HOW MUCH CAN CHEVY EQUINOX TOW? WILL IT HANDLE MY TRAILER?
Like many other vehicles in the crossover class, the Equinox claims to offer something for just about anyone. A crucial feature to enhance the utility of these vehicles is the ability to tow a trailer or camper. In this regard, you won’t miss out if you go with the Equinox. However, your next question is probably just how much can a Chevy Equinox tow?
To test Chevrolet’s claim that the Equinox is ready for anything and the perfect versatile SUV for your next adventure, we’ve answered this question indepth.
How much can I tow with a Chevy Equinox?
Let’s get straight to the point! The Chevy Equinox is rated to tow a pretty hefty maximum of 3,500 lbs. However, this depends on the model you’re going for.
The Equinox comes in either 1.5L or 2.0L 4-cylinder trims. The former churns out 170 horsepower at 5,600 RPM while the latter does 252 horsepower at 5,500 RPM. It’s a similar story when it comes to torque with the 2.0L overpowering the 1.5L with 260 horses at 2,500 to 4,500 RPM compared to 203 horsepower at 2,000 to 4,000 RPM.
With less power at its command, the smaller 1.5L engine models are only rated to tow up to 1,500 lbs. If you regularly tow big loads, the 2.0L seems a no-brainer with more than double the capacity.
The Equinox also keeps pace with most of its competitors as you can see from the list of maximum towing capacities below:
GMC Terrain – up to 3,500 lbs
Mazda CX-5 – up to 2,000 lbs (3,500 lbs with SkyActiv-D)
Hyundai Santa Fe – up to 3,500 lbs (2.0T trim only)
Toyota RAV-4 – up to 1,750 lbs
Subaru Outback – 2,700 lbs
Will it handle my trailer?
The max trailering capacity isn’t the only value you should consider when choosing a trailer for your car (or vice versa). In their trailering guide, Chevrolet recommends you pick a trailer with a tongue weight of no more than 10 to 15% of its GCWR (gross combination weight rating).
With the right trailer hitch, you could safely increase this to 4,500 lbs towing weight (or, 675 lbs tongue weight).
That means with a 1.5L, you’ll only be able to tow smaller trailers, such as some of these teardrop campers. With a 2.0L engine, you can take on something much heftier, such as the Airstream Caravel with more room to live.
But what if you have need of a trailer with an eye on hauling and not camping? Sticking with the 2.0L, something like Big Tex Trailer’s 35SV utility trailer (77 inch x 10-14 feet) should be well within your ability. With the 1.5L, you’ll still be able to haul the same trailer, but at nowhere near its full capacity.
What about the car itself?
As a crossover-style small SUV, the Equinox doesn’t come without space of its own. In fact, at 183.1 by 65.4 inches, it’s a sizeable car.
The Chevy Equinox seats up to 5 passengers. The front seats offer 40.0 inches of headroom, 40.9 inches of legroom, and 57.2 inches of shoulder-room. The second row is slightly cozier with 38.5, 39.9, and 55.5 inches of room, respectively. This means most families will be able to comfortably take full advantage of this car for everyday life as well as family trips.
The rear seats also make use of a pretty standard 60/40 split-folding setup. So, if you have a smaller family, or it’s just you and your loved one, you can adapt the available space to your needs.
With all the seats up, the Equinox sports 29.9 cubic feet of cargo space. That’s pretty good for a car of this size and even better than most larger, but 3-row seating cars.
If you fold down the rear seats, the available cargo space more than doubles to 63.9 cubic feet – enough to scrap the trailer entirely for most camping trips or vacations.
Towing capacity that doesn’t disappoint
Being able to hitch a trailer to your car is one of the best ways to improve its utility and make it adaptable to your lifestyle. While a hauler can increase your productivity (or help you move house), a camper can bring a new dimension to how you spend your time off.
In its class, the Chevy Equinox boasts a higher-than-average towing capacity, meaning you’ll be able to move more.