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GREEN | 7 out of 10
22 mpg city, 32 highway (FWD, four-cyl.); 20/29 (AWD, four-cyl.); 17/24 (FWD, V-6); 16/22 (AWD V-6)
During our drive time in the front-wheel-drive four-cylinder Equinox, we averaged a respectable 26 mpg – not bad for a 3,800-pound non-hybrid CUV.
So far our samples have been averaging 24 mpg overall for the four-cylinder and 21 mpg for the V6. That's pretty good but also a far cry from the 30-plus anyone thought they would actually average based on the advertising.
The 2013 Chevrolet Equinox is a frugal, efficient pick, provided you get the base four-cylinder engine. The larger 3.6-liter V-6 that's been subbed in for 2013 in place of the former 3.0-liter isn't any thirstier--but it's not significantly more fuel-efficient, either.
With its 22 mpg city, 32 highway ratings for the base four-cylinder model with front-wheel drive, the Equinox is among the highest-mileage non-hybrid vehicles in this class. Stepping up to AWD, mileage drops to 20/29, still good for a comfortably sized crossover. All four-cylinder models now come with an 'Eco' button which activates a mode with more conservative air-conditioning operation, earlier torque converter lockup, and different shift points.
EPA ratings with the new, larger 301-hp, 3.6-liter V-6 weren't yet confirmed at the time of posting, but last year when the closely related Cadillac SRX got this engine its ratings improved slightly to 16/23 with AWD or 17/24 with front-wheel drive. If they're the same for the Equinox, that's the same as last year for the front-wheel-drive versions and a slight improvement with AWD.
The 2013 Chevrolet Equinox isn't significantly thirstier with the addition of a new larger V-6, but the frugal four-cylinder is still the way to go.