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.

Reliability

Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

Overall Reliability
Most Common Trouble Spots
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POTENTIAL TROUBLE SPOTS
Engine Major
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Engine Minor
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Engine Cooling
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Transmission Major
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Transmission Minor
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Drive System
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Fuel System
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Electric System
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Climate System
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Suspension
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Brakes
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Exhaust
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Paint/Trim
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Body Integrity
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Body Hardware
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Power Equipment
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In-car Electronics
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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 329,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2020 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA 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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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

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

"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)
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)

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

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)

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)

"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)

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)

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)

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)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

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)

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)

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)

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.

Paint/Trim

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

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