Chevrolet Equinox vs. GMC Terrain

In this car comparison, we’re going to take a look at the 2013 Chevrolet Equinox & 2013 GMC Terrain. Which is like saying: we’re going to review two different brands of vanilla ice cream. Granted, it won’t be very exciting. But if vanilla is your thing, you’re about to be in hog heaven.

2013 Chevrolet Equinox

The 2013 Chevrolet Equinox is based on GM’s corporate compact crossover platform. So it comes in front, or all-wheel drive. With your choice of a 182-hp 2.4 liter 4-pot that can achieve 32 mpg on the highway drgf54d56ymmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm ttttfggggggg ftgtrtyt… Sorry, I fell asleep on my keyboard.

2013 Chevrolet Equinox

Anyway, big news for the 2013 Chevy Equinox is the addition of the General’s direct injected 3.6 liter V6. In the Equinox, this nice little power plant makes 301-hp, while getting 17 city / 24 hwy (FWD). That’s considerably more power than the old, asthmatic, 3.0 liter V6…which had all the charm of a trash truck on a Saturday morning.

Opting for the top-trim 2013 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ will get you a new self-adjusting 2-mode suspension that smooth’s out the ride considerably. It also improves the cornering ability, giving this school bus a much more confident feel. A Porsche Cayenne it’s not. But at least it doesn’t drive like a wheel barrow anymore.

2013 Chevrolet Equinox interior

The interior of the 2013 Chevy Equinox benefits from Bob Lutz’s quality edicts. Which is to say, it’s pretty darn nice for a Chevy. Gone are the acres of recycled-milk-jug-plastic, and ill-fitting panels with their razor-sharp edges. Everything feels extremely well put together and the material quality is first-rate. You can even option Chevy’s new touchscreen infotainment system, which can sync with your smartphone, to provide all sorts of needless distractions.

2013 GMC Terrain

2013 GMC Terrain

If the 2013 Chevrolet Equinox is a dish of Breyers Vanilla, then the 2013 GMC Terrain is Haagen Daz Vanilla in a waffle cone. It’s the same, but ever so slightly different.

Like a waffle cone, the 2013 GMC Terrain has lots of odd squarish shapes. The grill, the massively flared wheel arches, the windows, the ginormous headlights. All square. It definitely makes a statement, but we’re not quite sure what it’s trying to say. Should you want to tone down all the square-ness, you can go for the 2013 GMC Terrain Denali. It uses globs of chrome to distract you from all the hard edges. But staring at it too long will definitely cause retinal damage.

Inside, the 2013 GMC Terrain is decidedly upscale, with nicely colored leather, and contrasting stitching on some models. Both the Equinox and the 2013 GMC Terrain can be had with attractive two-tone leather interiors. But the Terrain’s interior says ‘urban luxury’ more than the Equinox’s.

2013 GMC Terrain interior

On the road, the 2013 GMC Terrain drives just as competently as the 2013 Chevy Equinox. But you’ll want to avoid the optional 19-inch wheels…if you value your spine.


Bottom Line: Chevrolet Equinox vs. GMC Terrain

While the trucklets in this car comparison aren’t very exciting, neither one is a bad choice. The drivetrains have a good reliability record, you get a lot of value for the money, and they’re not bad to look at either. Well, let me rephrase that: The 2013 Chevy Equinox isn’t bad to look at. The 2013 GMC Terrain looks like a Tonka truck that got left in the sandbox too long.