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MSRP: $24,520 - $33,670
Invoice: $23,294 - $31,987
MPG: 22 City / 32 Hwy
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Chevrolet Equinox Performance

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The 2015 Chevrolet Equinox has a comfortable ride, reviewers say. However, some point out that uninspiring handling means that it’s not very fun to drive. Test drivers write that the base Equinox feels underpowered, while models equipped with the available V6 have better acceleration.

  • "Behind the wheel, the Equinox isn't particularly exciting, but it does offer up a comfortable and quiet ride." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The standard four-cylinder engine in the 2015 Equinox is pretty underwhelming. While its rated power on paper is competitive, with it the Equinox just doesn't have a whole lot of verve when you're trying to accelerate around other cars in the passing lane or getting up to speed for freeway onramps. This is especially troubling if you enjoy the sensation of driving at all, because it contributes to general lack of driving entertainment in the Equinox." -- Edmunds
  • "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 base 2015 Chevrolet Equinox has a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 182 horsepower. An available 3.6-liter V6 puts out 301 horsepower. A six-speed automatic is standard with either engine. According to the EPA, base four-cylinder models get 22/32 mpg city/highway, which is good for the class.

Most critics think the Equinox’s four-cylinder engine feels underpowered on the highway, requiring you to floor the gas pedal to get up to speed for passing and merging. However, a few test drivers say the four-cylinder Equinox has adequate acceleration for normal commutes. Some also add that the six-speed automatic transmission shifts quickly. The available V6 engine is more powerful, but some reviewers say it still doesn’t make the Equinox particularly fast.

  • "Although the four-cylinder Equinox has similar power ratings and acceleration times to 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 nor advantageous for fuel economy. If you're looking for a more enjoyable driving experience, the V6 is definitely the choice we'd recommend." -- Edmunds
  • "The more powerful engine doesn't exactly slingshot this SUV, and even the 2.0-liter turbo 4-cylinder in the Ford Escape feels quicker. Blame weight: The V6 Equinox weighs nearly two tons, and the 4-cylinder models aren't much lighter, but at least they improve on fuel economy." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Where power is concerned, the 4-cylinder Equinox is adequate for daily driving. This engine operates smooth and without much drama, but it will labor a bit when the Equinox is loaded down with people and/or cargo." -- AutoTrader
  • "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)

Handling and Braking

According to reviewers, the 2015 Chevy Equinox doesn’t feel particularly athletic, especially when compared with sportier SUVs like the Mazda CX-5. Still, they agree that the Equinox has an exceptionally comfortable ride. Test drivers also agree that the 2015 Equinox remains particularly quiet, even on the highway, and a few say the brakes are strong and operate smoothly. Front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is optional.

  • "Handling-wise, however, the Equinox is unexceptional at best. It's not particularly confident in corners, and the steering doesn't feel very well connected. This little compact crossover is by no means a driver's car, but it never promised that, and most buyers in this segment aren't looking for one anyway." -- AutoTrader
  • "And the Chevy's suspension is tuned to favor comfort over sharp handling around turns. The upside, of course, is an isolated, smooth ride that's enhanced by the overall serenity of the cabin. Back roads will be less entertaining in the Equinox, but you'll likely be more comfortable on long family road trips." -- 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 (2014)
  • "Braking is smooth and progressive." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
Review Last Updated: 10/23/14

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