2017 Chevrolet Equinox Buyer's Guide
Starting Price: $23,995 | Build
Above Average: Generous rear-seat legroom, powerful (optional) V6, impressive standard features
Below Average: Small cargo area, sluggish base engine
Consensus: Quiet and comfortable, with an even newer one around the corner
Bigger than most compact SUVs, but smaller inside.
Although not directly competitive with the category's elite (Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4), the 2017 Equinox delivers a plus-size platform, composed ride, capable 4-cylinder engine and (rare in the category) available V6. If you don't go crazy on the option sheet, the Equinox is available at price points fully competitive with those CUVs in Honda and Toyota showrooms. The Chevrolet Equinox is now in the seventh year of its product cycle in a rapidly expanding market full of new or aggressively refreshed models, and following last year's styling and interior updates, receives two new appearance packages for 2017.
From our full review of the 2017 Equinox: "You'd think that having a more-than-100-horsepower advantage over most of its competitors would give V6-powered Chevy Equinox models a distinct edge when it comes to performance. However, it has to overcome nearly two tons of mass, considerably more than its smaller competition, and it cancels out the V6's advantage to some extent."
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Chevy's small-mid SUV starts under $24,000 and tops out near $39,000. Build and price your own 2017 Chevrolet Equinox to unlock its Fair Purchase Price, 5-Year Cost to Own and more.
For buyers more compelled by the truck side of the crossover equation, the GMC Terrain is essentially a Chevy Equinox with a more rugged look. And like its Equinox kin, the Terrain also receives a new appearance package for 2017.
Enthusiasm for the Equinox leans more toward practical consideration than passionate devotion. Says owner Bob: "I haven't owned an American car since 1987 and this one is pretty good so far. 26 MPG mostly around town. Rides good, looks good and is comfortable. The only issues I have are the electronic power steering and the lack of storage space behind the 2nd row of seats. There is no road feel at all with the power steering which tends to force me to run into the next lane with the slightest movement of my hands. The problem with the storage is that the 2nd row seats do not fold flat." Read more from Equinox owners.
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With its larger-than-compact footprint and available V6 engine, the Equinox has one foot in the small SUV segment and another in the midsize SUV category. And wouldn't you know, we offer both a Compact SUV Buyer's Guide and a Midsize SUV Buyer's Guide to help you make sense of it all.
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