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.

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.
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.
Fuel Economy & Emissions
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.
Greenhouse Gas Greenhouse Gas The Greenhouse Gas Rating represents the amount of carbon dioxide the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
Smog Rating Smog Rating The Smog Rating represents the amount of health-damaging and smog-forming airborne pollutants the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).

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.
NA
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
NA
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
NA
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
NA
Transmission Minor Transmission Minor Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.
NA
Drive System Drive System Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.
NA
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
NA
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
NA
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
NA
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
NA
Safety Equipment
ABS standard from 2006. ESC standard from 2007. Head protection and side air bags standard from 2009. FCW and AEB standard from 2020.
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
Coverage varies among versions of this vehicle

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 2017 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

"Camera had to be replaced twice. It got ruined because rain water got into it. Newest camera appears to be working but still gets a halo around it when raining very hard. (Smaller leak???)"

Anonymous, FL (2017 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
CD player

"This vehicle does not come equipped with a CD player and there is no option of getting one. The car was designed assuming I did not want to use CDs to play music. I have been very disappointed in this limitation"

Anonymous, TX (2017 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen goes blank

"had to replace radio and screen"

Anonymous, IA (2017 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The entire info system would periodically go blank. Dealer could never replicate but did finally replace the radio."

Anonymous, IL (2017 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The info system shuts down completely for 30 to 60 seconds and than comes back on. This happens 1-2 times a month. So far all I've done is made it a matter of record."

K R., IL (2017 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"USB stick must be removed and re-inserted frequently in order to play tracks. Port is inconveniently located below armrest"

Anonymous, FL (2017 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"CarPlay with iPhone 7 is unreliable and intermittent."

Christopher F., TX (2017 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 3.6-L V6)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"The whole radio system was replaced which solved all the problems"

Anonymous, OH (2017 Chevrolet Equinox)
Radio

"The entire info system would periodically go blank. Dealer could never replicate but did finally replace the radio."

Anonymous, IL (2017 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Software update fixes

"software that controls gas petal"

Paul C., NJ (2017 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Voice control commands

"The navigation system was not responding to the regular commands"

Regina F., FL (2017 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Command recognition is inconsistent"

Anonymous, FL (2017 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Voice recognition for names of addresses or names in phone book is unreliable"

Anonymous, IL (2017 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

"The wiper on the rear window squeaks when it's on"

Liz P., OH (2017 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Rattle in rear hatch - resolved by adjusting the power lift-gate mechanism"

Allen J., AB (2017 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Sometimes when hitting bumps or holes in the road you can hear the noise under the car and feel it."

Anonymous, (2017 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.6-L V6)

"constant rattles deep in the dashboard which will require disassembling the dash to get tothem"

Anonymous, AZ (2017 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Squeeking from driver rear wheel well. Appears to be brakeline rubbing against chasis"

Anonymous, ON (2017 Chevrolet Equinox 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Wind noise

"As your driving you tend to hear noises outside the vehicle which make it difficult to hear a person talking in a low voice or a person in the backseat not hearing you speak."

Anonymous, (2017 Chevrolet Equinox LT 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

Body control module

"It had a series of warning lights come on and I drove it directly to the dealership. They diagnosed a computer module malfunction and ordered a part (under warranty). Manager said it had happened in other CHEVROLETs, but this was a first he'd seen in an Equinox. Said it was safe to drive...no issues and part came in and replaced within 2 weeks time."

Anonymous, OH (2017 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Gauges

"instrument panel lights would go off for 2-10 minutes. The problem has not occurred in the past two months"

Anonymous, VA (2017 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Dashboard speedometer display would get a washed out look, especially in cold weather. Was intermittent."

Anonymous, OH (2017 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Heated or cooled seats

"Memory settings for drivers seat not working properly. This is a current problem and happened once before."

Patrick N., MI (2017 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Interior lights

"same as dash lights"

Anonymous, VA (2017 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Tire pressure monitor

"kept saying 52 lbs per tire"

Emilio F., TX (2017 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

Rough shifting

"Strong vibration throughout vehicle when automatic shifts into third gear at about 45mph"

Anonymous, FL (2017 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"this is part of the transmissions computer software."

Anonymous, CO (2017 Chevrolet Equinox Unsure 3.6-L V6)
Transmission computer

"the transmission computer had to be wiped clean & have the software reset to learn how to shift again. still kinda off though. this is my wife's car, thus I'm hearing about it again & as the problem is returning. non-serviceable trans filter as it's the Isuzu design on the Equinox/Acadia/Traverse platform."

Anonymous, CO (2017 Chevrolet Equinox Unsure 3.6-L V6)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Pulsation or vibration

"Since I bought car....push breaks all way to floor...salesman told me it normal....wow... I just cant agree with that I'm pushing all the way to the floor."

Anonymous, MI (2017 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"I asked the dealer to turn the front disks, they turned the back claiming they were the problem. I still had the problem which went away when I paid an independent garage to turn the front discs"

Anonymous, NC (2017 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.6-L V6)
Squeaking

"Annoying squeak...off and on. taken to CHEVROLET dealer...NPF. Say they cannot find anything wrong."

Anonymous, MI (2017 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 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

Automatic climate control

"I have not been able to bypass the automatic feature and simply vent outside air. The system decides what I want in terms of heat or cooling when I try to vent outside air. I spoke with someone at the dealership about it and the answer I got was turn it off and open the windows. That is unacceptable as it is impossible to listen to the radio when going highway speeds"

Anonymous, TX (2017 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"did not remove moisture in car, sometimes very wet windows"

Emilio F., TX (2017 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Does not regulate the AC properly"

Anonymous, AL (2017 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

Doors or sliding doors

"Rear passenger side door did not close properly"

Anonymous, DC (2017 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 3.6-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"This is known problem with Equinox, more so with the 4 cyl where mine is a 6 cyl. CHEVROLET should fix this problem rather than waiting for each customer to have to deal with it. Also, attempted to repair initially and had to bring the vehicle back for extended period of time. TO CHEVROLET's credit, it did provide a loaner Equinox during repairs and it did pay for the repair. But it should not have occurred."

Anonymous, WV (2017 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 3.6-L V6)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"Sometimes the warning goes off when there is no object in front of the car"

Anonymous, CO (2017 Chevrolet Equinox 3.6-L V6)

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 bolts missing right rear"

Anonymous, AL (2017 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 3.6-L V6)

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)

"Trim strip above driver door paint is peeling, being replaced under warranty."

Anonymous, TN (2017 Chevrolet Equinox L 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

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

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

Engine Major

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

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 Minor

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

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.

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