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2015 Chevrolet Equinox Review

The 2015 Chevrolet Equinox finishes in the top third of our compact SUV rankings. It's comfortable and spacious inside, and it touts great safety and reliability ratings.

Pros & Cons

  • Roomy seating space
  • Smooth ride
  • Punchy V6 engine
  • Highest-possible reliability rating
  • Slow infotainment system
  • Weak four-cylinder engine

Rankings & Research

The 2015 Chevrolet Equinox's #5 ranking is based on its score within the 2015 Affordable Compact SUVs category. Currently the Chevrolet Equinox has a score of 8.2 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 58 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 7.2
Performance: 5.9
Interior: 7.1
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.9
Safety: 9.3
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2015 Chevrolet Equinox Overview

Is the 2015 Chevrolet Equinox a Good Used SUV?

Yes, the 2015 Equinox is a good used compact SUV. There's plenty of passenger and cargo space, and this Chevy delivers a cushioned ride. It also has a good safety score and an excellent reliability rating. That said, the Equinox has a weak four-cylinder base engine. If you’re interested in this Chevy or its sibling, the 2015 GMC Terrain, consider opting for a model with the brawnier available V6 engine.

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Why You Can Trust Us

We’ve analyzed 58 Chevrolet Equinox reviews, as well as hard data points like reliability scores and cost of ownership estimates, to help you make the best car-buying decision possible.

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How Much Is the 2015 Chevrolet Equinox?

Based on listings for the 2015 Chevy Equinox on our site, the average price is $17,400. Prices range from $13,500 to $22,000, and they vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2015 Chevrolet Equinox Cost to Own?

The Equinox’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be $24,600 – or about $4,900 per year. That’s about average for a compact SUV.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Equinox?

The 2019 Chevrolet Equinox starts at $23,800 and can exceed $36,000 in its top trim levels. It has sleeker styling inside and out, a range of more-fuel-efficient turbocharged engines, better tech features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and more advanced safety features like available pedestrian detection and adaptive cruise control. This refinement comes at a steep price though. If you just want a practical and reliable small SUV, you can get that with a used 2015 Equinox for thousands of dollars less.

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You aren’t likely to find many new compact SUVs that cost less than a used 2015 Equinox, but you can find smaller alternatives in this price range. The 2019 Kia Soul hatchback is one of our highest-ranking new compact cars. It starts at just $16,490 and has nearly as much cargo space as the Equinox.

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Which Model Year of the Chevrolet Equinox Is Best?

The Equinox’s second generation spans the 2010 through 2017 model years. We suggest avoiding the 2010 and 2011 models. These vehicles experienced some reliability issues that include high oil consumption from the four-cylinder engine. The 2012 to 2017 models have fared better in reliability, and they also offer more features than the earlier models. Forward collision warning and lane departure warning became optional for the 2012 model year. For 2016, Chevy updated the Equinox’s exterior styling, began offering blind spot monitoring, and added previously optional features to the base model, including a touch-screen infotainment system and a rearview camera.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Chevrolet Equinox?

The 2015 Equinox has a perfect reliability rating of five out of five from J.D. Power.

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2015 Chevrolet Equinox Recalls

The 2015 Equinox is affected by one recall. Chevrolet is recalling certain models due to a fault with the side air bags. Make sure this recall has been addressed before buying a used Equinox.

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Which Used Chevrolet Equinox Model Is Right for Me?

The 2015 Equinox is available in five trim levels: L, LS, 1LT, 2LT, and LTZ. The base model Equinox L is well-equipped, and it’s our recommendation for most shoppers. It comes standard with a four-cylinder engine, Bluetooth, a CD player, a USB port, an OnStar Wi-Fi hot spot, remote keyless entry, and alloy wheels.

The Chevrolet Equinox LS trim adds satellite radio, and it’s the lowest trim available with all-wheel drive. Most shoppers may prefer the 1LT trim, which adds a rearview camera and a 7-inch touch screen. This trim is also available with a brawnier V6 engine.

The 2LT trim adds automatic climate control, heated front seats, a remote car starter, and fog lights. The LTZ trim adds leather upholstery, a power liftgate, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, and rear parking sensors. Available features include a sunroof, a navigation system, and rear-seat DVD players.

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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 2015 Equinox an overall rating of four out of five stars, with five stars for the side crash test and four stars for the frontal crash and rollover tests.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the Equinox a 2015 Top Safety Pick, which is the institution’s second-highest accolade. The Chevy received a top rating of Good in all areas tested.

The Equinox is available with a rearview camera, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, and rear parking sensors.

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2015 Chevrolet Equinox Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2015 Chevrolet Equinox or 2015 Ford Escape?

The 2015 Ford Escape is another good option in the compact SUV class. The Escape has a larger cargo area than the Equinox, as well as zippier handling. It also rates well for reliability. However, the Ford’s rear seats aren’t as spacious as the Chevy’s. Test-drive both of these highly-rated crossover SUVs to see which one you prefer.

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

The 2015 Honda CR-V boasts a larger cargo area than the Equinox. It also returns better fuel economy ratings of up to 27 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway. Ultimately, though, the Chevy is the better pick of these two. It rates higher for reliability than the Honda. The Equinox’s smooth suspension also makes it a comfier SUV to drive, and its available V6 engine delivers solid power. Used Equinox models are often less expensive to buy as well compared to the CR-V.

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2015 Equinox Performance

How Does the 2015 Chevrolet Equinox Drive?

The 2015 Equinox has two engine options: a 182-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder and a 301-horsepower 3.6-liter V6. A six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive are standard, and all-wheel drive is available. The four-cylinder engine shuffles the Equinox around town with adequate pep, but it struggles under hard acceleration and on steep hills. The V6 is a better pairing for the SUV. It gets the Equinox up to speed confidently, even with a trailer or a full complement of passengers in tow.

The Equinox is one of the most comfortable SUVs to drive in this class. Its suspension does an excellent job of soaking up rough road surfaces, yielding a smooth, composed ride. The compromise is that this Chevy feels a little uncoordinated and dull. Its body sways a bit when rounding corners, and its steering is vague.

Does the 2015 Chevrolet Equinox Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Equinox gets decent fuel economy for a compact SUV. The four-cylinder engine returns up to 22 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway (20/28 mpg city/highway with AWD). The V6 engine is far thirstier, getting just 17/24 mpg (16/23 mpg with AWD).

2015 Chevrolet Equinox Towing Capacity

The Equinox with the V6 engine can tow up to 3,500 pounds when properly equipped. Models with the four-cylinder engine can tow up to 1,500 pounds.

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2015 Equinox Interior

How Many People Does the 2015 Equinox Seat?

The Chevy Equinox is a four-door SUV with seating for five. The front seats are comfortable, and they provide generous room for taller drivers and passengers. The rear seats are quite roomy as well. They can recline to better accommodate adults or slide forward to add more cargo space. Cloth upholstery is standard, while leather upholstery and heated seats are available. The Equinox’s interior stays insulated from most road and wind noise. Its cabin materials look and feel nice by class standards.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2015 Chevrolet Equinox?

The Equinox has two full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child car seats. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave this system an Acceptable rating for overall ease of use, but noted that the seat connectors could be confused for other hardware.

2015 Chevrolet Equinox Features

Every Equinox model comes standard with a CD player, Bluetooth, a USB port, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and OnStar roadside assistance connectivity. Available features include a 7-inch MyLink touch screen, satellite radio, a rearview camera, a navigation system, and rear-seat DVD players.

The Equinox’s control layout is one of its few weaknesses. There are too many buttons, and they’re all packed closely together. The available MyLink touch screen is fairly user-friendly, but it’s often slow to respond to inputs.

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2015 Chevrolet Equinox Dimensions

Chevrolet Equinox Cargo Space

The Equinox has 31.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind its rear seats and 63.7 cubic feet of space with them folded. That’s quite capable of holding bulky items, but it’s not as spacious as the 2015 Toyota RAV4 or the 2015 Subaru Forester, which are two of the roomiest SUVs in this class.

2015 Equinox Length and Weight

The Equinox is 15.7 feet long, and it weighs between 3,777 and 3,922 pound.

Where Was the 2015 Chevrolet Equinox Built?

Chevrolet built the 2015 Equinox at factories in Tennessee and Canada.

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