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.
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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

"as expected the four cylinder is a little under powered but most noticeable is the transmission. Especially when starting out it reminds me of a centrifugal clutch in that you have to rev the engine to get it to engage and start moving in reverse."

Anonymous, AZ (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"184 HP is not enough for a car of this size"

Anonymous, NC (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"Even in the ECO mode, it zips around a slow-moving truck easily."

MICHAEL K., IA (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"I had a 2013 Equinox withe the 4 cylinder engine. Acceleration was OK but not good for passing at highway speeds. The 2016 I have now has a 301 HP six cylinder. It's a game changer. Mileage is only slightly less but you don't have foot in it all the time. It's a lot quieter and smoother too."

Anonymous, NJ (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"Could use more acceleration and better rear window visability"

Anonymous, CA (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"Rides and handles great. Cloth seats are what they are"

ALAN B., KS (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"4cyl. Acceleration is pathetic Also the gas mileage. Most go-carts have better acceleration than this crappy engine."

WALLY W., IL (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"nice handling and driving car"

Anonymous, TX (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"We have the LTZ trim with the 6 cylinder. It's very quick & fun to drive, it's also all wheel drive witch is great in winter weather. We will most likely lease another or the traverse depending on the deals at time of lease end."

TOM C., MI (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"Very slow acceleration when ac is on"

Anonymous, MI (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"The SUV is under powered with the 4 cylinder engine, and the six speed transmission is constantly up and down shifting to compensate."

Anonymous, MD (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"I am 6' 4" and 250# have all the legroom I need as the driver. I would be able to sit behind someone my size and also have good legroom . Ride and acceleration is just fine with the 4-something you people continually downgrade."

Anonymous, SC (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"The acceleration and the turning radius are somewhat better than my 2012 Equinox but could be smoother & tighter"

Anonymous, CT (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"Handling, styling, pickup. Just very satisfied and this is the second Equinox we own, we also had a GMC Terrain which was also very nice. We bought the Malibu to have a car instead of two SUV's."

PETER C., NJ (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"I had read Consumer Reports regarding earlier models of the Equinox and there were comments about poor acceleration. The 2016 model LS has excellent acceleration including pulling a trailer."

THOMAS S., CO (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"Acceleration"

DENNIS L., OH (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"undersized and some rattles in body.."

WILLIAM P., NJ (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"I was driving 6 cylinders got better acceleration than with a 4 cylinders. I will get use to 4 again."

Anonymous, IL (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"All I have is 511 km so far so good"

GILBERT G., AB (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"Acceleration, handling and comfort"

RENATE J., SC (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"Acceleration should be better with a V6 engine."

ROGER J., NM (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"We got the six cylinder but are disappointed in the acceleration."

Anonymous, MI (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"Too much road noise"

Anonymous, MI (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"The vehicle is heavy and the 2.4L engine is underpowered,mlimitkng acceleration Handling is predictable, steering tracks quite well, with no on line correction needed"

LOUIS M., NY (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"Adequate for a 4cylinder"

JAMES S., MN (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"The vehicle has very good acceleration and handles curves very well"

Anonymous, NH (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"Easy to handle and you don't feel tired after hitting the road"

TOM A., IL (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"Could use a little more front end power. With the A/C running, you must be careful pulling out and accelerating in traffic. At the top end it does just fine."

Anonymous, OH (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"It would be nice to have more power."

GEORGE B., AL (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"The 2.4 engine is terrible. Merging into fast traffic is dangerous. The handling is sufficient, but not terrific."

Anonymous, PA (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"It has a bigger engine and accelerates when you need it most. Handles well on the road."

Anonymous, PA (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"V6 engine provides plenty of power and All Wheel Drive is great in any weather."

Anonymous, PA (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"Very sure-footed in in-climate weather. Acceleration is not very good. We traded the better performance of the v-6 for the better fuel economy of the 4 cylinder."

Daniel S., NY (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"The power steering is somewhat stiff it is difficult to make very sharp turns absolute speeds it takes a lot of effort."

Anonymous, IN (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"V4 and you can feel the pull when U try to accelerate (i.e., into oncoming traffic from a ramp). Handles well enough. But going up hills -- better get in the right lanes"

Anonymous, NJ (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"everything about it"

Anonymous, MN (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"I would consider this vehicle a little underpowered. Not much horsepower for a 4,000 lb AWD SUV. Other than this the driving experience is very good. You sit up higher with good seating position and a roomy rear seat.."

Gregg H., MN (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"Acceleration is not the best in this vehicle. On hills it strains to keep up."

Anonymous, MO (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"Rough handling over uneven road.."

Anonymous, NJ (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"Four cylinder engine is too under powered. Lacks acceleration abiity and downshifts excessively pn hills."

Anonymous, WI (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"Acceleration is sluggish at best. Also, the transmissiin has a very harsh downshift, which is annoying. At times it's so harsh, it feel as though I had been rearended."

Anonymous, WI (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"very slow accelleration. top heavy, can tilt over if not careful"

Anonymous, FL (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"Good acceleration, good handling."

Anonymous, AZ (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"I am very happy w/ the performance of this SUV, w/ the 4 cyl. engine. It also rides & handles well."

Howard U., MI (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"The vehicle handles very well on corners. The acceleration is the biggest disappointment in this SUV. The engine is undersized for this size of vehicle with a 4-cylinder. The responsiveness is very much lacking and a total disappointment; this is the worst thing about the Equinox."

Anonymous, IL (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"Although equipped with non turbo four cylinder I feel it has adequate pickup and handles well and it certainly gives great gas mileage."

Donald C., NY (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"The 4 cylinder engine is awful, it has too little power."

Bob N., PA (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"not enough power. Acceleration is too slow."

Anonymous, NY (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"The 6 cylinder engine provides adequate acceleration when needed. Handling is very good."

Anonymous, ON (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"It’s good."

Anonymous, SC (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"The ride is smooth and comfortable for drivers and passengers. The noise level needs to be improved"

Chris R., WI (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"Acceleration and handling is excellent. Automatic transmission searches too much."

Jeffrey P., MA (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"a bit sluggish"

Anonymous, ON (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"The 4 cylinder is under powered for mountain driving. Our prior 2010 equinox had the 6 cylinder and was much better"

Anonymous, AZ (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"I like how the Equinox handles, great for long trips. Acceleration is ok but could be better."

Douglas C., WI (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"Drives great and I feel very secure driving it . Hugs the road like a dream Only thing I would change next time is that I think I want to try a 6 cyl. instead of a 4 cyl. I really works going over steep mountains but never heated up or anything. so it did a good job buy I want to get a popup trailer."

Anonymous, WA (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"Acceleration is great with the 301 HP engine. The reviews prior to driving were less than satisfactory for acceleration to pass and too much lean on curves. I drive mountain curves and the lean is what I would rate as good."

Anonymous, CO (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"The vehicle offers a lot for what it cost. On the downside it is underpowered. A 4000 pound SUV needs a larger engine. The vehicle performs OK for daily driving, but lacks acceleration, if needed. It also is too underpowered to tow anything. Gas mileage is less than the Forester I previously had, even though they both have about the same interior size. The Forester was not as quiet as the Equinox."

Dennis R., MI (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

Comfort

Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Seat are comfortable The cabin is pleasantly quiet The ride is comfortable but that limits handling"

Louis M., NY (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"I got the cloth seats, extremely comfortable!"

DENISE J., KS (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"For the price point ride, comfort and seats are great. The passenger room and inside cargo area are great for a midsize SUV."

Anonymous, NJ (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"Just a bit stiff ride on bumps etc. -- But to be expected on this type of vehicle (suv)"

Anonymous, NJ (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"The AC keeps the car cool enough but the location of the vents makes it difficult to aim them right at me. I like to do this on especially hot days to help cool me down faster. I think the reason for this is that they were moved over to accommodate the larger radio display. I think this is pretty common now. I had the same issue with my 2011 Buick Regal."

RANDY H., MI (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"Lots of room...Way more then your avg car...Back seat is huge"

Anonymous, MI (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"very little change from the 2010 Terrain except the rear seat moves. The LTZ does have most of the bells and whistles. nice car"

BURTON L., IL (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"A lot of car for the price. Seats and seating position are excellent. Solid build quality."

SHANE K., KY (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"No lumbar support in passenger side, even tho booklet says there is."

Anonymous, ON (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"They move in 7 positions."

Anonymous, TN (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"Seats are very comfortable The ride is smooth Feels like a luxurious car"

Anonymous, TX (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"Very comfortable for long trips"

JAMES S., MN (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"The a/c is difficult to get correct adjustment. It has Auto climate control but you can't change where the cold/warm air blows in this feature. Also, takes a LONG time to cool/warm up inside."

Anonymous, WA (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"great ride and easy to use controls"

Anonymous, MI (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"Just got the vehicle a month ago let you know in a couple years"

GILBERT G., AB (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"seats are heated. onstar a waste, assistance horrible, pairing my cell phone occasionally drop when using bluetooth"

Anonymous, NJ (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"Had two other models and this one just seems that it was upgraded even better"

TOM A., IL (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"Doors are too heavy - it is very difficult to get in and out of vehicle without being smashed by the door unless there is enough room to completely open door"

DEBORAH D., PA (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"New experiences with heated seats. Dial temperature control, not had before."

RALPH L., MI (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"The airflow from upper air vents is completely blocked by the steering wheel! Air does not hit me unless I am turning the steering wheel. Really bad on hot humid days when the air is heavy and it is difficult to breathe or when it is freezing cold and I really need a little air on my face. Also, when the automatic feature is deselected, the temperature of the air is not constant. It seems many times the auto temp feature is still activated! Very annoying especially in cold weather when I d"

MICHELLE H., IL (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"Cooling system does not reach the back seat area well."

MICHAEL K., IA (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"Having had back surgery this seat is amazingly comfortable"

JANINE K., NY (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"The actual seats are really rough fabric, need covers on them."

JEROME B., GA (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"Seat is a bit hard on the back - can't quite get the lumbar support right no matter what."

Jack B., MI (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"Easy to get in and out. Easy to adjust seats for driving position and comfort. Quiet inside and handles well."

Anonymous, PA (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"The seats are textured and rough against back of legs."

Cira F., NY (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"Seats are very comfortable. I will nit buy a 2018/2019 since the seats are horrible."

Anonymous, PA (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"lumbar control"

David S., WI (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"Without a doubt the quietest car I have ever owned. 22 cars and five trucks."

Anonymous, MI (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"The front seats are comfortable, rear ones not as much. The ride is a little rough, but seems a fair trade off for the outstanding handling in snowy weather."

Daniel S., NY (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"The ride is not the best but I suspect after having a Buick Lucerne I got spoiled."

Anonymous, MN (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"Comfortable seating and space for tall people in both front and back along with the most rear storage space of all similar vehicles at a good price point. Of course GM screwed all of this up with their latest versoim of this vehicle."

Allen M., OH (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"No power with the 4 cylinder engine, I could run faster"

Anonymous, IL (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"The driver position fits both me at 5’10‿ and my wife at 5’3‿ for comfortable driving. Seats automatically adjust to driver at the wheel by pushing one button. Car takes broken up NYS roads easily and fairly quiet."

Donald C., NY (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"The seats are very comfortable. This is a very important feature for a Senior. Rides smooth too. I just drove 9 hours and I was not stiff or achy when I got home."

Anonymous, WA (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"Nice ride"

Anonymous, OH (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"I bought the upscale seating, and that option delivered considerably more comfortable seats."

Dennis L., PA (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"Ride is getting rougher after 34k miles and less quiet ride.."

Anonymous, NJ (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"Good seats and seating position. The Equinox rides well and is relatively quiet. Very satisfied with these aspects of the vehicle."

Gregg H., MN (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"Lots of road noise. Audio system does not increase with speed (as my 2009 Malibu LT did)."

Anonymous, NJ (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"This vehicle is well sealed to outside noise. The seats are very comfortable for long rides and the lumbar adjustment is nice to have. The heated front seats work very well for cold months of the year. Ive been very impressed with the noise control and comfort."

Anonymous, IL (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"The seat are comfortable, the cabin is very quiet and the vehicle ride is stable and without vibration"

Louis M., NY (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"Climate control doesn’t affect rear seat passengers. Escpecially a problem during hot summer months."

Anonymous, OR (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"seats not comfortable, rides noisy"

Anonymous, FL (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"noisier than my old 2001 Camry but not that bad. easy to get out of. Ride OK, but not great"

Anonymous, IA (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"No air conditioner vents for rear seats. Vacation in the south and it's very uncomfortable. Freeze in front and a sweat box in back."

Anonymous, OH (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"very comfortable seats and very roomy interior especially in the second row seats"

Robert S., NY (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"Comfortable riding vehicle, fully adjustable seats."

Anonymous, AZ (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"The seats curve and that makes it uncomfortable. There is not enough room in the back for things."

Tom M., WI (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

Value

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

What Owners Say

"This equinox lease cost is $235.00 per month, with no down payment. That is good value. The car's list price was more than $29,000. I would not purchase the Equinoxes at that price."

Louis M., NY (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"We needed a 2 row SUV with all wheel drive for winter driving. The Equinox provides us the comfort and safe driving we needed without over paying. Prefect balance between needs, wants and extras."

Teresa M., NY (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"My husband likes everything about the vehicle and purchased he second one."

Renate J., SC (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"Goodyear vehicule"

Anonymous, QC (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"It looks great, love how it handles on the road"

TERRY O., MI (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"A nice looking suv mileage is okay at 29 hwy. auto drives nice with good brakes and transmission shifts smoothly, enough acceleration for normal use."

GLENN I., FL (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"Have had 4 equinoxes. this is the first I have had problems with the Navigation system. The service group from dealer was hard to work with."

ROONEY P., KY (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"Great car, if two seat suv is enough, this is a good one"

BURTON L., IL (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"For the price paid for this vehicle, it is an incredible automobile. It is comfortable and has all the bells an whistles I need. 10K less than a competitor with the same equipment (Santa Fe). Never thought I would own a Chevy again, but glad I bought this one."

Anonymous, FL (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"RADIO IS NOT RELIABLE WHEN USING BLUE TOOTH"

EFRAIN M., NC (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"It's a lot of car for the money"

PAUL S., PA (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"My husband likes everything about it. His previous vehicle was an Equinox too!"

RENATE J., SC (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"Excellent value for lease"

Anonymous, SC (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"Decent car for the money however drivers systems like navigation is too complicated. also car should should have with driver convenience package like blind spot for the AWD LT 6 cylinder and there is no light in the glovebox."

Anonymous, NJ (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"I am happy with what I received for the price"

Anonymous, TX (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"I did not get a CD player with the car. I assumed that all cars had a CDplayer. Also the windshield isn't tinted. For $33, 000 that stuff should have been included!!"

Anonymous, MI (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"Do not buy the LTZ model. The vehicle is not worth the extra cost. The 4 cyl. engine is anemic, noisy and gets very poor gas mileage. I will not buy this car again."

KARL S., NY (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"very good dependiabilty"

BILL W., CA (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"I like the mileage but if you need excelration or towing need the V6 engine."

Anonymous, NJ (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"Buy the bigger engine one..."

WILLIAM P., NJ (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"I expected, and was willing, to pay around $2000 more than I did. The final deal left me very happy. Super value."

GEORGE B., AL (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"Over fifty years of driving, I have found that there are better things in life than the status of a vehicle. I have found that this vehicle delivers everything I need in comfort, affordability and good mileage."

EDDIE P., MN (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"$23,500 is cheaper than some midsized cars."

SHANE K., KY (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"Responsive for highway and city driving. First small car owned in many years."

Dvid S., WI (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"I like that the driver seat can lower a bit for a taller person but wish the passenger seat had the same feature as I bump my head when entering vehicle if riding in passenger seat."

Michael C., IN (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"A very quiet vehicle. 2.4 litre engine does not have sufficient power, but the V-6 option is too powerful. The ride is stable and quiet"

Louis M., NY (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"Our Eguinox is a joy to drive. It is quiet, handles well on wet or dry pavement. The fuel economy is routinely higher than what EPA predictions suggest and the overall appeal is high. The Equinox interior styling is well thought out and it feels like I am in a luxury car not a truck. Many of the other SUV's that get such high ratings from CR have the look and feel of a pickup truck. CR, if I wanted to drive a truck I would have bought one!"

Francis P., PA (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"My husband loves everything about it. It’s his second one."

Anonymous, SC (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"Just overall good value for the price."

Anonymous, MD (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"LT is loaded with good options"

Robert S., NY (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"Lots of interior space and leg room for the price"

Allen M., OH (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"this is our second one and definetly would buy another"

David S., WI (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"features like remote start auto lights remote open and close doors and back hatch are great for the price"

Joe M., TX (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"Car does what is advertised, but overall interior finish is cheap looking, one bump and the front bumper came off, cheaply made car not worth the cost"

S D., NJ (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

Styling

How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"best car i have owned"

JIMMIE B., OH (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"Overall comfort and driving experience is great"

Anonymous, MI (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"It is a nice tasteful auto with many sold because of the styling."

GLENN I., FL (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)

"The design of the rear side windows (basically there is none) leaves a HUGE blind spot for for the driver from traffic approaching from the sides."

Anonymous, MD (2016 Chevrolet Equinox)
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