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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.

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 (sec.) 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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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
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
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
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 2006 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)

“ABS would engage prematurely especially if braking while turning. We were told was a bearing issue (ruled out sensors)”

Anonymous, ON (2006 Chevrolet Equinox Unsure 3.4-L V6)

“senor failure”

Anonymous, FL (2006 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.4-L V6)

“The anti-lock braking system activates on normal stops. I had it looked at and fixed but problem came back”

Michael P., WI (2006 Chevrolet Equinox Unsure 3.4-L V6)

“Anti lock brakes engage when braking at low speeds most of the time and have replaced both lower control arms (front), wheel bearings and entire brake system at both front wheels, all bushings but rotor noise still persists when turning vehicle to th”

Richard W., MI (2006 Chevrolet Equinox LS 3.4-L V6)

“Troubles correcting the system”

Anonymous, TX (2006 Chevrolet Equinox LS 3.4-L V6)

“ABS system made bad noise. Repair was costly”

Kurt S., NV (2006 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.4-L V6)

“Parking brake is in a ackward positon with the coffee cup holder. To activate the parking park you must first remove and close the coffee cup holder then activate the parking brake and retunr the coffee and cup holder in it's regular positon”

Anonymous, ON (2006 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.4-L V6)
Rotors

“Rotors and brake pads had to be replaced”

Gil B., ON (2006 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.4-L V6)

“Brake chattering apparently caused by rotor warp. Repeat issue. (front brakes)”

Anonymous, MD (2006 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.4-L V6)

“Normal wear on rotors when the brakes needed to be replaced”

Anonymous, TN (2006 Chevrolet Equinox LS 3.4-L V6)
Calipers

“Caliper broke off or something and was rubbing against the tire. Not sure exactly. It was bad, though”

Anonymous, MO (2006 Chevrolet Equinox LS 3.4-L V6)

“Normal wear and tear on brakes that gave a high pitch noise and started to shake when decelerating from a high to low speed”

Anonymous, TN (2006 Chevrolet Equinox LS 3.4-L V6)

“All wheel drive tough on front brakes”

Anonymous, PA (2006 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

Heater system

“My vehicle's heater stopped working. This was gradual (slow to heat up at first then got wosre) then stopped heatiny altogether. Thermostat was replaced but is still slower to warm up”

Anonymous, ON (2006 Chevrolet Equinox Unsure 3.4-L V6)

“Blend door malfunctioned. Chevy fixed it at no charge even though warranty had expired”

Anonymous, MI (2006 Chevrolet Equinox LS 3.4-L V6)

“Cold air only from heater and defroster. Actuator issue”

Anonymous, MD (2006 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.4-L V6)

“Heater core stopped working - leaked fluid into the cab and needed to be completely taken apart. Car was in the shop for 2 weeks”

Anonymous, WA (2006 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.4-L V6)

“Heater blend door failure covered by warranty car down 2 days”

Anonymous, OH (2006 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.4-L V6)

“I could not keep consistent heating or cooling . My mechanic ran dye through the system & added refrigerant . It is apparently a seal which will have to be replaced for about $230.00”

Marsha S., OH (2006 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.4-L V6)

“When I had no defogger or heat, my mechanic found numerous wires had melted together, hence another pricey fix”

Marsha S., OH (2006 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

12V power plug

“No power at plugs, but have not had an opportunity to check fuses”

Bob B., OR (2006 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.4-L V6)
Interior lights

“A significant (and inconsistent) number of the interior lights are out - e.g., one-half of speedometer, various climate control lights, lights in the controls on the steering wheel. Some may be fuses, which I have not checked, but others have to be burned out lights, which I would not expect from LEDs”

Bob B., OR (2006 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.4-L V6)
Gauges

“No all of the instrument panel lights work, I keep getting warning lights and the compass/temp portion of the inside rearview mirror does not work”

Anonymous, MI (2006 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.4-L V6)

“Panel lights failed”

Anonymous, PA (2006 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.4-L V6)
Headlights

“burned out bulb”

Anonymous, CA (2006 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.4-L V6)

“when activating the turning signal or when switching to high beams, high beam will lock and don't tun off cousin some smoking from the stick housing”

Gustavo T., NE (2006 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.4-L V6)
Keyless entry

“car will unlock with remote key after several tries, never on the first push of the button”

Gustavo T., NE (2006 Chevrolet Equinox LT 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

“One front strut was found to be broken, requiring that all 4 shocks and struts be replaced”

Anonymous, WA (2006 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.4-L V6)
Wheel bearings

“Front left bearing went out but I had enough warning to get it replaced before failing”

Barton L., TX (2006 Chevrolet Equinox LS 3.4-L V6)

“had it in seven times now, and currently facing number 8, many being the right side front. Tried OEM and Timken, neither has lasted longer then a year”

Anonymous, MI (2006 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

Squeaks or rattles

“problems are on going with squeaks and rattles front end mostly. describing the rattles sounds like the front end is about to fall offgoing over a bump”

Anonymous, ON (2006 Chevrolet Equinox 3.4-L V6)

“There is noise when turning the steering wheel”

Anonymous, MI (2006 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.

What Owners Say

Driveline vibration

“Breaks wearing unevenly, vibrating when pressed, caliper sticking, had to replace breaks 1x this past year and going to have to replace them again in next 30-days”

Anonymous, AZ (2006 Chevrolet Equinox LT 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

“sensor lights kept coming on and minor issues just very sensitive”

Anonymous, KY (2006 Chevrolet Equinox LT 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

“because of apparently installing a weakened style, it did not hold up, had to have it replaced”

Anonymous, MI (2006 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.4-L V6)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Thermostat

“Recently failed and the temp gauge was going up and down and the AC stopped”

Barton L., TX (2006 Chevrolet Equinox LS 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

Spark plugs or wires failure

“Check engine light indicated there was a misfire in cylinder #1, spark plug broke in place when it was being removed to be replaced”

Julio A., IL (2006 Chevrolet Equinox LS 3.4-L V6)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Oil leaks

“Oil leak from bottom of engine near filter. Possibly the rear main seal. Source of leak still to be determined by mechanic”

Anonymous, MA (2006 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.4-L V6)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

Transmission leaks

“Started dripping from the transmission cooler line”

Anonymous, GA (2006 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

Loose exterior trim or moldings

“Plastic modeling pulling away from door, rubber trim pulling away from doors and window, seals around windows warping and cracking. Worried it's going to ruin windows”

Anonymous, AZ (2006 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.4-L V6)

Exhaust

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

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.

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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