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2013 Chevrolet Equinox

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$7,992 — $17,524 USED
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Sport Utility
5 Seats
23-26 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Gas mileage
  • Sliding and reclining split rear seat
  • Interior design and quality
  • Accessible Latch anchors

The Bad

  • Mushy brake pedal feel
  • Left-side blind spot
  • Cloth bucket seats have hard cushions
  • Interior volume, considering exterior size
2013 Chevrolet Equinox exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2013 Chevrolet Equinox
  • Four-cylinder or new 3.6-liter V-6
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • New entertainment options
  • Six-speed automatic
  • 32 mpg highway rating for FWD four-cylinder

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Vehicle Overview

Chevrolet's five-seat Equinox crossover is available with either a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine or a new 3.6-liter V-6, and both are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. All trim levels are available with front- or all-wheel drive. Competitors include the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4 and Ford Escape.

In ascending order, trim levels include the LS, LT and LTZ.

New for 2013
There is a new 3.6-liter V-6 engine that replaces last year's 3.0-liter V-6. This 3.6-liter has the same fuel-economy ratings as the outgoing engine and returns more horsepower and torque.

Also available this year is Chevrolet's MyLink entertainment system and a rear entertainment system.  For 2013, forward collision alert, lane departure warning and rear park assist are now available on any Equinox model.  Buyers can also choose a new Power Convenience Package that includes an eight-way power-adjustable passenger seat, a power liftgate and a universal home remote. 

Exterior
The Equinox looks like an amalgamation of GM models. The horizontally split grille emulates that of the Chevy Malibu sedan and Traverse crossover, while the headlights ditch the Traverse's angular styling. Exterior features include:

  • Standard 17-inch alloy wheels; 18- or 19-inch chrome wheels optional
  • Optional power liftgate
  • Optional power sunroof
  • Optional heated side mirrors

Interior
Chevy's twin-cowl dashboard, used in everything from the Traverse to the Malibu, carves out simil...

Vehicle Overview

Chevrolet's five-seat Equinox crossover is available with either a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine or a new 3.6-liter V-6, and both are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. All trim levels are available with front- or all-wheel drive. Competitors include the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4 and Ford Escape.

In ascending order, trim levels include the LS, LT and LTZ.

New for 2013
There is a new 3.6-liter V-6 engine that replaces last year's 3.0-liter V-6. This 3.6-liter has the same fuel-economy ratings as the outgoing engine and returns more horsepower and torque.

Also available this year is Chevrolet's MyLink entertainment system and a rear entertainment system.  For 2013, forward collision alert, lane departure warning and rear park assist are now available on any Equinox model.  Buyers can also choose a new Power Convenience Package that includes an eight-way power-adjustable passenger seat, a power liftgate and a universal home remote. 

Exterior
The Equinox looks like an amalgamation of GM models. The horizontally split grille emulates that of the Chevy Malibu sedan and Traverse crossover, while the headlights ditch the Traverse's angular styling. Exterior features include:

  • Standard 17-inch alloy wheels; 18- or 19-inch chrome wheels optional
  • Optional power liftgate
  • Optional power sunroof
  • Optional heated side mirrors

Interior
Chevy's twin-cowl dashboard, used in everything from the Traverse to the Malibu, carves out similar shapes facing the driver and front passenger. The Equinox's basic radio interface details the station for each preset and can include AM, FM and satellite radio stations on the same list.

Chevrolet says the Equinox's deep center console can fit a laptop or small handbag. The rear seats recline and slide forward about 8 inches, with a trailing panel to ensure a gap-free cargo floor no matter the seat position. Interior features include:

  • Standard cloth seats; leather optional
  • Optional heated front seats
  • Optional automatic climate control
  • Optional navigation system and MyLink entertainment system 
  • Available rear entertainment system 
  • Optional power-adjustable front seats with driver-side memory feature

Under the Hood
A 182-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder and a six-speed automatic transmission are standard. The optional 3.6-liter V-6 makes 301 hp; it also uses a six-speed automatic. Mechanical features include:

  • Four-cylinder or V-6 engines with direct injection
  • Engines run on regular gas or E85 ethanol
  • Front- or all-wheel drive

Safety
The Safety Package features forward collision alert, lane departure warning and rear park assist. Dual front- and side-impact airbags for the front seats and side curtain airbags for both rows are standard. Other standard safety features include:

  • Four-wheel-disc antilock brakes
  • Traction control
  • Electronic stability system
  • Blind spot mirrors
  • OnStar communication system with airbag deployment notification

 

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.3
195 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.6)
Performance
(4.3)
Interior Design
(4.4)
Comfort
(4.5)
Reliability
(4.4)
Value For The Money
(4.3)

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(1.0)

Would never buy this car again and my family is a

by Haleyway from Dandridge Tennessee on December 17, 2018

Would not recommend this suv to any one because piston rings and crank shaft have to be replaced after two years.the dealership takes no blame and said they knew about the problem Read full review

(4.0)

Good quality car

by Cooldude1209 from Rockford il on December 15, 2018

Fit all my requirements for a vehicle plenty of leg and headroom and I'm 6'4 nice styling. Good sound plenty of usful features all around happy about Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2013 Chevrolet Equinox currently has 2 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2013 Chevrolet Equinox LS

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
acceptable
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Chevrolet

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 100,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 100,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    5 model years or newer/up to 75,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    12 months/12,000 miles bumper-to-bumper original warranty, then may continue to 6 years/100,000 miles limited (depending on variables)

  • Powertrain

    6 years/100,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    172-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Equinox received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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