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Rankings & Research

The 2013 Chevrolet Equinox ranking is based on its score within the 2013 Affordable Compact SUVs category. Currently the Chevrolet Equinox has a score of 8.8 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 49 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

8.8

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.1
Performance: 7.4
Interior: 8.2
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.2
Safety: 9.3
Reliability:
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2013 Chevrolet Equinox Review

The used 2013 Chevrolet Equinox is one of the top vehicles in its class. It has a solid four-cylinder engine, a perfect reliability score, and some of the best safety scores in the segment.

Pros & Cons

  • Good fuel economy with four-cylinder engine
  • Versatile interior
  • Less cargo space than some rivals

2013 Chevrolet Equinox Overview

Is the 2013 Chevrolet Equinox a Good Used SUV?

The 2-row Chevy Equinox is a good used compact SUV that has a flexible interior with nice materials. Its base four-cylinder engine is fuel-efficient and powerful enough for most situations. The one downside of the used Equinox is its cargo space, which is smaller than what you’ll find in many rivals.

Used 2013 Chevrolet Equinox Performance and Interior

The front-wheel-drive 2013 Chevrolet Equinox comes with two engines: a standard 182-horsepower four-cylinder and an available 301-horsepower V6. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard. The four-cylinder engine is adequate for day-to-day driving. All-wheel drive is available. The Equinox has a smooth ride with handling that’s more comfortable than sporty. Fuel economy ratings range from 22 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway for the front-wheel-drive four-cylinder Equinox to 16/23 mpg city/highway for the all-wheel-drive V6 Equinox.

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The Equinox seats five on cloth seats. A power driver’s seat is standard. Heated front seats are standard in the 2LT trim, and leather seats are standard in the top-of-the-line LTZ trim. One nice feature is the sliding second row, which moves back to increase rear legroom or forward to provide more cargo space. It’s notable, however, that the Equinox has less cargo space than many rivals. Visibility is good, but the rear-seat headrests can obstruct the rearward view. The Equinox has complete sets of LATCH child-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats and a middle-seat tether anchor.

Standard equipment in the Equinox includes a six-speaker stereo with a USB port, satellite radio, Bluetooth, and steering wheel-mounted audio controls. Chevy’s MyLink infotainment system – with or without a navigation system – is available in upper trim levels, as is a rear-seat entertainment system. The available navigation system can complicate some stereo functions, but overall, the interior functions well and has nice ergonomics.

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Used 2013 Chevrolet Equinox Prices

The average price of a used 2013 Chevrolet Equinox ranges from about $12,400 to $16,600. The price you will pay depends on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Reliable Is the 2013 Chevrolet Equinox?

The 2013 Chevy Equinox has a perfect reliability rating of five out of five from J.D. Power.

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How Safe Is the Equinox?

The 2013 Chevrolet Equinox received four out of five stars overall from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It earned five stars in the side crash test and four stars in the frontal crash and rollover tests. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the Equinox a Top Safety Pick and awarded it the top rating of Good in all four crash tests: moderate overlap, side, roof, and rear. Some used Equinox models include active safety features, like a rearview camera, forward collision alert, lane departure warning, and rear park assist.

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Is the 2013 Equinox the Best Model Year to Buy?

The 2013 Chevrolet Equinox is part of a generation that launched for 2010. The model was refreshed in 2016. You might consider a 2012 Equinox to save money, but it won’t have any available active safety features. The 2011 Equinox is also cheaper than the 2013, but it lacks standard Bluetooth and other features.

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Which Used Chevrolet Equinox Is Right for Me?

The Chevrolet Equinox comes in four trims: LS, 1LT, 2LT, and LTZ. The base Equinox LS includes a sliding rear seat, a USB port, and Bluetooth for phones. The 1LT adds features like a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio and cruise controls, a rearview camera, and Chevrolet MyLink radio with a 7-inch color touch screen. The 2LT has heated front seats, an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, a Pioneer eight-speaker sound system, automatic climate control, and remote start. The top LTZ trim has heated, leather front seats, an eight-way power-adjustable front-passenger seat, a power-programmable liftgate, projector-style halogen headlamps, and various active safety features. The 2LT trim provides the best balance of features.

A certified pre-owned Equinox may suit you best. For all of its certified pre-owned vehicles, Chevy extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to six years or 100,000 miles and provides a one-year/12,000-mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty. Chevrolet CPO vehicles must pass a 172-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read Chevy’s warranty page carefully. The model's original sale date determines whether or not it is eligible for the CPO program.

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2013 Chevrolet Equinox and Other SUVs to Consider

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

The 2013 Honda CR-V and Equinox have similarly powered base four-cylinder engines, but the Honda has more nimble handling. The Equinox has the nicer interior of the two, with better materials and a superior overall construction. Either is a great choice overall, but the Honda was named our 2013 Best Compact SUV for Families when it was new. It also has more cargo space.

Which Is Better: 2013 Chevrolet Equinox or 2013 Ford Escape?

The 2013 Ford Escape has a reputation of much better handling than the Equinox. It also offers two turbocharged four-cylinder EcoBoost engines that can outrun the Chevy's standard four-cylinder. However, the Equinox outshines the Ford in most other areas. It has higher safety scores and a better infotainment system. When you add in the Escape’s low reliability rating, the Equinox becomes the clear choice.

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