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2010 Chevrolet Equinox Review

The 2010 Chevrolet Equinox places in the top half of our compact SUV rankings. It has a well-constructed cabin, high safety scores, and a stable ride. However, it’s held back by a poor reliability rating.

Pros & Cons

  • Excellent gas mileage with the base engine
  • Comfortable ride
  • Nicely designed interior
  • Excellent safety ratings
  • Poor reliability rating
  • Below-average cargo capacity




Critics' Rating: 9.2
Performance: 7.8
Interior: 9.0
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.2
Safety: 9.7
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2010 Chevrolet Equinox Overview

Is the 2010 Chevrolet Equinox a Good Used Car?

The 2010 Chevrolet Equinox is a good compact SUV, but its reliability rating may give you pause. The Equinox has a relaxed ride and great fuel economy with its base engine, and this Chevy has comfortable and supportive seats. Its sliding back row gives you the option of having more rear passenger room or more cargo space. Still, given that the 2010 Equinox has the lowest possible reliability rating possible, there are certainly better choices in the class. 

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How Much Is the 2010 Chevrolet Equinox?

Based on nearly 440 listings on our site of the 2010 Chevrolet Equinox, the average list price is $9,800, which is slightly below average for the class. Prices range from about $6,900 to $13,000, and they vary based on vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2010 Chevrolet Equinox Cost to Own?

Estimated five-year costs for fuel, insurance, maintenance, and repairs for the 2010 Chevrolet Equinox are about $24,440, or nearly $4,890 per year. These estimates are below average.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Equinox?

With a starting price of $23,800, the 2019 Chevrolet Equinox is twice as expensive as the average 2010 model, but it’s a better SUV overall. Chevy completely redesigned the Equinox for 2018, giving it updated styling and a more fuel-efficient engine lineup. It also features standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and available adaptive cruise control. Though the 2019 Equinox is more refined and well-equipped, it’s hard to justify the large price difference between it and a used 2010 Equinox.

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You won't be able to find a new compact SUV for around the same price as the 2010 Chevrolet Equinox.

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Which Model Year of the Chevrolet Equinox Is Best?

For the Chevrolet Equinox, 2010 was the first model year of a generation that continued on until a redesign for 2018. There were hardly any changes for the first few years. The 2013 Equinox received an upgraded suspension and an available V6 edition. If you’re not interested in these updates, stick with a 2010 model. It offers many of the same amenities, but with a lower price.

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How Reliable Is the 2010 Chevrolet Equinox?

The 2010 Equinox has a reliability rating of two of five, which is the lowest possible score from J.D. Power.  

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2010 Chevrolet Equinox Recalls

There are three safety recalls for the 2010 Chevy Equinox. One recall addresses an issue that makes it possible to remove the key from the ignition when the car is in park. Another recall involves the seat height adjuster bolt falling out. Chevy also issued a recall to update the SUV’s software so it doesn’t interfere with the air conditioning, heating, defrost, and radio controls. Make sure a Chevrolet dealer has addressed these recalls before purchasing a 2010 Equinox.

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Which Used Chevrolet Equinox Is Right for Me?

The 2010 Chevrolet Equinox comes in four main trim levels: LS, 1LT, 2LT, and LTZ. Some shoppers may be content with the base LS trim, but considering the used Equinox has a below-average list price, we recommend the 2LT trim. It comes with all of the base trim's features, including remote keyless entry and a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, also adding eight-way power-adjustable front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, an eight-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, a USB port, remote start, a rearview camera, fog lights, and automatic climate control.

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How Safe Is the Equinox?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the Chevrolet Equinox a 2010 Top Safety Pick, also giving it the highest rating of Good in four crash tests. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Equinox five out of five stars in frontal and side crash tests and four stars in rollover crash test.

The Equinox doesn't have any standard advanced safety features, but some models may have a rearview camera and rear parking sensors.

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2010 Chevrolet Equinox Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2010 Chevrolet Equinox or 2010 Honda CR-V?

The 2010 Honda CR-V is a standout compact SUV with a superb reliability rating and expansive passenger and cargo space. It also delivers nimble handling and a cushioned ride. The CR-V is a better vehicle than the Equinox, but the Chevy has a more modern-looking interior, a stronger engine lineup, and has a lower average price. However, you’ll have to decide if these traits are worth giving up for a better vehicle with more space and better reliability.

Which Is Better: 2010 Chevrolet Equinox or 2010 Toyota RAV4?

Like the Equinox, the 2010 Toyota RAV4 has a powerful available V6 engine and a comfortable ride. Although the Chevy has a nicer interior, the RAV4 is a better SUV overall. In contrast to the Equinox, the RAV4 has agile handling, an available third row, more cargo space, and a much higher predicted reliability rating. For a better ownership experience, go with the RAV4.

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2010 Chevrolet Equinox Performance

How Does the 2010 Chevrolet Equinox Drive?

The 2010 Chevy Equinox delivers a compliant ride and has composed handling. The Equinox comes standard with a 182-horsepower four-cylinder engine, which is very fuel-efficient and decently powerful. A stronger V6 is also available, and it produces 264 horsepower. But keep in mind, fuel economy takes a hit with this engine. Both engines are equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission, which feels refined.

Does the 2010 Chevrolet Equinox Get Good Gas Mileage?

The 2010 Equinox delivers 22 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway, which is above average in the class. Opting for the six-cylinder engine will significantly drop these estimates to 17/25 mpg city/highway.

2010 Chevrolet Equinox Towing Capacity

In its standard setup, the Equinox can tow up to 1,500 pounds. It can handle up to 3,500 pounds with the V6.

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2010 Equinox Interior

How Many People Does the 2010 Equinox Seat?

There's seating for five people in the 2010 Equinox. The Equinox’s rear seats slide forward and back, which can create additional legroom for rear passengers or more space for cargo behind the seats. There’s also a good amount of space throughout this Chevy’s pleasantly designed cabin. Cloth upholstery and a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel are standard, but you may find models with leather upholstery, heated front seats, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2010 Chevrolet Equinox?

There are two sets of LATCH child-seat connectors in the rear outboard seats and an upper tether in the rear middle seat.

2010 Chevrolet Equinox Features

Standard features include a six-speaker audio system and remote keyless entry. Available features include an eight-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, a USB port, remote start, and automatic climate control.

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2010 Chevrolet Equinox Dimensions

Chevrolet Equinox Cargo Space

There's 63.7 cubic feet of space with the rear seats folded and 31.4 cubic feet of space with them in use. Both numbers are a little low compared to several class rivals. On the upside, the Equinox comes with sliding rear seats, which creates additional space when moved forward.

2010 Equinox Length and Weight

The 2010 Equinox is around 15.7 feet long. Its curb weight is 3,770 pounds.

Where Was the 2010 Chevrolet Equinox Built?

Chevy built the 2010 Equinox in Canada.

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