Drivers in southwestern Ohio have been getting great deals on great machines from the White Allen family of dealerships for over a century. Whether you're shopping for something new or from the region's most diverse selection of used vehicles, we have you covered. We know a satisfying automobile purchase is an ongoing relationship. It starts with a conversation about where you go and who goes with you.

Chevrolet knows buyers today want a combination of ability, capacity, technology, and comfort. That's why they offer families and adventurous drivers such a focussed array of SUVs. The Blazer and the Equinox sit in the middle of the range. They're both big enough for kids, friends, and gear without being an issue to park. They each give solid arguments for why they should be your next favorite Chevy. Which has the performance, economy, and features you want?

What are the Differences Between the Equinox and Blazer?

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These siblings share a lot in common, but they have their own niches in the Chevy lineup. The first thing you'll notice is the styling. The Equinox has balanced proportions, minimal angularity, and modest touches of chrome. The Blazer has a more muscly stance with stronger shoulders and haunches. It's over eight inches longer and four inches wider than the Equinox. Yet inside, head, leg, and cargo room are about equal, so the Equinox is smartly packaged.

Equinox is the lower priced of the two and gets better fuel economy. It will cost less to own and still carry as much. The Blazer is for those who want more performance. Your practical side and wild side will be at odds with each other. 

Performance Comparison

A big difference between these two is your choice of engines. Every Equinox is powered by a trusted 1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder connected to a 6-speed automatic. It produces 170 horsepower and 188 lb-ft of torque. Properly equipped it will tow up to 2500 pounds.

The Blazer gets three engines choices for economy, power or a balance of the two. Each is paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission. Options include:

  • A 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine providing 193 horsepower and 188 lb-ft of torque. It can tow up to 1,500 pounds.
  • A 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder producing 227 horsepower and 258 lb-ft. Towing capacity is also 1,500 pounds.
  • A 3.6-liter V6 producing 308 horsepower and 270 lb-ft. It can tow up to 4,500 pounds. It accelerates from 0-60 in 6.1 seconds and can pull a 14.7 second standing quarter mile.

The Equinox is the more economical and comfortable choice. Its efficient I4 gets a combined 28 miles per gallon and critics have noted its smooth manners on the road. The Blazer with any engine, even the same 1.5, is a punchier and more exciting ride by design. The standard nine-speed transmission shortens the distance between shifts and keeps the Blazer in the power band. The RS trim with the V6 it drives like a modern GM musclecar. 

Trim Levels

The Equinox is available in four different trim levels to fit your budget and lifestyle:

  • L starts at $23,800. It comes with 17-inch aluminum wheels, cloth interior, and the Chevy Safety Assist package. It includes Automatic Emergency Braking, Forward Collision Alert, and Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning.
  • LS begins at $26,400 and makes available a wide range of upgrades including larger wheels, power seats, and rear seat entertainment. You should converse with a White Allen client advisor to see which options suit you.
  • LT starts at $27,600. It features standard HID headlights, power driver's seat, and a color driver-information display. You have many more options, including rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and dual-zone climate control.
  • Premier, with a starting price of $31,500, includes standard leather interior, LED headlights, a hands-free power lift-gate, wireless charging, and an 8-inch touch screen. Upgrade to ventilated and heated seats, adaptive cruise control, and a surround-view parking system for the ultimate expression of Equinox.

The Blazer comes in six trims which, along with three engine choices, gives you a lot to think about.

  • L, retailing for $28,800, includes the Chevrolet Infotainment 3 system, an 8-inch touch screen, Wi-Fi hot spot, and dual-zone climate control.
  • 1LT starts at $32,300, including an eight-way power driver's seat, satellite radio, and tinted rear glass. Like the LS Equinox, this Blazer trim opens a deep playbook of safety, comfort, and entertainment packages.
  • 2LT, starting at $33,100, comes standard with the 2.0 turbo and allows for the V6. The previous trims only come with the 2.5. This trim also adds Chevy Safety Assist, which combines pre-collision warning and braking, lane keep assist, pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, and a following distance indicator.
  • 3LT, beginning at $37,300, includes a six-way power passenger seat, leather throughout, the Convenience package, and the Driver Confidence package for extra comfort and safety. Add the Sound and Technology package for navigation, eight-speaker Bose audio, and the surround-view camera system.
  • RS starts at $40,800. It's the sportiest version and comes only with the V6. Navigation, a heated steering wheel, and a hands-free lift-gate are included. You have many ways to keep upgrading, including ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, adaptive cruise control, high-speed automatic emergency braking, and more.
  • Premier begins at $43,000. Shoppers can choose the 2.0 or 3.6 engines. They'll get maximum leather, the Enhanced Convenience package, and a cargo management system to secure a variety of gear on your next road trip.

The Chevy SUV lineup is deep with many layers of options for Dayton area drivers.

Test Drive the Blazer or Equinox at White Allen Chevrolet Today

Both the Equinox and Blazer provide a lot to love. At this fork in the road, either choice will make you happy. Are you focused on safety and economy? Do you want a beast that can roar when you need it to? The decision is up to you.

We've been talking to drivers around Kettering, Beavercreek, Dayton, and beyond for over 100 years. Matching driver to driver's seat is our pleasure and specialty. It starts with a conversation then continues with a drive. The right answer, be it Blazer, Equinox or otherwise, will become obvious. Come find out why we'll always be Dayton's driving force.

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