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in Affordable Compact SUVs

MSRP: $24,440 - $33,400
Invoice: $23,218 - $31,730
MPG: 22 City / 32 Hwy
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Chevrolet Equinox Performance

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Test drivers say that the 2014 Chevrolet Equinox has a comfortable ride and decent handling, though it isn’t very fun to drive. Reviewers write that the base Equinox feels underpowered, while models with the optional V6 offer great acceleration.

  • "The driving character of the 2014 Chevrolet Equinox is largely dictated by what's under the hood." -- Edmunds
  • "Behind the wheel, the 2014 Chevrolet Equinox is rather ho-hum. Even with the more powerful V6 option, Chevy's crossover SUV doesn't feel as athletic as a Ford Escape using a smaller, turbocharged 4-cylinder engine." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "On the road the Equinox performs admirably. It may not be the fastest or best handling of the five SUVs that we tested. But it has plenty of power to get you moving when merging onto the highway and it is competent in the corners. That's really all you need for everyday driving." -- AutoWeek (2013)

Acceleration and Power

The 2014 Chevrolet Equinox comes standard with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 182 horsepower. An optional 3.6-liter V6 produces 301 horsepower. A six-speed automatic is the only transmission available. Front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is optional with both engines. According to the EPA, the base four-cylinder, front-wheel drive 2014 Equinox gets 22/32 mpg city/highway, which is good for an affordable compact SUV.

Most reviewers think that the four-cylinder engine feels underpowered. However, they say that the V6 is very powerful, which makes the Equinox a lot more enjoyable to drive. Test drivers write that the six-speed automatic transmission shifts quickly and performs well with either engine.

  • "Models using that smaller engine deliver good fuel economy, but sacrifice even more performance for the sake of it. All 2014 Equinox models use a 6-speed automatic transmission - it works well with both engines." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Although the four-cylinder Equinox matches the acceleration times of other compact crossovers in this price range, it doesn't feel as potent out in the real world. You'll have the gas pedal floored during routine merging and passing maneuvers, and this isn't very relaxing. In contrast, the V6 is downright impressive. It provides strong and smooth performance in any situation." -- Edmunds
  • "But the automatic transmission is sharp and geared for a feeling of power -- you won't worry about merging into freeway traffic with this CUV." -- AutoWeek (2013)
  • "The 3.6-liter is strong and sounds great, just as it does in the numerous other applications across GM's model line." -- Automobile Magazine (2013)

Handling and Braking

Reviewers say the Equinox has a comfortable ride, but they also say that a soft suspension and vague steering mean that the Equinox isn’t the nimblest SUV in the class. However, several mention that the brakes provide smooth stopping power.

  • "The Equinox's handling abilities are nothing special. The steering isn't very precise, and the Chevy's suspension is tuned to favor comfort over sharp handling around turns. The upside, of course, is a smooth ride that's enhanced by the overall serenity of the cabin." -- Edmunds
  • "The Equinox doesn't feel particularly spry on twisty roads like a Mazda CX-5, which enjoys a fun romp every now and then. However, if there's an area where the Equinox shines, it's this SUV's comfortable and quiet highway ride. In this regard, the Chevrolet feels like a more expensive vehicle." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Braking is smooth and progressive." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
Review Last Updated: 5/13/14

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