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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.
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 (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?
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.

Read more about extended warranties
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 2015 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

Display screen difficult to see

“There is no way to adjust the size of the font on the nav. display screen, therefore making it difficult at best to read while driving”

Mike H., CT (2015 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“It dims for no reason making GPS difficult to see”

Anonymous, IL (2015 Chevrolet Equinox LS 3.6-L V6)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

“Static noise comes thru speakers when a MP3 is connected thru aux input”

Anonymous, VA (2015 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“on-star”

Michael K., MO (2015 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“When I plug in my iPhone it automatically jumps to pandora, when I switch the source, it continues to jump back to pandora or iPod setting. when I am using pandora or iPhone and try to with between songs, sometimes it jumps to another source or gets hung up in a paused state”

Andrea F., MD (2015 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

“GPS does not know where we are, often paints the car on the wrong street and gives stupid directions. Lousy system”

Anonymous, CA (2015 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 3.6-L V6)

“The car's communications unit has failed twice in the 7 months I've owned the car, rendering the navigation, OnStar, and remote start systems inoperable, as well as the in-dash compass. The communications unit was replaced at no charge both times”

Robert M., DE (2015 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Does not shut off radio speaker when speaking navigation instructions”

Elliot G., NV (2015 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 3.6-L V6)

“The ONE feature I use most, included in the Sirius subscription, is the gas station & price finder. This has failed on three separate occasions. Not working for weeks at a time. The response Sirius gave was that the car's GPS was to blame”

Mike H., CT (2015 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Nav system has been replaced but continues to have the same problem where the map will highlight the direction to turn left but the voice command would tell you to go right. Also delays in mapping guidance. Takes along time for nav system to boot up”

Anonymous, FL (2015 Chevrolet Equinox Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“did not program accurate directions”

Wm M., WA (2015 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 3.6-L V6)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

“Simply losing the connection and have to go thru' the installation again”

Bruce B., NE (2015 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Phone does not stay paired”

Anonymous, CA (2015 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 3.6-L V6)

“Indicator light does not come on when phone is paired”

Elliot G., NV (2015 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 3.6-L V6)

“Had to repair one of the phones more than once”

Holmen, WI (2015 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“I couldn't get it to pair with my daughters i-phone. They had to update the software”

Bonnie M., IL (2015 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 3.6-L V6)

“My device is paired, but sometimes it jumps from Chevrolet to the iPhone speaker intermittently. Sometimes it didn't recognize that there was a pairing and I would have to delete the phone and pair it again”

Andrea F., MD (2015 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Bluetooth works about 50% of time. sometimes will not connect properly with MyLink”

Anonymous, MI (2015 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Radio

“Goes into pause mode whenever it feels like it”

Anonymous, NY (2015 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.6-L V6)
Voice control commands

“Voice commands are not properly understood. Specifically, voice navigation commands for addresses. I must manually enter on key board or use mobile app to transfer information”

Anonymous, MI (2015 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen freezes up

“Display freezes or gets stuck on rear view camera. Power button stops working”

Anonymous, TX (2015 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“If Bluetooth is on, radio will freeze, not allowing you to answer the phone or even turn the radio volume down to then answer the phone without Bluetooth”

Jennifer S., TX (2015 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen goes blank

“I had it in for this problem several times. The screen would just re-boot while driving especially while using the navigation. THey finally got it fixed but it took several times”

Bonnie M., IL (2015 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 3.6-L V6)

“Lost radio and display, replaced under warranty”

Robert H., OR (2015 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 3.6-L V6)

“Randomly goes blank while driving and re boots on its own”

Anonymous, FL (2015 Chevrolet Equinox Unsure 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

Squeaks or rattles

“There was a missing rivet that connects the car body to the frame causing a sound almost like something was wrong with the suspension. The dealer I bought it from had to install a bolt to hold things in place”

Thomas C., MN (2015 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Too many squeaks and rattles in dashboard and interior trim pieces”

Anonymous, WA (2015 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“It's more of a vibration at certain speeds. I believe it comes from the seat-belt recoil area in the pillar on the driver's side”

Jack B., TX (2015 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Something rattles in the dash when driving on a rough road”

Jimmie D., AL (2015 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“rumbling noise in right front wheel area”

Steve K., WI (2015 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Wind noise

“passenger window seal”

Anonymous, OH (2015 Chevrolet Equinox Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Air or water leaks

“Every time it rains it leaks by both side windows after I fought with the dealership 4 times to changed the door rubber they did and it still leaks”

William B., MO (2015 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 3.6-L V6)

Climate System

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

What Owners Say

Blower (fan) motor

“Mice ate through fiber cabin filter and nested in blower motor. A $600 repair”

Anonymous, MI (2015 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“dealer is not able to find or repair a blower fan which hits the shroud surrounding it, when the car turns or accelerates. this phantom noise has never gone away despite being looked into by the dealer after purchase. this is a distraction while driving and I am not impressed. we have 2 old toyota vehicles on the driveway and neither of them have any strange noise”

Anonymous, MB (2015 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
A/C compressor

“Air quit working. It only blows hot air”

Anonymous, MI (2015 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“AC failed to engage, display would not respond to fan/vent changes”

Anonymous, CA (2015 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Condenser

“Musty/moldy smell in the car after extreme weather changes. The computer needed to be adjusted to correct this and the evaporator & condenser cleaned”

Anonymous, IL (2015 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

Rust

“rust spot on exterior paint”

Anonymous, MI (2015 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Loose interior trim or moldings

“Passenger seat squeaks and bolts continue to need tightened”

Anonymous, OH (2015 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

“the vehicle had to be returned for a warranty repair which was made. the tailgate had a rust spot building on it for over a year. the rust appeared after 12 months. news reports indicated that GM was not putting a thick enough primer on the metal, causing rustouts. I am concerned about this happening again. I have two toyota cars on the driveway. Both are old and none have the rust of this new equinox”

Anonymous, MB (2015 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

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

“Only one 12v power outlet that has constant power”

Anonymous, VA (2015 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Warning lights

“Not Warning Lights but the automatic lift gate controls. About two weeks ago my wife and I went shopping for groceries. Upon return to home and in our garage I pushed the lift Gate button on the tail gate and it opened as usual. I began taking the bags out of the auto and my wife started carrying them in. I reached far towards the rear seat to take a couple bags when the auto tail gate began closing. It came down with me trapped in the rear cargo area with my legs out on the garage floor”

Deane-Evelyn W., AR (2015 Chevrolet Equinox LT 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

Rough shifting

“this problem could be the trans or the engine. at slow speeds or backing down then stepping on the gas you get a slight pause then it slams into gear”

Anonymous, NJ (2015 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Abrupt shift patterns. Dealer flushed fluid and changed it . They also added a conditioner”

Anonymous, PA (2015 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

Power steering leaks

“Power steering pump leaked first day after I bought it. Replaced under warranty”

Anonymous, MN (2015 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.6-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

“Vehicle would shudder violently on moderate acceleration when shifting into second gear. Four of the clutches were burned and solenoids were plugged. After complete rebuild, problem re-occurred 2 weeks later. It is back in the shop now”

Rod S., MT (2015 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 3.6-L V6)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

“Computer error of some kind caused to car to sputter and die at slow speeds, or when accelerating at slow speeds. Kinda dangerous in traffic”

Anonymous, IL (2015 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

Rotors

“They changed the rotors 3 times and the problem with the weak pedal and pulling to the right keeps coming up”

William B., MO (2015 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 3.6-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

“rear passenger door does not close tightly, paint damage on front from snow shoveler”

Kimberlie S., NY (2015 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

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

4WD/AWD components

“Loud noise from AWD case. Replaced, under warranty”

Stanley Z., MI (2015 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

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

Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

“check engine light diagnosed as O2 sensor”

Directed P., IL (2015 Chevrolet Equinox LT 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

Engine Cooling

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

Engine Major

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

Exhaust

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

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