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Chevrolet Equinox

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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

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3 Generations

Equinox - 3 Generations

2018–2019 Equinox

Redesigned in 2018
2018–2019 Equinox Generation, 2019 Chevrolet Equinox model shown Showing the 2019 Chevrolet Equinox

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. 

  • MSRP Range $23,800–$35,600
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.0) 3 reviews
  • Combined MPG 24-32
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  • MSRP Range $23,580–$37,300
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.8) 440 reviews
  • Combined MPG 24-32
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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
Showing the 2017 Chevrolet Equinox

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. 

  • MSRP Range $23,100–$31,790
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.8) 166 reviews
  • Combined MPG 24-25
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Read About the 2017 Model 2017 Equinox Articles
  • Current List Price $13,732–$24,752
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.7) 114 reviews
  • Combined MPG 23-26
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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 $12,609–$22,797
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.6) 181 reviews
  • Combined MPG 23-26
  • Body Styles:

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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 $10,412–$20,452
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.5) 154 reviews
  • Combined MPG 23-26
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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 $8,641–$18,329
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.3) 174 reviews
  • Combined MPG 23-26
  • Body Styles:

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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 $7,371–$16,707
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.2) 154 reviews
  • Combined MPG 24-27
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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 $6,548–$15,016
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.1) 149 reviews
  • Combined MPG 24-27
  • Body Styles:

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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 $5,515–$13,943
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.2) 148 reviews
  • Combined MPG 24-27
  • Body Styles:

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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
Showing the 2009 Chevrolet Equinox

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.

  • Current List Price $4,107–$11,423
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.5) 10 reviews
  • Combined MPG 20
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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 $3,338–$10,410
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.4) 44 reviews
  • Combined MPG 20
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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 $2,917–$9,777
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.1) 37 reviews
  • Combined MPG 22
  • Body Styles:

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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 $1,911–$8,655
  • Consumer Rating
    (3.9) 72 reviews
  • Combined MPG 20-21
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Notable Features in 2006
  • FWD or AWD
  • Five-speed automatic
  • Passenger- and cargo-area versatility
  • Electric power steering
  • Current List Price $1,932–$7,908
  • Consumer Rating
    (3.7) 77 reviews
  • Combined MPG 22
  • Body Styles:

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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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