There was time when minivans were the only choice considered by parents seeking the roomiest family transportation. However, while minivans are high on versatility, they are woefully low on style, and many of today’s moms and dads seek fresher alternatives.
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.