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2020 Subaru ForesterFeatures & Specs2020 Chevrolet Equinox
111.9EPA Interior Volume (cu. ft)103.5
182Base Engine Power (hp)170
33Base Engine Highway Fuel Economy (mpg)30
16.6 Fuel Tank Capacity (gal)14.9

With so many 2020 models now coming out and to roadways nearby, the small SUV class is one of the most alluring to consider purchasing. Two top-tier models that catch our eye immediately are the 2020 Subaru Forester and the 2020 Chevrolet Equinox! Both of these SUVs offer roomier interiors than a sedan while still fitting a reasonable budget with better fuel economy than your mid-size SUV classes and larger! With updated tech and features list, we are excited to take a deeper look at both of these SUVs and decide which one is our top pick! Continue reading on to find out more!

2020 Subaru Forester Power & Handling

Subaru looks to outfit the 2020 Forester with a solid powertrain kit that works to allow you to explore for longer and more efficiently. Under the hood of each Forester model is a 2.5-liter flat-4 engine that can push out up to 182 horsepower and 176 lb-ft of torque. Complimenting the engine is a Shiftronic continuously variable transmission that foregoes gear shifting to offer a smooth linear acceleration. If you prefer the feel of gears shifting while accelerating, Subaru even works in a manual mode that simulates the shifting of a 7-speed automatic transmission. Overall the powertrain with the Forester is effective, allowing for drivers to stay on the road for longer with a city/highway/combined fuel economy of 26/33/29 mpg! This is in thanks to the engine start/stop tech that is worked in, disabling the engine when the vehicle is fully stopped; if the lurch of the engine re-igniting is a bit off-putting, Subaru has added in the function to disable this feature to improve ride quality.

2020 Chevrolet Equinox Power & Handling

Chevy offers a couple of engine options with the Equinox, which do a pretty decent job on the road. Coming standard with each model is a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that only ends up producing upwards of 170 horsepower, which falls under the output potential we see with the Forester. This engine ends up being paired with a six-speed automatic transmission that works well with the engine provided. Overall this powertrain falls a bit short of the fuel economy we see with the Forester having the Equinox rated at 25/30 mpg for city/highway respectively, even with engine start/stop technology factored in. Another detail we noticed was the start/stop technology can not be toggled on/off, which normally is standard functionality on today's market; so if the engine lurching to life each time you start to move is a bit jarring, then maybe consider another vehicle where you can disable this feature.

2020 Subaru Forester Features & Design

The overall design of this small-SUV is to take the best of both worlds, great fuel economy, as we see above, and roomy/comfortable interior design that is standard with SUVs. On all fronts, the Forester exceeds expectations, with a 111.9 cu. ft. interior volume for passengers and 35.4 cu. ft. for cargo (over double that when the split-folding seats are lowered). On top of this, the feature selection coming in with the Forester has a great depth to it, clearly showing Subaru's mentality to continue to advance the tech list brought in each year to these vehicles. Some of the key features that are brought in with every trim model include automatic LED headlights, a next-generation STARLINK multimedia system on a 6.5-inch touchscreen with smartphone integration, individual tire pressure monitoring, automatic climate control, and a list of EyeSight driver assist systems such as lane departure warning, pre-collision throttle management, and an advanced adaptive cruise control system. Going up through the other trim models just adds on even more tech and features that further build off of this already impressive list!

2020 Chevrolet Equinox Features & Design

The Chevy Equinox is constructed for comfort and convenience, bringing in a decently sized interior and some nice features that are worked in throughout the trim models. The interior of the Equinox is decently sized for a small SUV, with 103.5 cu. ft. interior passenger volume and 29.9 cu. ft. cargo volume. This volume is great, but if you are looking for some more legroom and storage potential, the Forester seems to have more space overall. The Equinox does match the Forester in a good number of base features that work their way into each trim model, such as automatic LED headlights, folding rear seats, Chevy's infotainment system on a touch screen display, and a number of decent safety features. That being said looking at the overall list, we see some things missing compared to the Forester such as automatic climate control, individual tire pressure monitoring, as well as some of the driver-assist and other features. The good news is that a lot of these are added in throughout higher trim levels with the Forester, but require you to pay a higher price in order to unlock them.


Coming off the assembly line both of the 2020 Subaru Forester and Chevy Equinox establish themselves as top tier small SUVs on today's market. Looking over the powertrains and the design of each of these vehicles, it is clear that the 2020 Subaru Forester stands on top in this matchup. Not only does the Forester have better fuel economy over the 2020 Equinox, but it also has significantly larger interior volume for both passengers and cargo! If you are interested in learning more about the 2020 Subaru Forester or other great Subaru vehicles you can check out or inventory or give our friendly dealership a call!

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