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The 2015 Chevrolet Equinox ranking is based on its score within the 2015 Affordable Compact SUVs category. Currently the Chevrolet Equinox has a score of 8.7 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 58 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 7.8
Performance: 7.0
Interior: 8.1
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.9
Safety: 9.3
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2015 Chevrolet Equinox Review

The 2015 Chevrolet Equinox may be more of a cruiser than a curve hugger, but its comfortable interior, intuitive infotainment system, and exceptional reliability help place it among the best compact SUVs. 

Pros & Cons

  • Comfortable ride
  • Refined cabin
  • Top-flight predicted reliability
  • Available V6 engine

  • Dull handling
  • Weak base engine

2015 Chevrolet Equinox Overview

Is the 2015 Chevrolet Equinox a Good Used SUV?

Yes, the 2015 Chevy Equinox is an excellent compact SUV. It offers a refined interior, a smooth ride, and a good amount of standard technology – though active safety features like a rearview camera are noticeably absent in the base model. If you want impressive driving dynamics, however, look elsewhere.

Used 2015 Chevrolet Equinox Performance and Interior

The Equinox has two available engines, each mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The base 182-horsepower four-cylinder will get you around town, but you’ll have to stand on the accelerator to merge onto the highway or pass another vehicle. The 301-horsepower six-cylinder is a beast in comparison. You’ll have the power you need, when you need it – as long as you aren’t trying to bypass a muscle car. The Equinox delivers a smooth ride but has numb steering and noticeable body roll. You’ll want to take it easy on curvy roads.

Fuel economy is decent with the four-cylinder engine and front-wheel drive: 22 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway. Get the V6, and those numbers fall to 17 mpg in the city and 24 on the highway. Add all-wheel drive, and the V6 falls even further to 16/23 mpg city/highway.

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There’s enough room for five in the Equinox’s two rows, though elbows may grind with three adults in the back. All seats are well-bolstered and comfortable over long rides. There’s plenty of headroom, and the sliding second row ensures lots of legroom. Some models have leather seating and power-adjustable front seats. There are complete sets of LATCH child-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats and a tether anchor on the middle seat.

Chevy packs a lot of technology into the Equinox. Bluetooth phone connectivity, a USB port, and a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hot spot are all standard features. The MyLink infotainment system with a 7-inch touch screen, navigation, and a rear-seat DVD system are available. MyLink is one of the easier infotainment systems to operate; the touch screen has a smartphonelike graphic interface, and the menus are easy to follow. Response times, however, can be slow. You won’t find class-leading cargo space in the Equinox, but the 63.7 cubic feet offered is enough for grocery runs and weekend getaways.

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Used 2015 Chevrolet Equinox Prices

The price of a used 2015 Chevrolet Equinox ranges from about $13,500 for the base model L up to about $21,300 for the top-of-the-line LTZ. Your final cost will depend on a range of factors like location, mileage, condition, and features.

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We Did the Research for You: 54 Reviews Analyzed

This 2015 Equinox review is based on an analysis of 54 professional reviews and hard data such as crash test scores, reliability ratings, and ownership expenses. We researched this information to give you a full picture of the Equinox’s pros and cons.

Why You Can Trust Us

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Chevrolet Equinox?

With a perfect rating of five out of five from J.D. Power and Associates, the 2015 Equinox is predicted to be one of the most reliable vehicles in the industry.

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How Safe Is the Equinox?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave the 2015 Equinox the highest rating of Good in all five crash tests and named it a Top Safety Pick. In National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) evaluations, the Equinox received four out of five stars overall, five stars in the side crash test, and four stars in two other tests. These evaluations give the Equinox a better safety score than most SUVs in the class. 

There are no standard active safety features for the 2015 Equinox. A rearview camera, forward collision alert, lane departure warning, and rear park assist are available. 

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Should I Consider Another Used Equinox?

The 2015 Chevy Equinox is a part of the SUV’s second generation, which launched in 2010 and ended with the 2017 model year. While you can save some money by purchasing an older Equinox model, you’ll miss out on the built-in Wi-Fi hot spot added in 2015. 

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Which Used Chevrolet Equinox Is Right for Me?

The Equinox is available in five trims: L, LS, 1LT, 2LT, and LTZ. Bluetooth, a USB port, and a Wi-Fi hot spot are standard in all trims. The 1LT model has a standard rearview camera and the MyLink infotainment system with a 7-inch touch display. It’s the first trim in which the six-cylinder engine is available. The 2LT provides automatic climate control and heated front seats, while the LTZ trim adds a power liftgate and the full range of Equinox active safety features. The 1LT trim offers the most bang for your buck and will suit the needs of most shoppers, especially when equipped with the available V6 engine.

You should also consider a certified pre-owned Equinox. 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.

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2015 Chevrolet Equinox and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2015 Chevrolet Equinox or 2015 Honda CR-V?

In most ways, the Honda CR-V is a better SUV than the Chevy Equinox. It has more standard equipment (like a rearview camera and hands-free texting), a stronger standard engine, and more passenger room – especially in the back seat. However, the CR-V doesn't have a more powerful available engine, so the V6 Equinox is the way to go if you need a bit more pop.

Which Is Better: 2015 Chevrolet Equinox or 2015 Hyundai Tucson?

While the Hyundai Tucson is a decent SUV, it doesn’t stack up to the Equinox. It has less passenger space than the Equinox, and its crash test scores are reason for concern. Its one advantage is that it’s a bit more fun to drive, but even that is mitigated by the road noise that filters into the cabin and the limited view out of the small windows.

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