Midsize crossover SUVs are plentiful these days, and to the untrained eye, it can be hard to separate one from the next. These models all have a similar mission, after all: They’re designed to provide comfortable, family-friendly transportation for you and your loved ones as you navigate city streets and suburban roadways.
Most small crossovers are tame as house cats, crafted solely for cruising down highways and navigating city streets. This is fine if your idea of a weekend adventure means a trip to the mall. But if you like dodging rocks on steep trails or barreling down narrow fire roads, the usual suspects won’t suffice. You’ll have to find a crossover that can hold its own once the paved road ends.
Minivans are as docile as it gets, but the segment itself is home to a cutthroat ruthlessness usually reserved for reality competition shows. Year after year, the major players in the minivan universe aim to one-up their rivals by rolling out upgrades intended to provide a winning edge. This is because the segment represents big business for some of the automakers involved.
Crossovers have been riding a huge wave of popularity recently. In many ways, the Chevrolet Equinox is emblematic of what this category as a whole has to offer, and it’s reaped the benefits of the segment’s success. The Equinox holds the honor of being the automaker’s second best-selling vehicle after the Silverado truck.