The Chevrolet Equinox aims straight at the popular compact SUV segment, with its high-tech features, accomplished road manners and generous interior room. However, it doesn't quite deliver on its promise of good performance and fuel economy from its standard engine, and the interior is rather drab.
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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.
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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Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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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 Chevrolet Equinox aims straight at the popular compact SUV segment, with its high-tech features, accomplished road manners and generous interior room. However, it doesn't quite deliver on its promise of good performance and fuel economy from its standard engine, and the interior is rather drab.

The base engine is a bit of a letdown; the 1.5-liter turbo four-cylinder doesn't pack a lot of reserve power but delivers a decent 25 mpg. The transmission isn't the slickest -- you do feel some shifts -- but it's not annoying. The standard gas-saving stop/start feature is unobtrusive. The optional diesel engine, which we also tested, boosts fuel economy to 31 mpg overall, tying the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid as among the most fuel efficient SUVs. Note that the Equinox diesel posts 41 mpg on the highway as opposed to 36 mpg for the RAV4 Hybrid, and the latter has an edge in city type driving and is free of the diesel tradeoff of more engine noise and vibration at low speeds.

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
  • 9-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 1.5-liter 4 turbo (170 hp)
  • 1.6-liter 4 turbodiesel (137 hp)
  • 2-liter 4 turbo (252 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2018 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

Android Auto

"Android Auto frequently fails to engage for several minutes and data transfer cable has to be unplugged and the ar restarted for me to engage in using Android auto. Using the Hey Google command frequently does not work.. Again I have to unplug the USB Cable and restart the Car car for Google Assistant to work. During these situations, when a call comes in, the phone rings rather than the CHEVROLET Link/Bluetooth Speakerphone in the car"

Joseph P., NY (2018 Chevrolet Equinox LT 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Apple CarPlay

"Apple Car plays does not alway sync properly, and takes a few seconds to connect and display content."

Anonymous, MD (2018 Chevrolet Equinox LT 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
CD player

"It is known that the card does NOT come with a CD player, but I was told I could use a flash drive containing information copied from a CD. This has not worked thru the USB port as I was told could be used for this purpose."

Stanley D., NY (2018 Chevrolet Equinox LT 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Display screen goes blank

"suddenly went blank went to CHEVROLET service whko had car for hour, downloaded program from GM which resolved problem.Same issue reoccured , went to the service and somehow just before they took it in the screen and system came back on.These happened within the first month of having the vehicle, hopefully it won't happen again."

Anonymous, NJ (2018 Chevrolet Equinox LT 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"Not user friendly. VERY difficult to operate. Takes attention away from driving. Voice help not helpful. Can not stop voice help from talking.My voice command must be confirmed verbally. VERY annoying. Will never lease another Equinox because of this."

Anonymous, ON (2018 Chevrolet Equinox Premier 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"When using the navigation system, a voice comes on to warn of traffic issues. Can not get rid of this, Find it disturbing when driving and a voice comes on randomly. The warning happen when I am in the traffic issue so NOT helpful."

Anonymous, ON (2018 Chevrolet Equinox Premier 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Cannot locate address as old as 25 years. Have been advised that it is updated every 12 to 18 months."

William T., AZ (2018 Chevrolet Equinox Premier 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"It's junk the worst thing I've ever come across."

William B., MO (2018 Chevrolet Equinox Premier 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"When calling out using bluetooth the phone call recipient couldn't hear. But when the recipient of the call called back both of us could hear."

Anonymous, NY (2018 Chevrolet Equinox LT 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Radio

"Turns on at random times when turning or going over minor bumps."

William T., AZ (2018 Chevrolet Equinox Premier 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Steering wheel controls

"A part in the steering wheel called the clock Spring (it has a different official name) broke while driving the vehicle. Several items did not work including cruise control, lane departure, as well receiving an email while driving that the PS air bag was non operational. It was repaired at the dealer"

David D., FL (2018 Chevrolet Equinox Premier 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Voice control commands

"The amplifier fried out on my first vacation ride."

Andy M., OH (2018 Chevrolet Equinox LT 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

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

"The Engine and power stop the vehicle without warning. The Car goes completely dead. Windows, door locks, ignition ALL stops. It is like the Battery was taken away"

Joseph P., NY (2018 Chevrolet Equinox LT 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Cruise control

"goes out for no apparent reason"

David F., MO (2018 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"PASSING CAR WARNING - OPERATED EVEN WHEN NO VEHICLE THERE"

Leslie P., ON (2018 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"mice chewed wiring and turn signals were affected. Dealer repaired wiring and replaced a light sensor or module."

Anonymous, CA (2018 Chevrolet Equinox LS 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Gauges

"The electronic dash did not show information"

Thomas D., TX (2018 Chevrolet Equinox Premier 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"cruise control goes out and speedometer goes out"

David F., MO (2018 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Warning lights

"Left rear brake-turn signal bulb blew on two occasions within a three month period."

Charles W., AL (2018 Chevrolet Equinox)
Wiper motor or washer

"i bought the car with 28,000 miles. It two trips back to the dealer and 7 hours in the dealership to get it repaired."

Anonymous, OK (2018 Chevrolet Equinox Premier 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Tail light leak and was replaced by the dealer"

Anonymous, TN (2018 Chevrolet Equinox LT 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Squeaks or rattles

"I've had my car for 3 months and about 3 weeks ago it started rattling and I can't find what is causing it"

Anonymous, NY (2018 Chevrolet Equinox LT 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The rattle at speed was the luggage rack on top of the car. Needs to be tightened up from time to time"

Beth M., AZ (2018 Chevrolet Equinox Premier 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"There was a rattle by the microphone above the driver's door. After the third trip to service, it was fixed."

Anonymous, MI (2018 Chevrolet Equinox Premier 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"There are squeaks, rattles, and whistling sounds throughout the passenger cabin. The initial quality of this vehicle is poor."

Anonymous, MO (2018 Chevrolet Equinox Premier 1.6-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Wind noise

"It was the plastic covering the back of the bumper from the factory."

Anonymous, TX (2018 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"the vehicle has a lot of road noise"

Anonymous, NY (2018 Chevrolet Equinox LT 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Exhaust leaks

"The coupling between the catalytic converter and turbo downpipe became loose. Also, the exhaust system had been improperly secured missing the front hanger. Both issues fix under warranty by the dealership."

William G., PA (2018 Chevrolet Equinox LT 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Other/unsure

"intermittent failure"

Joseph C., MI (2018 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"doesn't work at times - generally corrects when restart"

Joseph C., MI (2018 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Sensors would occasionally not work, took it in and was told they could not find any problems. It was fine for a day and started again. I took the vehicle back and the dealership replaced both side sensors and that fixed the issue."

Anonymous, MI (2018 Chevrolet Equinox LT 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"During the past few months the lane assist activates when it should not. Dealer claimed that they testes it and it was working properly."

Mark B., PA (2018 Chevrolet Equinox Premier 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Rough shifting

"At speeds less than 30 MPH on incline transmission has a problem finding the right gear."

Anonymous, MO (2018 Chevrolet Equinox LT 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"I have already mentioned in previous question on transmission"

Thomas D., TX (2018 Chevrolet Equinox Premier 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Slow to shift from a dead start."

Anonymous, OK (2018 Chevrolet Equinox Premier 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Slipping transmission

"Transmission slips sometimes taking off from stop position and also down shifts slowing down sometimes. Dealership can’t find issues as it doesn’t do it all the time."

Thomas D., TX (2018 Chevrolet Equinox Premier 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Transmission computer

"We experienced a new problem that was unknown to the dealer with the transmission. When putting the transmission in gear, the vehicle acted as if it was in neutral only. The vehicle was towed to the dealer, they were unable to duplicate the problem, found the shift cable to the transmission was loose, and felt that may have been the problem. Two days later, the same event occurred. After several days, they were able to determine the valve body/transmission control module required replacement. This was three days ago, will see what happens."

Anonymous, SD (2018 Chevrolet Equinox Premier 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"Window trim on drivers door was loose. New part installed under warranty"

Jim M., ON (2018 Chevrolet Equinox LT 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"rear bumper cover was loose"

Jefferson P., FL (2018 Chevrolet Equinox LS 1.6-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"Chrome trim around driver side passenger door has been a constant problem. It's misaligned, and two trips to the dealership have not fixed it."

Anonymous, FL (2018 Chevrolet Equinox LT 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"steering wheel cover loose"

Jefferson P., FL (2018 Chevrolet Equinox LS 1.6-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Paint chips off in places."

Anonymous, MI (2018 Chevrolet Equinox LT 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

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

"Within a week after we got delivery of this new vehicle, the weather got hot, so that we wanted to cool the inside car. When I turned down the temperature to 65 and below, all it does is to blow hot air. Turning on A/C button does the same thing. The dealer says we need to wait one week before they can take a look at the car because their A/C tech was swamped. This is a brand new car, not driven more than 1000 Miles."

Susumu I., MI (2018 Chevrolet Equinox Premier 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Heated or cooled seat controls

"The Equinox has heated seats that turn on when they want to which is annoying. you could be driving and the heated seat might turn on."

Anonymous, NY (2018 Chevrolet Equinox)
Heater system

"defrost windshield system is very poor. The windshield wiper blades will ice up very quickly and not be able to clear the windshield. This causes ice to freeze on windshield and be very unsafe. Bad design as not enough heat gets to the windshield to properly defrost it thereby allowing the wiper blades to ice up and not be able to do their job."

D M., OH (2018 Chevrolet Equinox Premier 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The temp is not accurate on the nob portion of the air and heating system. The heated seats turn on when they want to. which is annoying"

Anonymous, NY (2018 Chevrolet Equinox)

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

Fuel cap

"won't show as full, gets to low fuel and will not take anticipated gallons, cannot trust readings. Dealer says that this seems to be a problem with the new capless fuel fill"

Anonymous, SC (2018 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Fuel gauge/sender

"Chevrolet has know about this problem since at least July 2017. The fuel gauge never reads accurately. When you fill the tank completely it only goes to about 7/8 of a tank. I have made a complaint to GM, they never fixed the problem and closed the case as unsatisfied customer."

Anonymous, MO (2018 Chevrolet Equinox LT 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The fuel gauge never shows full and shows empty when 5 gallons of gas left. Dealer tried to fix but still an issue as with many other owners on online forums."

Andrew S., FL (2018 Chevrolet Equinox Premier 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The sender unit was not accurate. I would show empty and it was not."

Joey J., GA (2018 Chevrolet Equinox Premier 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

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

"Alignment on both front and rear was off. The right rear was way off and was causing driving issues. The vehicle was very unstable on slippery roads and was jumpy on dry roads, the vehicle was not able to track properly and would not travel in a straight line, I always was correction with the steering wheel to keep it straight. The dealership fixed the problem and it has been fine ever since. I was told the alignment was so far off, it either was or would create issues with tire wear."

Anonymous, MI (2018 Chevrolet Equinox LT 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"I bought the vehicle new and had some difficulty with the alignment within less than six months which has not been realigned and I have had the vehicle in for routine maintenance every 4 or so months. It has been noted with each visit to the shop though the car dealership which sold the vehicle has not fixed this."

Anonymous, IL (2018 Chevrolet Equinox Premier 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Tire wear is uneven

"Rear tires worn out completely at 11K miles. Not aware of any tire pressure issues during that time."

Anonymous, OH (2018 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Engine computer

"Check engine light has come on twice witch i had to take to dealer to fix"

Randy Z., OH (2018 Chevrolet Equinox Premier 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Oil leaks

"The timing chain cover developed a small leak."

Anonymous, OH (2018 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"turbo cooler gasket"

Anonymous, NC (2018 Chevrolet Equinox Premier 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Major

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

What Owners Say

Timing belt or chain

"The timing belt broke is what the dealer told us but I don't see how because i've owned 30+ cars and trucks and this is the first that had a timing belt break."

William B., MO (2018 Chevrolet Equinox Premier 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Turbo or supercharger

"at -35F turbo quit, Took it in 3 times before it was replaced"

Anonymous, MN (2018 Chevrolet Equinox Premier 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

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

Locks and latches

"Tailgate lock not working--dealer could not repair."

John F., AR (2018 Chevrolet Equinox LS 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"Tailgte or hatch does not lock--dealer has not been able to repair."

John F., AR (2018 Chevrolet Equinox LS 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

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

Spark plugs or wires failure

"Fuel injector & spark plug failue..Was running on three cylinders...Then 2nd problem, started using oil..Currently losing oil again...Possible engine replacement imminent"

Anonymous, MI (2018 Chevrolet Equinox LT 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

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

"The converter that engages the all wheel drive had to be replaced by warranty. It had a little rattle when it was engaged."

Gerald R., MI (2018 Chevrolet Equinox LT 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Brakes

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

Engine Cooling

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

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