There are many interesting SUVs in the compact model segment. The Chevrolet Equinox is one of them, especially since its last renewal for 2018. However, despite all the qualities it has, it's hard for it to hold its own against a model like the Honda CR-V.
We're still talking about a reference in its class. People have been choosing it for 25 years. Let's see where it proves unbeatable.
When it comes to reliability, Honda's reputation is well established. The brand delivers products that stand the test of time admirably and don't require owners to pay a lot of money for maintenance.
The models marketed by Honda are among those that retain their value the most on the market. This year, the CR-V even won the Canadian Black Book award for best value retention in its class. You're a winner all around here.
Fuel economy is a big issue in this class of vehicle, because no one wants to leave the oil companies more money than they have to. With the CR-V, you get averages of 7.7 and 8.1 L/100 km, combined, for the two- and four-wheel drive models.
With the Equinox, those same averages are 8.4 and 8.8 L/100 km. That's 0.7 liters per 100 kilometers, which is a lot. That's easily $5 per fill-up, which is money you'd probably rather have in your pocket.
Finally, the other place where the CR-V puts just about all of its competitors in its little back pocket is in the back. When the second row seats are folded down, 2146 liters of cargo space is available for all kinds of items. In the cargo area of the Chevrolet Equinox, you're limited to 1,798 liters.
All in all, in most of the points we compare, the Honda CR-V has an advantage. That's why it remains the best-selling of the two and the best-selling compact SUV in its segment.