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Reviewed by Bengt Halvorson
Deputy Editor, The Car Connection
BASE INVOICE
$23,294
BASE MSRP
$24,520
Quick Take
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. Read more »
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bold modern look that's more muscular and better proportioned

Autoblog »

We yearn for the day when GM finally understands that chrome isn't cool anymore.

Edmunds »

Its new skin is seriously sexy—smooth and cool like “Equinox,” the Coltrane blues standard.

Car and Driver »

a clean, modern look, which is simultaneously inoffensive and handsome

Jalopnik »

the dual-cowl dashboard layout is attractive and classy

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Pricing and Specifications by Style
$24,520 $33,670
MSRP $24,520
INVOICE $23,294
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FWD 4-Door LS
Gas Mileage N/A
Engine Gas/Ethanol I4, 2.4
EPA Class 2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity 5
Passenger Doors 4
Body Style Sport Utility
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7.8 out of 10
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2015 Chevrolet Equinox FWD 4-Door LS
FWD 4-Door LS
Gas/Ethanol I4, 2.4
Front Wheel Drive
$ 23,294 $ 24,520
2015 Chevrolet Equinox FWD 4-Door LT w/1LT
FWD 4-Door LT
Gas/Ethanol I4, 2.4
Front Wheel Drive
$ 24,861 $ 26,170
2015 Chevrolet Equinox FWD 4-Door LTZ
FWD 4-Door LTZ
Gas/Ethanol I4, 2.4
Front Wheel Drive
$ 30,324 $ 31,920
2015 Chevrolet Equinox AWD 4-Door LS
AWD 4-Door LS
Gas/Ethanol I4, 2.4
All Wheel Drive
$ 24,956 $ 26,270
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The Basics:

The 2015 Chevrolet Equinox is a frugal, mainstream pick, targeting families who need ample cargo space and flexible seating, along with good maneuverability, an affordable price, and respectable fuel-efficiency.

With crisp, somewhat sporty styling, 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 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.

Likes:

  • Well designed interior
  • Handsome, chiseled exterior
  • Very good four-cylinder gas mileage
  • Quiet cabin

Dislikes:

  • Doesn't track well on the highway
  • Some cheap trim details inside
  • Optional Pioneer system doesn't sound premium
  • Bad outward visibility for some
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