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2013 Chevrolet Equinox Review

The 2013 Chevrolet Equinox ranks in the top half of the compact SUV class. In addition to above-average safety and reliability ratings, the Equinox features a handy sliding second row and a spacious cabin. However, it has high ownership costs.

Pros & Cons

  • Fuel-efficient base engine
  • Versatile interior
  • Less cargo space than some rivals

Rankings & Research

The 2013 Chevrolet Equinox's #6 ranking is based on its score within the 2013 Affordable Compact SUVs category. Currently the Chevrolet Equinox has a score of 8.1 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 49 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 7.7
Performance: 6.4
Interior: 7.5
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.2
Safety: 9.3
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2013 Chevrolet Equinox Overview

Is the 2013 Chevrolet Equinox a Good Used Car?

The 2013 Chevrolet Equinox is a good compact SUV. It features roomy seats that include a convenient sliding rear row that you can adjust to create either more legroom or cargo space. Its base four-cylinder engine returns great fuel economy estimates, and there’s a stronger V6 engine available. Several competitors don’t have a V6 option. The Chevy Equinox also has strong safety and reliability ratings. However, its cargo capacity is below average.

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Why You Can Trust Us

Our used car rankings and reviews are based on our analysis of professional automotive reviews, as well as data like crash test scores, reliability ratings, and ownership expenses. We researched 49 Chevrolet Equinox reviews to help you decide if it’s the right used car for you.

The U.S. News Best Cars team has been ranking cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007, and our staff has a combined 75 years of automotive industry experience. To ensure our impartiality, our staff never takes expensive gifts or trips from car companies, and an outside team handles the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2013 Chevrolet Equinox?

Our site has more than 1,300 listings for the 2013 Chevrolet Equinox, with an average list price of $13,300. Prices range from $9,900 to $17,500, depending on the vehicle’s trim, mileage, location, condition, and features.

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How Much Does the 2013 Chevrolet Equinox Cost to Own?

The 2013 Chevrolet Equinox’s five-year estimated costs for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs are nearly $25,550. Many competitors have lower costs.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Chevrolet Equinox?

The 2019 Chevrolet Equinox starts at $23,800. While it costs much more than a used 2013 model, the new model’s updates may make it worth the extra money for some buyers. Tech-savvy shoppers should like the 2019 Equinox’s technology updates, which includes a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hot spot, wireless phone charging, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay. It also offers lots of safety features not available in the 2013 model, including adaptive cruise control, a surround-view parking camera, and pedestrian detection. Chevrolet’s Teen Driver system is also standard, allowing you to monitor teens’ driving and safety system usage patterns. Finally, the 2019 model features a lineup of turbocharged four-cylinder engines and returns better fuel economy than the 2013 model.

The 2013 Equinox is a fine SUV, but the 2019 is a superior vehicle

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There are no new compact SUVs that are priced within a used 2013 Equinox’s price range. Even new subcompact SUVs cost considerably more than the most expensive Equinox.

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Which Model Year of the Chevrolet Equinox Is Best?

The 2013 Chevy Equinox is part of a generation that spans the 2010 through 2017 model years. Consider the 2012 Equinox, which was the first model to come with a standard rearview camera in the 1LT trim and standard Bluetooth. Forward collision warning and lane departure warning also became available. The 2013 model received a newly available V6 engine and upgraded suspension. The only notable upgrades in the 2014 through 2017 models came for the 2015 model year, when an OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi hot spot became standard.

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How Reliable Is the 2013 Chevrolet Equinox?

The 2013 Equinox has an above-average reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power.

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2013 Chevrolet Equinox Recalls

As of this writing, the 2013 Chevrolet Equinox has two reported recalls. One involves windshield wipers that may become inoperable. Another concerns the ignition key, which may be removable while the vehicle isn’t parked. Both of these issues increase the risk of a crash or injury, so make sure that they’re resolved before you purchase the Equinox.

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Which Used Chevrolet Equinox Model Is Right for Me?

The 2013 Equinox has four trims: LS, 1LT, 2LT, and LTZ. The base Chevrolet Equinox LS comes with basic features. It has a six-speaker radio with Bluetooth, an auxiliary input jack, and USB ports.

Most shoppers should go for the Chevrolet Equinox 1LT trim, which adds a number of useful tech and safety features, like a rearview camera and Chevrolet’s MyLink voice-activated infotainment system with a 7-inch touch screen and Bluetooth audio streaming. The 2LT trim includes automatic climate control, remote start, an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, a Pioneer premium eight-speaker stereo, and heated front seats.

The LTZ trim adds the most comfort and safety features, including driver’s-seat memory settings, forward collision alert, lane departure warning, rear park assist, and perforated leather upholstery. It also comes with a power liftgate.

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How Safe Is the Equinox?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the Equinox a 2013 Top Safety Pick and gave it the highest score of Good in all four crash evaluations. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2013 Chevrolet Equinox an overall rating of four out of five stars, as well as a five stars in the side crash test. It received four stars in frontal and rollover evaluations.

A rearview camera, forward collision alert, lane departure warning, and rear park assist are available in some Equinox trims.

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2013 Chevrolet Equinox Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2013 Chevrolet Equinox or 2013 Honda CR-V?

The 2013 Honda CR-V is one of the top picks in the compact SUV class. Like the Equinox, it has a spacious interior and an above-average reliability rating. Its cargo capacity is 7.2 cubic feet larger than the Equinox’s. However, the CR-V’s only four-cylinder engine can get noisy when pushed. Still, the Honda’s numerous standard features and carlike handling make it the more appealing option.

Which Is Better: 2013 Chevrolet Equinox or 2013 Toyota RAV4?

The 2013 Toyota RAV4 is superior to the Equinox in some important ways. It offers class-leading cargo space and roomy seats for all passengers. It comes well-equipped with standard features that include a touch-screen infotainment system and a rearview camera, both of which are available in the Equinox. Additionally, the RAV4 has a perfect reliability rating. One knock against the Toyota is that it has considerably worse safety scores than the Equinox.

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2013 Chevrolet Equinox Performance

How Does the 2013 Chevrolet Equinox Drive?

The 2013 Chevy Equinox has a standard 182-horsepower four-cylinder engine that provides decent power. An available 301-horsepower V6 engine offers a bit more oomph for highway driving. Front-wheel drive and a six-speed automatic transmission are standard, and all-wheel drive is available. The Equinox has a cushioned ride, but its driving dynamics are dull. 

Does the 2013 Chevrolet Equinox Get Good Gas Mileage?

The base 2013 Equinox returns an estimated 22 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway, which are great numbers for the class.

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2013 Chevrolet Equinox Interior

How Many People Does the 2013 Chevrolet Equinox Seat?

The Equinox seats five in two rows, with plenty of space for each passenger to stretch out. Cloth upholstery and a power-adjustable driver’s seat are standard. Leather upholstery and heated front seats are available. The sliding second row allows you to increase rear-seat legroom or cargo space. Rearward visibility could be better, but the rearview camera helps with this problem.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2013 Chevrolet Equinox?

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

2013 Chevrolet Equinox Features

Standard equipment includes a six-speaker stereo with a USB port, satellite radio, Bluetooth, and steering wheel-mounted audio controls. Upper trims are available with a rear-seat entertainment system and Chevy’s MyLink infotainment system with a 7-inch touch screen. While the available navigation system can be difficult to operate, the infotainment system and all other interior functions are user-friendly.

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2013 Chevrolet Equinox Dimensions

Chevrolet Equinox Cargo Space

The Equinox has 31.4 cubic feet of cargo space behind its rear seats and 63.7 cubic feet with them folded. Those numbers are low for the class.

2013 Equinox Length and Weight

The 2013 Chevrolet Equinox is about 15.7 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 3,777 to 3,922 pounds, depending on the engine.

Where Was the 2013 Chevrolet Equinox Built?

Chevy assembled the 2013 Equinox in Canada and Tennessee.


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