2015 Chevrolet Equinox Review

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Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

The 2015 Chevrolet Equinox is more refined and quiet than many of its competitors, while offering the versatility and value that a budget-conscious family would expect.

The 2015 Chevrolet Equinox doesn't miss any critical points, and although it's hardly exciting, it's a great pick for families who need affordability, ample cargo space, and flexible seating, as well as with good maneuverability and fuel efficiency.

And that even includes styling. With crisp, somewhat sporty details, and proportions that line up partway between Chevrolet's trucks and cars, the Equinox looks like it should: handsome but inoffensive. Inside, the look is a little jazzier, with vents flanking the radio and climate controls and more of the look that Chevrolet cars have recently been given.

Size it up briefly, and you won't be surprised why vehicles like the Chevy Equinox have become the workhorse family sedans of today. And among all the compact (to mid-size) crossovers, the 2015 Equinox is one of the better picks; whether purposed for carpool duty, weekend family getaways, or commuting and errands, it's fully up for such versatile use—with an affordable price, a spacious interior, plenty of safety and tech features, and more refinement than you might expect.

The fuel-efficient (and lower cost) four-cylinder models remain our recommendation. With 182 horsepower, the 2.4-liter four idles smoothly, albeit with a somewhat clattery direct-injection sound, and once underway it's agreeable and unobtrusive. The combination comes with a stellar 32-mpg highway rating, too. The Equinox doesn't track as confidently on the highway as we'd like, but this is first and foremost a family vehicle. Yes, the 3.6-liter V-6 is strong and smooth, but it's also far thirstier in real-world driving—and frankly more than most cost-conscious moms and dads are going to need.

The Equinox feels designed for the ins and outs of family use, from the seating layout to the durable (albeit not always luxury-caliber) up-close details. There's an excellent carlike driving position, while the cross-stitched dual-tone perforated leather in top LTZ models feels quite luxurious. Back seats have enough space for two adults to sprawl out into, with decent legroom, and the seatbacks are adjustable for rake. And there's space for smaller items, weekend finds, and grocery bags between the two deep cargo wells in back, the deep center console, the retractable cargo cover, and stretchy net.

Four-wheel disc brakes, StabiliTrak electronic stability control, head-curtain side airbags, and pelvic/thorax seat-mounted bags are all included as standard equipment in the Equinox, a rearview camera system is offered in most models, and lane departure warning and forward collision warning alert systems are standard in the LTZ and optional on the LT. Neither of those systems fully makes up for one Equinox inadequacy: Outward visibility can be challenging due to the thick rear pillars. The Chevy Equinox has earned top 'good' ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in all categories, including in the tough small overlap frontal category (it's earned Top Safety Pick status); it's also earned top four- and five-star results from the federal government.

Considering its very affordable pricing, the 2015 Chevrolet Equinox has a very impressive set of the features that matter to price-conscious parents. GM includes a touch-screen audio system with a USB port across most of the lineup, and the voice-activated, touch-screen-based MyLink Connectivity system is an option. The MyLink package includes smartphone connectivity, integrated Pandora and Stitcher app compatibility, and hands-free controls.

For 2015, OnStar now includes 4G LTE connectivity, with the ability to create an in-car WiFi hotspot.

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April 30, 2016
2015 Chevrolet Equinox FWD 4-Door LT w/1LT

Too much road noise

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I have the fwd 4 cly model and liked the size and mpg, but I can not stand the road noise. I traded in my 2010 Silverado and that truck road so nice and quiet . I need to get the equinox sound proofed or get... + More »
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February 26, 2016
2015 Chevrolet Equinox AWD 4-Door LTZ

worth it to get 6 cylinder

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I bought this new in July, 2015 the LTZ model. Love the power of that 6 cylinder. The handling & steering is not as good as I would have liked in tight parking lots. The interior cabin a bit small, but I am... + More »
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November 1, 2015
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Our 2015 Equinox after 6,000 miles

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Nice car, but the dash gas mileage is 2- 2 1/2 miles per gal off. If you record miles and fills, you will see the real results! Yes, it may get 32 miles per gal if you drove the interstate in flat land... + More »
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October 29, 2015
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New vehicle had for six weeks unreliable!!! The battery is drained from the Bluetooth the radio did not work and has been replaced and one payment has not even been made on the vehicle. I have a loaner car and am sick about not having my own car in my p

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Not reliable new vehicle/. Dies in the garage overnight
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July 23, 2015
2015 Chevrolet Equinox FWD 4-Door LTZ

Purchased with pride

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I just purchased my 2015 Equinox and love it it has everything I could ask for in a SUV and more. The added fact it was made in America by UAW workers made me buy this vehicle. I've bought Chevy products most... + More »
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July 13, 2015
2015 Chevrolet Equinox FWD 4-Door LT w/1LT

our second Equinox

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Great technology in a comfortable and thrifty SUV. It is our second equinox and we like it more than the first one. GM keeps refining it.
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May 12, 2015
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Not very roomy

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I like my Equinox okay, but the back seat is too small for 3 people. The cargo area isn't flush all the way to the back seat, which is a pain when your groceries roll down in there. Not nearly as roomy as my... + More »
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April 28, 2015
2015 Chevrolet Equinox FWD 4-Door LT w/2LT

Great Vehicle with great performance.

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Great vehicle with great performance. I am just a little disappointed in the fuel economy. I think a vehicle with a 4 cylinder engine, being driven primarily in the city, should get better than an avg. of 19... + More »
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April 22, 2015
2015 Chevrolet Equinox FWD 4-Door LS

Best SUV I could of hoped for.

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I can simple say I love it. Looks great, rides really smooth. After months of looking, it was the best SUV for my family. I haven't had a new vehicle since 1993, and this was perfect and it has it all.
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April 13, 2015
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What an awesome SUV!

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We were not sure this was the right vehicle for us. But 3 months in we ae more than sure. Quality is first rate and the technology is the best in the industry! LOVE IT!
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