The third-generation Equinox, then, is not a case of “why,” but of “you win some, you lose some.” Those $24,475 apply to the entry-level L trim in front-wheel-drive form and, for what it's worth, make the Equinox cheaper than the 2017 Honda CR-V. The 1.5T LS FWD holds a suggested retail price of $26,405.
Higher still, the LT and Premier start from $27,645 and $31,685, respectively. Those in the market for an all-wheel-drive Equinox should be aware that the L mode can’t be had in this configuration because Chevy can't be bothered.
According to Cars Direct, the cheapest AWD Equinox is the LS 1.5T, which is priced from $28,155, making it a whopping $1,750 more expensive than a FWD Equinox of the same genre. The creme de la creme is too far out for most prospective customers due to its $35,330 sticker. To better understand how ridiculous that price is, bear in mind that the 2016.5 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring with the 2.5-liter engine, AWD, and an auto starts from $29,870.
Late in 2017, the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox will add two more engine options in the form of a 2.0-liter turbo and a 1.6-liter turbo diesel with Opel origins. Both of these powerplants will be available in FWD and AWD guises, but only for the generously-specced LT and Premier models. Given the circumstances, it's likely that the most lavish Equinox of them all will retail for $40,000 or so.