The Equinox splits the difference between small SUVs and midsized models. While nice and roomy inside, it's less efficient than other five-passenger SUVs, but burns as much gas as larger, seven-passenger models. The 3.6-liter engine supplies quick acceleration times at the test track, but feels sluggish in routine driving with its unrefined and slow-shifting six-speed automatic transmission doing it no favors.
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Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"The four cylinder engine is kind of sluggish and the transmission is slow to downshift"

Anonymous, OK (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

"very good acceleration. Getting on the interstate safely by quickly matching highway speed."

Robert D., KY (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

"I love to drive this car. It handles wonderfully, takes bumps in the road with no disturbance to the passengers, it tracks nicely. It is a tad weak on acceleration, no doubt due to the fact that it is a 4 cylinder vehicle weighing over 4000 lbs."

Anonymous, MA (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

"On accelaration there is a slight pause before it gets up to speed"

Patty J., WA (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

"I bought the 4 cylinder because I wanted better gas mileage, but it's very slow when merging into traffic, passing, or when I need quick acceleration. I wish I had ordered the 6 cylinder instead."

Michael V., IL (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

"It has sluggish acceleration and has NEVER gotten the 30 MPH posted as highway mileage on the window sticker. I log every gallon of gas I put in the car and record its mileage for every tankful I buy. The best it has ever gotten was 27 MPH and that was 100% highway driving. I normally drive a mix of city and highway and usually get 22 to 24 in those conditions."

Anonymous, TX (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

"Acceleration is weak. 4cy is too small for the weight of the vehicle"

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

"This vehicle has a four cylinder engine. It gets up and moves pretty well - but the squirrels scream a lot when I put my foot into it."

Patricia A., CA (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

"Very poor accleration. Should get the v6 if have the option. Handling is okay with some body lean. Can be choppy around corners and doesn't handle bumps all that well. Sometime vehicle will hesitate when stepping on gas."

Timothy R., MA (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

"My Equinox LTZ has 19" tires and rides like a sedan rather than an SUV"

Anonymous, OH (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

"Poor acceleration. Handling is fine."

Gordon Y., PA (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

"Engine is underpowered, rough and noisy (4 cyl.)"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

"It has surprising good acceleration for a 4 cylinder auto and its handling is very good."

George C., MI (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

"Neither. We bought the vehicle for a very particular need. Other than an everyday drive for my husband, we use it as our tow vehicle behind our motorhome. Most importantly the truck allows us to put our Goldwing motorcycle in the bed of the truck and keep the allowable tow weight at the motorhome mfg suggested limits."

Anonymous, FL (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

"The 4 cylinders makes for poor acceleration"

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

"Dry comfortable but acceleration is labored especially when getting in expressway. Front passenger side has a wide column that blocks my view of vehicles approaching fro the right. This is dangerous situation and has almost caused accidents on a few occasions."

Anonymous, IL (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

"Fantasyic for winter driving! Goes anywhere!"

Gilbert P., WA (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

"it whines a lot when accelerating"

Anonymous, VA (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

"The best handling auto I have ever had. Acceleration is not very good."

L L., FL (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

"The handling is great. It takes curves, bumps, you name it, all in stride. The acceleration is surprisingly good for a little 4 cylinder engine."

Bruce D., MA (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

"Very bad acceleration but it's my fault for ordering the 4 cylinder in the hopes of better gas mileage. I wish I had gotten the 6 cylinder."

Mike V., IL (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

"Handles very nicely, even in bad weather"

Anonymous, IL (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

"The vehicle handled good before the engine and transmission problems."

Brandon L., IA (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

"Acceleration and handling are great. I thoroughly enjoy driving this vehicle."

Anonymous, WI (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

"V6 is great"

Earl R., BC (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

"For a 4 cylinder the vehicle has acceptable acceleration if not sporty."

Anonymous, NY (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

"Great handling on open road In town engine is rough and noisy"

Anonymous, IN (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

"The engine starts up and runs rough with hesitant acceleration and uses a lot of oil."

Lynn B., IN (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

"Easy to drive and park. Comfortable ride."

Anonymous, TX (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

"OK ride but 4 cy engine not overly peppy. Towed a U-Haul trailer with no problems."

Anonymous, NC (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

"This car has no acceleration or minimal acceleration. Craps out on hills and makes one nervous when getting on highway that it is going to xxxxx out trying to gain acceleration. The transmission stinks."

Anonymous, CT (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

"Engine chatter, irregular transmission shifting, but otherwise very satisfied with vehicle."

WILLIAM F., IN (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

"A four cylinder in this vehicle is a joke, I should have known better to think that the 4 cylinder would have enough horsepower to make this a comfortable ride. Too much up and down shifting in order to be able to maintain speed."

Anonymous, MO (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

"4 cylinder has very poor pick up. Seems like engine is just too small for the weight of the vehicle."

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

"it drives and handles well unless you need to accelerate. It's slow to accelerate and jumps forward when it finally "kicks in.""

DONNA F., TX (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

"Excelleration fair. Handling very good"

Anonymous, NC (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

"I experience hesitation when the engine is cold or when driving 30 miles an hour or less"

Anonymous, IL (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

"The vehicle is underpowered with the standard 4 cylinder engine."

Anonymous, MI (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

"1st gear is too low for normal driving. I wish I could use it only on the rare occasions that I actually need it. I think that might also help the hesitation issues in 1st and 2nd gears."

ANDREW K., MI (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

"Does not handle real well in snowy conditions."

Anonymous, IA (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

"It could use better accereleration."

Anonymous, IL (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

"The only bad thing about this Equinox is the headrests prevent a clear view behind. The ECCO system is most notable on my 8 hr. drive trips. One stop for gas. The city gas mileage isn't that good but that's expected. This SUV holds a lot of stuff--more than you could get in a regular sedan."

Anonymous, TX (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

"Engine is 4-cyc. Way too small. Very disappointed."

Anonymous, MD (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

"I have a 4 cylinder engine which provides very satisfactory acceleration while providing excellent highway mileage of 37 miles per imperial gallon"

Anonymous, BC (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

"Even though it is a 4cyl, I don't need a 6 cyl like I did in Pittsburgh. Still, it handled the mountains we'll both up and down. Mathis is my second Equinox. I loved the first one, 2005, and live this one!"

Anonymous, NC (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

"I drive a 6 cylinder and find it handles well with fairly good acceleration."

VINCEN D., BC (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

"4 cylinder engine got loud, gas mileage dropped, hesitation, dealer can;'t fix and now burns several quarts of oil per oil change."

Anonymous, OH (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

"Turning radius makes parking or backing in smaller spaces difficult"

Anonymous, IA (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

"Acceleration is much slower than other vehicles we've owned. It is especially a concern when merging into an interstate."

KATHRYN W., KY (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

"Too slow on initial acceleration."

ELIZABETH B., PA (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

"Acceleration poor and noisey. Car developed many sqweaks"

Anonymous, NY (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

"too many blind spots.poor acceleration."

DAVID C., OH (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

"When you step on the gas it hesitates and stutters."

Anonymous, ME (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

"Weak, noisy, raspy acceleration. Transmission hunts between gears when acceleration is needed at all speeds"

LYNN B., IN (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

"The Cruise Control is very slow to respond to minor inclines. There is a 4 to 5 MPH loss before the transmission shifts enough times to allow the engine to catch the speed up to the setting. Very Frustrating! Enough so that my satisfaction level suffers."

CARON B., WA (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

"I live at the foot of a mountain and it does great in the snow."

Anonymous, PA (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

"The 4 cylinder engine is really not powerful enough for the type of driving I do. We live in the Catskills (lots of hill) and I usually have a lot of weight in the car. However these were not factors when I bought the car."

Anonymous, NY (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

Comfort

Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"considerable road noise, car rides like a "buckboard""

Anonymous, MI (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

"Plenty of legroom. Adjustable rear seats which are no longer available."

Edward C., FL (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

"Good seat comfort after 7 years"

Ed S., NC (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

"The interiorincluding seats, climate control and array of vehicle controls make for an extremely comfortable ride"

Anonymous, OH (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

"It would be nice if the seats were just a tad softer. The car is quiet except under extreme acceleration when it becomes rather noisy and raspy. It's fine under normal conditions."

Anonymous, MA (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

"Seat perfect for a tall person and wide, unlike the Equinox 2018 I can't fit in it comfortable."

Anonymous, TX (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

"Very comfortable ride, performs well, vary responsive, solid vehicle."

Michael F., CT (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

"Ride noise is loud."

Anonymous, WA (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

"Road noise not bad. seats are very adjustable and helpful on long trips."

Anonymous, NC (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

"Noisy ride, vibration sounds, engine noise"

Anonymous, PA (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

"Position is easy to adjust. Ride is comfortable. Noise has getting louder as the car ages."

Anonymous, WI (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

"I would prefer the passenger seat come with lumbar support and seat adjustments like the driver seat other than in the premier model. I do not want the premier model because I do not like leather seats and the sun roof."

Anonymous, PA (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

"The front seats are very comfortable and the drivers seat is powered. The room in the rear seat area is outstanding AND the rear seat is adjustable forward and backward (manual adjustment). The vehicle is somewhat noisy but not more than I expected it to be."

Anonymous, GA (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

"It's a delight to drive. It is so smooth, goes where you point is and is remarkably quiet for a 4 cyl."

Bruce D., MA (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

"Love the look, spacious room. Seats slightly uncomfortable and the heat/air blow on the steering wheel rather than on occupant"

Anonymous, DE (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

"Still drives and handles like new. Very comfortable seating for long trips."

Gary B., GA (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

"very comfortable seats, especially on long trips"

Anonymous, VA (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

"My exhaust keeps rattling and making noise. Mechanic says he can't find anything wrong with it. It's annoying."

Mike V., IL (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

"the seats are very comfortable for long rides but there has always been squeaks from somewhere in rear of car that I can never figure out how to get rid of and it becomes very annying."

Anonymous, CT (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

"Seats are firm yet very comfortable. Many driver position adjustments."

William H., NY (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

"very quiet, comfortable front seats"

Tom T., IA (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

"Road noise is bad. Acelleration is not good with the 4 cylinder"

L L., FL (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

"Very comfortable seats , quiet ride, But engine uses one litre of oil per 1000km. There is rust everywhere and engine is a little bit on the weak side. Awkward to park in tight spots and limited driver visibility."

Uwe F., ON (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

"4 way power seats. Easy to use"

Anonymous, IL (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

"Driver seat very uncomfortable. Part of the seat presses into my right leg causing discomfort in that my leg will go numb after a couple of hours of driving and same leg will bother me for a few days afterward. I don’t like driving this vehicle long distances. I need to use a cushion for my back because I can’t reach the pedals after moving the seat forward as far as it will go. This vehicle is not comfortable to drive at all."

Elizabeth B., PA (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

"Seats are comfortable. Noise level could be lower. The ride in this Equinox is stiff and I don't especially like it."

Anonymous, WI (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

"This vehicle is a smaller suv. The road noise is very low. Most other smaller suvs I’ve been in have much more road noise. The seats are very comfortable with excellent lumbar support."

Patricia A., CA (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

"The noise is excellent when driving compared to other car I own."

Gregory F., MS (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

"Very comfortable ride and quiet."

Anonymous, MI (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

"Seats are comfortable. However, this vehicle does not have good acceleration... my husband calls it the hamstermobile."

Laura M., FL (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

"Smooth ride. A lot of room in the second seat. Just the right amount of hauling space."

Michael S., MO (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

"Wind and air conditioning noise, too loud to enjoy radio."

Virgil E., TX (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

"The support of the seats is very good and I can adjust them for a comfortable ride. The handling of the vehicle is very good."

Anonymous, NY (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

"Ride is a little rough but overall ok"

Anonymous, IN (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

"Noise level inside is poor. I am referring to the wind. I do wish the seats adjusted to a higher level as I need to sit on a pillow. I cannot understand how people can drive a car sitting so low. How can they judge say the right front fender????"

Anonymous, FL (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

"Fun to drive."

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

"no heat or ac vents in the back seat area! definitely a pain"

Anonymous, VA (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

"quiet smooth ride"

TOM T., IA (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

"My husband is over 6 feet tall and his shoulders do not fit well in the top of the seats. The seats surge in where his shoulders hit making it uncomfortable for him to drive. Also, the supports On either side of the windshield and side mirrors are often in my line of sight when driving. I had one minor accident that could be attributed to this."

KATHRYN W., KY (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

"Although seats are comfortable on daily trips. Long distance,mother edges of the front seats put pressure against thigh bottoms ( they don't in the Toyota). Love the secon row seats because they are totally adjustable."

Anonymous, NC (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

"No air conditioning vents for rear seats. Rear passengers are warm while front seat passengers are freezing."

Anonymous, OK (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

"The main issues we have with the Equinox is visibility (while driving), storage ("trunk") space and not being able to adjust/remove the headrests."

Anonymous, IL (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

"excellent controls particularly the seat memory"

Anonymous, OH (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

"I was 6'5" and I sat in every 'mid size' and small SUV as well as a few large ones, The Equinox was the only one that gave me the comfort I wanted. And we got the high end modes we wouldn't have to keep adjusting the seats when my 5'1" wife drove!"

Anonymous, ME (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

"neither my wife or myself care for the upturned outside edges of the front seats. We find them to be quite uncomfortable. Other than that everything else is OK."

Anonymous, MI (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

"Rear legroom is much better than most competitors in the small/midsize SUV market. Front Seats are supportive, etc. Ride is smooth and quiet."

Anonymous, NY (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

"Road noise / Seats-ride is comfortable for long trips /"

Anonymous, TX (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

Value

Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"Does not require a lot of maintenance. Seems to be a well built reliable car."

Edward C., FL (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

"This has been a very reliable vehicle, with low operating costs."

Brian C., MI (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

"Bought the vehicle for a reasonable cost to be used as a utility vehicle for around town errands and local trips. It has proven out that it was a good buy and would do it over again for the same reasons."

Anonymous, WY (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

"I did shop around before purchasing this vehicle. I believe I made a sound decision, relative to value, in purchasing the Equinox. Overall, I am very satisfied with my purchase."

Anonymous, GA (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

"Good value considering what we paid and all the features that came with the vehicle"

David T., NE (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

"During a recent home remodeling project, I used it a lot like a pick-up truck without damaging the interior."

Gary B., GA (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

"Its been a very good. I have not had any major problems with it. I keep up with the scheduled maintenance on a regular basis. It's as stylish as todays vehicles. The ride and road noise is not good."

George C., MI (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

"Good price, but poor quality"

Anonymous, OH (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

"Great small SUV for driving in all weather conditions."

Franklin R., NE (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

"I expected Higher gas mileage. I am getting 21 MPG. It was rated for 31 on he highway and even on long trips I have never been close to that number. My dissatisfaction is I would like higher gas mileage."

John W., SC (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

"After seven years the car has proven to be inexpensive and functional. A pleasure to drive."

Timothy M., ON (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

"I felt the price of the vehicle was reasonable considering the looks and styling. We've had the car for seven years with free oil changes and since we have never spent even a dime on repairs it has been an exceptional vehicle."

Anonymous, GA (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

"During "Polar Vortex" (-7degrees for the day's high temp.), the vehicle STOPPED DEAD while driving. When I called the dealer, they told me that i WAS the 5th Equinox that day to have a STOPPED DEAD vehicle. They fixed it. It was still under warranty. My conclusion: It doesn't do well under adverse Winter weather temperatures."

Anonymous, PA (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

"Great vehicle"

Earl R., BC (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

"The price I paid for the accessories were a good value"

Gregory F., MS (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

"Price was very reasonable."

Anonymous, AL (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

"We liked the comfort and the fuel mileage."

LARRY L., IL (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

"good mpg and roomy"

TOM T., IA (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

"great value for the money!"

Anonymous, NC (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

"Could have better fuel economy"

Anonymous, WI (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

"Although the Equinox is not an expensive vehicle, one would expect the transmission to last more than 50,000 miles. Nor should one expect a front end vibration with such low mileage."

EILEEN R., NY (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

"reasonable price for this vehicle"

Anonymous, GA (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

Styling

How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"Very impressive internal styling for the price"

Anonymous, IL (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

"The dash controls are not intuitive. We much prefer the controls in the Suburban."

BRUCE D., MA (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

"M Equinox is 5 years old and is still very stylish and current in design"

Anonymous, BC (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

"The post separating the windshield and the doors on both sides is too wide, sometimes making it difficult to see oncoming traffic when wanting to make a turn."

LARRY L., CA (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

"Very satisfied. Usually get 25 -30 mpg. It is checked every time I fill up. I have got 39 mpg twice. During winter average 22-38 mpg. I am quite happy with the performance of the vehicle. It I was going to buy a new Equinox I would probably but a V6 Motor for the extra power when needed."

CHUCK W., MB (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

"Can't see out the back--No backup camera! Cargo space very limited. No trunk space for anything except the spare tire. Few nooks for storing anything."

Anonymous, OK (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

"Difficult to see out rear window and blind spot due to wide rear panel columns on both sides of rear window"

Anonymous, PA (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

"There is a blind spot on the left front corner, where the side mirror and the front panel on the left front of the windshield are positioned. You have to be very, very careful when turning left."

M B., MS (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

Would you buy this car again?

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