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Chevrolet Equinox

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3 Generations

Equinox - 3 Generations


Chevrolet's compact SUV is the five-seat Equinox, now in its third generation. Offered with either front- or all-wheel drive, the Equinox is a solid choice for small families or those looking for more cargo room than you’ll find in a small sedan. In a recent Cars.com Challenge, the 2018 Equinox placed fifth in a field of seven compact SUVs. The Equinox earned high marks for its turbo 2.0-liter drivetrain, ride quality and connectivity, but came up short in cabin quality, value and safety equipment. 

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Small Families

Small Family vehicles include mid-size and larger sedans, hatchbacks, wagons, SUVs and minivans with four doors and five seats.

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Towing

Towing vehicles can tow a minimum of 2,000 pounds (see specifications for maximum). May require specific trim level and/or optional features.

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Commuters

Commuter vehicles have a minimum EPA-estimated mileage of 30 mpg combined. May require specific trim level and/or optional features.

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2018–2020 Equinox

Redesigned in 2018


With SUV sales on the rise, Chevy released a redesigned Equinox for 2018. Smaller and lighter than the outgoing model, the third-generation Equinox was still offered with front- or all-wheel drive but featured a wider range of four-cylinder engines, including a turbo-diesel. The redesigned cabin has a car-like feel, and even though some Cars.com editors didn't like some cabin materials and took issue with the comfort of the front seats, the SUV is child-seat friendly and has an easy-to-use multimedia system, featuring standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. 

2018–2020 Equinox Generation, 2020 Chevrolet Equinox model shown Showing the 2020 Chevrolet Equinox
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MSRP Range $23,800–$35,700
Consumer Rating
(4.7) 12 reviews
Combined MPG 24-32
Body Styles SUV
Read About the 2020 Model 2020 Equinox Articles
  • MSRP Range $23,800–$35,700
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.6) 325 reviews
  • Combined MPG 24-32
  • Body Styles SUV
Notable Features in 2019
  • Front pedestrian braking, adaptive cruise now available
  • Five-seat compact SUV
  • FWD or AWD
  • 1.5- and 2.0-liter turbo gasoline engines
  • 1.6-liter turbo-diesel engine available
  • Apple CarPlay, Android Auto standard
  • 2.0-liter can tow up to 3,500 pounds
  • MSRP Range $14,248–$37,764
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.7) 593 reviews
  • Combined MPG 24-32
  • Body Styles SUV
Notable Features in 2018
  • Redesigned for 2018
  • Smaller, lighter than predecessor
  • FWD or AWD
  • 1.5- or 2.0-liter turbo gasoline engines
  • 1.6-liter turbo-diesel engine
  • Standard Apple CarPlay, Android Auto

2010–2017 Equinox

Redesigned in 2010


The second-generation Equinox debuted as a 2010 model, with updated styling and powertrains. For the first time, the SUV had a standard four-cylinder engine (a 264-horsepower V-6 was optional). Both engines paired with a six-speed automatic transmission, and front- and all-wheel drive were offered. Overall refinement and build quality had improved, and EPA-estimated gas mileage jumped to 26-mpg combined for a front-wheel-drive, four-cylinder Equinox. The Equinox's second-row bench seat could slide forward and backward, and available tech features included a touchscreen navigation system and power liftgate. Advanced safety features, like lane departure warning and front collision warning, became available in 2012, and a new 301-hp, 3.6-liter V-6 was offered starting in 2013. The SUV's front styling was refreshed for 2016, which is also when a backup camera and touchscreen radio became standard. 

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  • Current List Price $13,005–$23,073
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.8) 230 reviews
  • Combined MPG 24-25
  • Body Styles SUV
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  • Current List Price $6,833–$27,421
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.7) 167 reviews
  • Combined MPG 23-26
  • Body Styles SUV
Notable Features in 2016
  • New front styling
  • Four- or six-cylinder engines
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Available MyLink entertainment system
  • Standard backup camera
  • Current List Price $9,754–$20,214
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.7) 255 reviews
  • Combined MPG 23-26
  • Body Styles SUV
Notable Features in 2015
  • OnStar with 4G LTE and Wi-Fi hotspot capability standard
  • Four-cylinder or V-6
  • Seats five
  • Related to GMC Terrain
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Current List Price $7,962–$18,126
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.5) 197 reviews
  • Combined MPG 23-26
  • Body Styles SUV
Notable Features in 2014
  • Four-cylinder or V-6 power
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Multimedia and safety options
  • Six-speed automatic
  • Current List Price $7,063–$15,399
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.3) 227 reviews
  • Combined MPG 23-26
  • Body Styles SUV
Notable Features in 2013
  • 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
  • Current List Price $5,993–$14,577
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.1) 200 reviews
  • Combined MPG 24-27
  • Body Styles SUV
Notable Features in 2012
  • Four-cylinder or V-6, both with flex-fuel capability
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Six-speed automatic
  • 32 mpg highway rating for FWD four-cylinder
  • Available lane departure and front collision warning systems
  • Current List Price $5,067–$13,311
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.1) 196 reviews
  • Combined MPG 24-27
  • Body Styles SUV
Notable Features in 2011
  • Four-cylinder or V-6
  • Flex-fuel capability for V-6
  • Six-speed automatic
  • 32 mpg highway rating for FWD 4-cylinder
  • Optional dual-screen entertainment system
  • Standard stability system
  • Current List Price $4,146–$12,494
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.1) 190 reviews
  • Combined MPG 24-27
  • Body Styles SUV
Notable Features in 2010
  • Redesigned for 2010
  • Four-cylinder or V-6
  • Six-speed automatic
  • 32-mpg highway rating for FWD 4-cyl.
  • Optional dual-screen entertainment system
  • Standard stability system

2005–2009 Equinox

Redesigned in 2005


The first-generation Equinox debuted as a 2005 model and gave Chevrolet an entrant in the crossover SUV class. Built on a unibody platform, the Equinox offered a versatile interior, SUV styling and a car-like driving experience. Front- and all-wheel-drive models were available, and the Equinox was powered by a 185-hp, 3.4-liter V-6. The 2007 model year brought new standard safety features and an upgraded interior. An Equinox Sport model arrived for 2008, powered by a new 264-hp, 3.6-liter V-6 engine and fitted with aggressive design cues, including a lowered ride height.

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  • Current List Price $2,870–$10,662
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.6) 16 reviews
  • Combined MPG 20
  • Body Styles SUV
Notable Features in 2009
  • FWD or AWD
  • Passenger- and cargo-area versatility
  • Standard side curtain airbags with rollover sensing
  • Standard ABS and electronic stability system
  • Current List Price $2,190–$9,738
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.2) 51 reviews
  • Combined MPG 20
  • Body Styles SUV
Notable Features in 2008
  • Performance Equinox Sport
  • FWD or AWD
  • Passenger- and cargo-area versatility
  • Electric power steering
  • Standard ABS and electronic stability system
  • Current List Price $1,980–$8,392
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.1) 40 reviews
  • Combined MPG 22
  • Body Styles SUV
Notable Features in 2007
  • FWD or AWD
  • Passenger- and cargo-area versatility
  • Electric power steering
  • New interior for 2007
  • Upgraded steering, brakes and handling
  • Standard ABS and electronic stability system
  • Current List Price $1,423–$7,771
  • Consumer Rating
    (3.9) 86 reviews
  • Combined MPG 20-21
  • Body Styles SUV
Notable Features in 2006
  • FWD or AWD
  • Five-speed automatic
  • Passenger- and cargo-area versatility
  • Electric power steering
  • Current List Price $1,282–$7,530
  • Consumer Rating
    (3.8) 89 reviews
  • Combined MPG 22
  • Body Styles SUV
Notable Features in 2005
  • Largest vehicle in its class
  • FWD or AWD
  • Five-speed automatic
  • Passenger and cargo-area versatility
  • Variety of option choices

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