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The Equinox is one of the roomiest compact SUVs available, and offers the latest infotainment and safety technology. Most versions use a lackluster 1.5-liter turbo four-cylinder with a six-speed automatic.
The uplevel engine is a more muscular 252-hp turbo four-cylinder mated to a nine-speed automatic. We found that the ride absorbed bumps and pavement imperfections quite well. Handling is responsive and secure. The cabin is quiet, and the controls are straightforward to use, including the MyLink infotainment system. Even though the interior has some cheap touches, the seats are quite comfortable. Forward collision warning and city-speed automatic braking are standard for 2020. The diesel engine is no longer offered.
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2018-2019
2018 Redesign Year
The new Equinox has tidier dimensions, bringing it in line with the small-SUV segment dominated by the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V. The Equinox packs the latest infotainment and safety technology, and two small-displacement turbocharged engines, plus a diesel choice that's promised to deliver an estimated 40 mpg on the highway.
Power comes from a 170-hp 1.5-liter mated to a six-speed automatic; the uplevel engine is a 252-hp, 2.0-liter four mated to a nine-speed automatic. The MyLink infotainment system is offered in 7- and 8-inch forms, each with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility. Forward-collision warning with low-speed automatic braking, blind-spot warning, and rear cross-traffic alert are available.
$18,550 - $26,850
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$16,700 - $23,250
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2010-2017
2010 Redesign Year
The redesigned 2010 model, which offers four-cylinder and V6 engines, is light years better than its predecessor. It still has a roomy rear seat, but the interior is much nicer.
The ride is taut, yet supple and controlled. Handling is responsive and secure. But fuel economy still falls short of the best small SUVs. We recommend skipping the base Equinox and jumping right to an LT, which comes with a power driver's seat. While the four-cylinder engine manages to get the job done, the V6 is more enjoyable. The 2013 models brought a much quicker optional 3.6-liter V6, as well as a revised interior with new infotainment technology. WiFi debuted in 2015. For 2016, Equinox got a smattering of cosmetic updates and advanced safety features, including available blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert, which join forward-collision and lane-departure warning systems. Also, a rear-view camera became standard on all trim lines.
$14,250 - $19,850
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$11,950 - $17,275
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$9,775 - $15,025
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$9,200 - $12,675
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$8,100 - $10,325
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$7,175 - $9,100
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$6,350 - $7,975
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$5,875 - $6,875
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2005-2009
2005 Redesign Year
The first-generation Chevrolet Equinox is a mediocre SUV. While it has a roomy rear seat, the interior is crafted of subpar materials.
The old-tech 185-hp, 3.4-liter V6 lacks refinement and returns poor fuel economy. A tip-up onto two wheels in the government rollover test was another negative until electronic stability control became standard in 2007. Ride and interior noise are improved in 2007 models, though handling remains clumsy, even with electronic stability control. The body also leans a lot in turns. Curtain airbags were made standard for 2009 (they were previously an option).
$5,100 - $6,050
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$4,250 - $5,175
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$3,975 - $4,525
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$3,725 - $4,350
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$3,050 - $3,575
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