2017 Hyundai Santa Fe vs. 2017 Chevrolet Equinox

The 2017 Chevrolet Equinox is considered to be a dependable SUV, which will last long and retain its value well. If you are shopping for an SUV and need minimal hassle with it, you might focus on this model only on account of these facts. However, you would end up missing out on the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe. The latter has a lot more to offer than the Chevrolet, and chances are that you will never regret buying it. These are just a few of the reasons why you would be better off picking the Hyundai over the Chevrolet.

Design & Style

The Chevrolet Equinox exterior design is quite bland. There isn’t much to talk about, since there are no bold design cues on the exterior. The design is very restrained, with the result that it has ended up looking boring. This is unlike the Hyundai which has striking lines and a silhouette that lends it a stylish, timeless look.

The interiors of both cars are relatively decent. The Chevrolet Equinox has a well laid-out interior, unlike the exterior. However, the Hyundai Santa Fe trumps this by having a cleaner, more spacious interior made with high quality materials and workmanship. The end result is that you will feel more comfortable in the Hyundai compared to the Chevrolet.

Technology & Safety

Basic technology features common to both include air conditioning, power mirrors, and power driver and passenger seats. Dual climate control zones are also offered. Some of the Santa Fe features not present in the Chevrolet Equinox include an excellent audio system with sound widening technology, giving richer and fuller sound even at higher speeds. Connectivity to Apple and Android devices is also easier in the Hyundai compared to the Chevrolet Equinox.

In addition to basics such as ABS and airbags, some of the high-end safety features that are common to the Chevrolet Equinox and the Hyundai include traction control and cruise control. However, the Hyundai also trumps the Chevrolet Equinox by having additional features including lane keeping assistance, a wide angle rearview camera, and curtain airbags. This is why the Santa Fe has excellent NHTSA safety scores.


The base Chevrolet Equinox ships with a 2.4-liter, inline-4 engine generating 182 horsepower. This is mated to a 7-speed automatic gearbox. The Santa Fe, on the other hand, has an impressive 3.3-liter 6-cylinder engine generating 290 horsepower and 252 lb-ft of torque at 5,200 rpm. The increased power combined with the light weight of the Hyundai makes it nimbler and faster than the Chevrolet.

The Bottom Line

You would expect a Chevrolet to be much better than a marque from the Pacific rim but in this case, you would be wrong. The Chevrolet Equinox is no match for the Hyundai Santa Fe in virtually any area. The Hyundai is so well made that it simply exceeds expectations, and beats the Chevrolet Equinox in almost all aspects.

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Phone: 877-428-7515

754 Baltimore Pike Springfield, PA


Phone: 877-428-7515

754 Baltimore Pike Springfield, PA


Phone: 877-428-7515

754 Baltimore Pike Springfield, PA
39.918676 -75.331753
Springfield Hyundai 39.918676, -75.331753.