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2014 Chevrolet Equinox

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2014 Chevrolet Equinox Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.3

The 2014 Equinox is Chevrolet's torchbearer in the compact-crossover-SUV segment, where it competes with popular rivals such as the Honda CR-V, Ford Escape and Toyota RAV4. Like those others, the Equinox seats five passengers across two rows, but the Chevy is substantially larger than its competitors. Even with its size advantage, the Equinox trails in cargo space yet partly makes up for that with a spacious rear seat. The Equinox isn't very exciting to drive, but it does boast quiet, comfortable road manners. It is also one of the few remaining smaller crossover SUVs to offer a V6 engine, which allows the Equinox to tow up to 3,500 pounds. Fuel-conscious buyers will be more interested in the 4-cylinder version, which claims up to 32 mpg.

You'll Like This Car If...

If want a comfortable family/gear hauler that's larger than other compact crossover SUVs but small enough to be at ease in parking lots, the Equinox is worth a look. For those who need to pull moderate loads, the 3,500-pound towing capacity in V6 models is shoulders above most competitors.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you need to carry more than 5 passengers, look to a 3-row SUV like the Toyota Highlander, Kia Sorento, or the Equinox's bigger brother, the Traverse. Buyers aiming to spend less than the Equinox's $25,000 starting price can save thousands with lower-cost rivals like the Kia Sportage, Mazda CX-5, Nissan Rogue and Subaru Forester.

What's New for 2014

After receiving a more powerful V6 option and new safety features last year, few changes have been made to the 2014 Equinox except for new exterior color choices and the chrome-clad wheels now being offered as standard on high-end LTZ models.

Driving the Equinox

Driving Impressions Behind the wheel, the 2014 Chevrolet Equinox is rather ho-hum. Even with the more powerful V6 option, Chevy's crossover SUV doesn't feel as athletic as a Ford Escape using a...

smaller, turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. Some of this is simply physics. With that bigger engine, the Equinox tips the scales at nearly two tons, while 4-cylinder variants aren't much less. Models using that smaller engine deliver good fuel economy, but sacrifice even more performance for the sake of it. All 2014 Equinox models use a 6-speed automatic transmission – it works well with both engines. The Equinox doesn't feel particularly spry on twisty roads like a Mazda CX-5, which enjoys a fun romp every now and then. However, if there's an area where the Equinox shines, it's this SUV's comfortable and quiet highway ride. In this regard, the Chevrolet feels like a more expensive vehicle.

ADJUSTABLE POWER LIFTGATE
Optional on 2LT models and standard in the top-line LTZ trim, this handy feature saves you the hassle of manually opening and closing the rear hatch door. The adjustable height setting, meanwhile, can save the door from hitting whatever resides above.

REAR-SEAT LEGROOM
With 39.9 inches of legroom and a back seat that slides, the 2014 Equinox has plenty of space for passengers to stretch out. This added room can also benefit harried parents maneuvering to secure a child seat.

2014 Chevrolet Equinox Details
2014 Chevrolet Equinox photo Interior

The Equinox's cabin is comfortable and versatile, but despite this SUV's boxy design, it doesn't make the best use of space for cargo. The Honda CR-V, for example, is nearly 10 inches shorter in length, yet boasts roughly six more cubic feet of storage behind the rear seat. Thankfully, accommodations for human cargo are much better. The Equinox features well-bolstered seats, front and back, with lots of legroom for all. Dash materials and the Equinox's instrument cluster are attractive, especially in models with the 7-inch color screen and 2-tone surfaces. Corresponding buttons and dials are rather small and numerous, though.

Exterior
2014 Chevrolet Equinox photo

At over 187 inches, the Chevy Equinox is substantially longer than other compact SUVs. In fact, at this length, it's larger than a Ford Edge and the 3-row Kia Sorento, which usually fall into the midsize-SUV category. Yet the Equinox's proportions are well-balanced, and its sheet metal is attractive with a blend of soft curves that help counter the vehicle's rectangular shape. The 2014 Equinox comes off as athletic, but not as brawny as its GMC sibling, the Terrain. Higher-end models feature body-colored mirrors and roof rails. Seventeen-inch wheels are standard, with 18-inch and 19-inch versions available.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

All 2014 Equinox models come with a 6-speed automatic transmission, cruise control, a 6-month trial of GM's OnStar service, and safety features such as traction control, electronic stability control, and multiple airbags, including those for rear outboard passengers. Base LS models have an AM/FM/CD/satellite radio with a USB port and Bluetooth connectivity. LT models add amenities such as an 8-way power driver's seat, automatic climate control, rear-vision camera, and Chevy's MyLink radio with a 7-inch touchscreen. Top-line LTZ models come with leather seats, a power front passenger seat, a power tailgate, lane-departure warning and forward-collision alert.

Optional Equipment

All Equinox models are available with all-wheel drive (AWD) instead of the standard front-wheel drive (FWD), and LT and LTZ models can be had with the more-powerful V6 engine in lieu of the 4-cylinder. Options are scant for base LS models, but the list grows for LT and LTZ trims and includes navigation, Pioneer premium audio, and a power sunroof. A rear-seat entertainment package with DVD player with dual screens and two wireless headphones can help keep the kids occupied. Those seeking to add bling to the outside can opt for the Chrome package that adds plenty of it.

Under the Hood

The 2014 Chevrolet Equinox's base engine is a 4-cylinder that is fuel efficient but outputs a just-adequate 182 horsepower. The improved V6 that arrived last year is optional and, with 301 horsepower, it does a better job of getting the Equinox's heft up to speed. Both engines are connected to a 6-speed automatic transmission and run on regular unleaded or E85 ethanol. The V6 engine can tow up to 3,500 pounds, while the 4-cylinder is limited to 1,500. Front-wheel drive is the standard setup for both engines, and all-wheel drive is optional with either for drivers needing enhanced traction on slippery roads.

2.4-liter inline-4
182 horsepower @ 6,700 rpm
172 lb-ft of torque @ 4,900 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 22/32 mpg (FWD), 20/29 mpg (AWD)

3.6-liter V6
301 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm
272 lb-ft of torque @ 4,800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/24 mpg (FWD), 16/23 mpg (AWD)

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2014 Chevrolet Equinox Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
7.8
Out of 10

Based on 485 Ratings for the 2010 - 2016 models.

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  • Value
    8.1/10
    Quality
    8.1/10
  • Reliability
    8.5/10
    Performance
    8.0/10
  • Comfort
    8.5/10
    Styling
    8.5/10

I love this car!

By on Wednesday, January 27, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 45,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have had it for 3 years and have not had one problem with it. It is stylish, economical, comfortable and fun to drive. The ONLY reason I am trading it in is because I need a larger vehicle for my family. I can't say enough good about this car!"

A very nice SUV.

By on Friday, January 22, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 51,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
5/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"It's a great car for our use. Drives well. Heater and AC work very well. I wouldn't hesitate to buy another one. I'm a little disappointed with the gas mileage though. It's not much better than my 2005 Uplander mileage. And that was a V6."

BURNS OIL like crazy and no one can figure out why

By on Tuesday, January 19, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 75,000

10 3.0
overall rating 3 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
3/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
1/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "Nice Interior Design, Roomy"

Cons: "Burns 1-3 quarts of oil per week"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"I bought the 2010 Equinox with approximately 65,000 miles. I am not even to 75,000 miles yet and the car is burning around 1-3 quarts of oil a week!!! This is ridiculous. I have taken it back to the original dealership I bought it from, and they "couldn't find any issues". I took it to a different dealership, only to find out the rings and pistons were replaced at 59,000 miles (before I owned it)and they weren't aware of any other possibilities for the cause of oil consumption issues. I regret this purchase, and I am extremely disappointed in the overall quality of the car!"

2 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Dependable and economical. I really love this car!

By on Sunday, January 17, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 47,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Easy to drive, great get around town car"

Cons: "Blind spot, even with camera"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"My Equinox has been very dependable and gets great gas mileage. It is great for in town as well as highway driving. I would recommend this car, just beware..of the rear blind spot when backing up. I hope you enjoy your Equinox as much as I do mine!"

4 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Nice driving car with electric assist power steeri

By on Tuesday, December 29, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 4,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Good handling, gas milage, reliability and looks"

Cons: "Not the most comfortable front seats"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"I like the way the car handles around town and it also does well on the road. I found I could plug my MP3 player into the USB connection in the storage box between the seats and play everything. The car got 32 mpg on a trip to the beach fully loaded with 4 people. The only thing I don't like about the car is the bucket seats. The edge of the seat digs into the back of my legs on a long trip. The seats just don't compare in comfort to my 2013 Impala LT."

6 people out of 7 found this review helpful

BEST AMERICAN CAR I'VE OWNED

By on Saturday, December 19, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 14,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "good ride, decent gas mileage, good sound system"

Cons: "lousy power steering, 2nd row seats dont fold flát"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I haven't owned an American car since 1987 (now Dec 2015)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. My last car was a Toyota Matrix sub compact car and I could get more stuff in that little car. Given that I don't drive much, the Equinox meets my needs most of the time and I would certainly recommend the vehicle to those that like a good ride, decent gas mileage don't haul a lot of big items. If only Chevy could do a better job with the electronic steering and make it feel more like steering felt before electronic units became popular I would have rated my review higher."

3 people out of 5 found this review helpful

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