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The Equinox has a roomy rear seat rivalling that of some large sedans and SUVs. But overall, it doesn't compare well with competing models. We found interior quality subpar and seating very uncomfortable. Further, rear seats that don't fold flat and obtrusive wheelwells limit the usefulness of the cargo area. The ride is unsettled, handling is clumsy and steering is vague.
Alerts
There is 1 recall on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
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Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
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Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
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Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
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Safety Equipment
ABS available in 2005, standard from 2006. ESC standard from 2007. Head protection air bags available, standard from 2009. Side air bags standard from 2009.
Road Test

The Equinox has a roomy rear seat rivalling that of some large sedans and SUVs. But overall, it doesn't compare well with competing models. We found interior quality subpar and seating very uncomfortable. Further, rear seats that don't fold flat and obtrusive wheelwells limit the usefulness of the cargo area. The ride is unsettled, handling is clumsy and steering is vague. The coarse-sounding engine gets only 17 mpg, which is typical of larger SUVs.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD , Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

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Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 3.4-liter V6 (185 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2005 Chevrolet Equinox owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

“Dashboard light came on for both ABS and TC. Had a hub replaced and still had the problem, then had the cable/harness replaced and that seems to have fixed it”

Jeffery O., TN (2005 Chevrolet Equinox LS 3.4-L V6)

“The left front ABS sensor needs replaced”

Lateefah M., KS (2005 Chevrolet Equinox LS 3.4-L V6)

“3. ABS hubs and sensors requiring $700 to replace”

G M., ON (2005 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.4-L V6)

“I have replaced break sensors twice in this vehicle and in general this vehicle is always having break issues. These break issues tend to be costly”

Karl K., IL (2005 Chevrolet Equinox Unsure 3.4-L V6)

“During in-town driving, the brakes often shimmy when I step on them. Then the ABS lights come on, and the problem goes away”

Mary M., OR (2005 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.4-L V6)

“Sensors for the antilock brakes are built into the hubs, requiring the hubs to be replaced prematurely”

Saundra P., OH (2005 Chevrolet Equinox Unsure 3.4-L V6)

“They freeze up and destroy the rotors”

Joe F., NJ (2005 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.4-L V6)

“Have a summer home in the mountains. Apparently calipers are common problems with mountain braking. But it's been 2-3 years and never quite right again with three different repairs - including one by a Chevy dealer”

Anonymous, FL (2005 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.4-L V6)

“Many brake problems, continue to take car to dealer for these problems. Each visit to dealer costs at least $500 and some costing more. Sorry I don't have specifics. I try not to think about it”

Kathy D., CT (2005 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.4-L V6)
Rotors

“needed rotors during regular driving. needed to be replaced”

Anonymous, PA (2005 Chevrolet Equinox LS 3.4-L V6)

“This was the first time I had to have the rotors done. After 150,000 miles”

Jackie D., IL (2005 Chevrolet Equinox LS 3.4-L V6)

“The brake rotors, that I discussed in my previous comment, were repaired. I assume it was just normal wear and tear, and they needed to be replaced, but for some reason my dealership was inept in figuring out what caused the pulsating that I felt when I would apply the brakes”

Anonymous, VA (2005 Chevrolet Equinox Unsure 3.4-L V6)

“Squeaking when breaking”

Anonymous, NY (2005 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.4-L V6)

“It seems like I have replaced the rotors more than expected. Terrible car. First model year was 2005”

Kathy D., CT (2005 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.4-L V6)

“Have to replace every 20k because they warp and sometimes the calipers freeze up and destroy the rotors”

Joe F., NJ (2005 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.4-L V6)

“Replaced all four rotors, ten months later again replaced both front rotors”

Ralph K., MB (2005 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.4-L V6)

“Squeaking of brakes when pressure applied. Replaced brakes, balanced and aligned tires, and all seems fine so far”

Anonymous, CO (2005 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.4-L V6)

“abs light come on”

Anonymous, CO (2005 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.4-L V6)

“Excessive pedal travel”

Anonymous, MA (2005 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.4-L V6)

“I seem to go through brakes on this vehicle a lot faster than on previous vehicles I've owned. I have to replace them every 5 to 10 thoUSnd miles”

Anonymous, NY (2005 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.4-L V6)

“worn out and replaced”

William S., ON (2005 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.4-L V6)

“Brakes was due replacement”

Eugene H., FL (2005 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.4-L V6)

“Hub bearing replace. Brake pads”

Anonymous, CO (2005 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.4-L V6)
Regular brake failure

“even after break work is completed I always wonder when the next brake issue will occur. It usually does not take long for something to come up”

Karl K., IL (2005 Chevrolet Equinox Unsure 3.4-L V6)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

“Heads crack due to gasket failure”

Ron M., MI (2005 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.4-L V6)

“Engine coolant was leaking diluting the engine oil”

Anonymous, IL (2005 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.4-L V6)
Head gasket

“The head gasket had to be replaced for the second time at around 80,000 miles. The head gasket problem with the Equinox is a common issue that General Motors had not addressed”

Anonymous, NY (2005 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.4-L V6)

“1. Head gasket corner leaked coolant; Oil pan gasket leaked; costing $3000 to repair 2. Timing cover gasket and water pump leaked costing C$954 plus C$678 to repair. 3. ABS hubs and sensors requiring $700 to replace”

G M., ON (2005 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.4-L V6)

“head gasket started leaking in multiple spots. Gasket rotted away, no damage to the head itself”

Jerry O., MN (2005 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.4-L V6)

“All of GMs 3400 motors start with an intake gasket failure about 75000 miles. At 100,000 miles the head gaskets let loose and will cause cracked heads”

Ron M., MI (2005 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.4-L V6)

“Head Gasket leaking, originally slowly leaked antifreeze. Now I refill every other day. over 6 month span”

Greg N., SD (2005 Chevrolet Equinox LS 3.4-L V6)

“Failure happened suddenly and cost $1700 to repair”

Judith B., IL (2005 Chevrolet Equinox LS 3.4-L V6)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

“Front strut rods snapping internally. 4th strut on left side, 3rd strut on right side and it is starting to rattle. Have been replacing with Monroe struts. This car isn't driven off road”

Richard J., NY (2005 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.4-L V6)

“Struts were leaking”

Anonymous, PA (2005 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.4-L V6)

“Needed replaced”

Brian R., OH (2005 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.4-L V6)

“The front struts were replaced, and cost $812.00, an extraordinary amount in my estimation”

Marcus M., MO (2005 Chevrolet Equinox LS 3.4-L V6)

“Rear springs were broken”

Anonymous, PA (2005 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.4-L V6)

“Beyond my knowledge, I heard a noise, my mechanic diagnosed it and I'm happy”

Anonymous, ON (2005 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.4-L V6)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

“Paint peeling like all 2005 models”

Ralph K., MB (2005 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.4-L V6)

“Very poor pain job. Pain is peeling all over the vehicle and there are many areas of rust ... even after undercoasting the vehicle”

Anonymous, ON (2005 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.4-L V6)
Rust

“rusting on inside of doors and back hatch”

Anonymous, WI (2005 Chevrolet Equinox LS 3.4-L V6)

“The rust started after only four years and continues to get worse. I had it undercoated at the time of purchase by Chevy. They guarunteed it for 5 years, but when I brought it back after only 4, the did nothing”

Anonymous, NY (2005 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.4-L V6)

“normal rust under wheel wells and by sieeviews Painting it now at body shop so I can get 2-3 more years out of an otherwise fine GM”

Anonymous, ON (2005 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.4-L V6)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

“REPLACED TWICE..SAME LIGHT”

Anonymous, OH (2005 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.4-L V6)

“Due to recall, I had the ignition switch fixed at a Chevy dealer locally. I had to take it back twice to get the lights to stop sticking in the on position”

Marcus M., MO (2005 Chevrolet Equinox LS 3.4-L V6)
Heated or cooled seats

“For the last year or more the heated seat on the driver's side will turn on, but cannot be regulated OR turned off until the engine is turned off”

Linda H., OH (2005 Chevrolet Equinox Unsure 3.4-L V6)
Wiper motor or washer

“Windshield washer is broken, haven't had it fixed it yet”

Anonymous, TX (2005 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.4-L V6)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

“Heater core hose”

Fred B., TX (2005 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.4-L V6)

“Water leaked in around the sunroof, flowing into the engine and causing it to stall”

Anonymous, CO (2005 Chevrolet Equinox Unsure 3.4-L V6)

“draind for sunroof get clogged and water enters the car”

Anonymous, NJ (2005 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.4-L V6)

“sunroof leak. Have to take it to a body shop to get it fixed because it apparently was after market”

Anonymous, FL (2005 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.4-L V6)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

“it quit and i had it replaced”

Anonymous, TX (2005 Chevrolet Equinox Unsure 3.4-L V6)

“stopped producing cold air”

Anonymous, CA (2005 Chevrolet Equinox LS 3.4-L V6)

“this is the second compressor that needed to be replaced is 4 years”

James O., FL (2005 Chevrolet Equinox LS 3.4-L V6)

“A/C only works at highway speeds due to compressor failure. Estimated cost to fix is $1300”

Anonymous, IL (2005 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.4-L V6)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

“Installed new spark plugs and wires just under 2 years ago. Engine started choking again so guessing it needs new ones again”

Greg N., SD (2005 Chevrolet Equinox LS 3.4-L V6)
Starter

“Took two or more tries to start it. Ignition/starter had to be replaced”

Linda H., OH (2005 Chevrolet Equinox Unsure 3.4-L V6)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

“engine light on”

William S., ON (2005 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.4-L V6)
Fuel pump

“the car was slowing down even though I had my foot on the gas pedal. I pulled over to the side of the road. The car would not start, it had to be towed. I was told the problem was the fuel pump. It cost over $1,300 dollars to fix”

Anonymous, FL (2005 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.4-L V6)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

“Timing cover gasket and oil pan gasket”

Anonymous, NC (2005 Chevrolet Equinox)

“leaking small amounts of oil - not finding leak”

Robert H., NC (2005 Chevrolet Equinox Unsure 3.4-L V6)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

“needed to be replaced”

Robert H., NC (2005 Chevrolet Equinox Unsure 3.4-L V6)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

“Coolant was leaking and diluting the engine oil”

Anonymous, IL (2005 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.4-L V6)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Doors or sliding doors

“There are many problems with this vehicle but the most annoying is the tailgate air deflector which rusted out and the hatch will not close. They do not fix the piece, instead they replace it at more than $2K. Not me! Never again”

Anonymous, ON (2005 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.4-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Torque converter

“its a all wheel drive suv rear drive shaft and bearings blew out”

Mark A., NY (2005 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.4-L V6)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

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