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While the Chevrolet Equinox is not a bad vehicle, the competition has left it in the dust. Like its twin, the GMC Terrain, the Equinox splits the difference between small SUVs such as the Toyota RAV4 and midsized models like the Ford Explorer. While they're nice and roomy inside, the Equinox and Terrain are less efficient than other five-passenger SUVs and burn as much gas as larger, seven-passenger models.
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

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
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

While the Chevrolet Equinox is not a bad vehicle, the competition has left it in the dust. Like its twin, the GMC Terrain, the Equinox splits the difference between small SUVs such as the Toyota RAV4 and midsized models like the Ford Explorer. While they're nice and roomy inside, the Equinox and Terrain are less efficient than other five-passenger SUVs and burn as much gas as larger, seven-passenger models.

The 3.6-liter engine, shared with many other General Motors products, supplies quick acceleration times at the test track, but manages to still feel sluggish in routine driving, with its unrefined and slow-shifting six-speed automatic transmission doing no favors. With 18 mpg overall, fuel economy from the V6 falls short of much more capable and roomy SUVs, like the Toyota Highlander and Hyundai Santa Fe. Four-cylinder models have an overworked 2.4-liter engine, which returns 21 mpg. Again, that falls far short of rivals like the Toyota RAV4 or Subaru Forester, which approach 26 mpg overall. 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 2016 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

“At time the screen is hard to see when lights are on auto”

Anonymous, MI (2016 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Display/touch screen freezes up. This has happened 3 times in the 14 months we have had the car. Will not unfreeze until vehicle has been shut off and restarted”

Anonymous, WA (2016 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen goes blank

“It freezes up Requires a re start”

Chris R., WI (2016 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“It's only happened a couple times, but the screen will just freeze up, and then the screen goes blank. The screen restarts right away, but it's very worrisome that it's never happened when we have someone look at it”

Anonymous, ND (2016 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

“gave wrong directions had to be reprogramed works fine now had to purchase a gps update”

Gerd K., NY (2016 Chevrolet Equinox LS 3.6-L V6)
Radio

“It doesn't seem to retain the "favorites" radio stations that I program in. After two days, they reset to the defaults”

Bill V., WA (2016 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 3.6-L V6)
Voice control commands

“Frequently will disconnect when giving information”

Chris R., WI (2016 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 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

Exterior lights (other than headlights)

“The rear license plate light covers keep falling out”

Wally W., IL (2016 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“water in tail light”

William L., NY (2016 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“The miniscule LED backup lights on this vehicle were totally inadequate. I had the dealer replace them with the previous year's rear lamp assembly. Better, but still nothing to brag about”

Marvin S., IL (2016 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ Unsure)
Wiper motor or washer

“Chevrolet had ¿ecall concerning th¿ipers”

Anonymous, QC (2016 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

“axle seal”

Gary O., MI (2016 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
4WD/AWD components

“The front axle was leaking. This was repaired under warranty. I found this unacceptable for a vehicle with such low mileage”

K L., MI (2016 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Traction control

“ENGINE LIGHT CAME ON OVER WEEKEND HAD TO CANCEL TRIP FOR MONDAY”

Anonymous, OH (2016 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 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)

“The paint is chipping and cracking I have had 100,000 miles on cars that didn't look as bad as this with 15,000 miles the dealer said to bad I must drive in bad weather and I will get chips. My car I drive the same and there is no chips”

Anonymous, PA (2016 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 3.6-L V6)

“A 2 inch by 2inch section of paint has chipped of the roof on the right side rear”

Michael C., IN (2016 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Rust

“My wife noticed there was small rust spots all over one of the doors, then started looking and seen there was rust spots all over. When we contacted our Chevy dealer, they said it's been a problem with the color paint with the metallic flecks. The Chevy dealer said there was nothing they could really do, but we could bring the car in and have it "buffed out"!”

Anonymous, ND (2016 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 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

“This vehicle is a noisy piece of crap”

Wally W., IL (2016 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“There is a terrible creaking/squeaking/ groan noise from the underbody. Has been to the dealer four times for correction. ( two separate dealers) They are changing the park brake cable today. I hope this fixes the problem. According to the internet this is a well known and common problem...why would two dealers not be able to fix it???”

- R., MI (2016 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 3.6-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

Battery (not hybrid or electric)

“The battery failed due to a bad cell. The car would not start. I had it towed to the dealership. They replaced the battery at no charge and reimbursed me for the tow”

Victor G., NC (2016 Chevrolet Equinox LT 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

Automatic climate control

“on a really hot day does not cool enough”

Anonymous, AZ (2016 Chevrolet Equinox LS 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

“Vehicle was leaking transmission fluid on the garage floor. Dealer repaired by replacing seal on axle under warranty. Leak redeveloped about 3 months later. Dealer could not locate leak and put infrared dye in transmission. Problem was identified as left axle seal leak. Dealer then replaced left axle and seal along with parts to remove and replace same. I'm hoping that resolved the problem. Am currently driving back home from Florida about 1400 miles so we shall see if it is resolved. Since I pu”

Donald C., NY (2016 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 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

Ball joints

“Cv boot was torn leaking fluid”

Anonymous, NY (2016 Chevrolet Equinox LS 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.

Engine Minor

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

Engine Cooling

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

Brakes

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

Exhaust

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

Engine Major

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

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