What is the best used SUV for $20k? We compare the Ford Edge vs Chevy Equinox on performance, comfort, interior, and available features.
You can get more than you might expect from a preowned Equinox for under $20,000. Did you know that a brand new 2022 Equinox basic model sells for just over $25,000? However, for $20,000 you can get a nicely equipped 2016 Chevy Equinox.
While the Equinox comes with a range of engines depending on which year you buy. 2016 Chevrolet Equinoxes come with either a 2.4L 4-cylinder engine or a 3.6L 6-cylinder. The 2.4 engine isn’t all that exciting, but provides good gas mileage. The 3.6L model provides better overall power for passing and merging on the highway at a higher price with less fuel efficiency.
The 2016 Ford Edge offers an option for a 2.0 turbocharged engine that is quicker than the base 2.4 on the Equinox. Ford adds a couple more options though: a 3.5L 6-cylinder engine with a good amount of power, or a twin-turbo 2.7-liter 6-cylinder with more serious horsepower and torque at 315hp and 350 ft-lb.
Read our review of the 2022 Ford Edge here.
Both the Equinox and the Edge are available with front wheel or all-wheel drive.
We feel the Edge wins the engine and specs battle, even compared to other models in this class. With a third available engine, and a reasonably high-end used vehicle budget for a practical SUV, we would take the 2016 Edge with any of the available engines. The Equinox 2.4 liter 4-cylinder engine is great for being economical but slows you down otherwise.
The Equinox is, at the very least, comfortable. The crossover SUV doesn’t surprise you by taking sharp turns with great precision or having the best ride in the world, but it certainly provides a nice, relaxed drive. Chevrolet has done a good job of making the Equinox a good highway and city car without making it feel like it’s out of control in either scenario, and most drivers will appreciate that.
The Edge offers a little more variety. Especially in the 2016 Ford Edge Sport model. The turning is tight and precise – you’ll be able to take hard turns in the city without worrying about wandering off path onto a curb.
The Edge edges out the Equinox, but only by a bit. Their handling and driving is similar, but drivers who want to cruise around faster and in comfort won’t feel any difference between the Equinox engines while the Edge Sport stands out.
Read our comparison between the Volkswagen Tiguan and Chevrolet Equinox here.
The 2016 Chevy Equinox has nicely bolstered seats for long and short drives. The adjustable power seats are also easy to use, and the controls are well within reach. One of the biggest selling features for a late model preowned Equinox is the multi-flex bench seat in back. The Equinox lets you slide the back seat backwards and forwards, and flip it down. Whether you are trying to create more leg room, more cargo space, or a bench, you are in luck.
The Edge has a slightly nicer cabin with fewer hard plastics. The Edge requires some upgrades to get to the same level as the Equinox for seating flexibility. Otherwise the rear seats fold down, but don’t do much else.
We prefer the 2016 Equinox’s standard multi-flex seat to work in almost any situation. The seats also feel more comfortable to sit in for long road trips.
A late model preowned Equinox will generally be available with:
A late model preowned Edge is available with the following trims:
The Equinox has a standard 7-inch infotainment touch screen. This is quite easy to each and also adjustable via a knob. The whole GM lineup, with the Equinox included, has a Wi-Fi Hotspot and OnStar built in, which is great for streaming movies or working while on the road.
The Edge has a smaller 4-inch available in earlier trims. While the Edge does have standard safety features with forward collision alert and others available, the Equinox offers similar results.
The question here is whether or not drivers will use the Wi-Fi hotspot and OnStar. Many do not resubscribe, but the Equinox carries the distinction of a larger base screen.
Read more about our favorite family car features here.
We like the idea of a 2016 Ford Edge Sport with the twin turbo 6-cylinder engine. They are a fun drive! The Equinox certainly has its appeal with more gas efficient engines and a comfortable ride, in addition to better technology. We recommend the Ford Edge at the price point of under $20,000 because the technology is appealing, but not the focus of a sporty SUV.