in the test and we came in eighth. They didn't like much of anything about it. They did not test with the 2.0T engine which would also have had wider tires for better handling and stopping in addition to more power. They used an AWD LT. The CX5 was not tested with it's 2.5 Turbo either. Maybe they were going for mid level models from each company. But they did test with the turbo Cherokee that has 270 hp., so go figure.
For Performance, Ride and Handling, they said that the Equinoxes "...ride and handling is just as irritating as it's acceleration, routinely plowing and pushing through corners". It seems to me that I've read several reviews where the Equinox was favorably compared to the CX5, which everyone says has the best handling in this segment. Who knows? Maybe the MT staff had a bug up their collective butts the day that they tested. They did like the start/stop system on the Nox. One point in our favor.
For the Cockpit and Cabin they said the Equinox was spacious, but "Everything about this Equinox screams rental car". They did like the infotainment system and the back-seat package which had great legroom.
I'm taking all of this with a giant grain of salt. I have a '16 Equinox which has never won any popularity contests with reviewers either. But it's a competent vehicle and I like it. I liked the '19 2.0T that I drove the other week. I liked it a lot and will probably get one when the time comes, regardless what the magazines say. But it was disappointing to see MT's test results.
2016 Equinox LT V6 AWD for me and 2014 LTZ V6 AWD for wife