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This iteration of the Equinox is spacious with a roomy rear seat and easy access. Ride and interior noise are improved. However, handling remains clumsy, even with electronic stability control. And, the body leans a lot in turns. The V6 offers adequate power, but sounds coarse and gets mediocre fuel economy. Curtain airbags were made standard for 2009 (they were previously an option).
Alerts
There are 4 recalls 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 (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

Worse Better
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

This iteration of the Equinox is spacious with a roomy rear seat and easy access. Ride and interior noise are improved. However, handling remains clumsy, even with electronic stability control. And, the body leans a lot in turns. The V6 offers adequate power, but sounds coarse and gets mediocre fuel economy. Curtain airbags were made standard for 2009 (they were previously an option).

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 2007 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

Normal routine brake wear

“No driving concerns but was told they needed replaced soon. It was the first time I'd changed the brakes on this car”

Heather B., OH (2007 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.4-L V6)

“Brake pads and rotors. 100,00km. Normal wear and tear”

Sandra G., ON (2007 Chevrolet Equinox LS 3.4-L V6)
Squeaking

“First it sounded like the transmission was stuck in a gear. Turned out to be Hub assembly left front. Rotors needed turned at same time, due to bouncing & noise. Battery replaced at same time, to fix a starting problem (if radio and clock didn't com”

Anonymous, MD (2007 Chevrolet Equinox Unsure 3.4-L V6)
Antilock system (ABS)

“found two wheel sensors to0 be bad causing all the problems”

Anonymous, NC (2007 Chevrolet Equinox Unsure 3.4-L V6)

“ABS light comes on frequently. Finally had to replace computer sensor”

Anonymous, KY (2007 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.4-L V6)

“ABS and Traction control comes on intermittently. Unable to isolate problem at dealer”

Anonymous, TN (2007 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.4-L V6)
Calipers

“I have had ongoing problems since I have owned this car (new) with the calipers seizing. Including locking open (brakes don't work) or locking tight resulting in a frozen wheel (which wasn't great as I was in traffick). I've had the calipers, breaklines, pads and rotors changed way too many times for a car with 130k miles. Other than that the car has been a reliable vehicle”

Erin B., MA (2007 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

“Gas & rpm gauges stopped working. This was a $1000 repair”

Anonymous, NJ (2007 Chevrolet Equinox LS 3.4-L V6)
Headlights

“Condensation inside assembly. Had them replace it after purchased”

Anonymous, MD (2007 Chevrolet Equinox Unsure 3.4-L V6)

“It constantly comes on needing servicing, or tire pressure is low. Sometimes there is enough pressure in the tires, buy it still comes on”

Davies H., MI (2007 Chevrolet Equinox Unsure 3.4-L V6)

“tire preasure warning light comes on”

Anonymous, KY (2007 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.4-L V6)

“keeps coming on. Tires are inflated properly”

Anonymous, MA (2007 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.4-L V6)
Body control module

“comes on & off have it check find not a thing”

Anonymous, WI (2007 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.4-L V6)

“Intermittent electrical issues that cause signal lights , hatchback latch, radio controls, etc. to stop working. Replaced body control unit but still happens”

Robert H., CT (2007 Chevrolet Equinox LS 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

“Rear Seal and or Taillights leak during rains and fill the spare tire well”

David S., TX (2007 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.4-L V6)

“Sunroof leaks”

Anonymous, KY (2007 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.4-L V6)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

“Weathering stripping around driver window just came loose causing air and water leakage”

David C., TN (2007 Chevrolet Equinox LS 3.4-L V6)

“ceiling panel leak”

Anonymous, NY (2007 Chevrolet Equinox Unsure 3.4-L V6)

“Noisy doors, and lots of rattles on bumpy roads”

David C., TN (2007 Chevrolet Equinox LS 3.4-L V6)
Wind noise

“It has always been a noisy vehicle especially on the driver door”

Richard W., IN (2007 Chevrolet Equinox LS 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

“EGR system failed while on a trip; local dealer replaced it”

Robert M., CT (2007 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.4-L V6)
Fuel gauge/sender

“The fuel sender is part of the fuel pump mounted on the tank. The gauge was giving strange readings when the leak started”

Anonymous, FL (2007 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.4-L V6)
Fuel pump

“The component is mounted on top of the tank. It was leaking gas and exhaust system had to be remove to remove the tank had to be taken out to make the repair. I found that this was a common problem by researching the internet. Should have been a reca”

Anonymous, FL (2007 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.4-L V6)

“Top of fuel pump cracked and began leaking fuel. Repair covered under recall”

Anonymous, MA (2007 Chevrolet Equinox LS 3.4-L V6)

“Had a leak which required a fuel pump replacement at a cost of $1000. Two weeks later, I received a recall notice on the exact same issue, and requested reimbursement by the dealership which had replaced the fuel pump. It was another two weeks before”

Anonymous, TX (2007 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.4-L V6)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

“Steering control location sensor. Replaced”

Anonymous, OH (2007 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

“Every time we hit a bump, feels like the whole front end falling out, it makes an excessive amount of road noise...just don't have money to fix it right now”

Bill F., KY (2007 Chevrolet Equinox)

“took aver a year to find and correct the problem...Light stayed on most of the time and went out when I carrie it to be fixed”

Anonymous, NC (2007 Chevrolet Equinox Unsure 3.4-L V6)

“The power outlets stopped working. Keeps blowing fuses. Hasn't been repaired yet”

David G., NJ (2007 Chevrolet Equinox LS 3.4-L V6)
Driveshaft or axle

“The whole front end drive has to be replace, ball joint, springs, struts, axle boots....over $1000. Worth”

Bill F., KY (2007 Chevrolet Equinox)

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

“horrible ride”

Anonymous, MA (2007 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.4-L V6)
Wheel bearings

“All 4 wheel bearings needed replacing. All 4 failed with 1000 miles of each other”

Anonymous, MA (2007 Chevrolet Equinox LS 3.4-L V6)

“making noise and steering issues. mechanic fixed problem by replacing wheel bearings”

Anonymous, OH (2007 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.4-L V6)
Power steering pumps and hoses

“Power steering assists not working estimated cost $1,200.00”

Anonymous, FL (2007 Chevrolet Equinox LS 3.4-L V6)

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.

What Owners Say

Steering wheel controls

“the blinkers remain on after the stearing wheel comes back to center”

Mark H., FL (2007 Chevrolet Equinox Unsure 3.4-L V6)
Display screen goes blank

“Started with check engine light on saying engine hot, AC on. It was not on, temp showed getting hotter. Then, light went out. After $1300, the dealer found the dash was not communicating with the computer. They replaced fuse box and dash assembly! Which I discovered was not working properly when I purchased the car. It was well after the 30 day warranty. I still have a few more months' payments to make! I wish I didn't have to buy other's problem vehicles! (I loved my Chevy Celebrities)”

Anonymous, MD (2007 Chevrolet Equinox Unsure 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

Ignition switch

“Sometimes key sticks in ignition switch. Have to turn off and on several times before it can be removed”

Richard W., IN (2007 Chevrolet Equinox LS 3.4-L V6)

“Cylinder 1 spark plug wire was too close to the engine and the insulation melted”

Anonymous, WI (2007 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

Tailgate, hatch or trunk

“the tailgate leaks inside when it rains”

Mark H., FL (2007 Chevrolet Equinox Unsure 3.4-L V6)
Windows

“The power window actuator is plastic and breaks if the window does not slide exactly in the rubber trim around the door. A whole new regulator has to be purchased to fix it. Government Motors junk”

Robert S., DE (2007 Chevrolet Equinox Unsure 3.4-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

“The trans started slipping at about 100K. Problem got worse until the trans needed rebuiding”

David G., NJ (2007 Chevrolet Equinox LS 3.4-L V6)

“Transmission is slipping estimated repair cost to rebuild the transmission is $1,500.00”

Anonymous, FL (2007 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

Engine knock or ping

“Cylinder 1 misfire”

Anonymous, WI (2007 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

“Driver's seat, left side - plastic panel at the bottom broke”

Thomas S., TX (2007 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

Gear selector or linkage

“Shift selector did not communicate with the starter/ignition. The key wouldn't come out of the ignition because the vehicle didn't sense it was in park”

Anonymous, AZ (2007 Chevrolet Equinox LS 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

“Heater began leaking under center console”

Stan A., CA (2007 Chevrolet Equinox LS 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

Engine rebuild or replacement

“engine began to rattle ,rods locked”

Anonymous, KY (2007 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.4-L V6)

Engine Cooling

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

Exhaust

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

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