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2014 Chevrolet Equinox Review

The 2014 Chevrolet Equinox ranks near the top of the compact SUV class. It offers a plush ride and a spacious cabin, and it boasts good safety scores as well as a perfect reliability rating.  

Pros & Cons

  • Roomy seats
  • Comfortable ride
  • Powerful available V6 engine
  • Excellent reliability rating
  • Underpowered base engine
  • Lackluster handling

Rankings & Research

The 2014 Chevrolet Equinox's #5 ranking is based on its score within the 2014 Affordable Compact SUVs category. Currently the Chevrolet Equinox has a score of 8.4 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 55 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 7.4
Performance: 6.1
Interior: 7.5
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.2
Safety: 9.3
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2014 Chevrolet Equinox Overview

Is the 2014 Chevrolet Equinox a Good Used Car?

The two-row 2014 Chevrolet Equinox is a good compact SUV. Its comfortable ride and roomy seats make it a great option for daily commuting. The base four-cylinder engine is fine for driving around town, but it feels underpowered on the highway. The available V6 engine delivers more power and faster acceleration.

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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 55 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 2014 Chevrolet Equinox?

Our site has more than 1,400 listings for the 2014 Chevrolet Equinox, with an average list price of $15,200. Prices range from $11,500 to $19,900, depending on the vehicle’s trim, mileage, location, condition, and features.

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How Much Does the 2014 Chevrolet Equinox Cost to Own?

The 2014 Chevrolet Equinox’s five-year estimated costs for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs are $26,010.

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

A 2019 Chevrolet Equinox has a starting price of $23,800. While that’s substantially more than the average price of a 2014 Equinox, the new model comes with a host of technology that could make it worth the cost for some buyers. These include a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hot spot, wireless phone charging, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay. It also comes with Chevy’s Teen Driver system, which allows you to monitor teen’s driving and safety system usage patterns. There are also more available safety features in the 2019 Equinox, including adaptive cruise control, a surround-view parking camera, and pedestrian detection. It also weighs less and features new styling. Its lineup of turbocharged engine options is more fuel-efficient than any engine in the 2014 model.

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You won’t find any new compact SUVs that are priced within the price range of a 2014 Equinox. Even new subcompact SUVs have higher starting prices than the most expensive Equinox.

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Which Model Year of the Chevrolet Equinox Is Best?

The 2014 Chevy Equinox is part of a generation that spans the 2010 through 2017 model years. The 2014 model is a fine vehicle. However, we suggest the 2015 Equinox, which is the first model to come standard with an OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi hot spot. Since the 2016 and 2017 models offer no major updates, you’re better off saving money with the 2015 model.

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How Reliable Is the 2014 Chevrolet Equinox?

The 2014 Equinox has a perfect reliability rating of five from J.D. Power.

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2014 Chevrolet Equinox Recalls

As of this writing, the 2014 Chevrolet Equinox has no reported recalls.

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Which Used Chevrolet Equinox Model Is Right for Me?

The 2014 Equinox has four trims: LS, 1LT, 2LT, and LTZ. The base Chevrolet Equinox LS has just a six-speaker radio with Bluetooth, an auxiliary input jack, and USB ports.

The Chevrolet Equinox 1LT trim is the best option for most shoppers. It adds several desirable features, including power-adjustable and heated side mirrors, a rearview camera, and Chevrolet’s MyLink voice-activated infotainment system with a 7-inch touch screen, Bluetooth audio streaming, and Siri Eyes Free. The 2LT trim includes automatic climate control, remote start, an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, and heated front seats.

The Chevrolet Equinox LTZ adds more comfort and safety features, including driver’s-seat memory settings, a power liftgate, forward collision alert, lane departure warning, rear park assist, and perforated leather upholstery.

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What Does Chevrolet's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Chevrolet offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles six years old or less and with fewer than 75,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Chevy extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to six years or 100,000 miles. These vehicles also get a one-year/12,000-mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty after the three-year/36,000-mile new-car warranty expires. Chevrolet CPO vehicles must pass a 172-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and 24-hour roadside assistance may be available, so read Chevy’s warranty page carefully.

Chevrolet has one of the better CPO programs among affordable carmakers, but Hyundai, Buick, and Kia are better, according to our analysis.

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How Safe Is the Equinox?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2014 Chevrolet Equinox an overall rating of four out of five stars, as well as a five stars in side crash testing. It received four stars in frontal and rollover evaluations. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2014 Equinox the top score of Good in all five crash evaluations. The IIHS also named it a 2014 Top Safety Pick+.

Available safety features include a rearview camera, forward collision alert, lane departure warning, and rear park assist.

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2014 Chevrolet Equinox Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2014 Chevrolet Equinox or 2014 Honda CR-V?

The 2014 Honda CR-V is the more practical option for families. This compact SUV has a roomy cargo area that’s 7.2 cubic feet larger than the Equinox’s. The Honda features a large interior with plenty of back-seat space for long-limbed adults. It comes with a few more features than the Equinox, including standard Bluetooth audio and a rearview camera. The CR-V’s only major downside is that it doesn’t have a stronger available engine, which the Equinox does offer.

Which Is Better: 2014 Chevrolet Equinox or 2014 Mazda CX-5?

The 2014 Mazda CX-5 is more fun to drive than the Equinox, and it’s our winner for the 2014 Best Compact SUV for Families. It’s one of the sharpest-handling models in the class, providing precise steering around corners. The CX-5 is available with two engines, both of which return better gas mileage than either of the Equinox’s engines. In addition to featuring spacious, well-made interiors, both SUVs have above-average reliability ratings and strong safety scores.

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2014 Chevrolet Equinox Performance

How Does the 2014 Chevrolet Equinox Drive?

The 2014 Chevy Equinox has a 182-horsepower four-cylinder engine, which provides adequate power for driving around town but can feel sluggish on the highway. A 301-horsepower V6 is available for faster acceleration. A quick-shifting six-speed automatic transmission is standard with both engines. The Equinox’s soft suspension delivers a smooth, comfortable ride. However, that also results in fairly dull handling.

Does the 2014 Chevrolet Equinox Get Good Gas Mileage?

The four-cylinder Equinox gets decent fuel economy, at 20 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. The V6 engine’s extra power comes at a heavy price, as fuel economy drops to 16/23 mpg city/highway.

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2014 Chevrolet Equinox Interior

How Many People Does the 2014 Chevrolet Equinox Seat?

The 2014 Chevrolet Equinox seats five in two rows. The front seats provide good support and comfort. The rear seats are spacious, and they can conveniently slide forward and backward for extra legroom or cargo space. The cabin looks good and features quality materials.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2014 Chevrolet Equinox?

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

2014 Chevrolet Equinox Features

The 2014 Chevrolet Equinox has a standard six-speaker radio with Bluetooth phone connectivity, an auxiliary input jack, and USB ports. Available features include Chevy’s MyLink infotainment system with an eight-speaker Pioneer sound system, navigation, a rear-seat entertainment system, and automatic climate control. The infotainment system has straightforward controls and intuitive menus.

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2014 Chevrolet Equinox Dimensions

Chevrolet Equinox Cargo Space

Cargo space is typical for the class. The Equinox has 31.4 cubic feet of room behind the second row and 63.7 cubic feet with it folded.

2014 Equinox Length and Weight

The 2014 Chevrolet Equinox measures about 15.7 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 3,777 to 3,922 pounds, depending on the engine.

Where Was the 2014 Chevrolet Equinox Built?

Chevy assembled the 2014 Equinox in Canada and Tennessee.

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