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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.

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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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?
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 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. At 18 mpg overall, fuel economy from the V6 falls short. Four-cylinder models have an overworked 2.4-liter engine, which returns 21 mpg. Handling and ride are decent, but ordinary.

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
  • 6-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 2.4-liter 4 (182 hp)
  • 3.6-liter V6 (301 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2014 Chevrolet Equinox owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

Backup or other camera/sensors

“fail to activate or turn off”

Anonymous, MO (2014 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“The back-up cameras and the Weater reports were problamtic. A software upgrade fixed teh back-up cameras, but GM was NEVER able to fix the weater reports. I am constantly getting the alerts that I shut off. After shutting them off, two weeks later they reset back to ON. i just ignore them now. GM fixed the software in 2015 but upgrading to 2015 edition in VOLT screwed up buttons on centerstack. 2015 upgrade fixed problem in Equinox. NOT FIXED IN 2014 VOLT or 2014 MALIBU”

Donald M., MI (2014 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 3.6-L V6)
Display screen freezes up

“Screen would not show proper temperature and froze on the backup camera screen -- replaced unit”

Anonymous, ID (2014 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 3.6-L V6)
Display screen goes blank

“display screen goes blank, cannot adjust radio, rear camera also goes blank. Dealership advised of problem. I would have to leave car at dealership for a few days to have it ck out and due to distance I was unable to do so. Yesterday system went bl”

Anonymous, NH (2014 Chevrolet Equinox Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“On two occasions the screen and radio stopped working”

R W., ON (2014 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 3.6-L V6)

“They've given many explanations of why/how the problem occurs, none qualify for a positive answer that the problem won't happen again, because it DOES! Bad part is, it never happens at their quarters. Most times it will re-start the light but never”

Anonymous, AZ (2014 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“This is part of the GPS problem. The system goes to sleep and blank and does not come back on for several hours or days. It does eventually come back up”

Richard H., CO (2014 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 3.6-L V6)

“The screen will get stuck on the backup camera when shifting from reverse to drive then it will go blank and you have no access to any of the functions plus it disables the ability to charge my phone on the auxiliary cord”

Greg K., OH (2014 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“freeze up”

Mark F., NC (2014 Chevrolet Equinox Unsure Unsure)

“doesn't understand commands”

Brent L., ON (2014 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“It goes completely blank and dead. It has been in to the dealer three times. The problem reoccurred after each repair. It went out of warranty and went out again. GM does not seem to know what the problem is and will not fix it. It does come back on after several hours. It is so unreliable that we now carry maps and a second GPS. we have gotten lost in three major cities when it went out”

Richard H., CO (2014 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 3.6-L V6)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

“Have had the car in to find out why phone pairing is inconsistent. They cannot give a good answer or fix the problem. They only say the system acts strange sometimes. Using an Apple IPhone with latest iOS upgrade”

Ron D., AZ (2014 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“intermittenly looses my iphone 5, have to unpair on my phone and repair with the Equinox”

Anna C., AL (2014 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“The person you call will answer but it is not heard in the car for a moment”

Kenneth S., GA (2014 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“I have to pair my phone an avg of twice a week. Voice commands on bluetooth are not USble. It is the vehicle that looses the connection it is still showing on the phone. Dealer has been non responsive”

Anonymous, OK (2014 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Won't stay paired with phone, have to redo this often”

Anonymous, MN (2014 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Bluetooth pairing from iPhone to vehicle drops out about every 2 weeks requiring resetting or repairing of device”

Anonymous, PA (2014 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.6-L V6)
Radio

“Radio and heating control quit working twice. Dealership replace whole unit after 2nd incident. No problems since then”

Anonymous, NY (2014 Chevrolet Equinox Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Voice commands are very inaccurate using blue-tooth connections on the phone. In vehicle commands are a little better but still not totally accurate”

Anonymous, OK (2014 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“even talking clearly and slowly it doesn't understand the commands vary well. i spent over 1/2 hr with service manager trying to get navigation to work. wish i never got it”

Brent L., ON (2014 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen difficult to see

“dash lights go dark intermittent and randomly”

Mark H., MT (2014 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Body Integrity

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

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

“air around doors and windows”

Anonymous, LA (2014 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.6-L V6)

“faulty hatch lock”

Loretta K., MT (2014 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 3.6-L V6)

“It was noted the vehicle squeaked and made noise, it seemed, around the from suspension. A trip to the dealership remedied the problem”

Anonymous, FL (2014 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Rattle somewhere in back of car”

James R., TX (2014 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“a lot of road noise and engine noise”

Anonymous, LA (2014 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.6-L V6)

“Seems to be from the rear end area there is squeaks and rattles when driving. Nothing serious but just an annoyance”

Jody C., UT (2014 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 3.6-L V6)

“The sound was discovered to be in the suspension, left rear "control arm." I'm not sure of the exact part terminology. A new part will be installed under warranty. The roads after this last winter are horrendous!”

Bonnie C., NY (2014 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“The rear view mirror vibrates”

Ronald D., FL (2014 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

“Paint Scratched very easy. The scratch were not very deep, which I feel that the paint wasn't very thick. The dealer said that it wasn't their problem. Which will mean that this will be the last GM auto”

Anonymous, TN (2014 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“The spoiler paint was thin on the edge and needed redone”

Carol F., PA (2014 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Paint chip from the front bumper”

Anonymous, PA (2014 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Rust

“Rust coming from near the crome trim on the rear of the vehicle”

Anonymous, PA (2014 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“There was a recall to have the lower lip of the rear doors cleaned and sealed. The recall said there might be a possiblity of rust in this area. Our car did not have any visible rust showing and they did not find any. They did clean and reseal the bottom of the doors”

Paul E., NB (2014 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“I had rust neat the handle of the tailgate. I took it to my Chevrolet dealer and had it repaired under warranty with no problem. Very satisfied”

Mary M., MI (2014 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Climate System

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

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

“At Times AC will not come on. This problem is intermittent”

Aaron S., OK (2014 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Had to have a new compressor installed”

Anonymous, SD (2014 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Heater system

“Button that controls increase or decrease in temperature has issues”

Anonymous, OH (2014 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.6-L V6)

“Heater core failed, leaked antifreeze”

Anonymous, ME (2014 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“On a trip, the system does not maintain the temperature its set at”

Mel R., NJ (2014 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.6-L V6)
Refrigerant leaks

“radiator had to be replaced”

Gene D., KY (2014 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 3.6-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

“Rear convenience outlet won't work”

Jim H., NY (2014 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Car wouldn't start after not being started for over a week. Took it to the dealer and they supposedly fixed it but would not start when I went to pick it up. Replaced the battery and so far so good. But I've read where the body control module could be a problem also”

Anonymous, KY (2014 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Key was locked in the steering column. Replace key cylinder”

John S., KS (2014 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“check engine light and skid control lights light up randomly. Stay on until car is shut off and restarted”

Mark H., MT (2014 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Tire pressure monitor

“Multiple failures. Of sensors”

Anonymous, FL (2014 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Engine computer

“We had to take it down to the dealership 6 times for the different problems with the electrical system on this thing first the radio and climate control stopped working then the dash would flash on and off and they said they could fined no problem th”

William B., MO (2014 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 3.6-L V6)

“While driving on the expressway in heavy traffic, my vehicle just died for no apparent reason. The vehicle was new and only had 1,000 miles on it. I was left sitting on the narrow shoulder while cars were zooming past me at 80+mph speeds. After being”

Eugene G., IL (2014 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Oil leaks

“It leaks oil from the oil pan they put a new gasket on worked for 3 months then the leak was back we have done this 3 times how hard can it be”

William B., MO (2014 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 3.6-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

Driveshaft or axle

“Axe seals on both front and rear axles leaking”

Anonymous, ME (2014 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Transfer case

“The seal in the rear transfer case leaded fluid, requiring replacement. This was repaired under Chevrolet's power train warranty”

Michael H., VA (2014 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.6-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

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

“Check engine light kept coming on. Had to take the vehicle to the dealer several times (6 or 7) before it was resolved. Many components were replaced in attempting to rectify the problem”

Anonymous, MO (2014 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel pump

“Auxiliary pump made a thumping noise after 5 minutes of operation”

Edward T., IN (2014 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Premature brake wear

“Not made for heavy commuter use”

Anonymous, DE (2014 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Rotors

“The rotors rust and are effected by hard braking. Very susceptible to rust and pitting”

Anonymous, DE (2014 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

“Temperature freezes up”

Anonymous, ID (2014 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 3.6-L V6)

“complete failure spent entire day at dealer”

Anonymous, MO (2014 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

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

“Hatch lift door needs adjusting”

Billie W., MI (2014 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Rust as stated in previous question”

Mary M., MI (2014 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

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

Alignment

“TOE IN”

Wayne J., OH (2014 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Electronic or air suspension

“The electronic steering had to be reset fast easy fix”

James S., IN (2014 Chevrolet Equinox Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

Transmission leaks

“Warrantee repair as it was within time frame. Still, it should not have happened”

Barry B., AZ (2014 Chevrolet Equinox Unsure 3.6-L V6)

Engine Major

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

What Owners Say

Head gasket

“Leaked within 36,000. Warrantee replacement, still was without a vehicle for a few days”

Barry B., AZ (2014 Chevrolet Equinox Unsure 3.6-L V6)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

“Radiator leaked after 2 months. Radiator replaced - no charge; Received replacement for 2-day repair (no charge)”

Anonymous, TX (2014 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

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

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