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2013 Chevrolet Equinox KBB Expert Review

The Fair Market Range for this car in your area is $26,260 - $26,967.

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MSRP $28,480

Fair Purchase Price $26,614
Fair Market Range ($26,260 - $26,967)

Invoice $27,099
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KBB Expert Rating 7.4 / 10
10/7.4
This Car - 2013 Chevrolet Equinox
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KBB Expert Review

KBB Editors' Overview

By KBB.com Editors - Updated Date: 8/6/2012


The 2013 Equinox is Chevrolet's torchbearer in the sizzling compact crossover market that pits it against rivals like the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4 and Ford Escape. But the Equinox stretches the boundaries of the term "compact," as it is noticeably bigger than its rivals. That size difference affords more room for passengers in the second row seat and a larger presence on the road. The 2013 Equinox does not offer a 3rd-row seat, but can be had with a V6 that has thankfully grown bigger and stronger for this model year. Those seeking the best fuel economy will want to look at models equipped with the base 4-cylinder. What that engine may lack in gusto, it makes up for in fuel economy with an EPA rating of up to 32 mpg.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you want a small-but-not-too-small SUV with plenty of passenger space, a comfortable ride and good fuel economy, consider the 2013 Chevy Equinox. Those who need to tow will appreciate the 3,500-pound pull rating on V6 models.

You May Not Like This Car If...

The Equinox is not available with three rows of seats, so if you need to carry more than 5 people, look to Toyota Highlander, Honda Pilot, Kia Sorento, or the Equinox's bigger brother, the Traverse. Need to make the most of cargo space? Check out the Honda CR-V or Mitsubishi Outlander.

What's New for 2013

The V6 option grows from 3.0 liters to 3.6 and now makes a robust 301 horsepower. Passenger seats can be had with 8-way power adjustment. Other options include a dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system, universal garage door opener, and safety system with collision-warning and lane-departure alerts.

Driving It Driving Impressions

If the 2013 Chevy Equinox has an area where it shines, it's the SUV's comfortable and quiet ride. In this regard, the Equinox feels like a more expensive car. Models with the 4-cylinder engine have good fuel economy, but sacrifice power and thus performance for those precious mpgs. Buyers opting for the new, larger V6 engine will be rewarded with good off-the-line acceleration and plenty of power for passing, which was not a strong point in the outgoing version. The standard 6-speed automatic transmission connected to both engines is smooth. The Equinox does not feel at home in the twisties, as its suspension favors comfort over corner carving. The driver's seat and tilt/telescoping steering wheel have multiple adjustments to fit a variety of driver sizes.

Favorite Features

ADJUSTABLE POWER LIFTGATE
Optional on 2LT models and standard in the top-line LTZ trim, this saves the hassle of manually opening the rear hatch door, and gives you the ability to adjust its opening height.

QUIET RIDE
GM went to great lengths to make the Equinox quiet by using specially insulated and sound-absorbing materials. The result is a much more serene cruising experience.


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