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About the Chevrolet Equinox

Vehicle Summary

In the world of small SUVs, the Chevrolet Equinox has been a favorite for many years. Its sleek styling and surprisingly spacious interior, combined with its comfortable ride and ample trim/customization options, make it a popular option for singles, couples, and growing families alike.

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2010 - Present Chevrolet Equinox Trim Configurations

The second generation of the Chevrolet Equinox SUV was released in the United States in 2009, boasting a standard 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine across all four of its trim levels and an upgraded V6 engine on its LTZ trim. With the V6 engine and all-wheel drive, the Chevrolet Equinox towing capacity is an estimated 3,500 pounds when properly equipped.1

Throughout the second generation, the Chevrolet Equinox saw a number of changes from one model year to the next. For instance, for the Chevrolet Equinox 2015, Chevroletintroduced innovative available 4G LTE connections with in-car Wi-Fi to accommodate the growing demand for tech features.2 Drivers across all second-generation vehicles of the Chevrolet Equinox will enjoy the spacious interior and ample cargo storage space, maxing out at 63.7 cubic square feet with rear seats folded down in all trims.

2010-2017 Trims

The 2010-2014 model years give you the option of four trim selections, which include:

  • LS - keyless entry, Bluetooth® connectivity, USB interface, satellite radio, and a sliding/reclining split second row seat
  • 1LT - heated mirrors, smartphone integration (in 2014 model year and newer), roof rails, leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • 2LT  - heated front seats, eight-way driver seat, upgraded sound system
  • LTZ - larger 18-inch wheels, leather upholstery, optional V6 engine

From 2015 - 2017, trim options change slightly to add a new base L trim and combine the 1LT and 2LT trims into a single Chevrolet Equinox LT trim option with two subsets. As a result, trim options for the 2015 - 2017 Chevrolet Equinox are as follows:

2015 - 2017 Trims

  • L - 17-inch wheels, keyless entry, available in-car Wi-Fi hotspot2 and 4G LTE connectivity, two six-speaker sound system
  • LS - satellite radio, optional all-wheel drive, optional tablet holders on seat backs.
  • 1LT - rear privacy glass, standard rearview camera, seven-inch touchscreen interface
  • 2LT - remote start, upgraded sound system
  • LTZ - lane-departure warning system and forward collision alert

The Chevrolet Equinox saw a complete redesign in 2018, which resulted in an overall lighter vehicle and improved fuel efficiency. For comparison, the mpg for the Chevrolet Equinox 2017 base LS trim with four-cylinder engine was an estimated 25 mpg combined (21 city and 31 highway)3. In the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox, the base L trim with its four-cylinder engine gets an estimated 28 mpg combined (26 city and 32 highway)3

For 2018, there is also a Chevrolet Equinox diesel engine available, which amps up fuel economy a bit. Specifically, the base L trim with four-cylinder diesel engine gets an estimated 32 mpg combined (28 city and 39 highway).3

In terms of storage space, this generation of Chevrolet Equinox is largely unchanged. For comparison, the 2018 Equinox offers a maximum of 63.5 cubic feet, which is slightly less thanthe 63.7 cubic feet offered by the Chevrolet Equinox 2012 and other second-generation model years.

2018 - Present Trims

For the third generation of Chevrolet Equinox, the LTZ trim is replaced with the Premier trim. The LT trim is no longer divided into two - the 1LT and 2LT - though it does come with two available feature packages.

Specific trims and new features for the Chevrolet Equinox 2018 are outlined below:

  • L - engine stop-start system, rearview camera, keyless entry/ignition, available 4G LTE connectivity with mobile Wi-Fi hotspot2
  • LS - greater range of exterior color options, included spare tire/tire jack, rear floor mats, digital compass
  • LT - satellite radio availability, rear privacy glass, leather-wrapped shift knob, optional Sun and Infotainment package (panoramic sunroof, 8-inch touchscreen) or Confidence and Convenience package (rear parking sensors, blind-spot monitoring, dual-zone climate control, heated front seats, and more)
  • Premier - hands-free liftgate, chrome accents on the exterior, ambient lighting, wireless device charging

1Various factors may impact towing capacity, including weight of passengers, cargo, and options/accessories.

2Requires data plan and compatible device.

3Fuel economy figures are based on EPA estimates for when vehicle sold as new. Fuel economy may vary for reasons like driving conditions and vehicle history. Unless specified, figures are for vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission. See fueleconomy.gov.

Reliability Research

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RepairPal gave the Chevrolet Equinox an overall reliability rating of 4 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Excellent. This rating ranks the Chevrolet Equinox 11th out of 26 among Compact SUVs.

  • Cost RepairPal reports that the average total annual cost for repairs and maintenance on a Chevrolet Equinox is $448, compared to an average of $454 for Compact SUVs and $556 for all the vehicles RepairPal considered in its dataset.
  • Frequency According to RepairPal, Chevrolet Equinox owners bring their vehicles into a repair shop for unscheduled repairs an average of 0.8 times per year, compared to an average of 0.9 times for Compact SUVs and 1.4 times for all the vehicle models RepairPal considered in its dataset.
  • Severity RepairPal reported that the probability of a repair being a severe or major issue is 11% for the Chevrolet Equinox, compared to an average of 10% for Compact SUVs and 12% for all the vehicles RepairPal considered in its dataset.

RepairPal Reliability Ratings are based on the actual cost, frequency, and severity of unscheduled repairs and maintenance on make/model data for select 2006-2020 vehicles. The reliability of a specific vehicle may vary depending on its maintenance and driving history, model year, trim, and features.

*RepairPal Reliability Ratings are provided by RepairPal and CarMax is not responsible for their accuracy. These ratings are based on RepairPal Reliability data as of 09/01/2021. Learn more.

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Reviews for Chevrolet Equinox

Overall Rating

4.4 out of 5 (466 reviews)

Wished I'd researched more! How'd CarMax let this one get by?

GM let me down. First, let me say that I went with the care due to gas savings and that is the one great thing I can't shake a stick at about the vehicle (plus great leg room). However, out of the store it has given me more angst than any car I've owned in the past. First, less than 2 weeks after getting the car the check engine light came on...some pump failed. But CarMax replaced it. Then there was this jerky jerky at times, usually when car was turned off in garage. Then the air pressure sensors went crazy and had to get replaced. Now the car stops on its own when it wants to. Jerking real bad. Back in CarMax shop. 4 months I've had and all this! Now folks are telling me about GM issues. Out of characters soon so I'll just stop here.

Pros

  • Fuel Economy: Wonderful
  • Interior Space: Roomy
  • Seat Comfort: Backpain gone

Cons

  • Reliability: Sucks. All kinds of issues w/in 4 months!
  • Power: Rides and sounds like go-cart

- B G, 2010 Chevrolet Equinox

Very good car. I did over pay by at least $1000.00

We love the versatility and the room. The 3.6 liter 300hp DOHC engine has proven to be very smooth. Gas mileage is near 16 in town and 24 on the highway. On longer trips we have achieved over 26 mpg on the highway. Very comfortable. A few to many "electronics" but we did want the LTZ. The movable rear seat is wonderful. I know we paid at least $1,000.00 to much, but CarMax does not negotiate, the mileage was wonderfully low, and the overall experience was very good.

Pros

  • Power: No substitute for power when you need it
  • Interior Space: Moveable rear seat
  • Seat Comfort: Multiple adjustments

Cons

  • Dashboard: Sun glare can cause (occasional) visability issues.
  • Technology and Entertainment: Just to much! Really thinking about an aftermarket extended warranty from my credit union. Much better than the offering from CarMax

- Karl Shafer, 2013 Chevrolet Equinox

best automotive sales center ever

We had the pleasure of working with Zach Henry in Louisville Kentucky. I texted him the features I wanted on our vehicle. He found us the perfect car. We love it. We drove an hour and a half to get to CarMax from our home. I knew from past experiences with CarMax that they would find the car I was wanting. We had gone through the tornado a few weeks before buying our car. So having a salesman like Zach eased our worries. Thank you Zach and all the guys that stayed late to wipe the car down and fill her up. If you’re looking for a car you should give them a call. I forgot to mention they have an app you can browse the cars they have. Make an appointment and they hold the car for you. I don’t know of any other dealerships that offers that. Thank CarMax.

Pros

  • Reliability: I couldn’t pick just one thing. I love everything about my equinox.

- Donna Bachand, 2018 Chevrolet Equinox

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