Honda CR-V vs Chevrolet Equinox: Which is the Better Crossover?

March 18th, 2015 by

Honda CR-V vs Chevrolet Equinox

CR-V has Higher Residual Value, Better MPG, More Cargo Space

The Honda CR-V was the best-selling crossover in 2014, having out-sold the likes of the Ford Escape, Toyota RAV4, and Chevrolet Equinox. Here’s a look at the Honda CR-V vs Chevrolet Equinox.

Related: 2015 Honda CR-V is KBB Best Buy Award Winner

Honda CR-V vs Chevrolet Equinox: Price, Performance, and Safety

Honda CR-V vs Chevrolet Equinox

Price and Performance

The 2015 Honda CR-V EX with all-wheel drive is priced about $500 more than the 2015 Chevy Equinox LS with all-wheel drive. Even though the crossovers are similarly priced, the CR-V has a higher residual value. After 36 months the CR-V holds 60 percent of its value while the Equinox holds 48 percent. After 60 months the CR-V holds 45 percent of its value and the Equinox holds 36 percent. The CR-V also gets better fuel economy. The CR-V gets 26 city/ 33 highway/ 28 combined mpg*, while the Equinox gets 20/29/23 mpg*. The crossovers have 4-cylinder engines and almost identical horsepower ratings. The CR-V makes 185 horsepower at 6,400 rpm and the Equinox makes 182 horsepower at 6,700 rpm. Both vehicles have front and rear disc brakes.


Honda CR-V vs Chevrolet Equinox

The 2015 Honda CR-V is an IIHS Top Safety Pick+, while the 2015 Chevrolet Equinox is only a Top Safety Pick. The plus designation means the CR-V has optional front crash prevention equipment. This equipment includes a forward collision warning, low-speed autobrake, and high-speed autobrake. These features are available on the Touring trim. The CR-V and Equinox received a “good” rating in all crash tests, which made them eligible for the Top Safety Pick designation. In NHTSA crash test ratings the CR-V and Equinox are 4-star rated overall as well as in the frontal and rollover crash tests. They are both 5-star rated in the side crash test.

The CR-V comes standard with a rear-view camera, while this trim level of the Equinox does not. Both crossovers have a vehicle stability control system, traction control, and brake assist.

Related: 2015 Honda CR-V named Top Safety Pick+ by IIHS

Features, Warranty, and Cargo

Features and Warranty

The CR-V and Equinox have very similar features. These features include steering-wheel-mounted controls, auto-on/off headlights, cruise control, and 60/40-split rear seats. The CR-V has heated seats and a power moonroof as standard features while the Equinox does not. Fog lights are also standard on the CR-V and are not offered on the Equinox.

The Honda and Chevrolet warranties are almost identical. The basic warranty is the same at 36 months, 36,000 miles. The powertrain warranty for Honda is 60 months, 60,000 miles and Chevy’s is 60 months, 100,000 miles.


The CR-V has more cargo space and passenger volume. The CR-V has 35.3 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats up, while the Equinox has 31.5 cubic feet of space. With the rear seats down, the CR-V has 70.9 cubic feet of cargo space and the Equinox has 63.7 cubic feet of space. Passenger volume is 101.5 cubic feet in the CR-V versus the 99.7 cubic feet in the Equinox. The CR-V also has slightly more shoulder room in the front seats and hip room in the backseats.

Call Fisher Honda in Boulder, Colo., at 303-245-6417 with your questions on the Honda CR-V vs Chevrolet Equinox. View our inventory of the Honda CR-V.