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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 496 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

Best SUV

By on Friday, April 22, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 23,400

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Good on gas"

Cons: "none"

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

2014 Chevy Equinox

"Great SUV. has never been in the shop! My family has outgrown it. Excellent storage space for a laptop and plenty of USB charging. Champagne 2014 Chevy Equinox 1 owner Non smoker"

2 people out of 4 found this review helpful

2014 Chevy Equinox

Would NOT buy another one!

By on Saturday, April 16, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 12,000

10 1.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
6/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
7/10

Cons: "car is not worth the money! makes noises."

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

"When we bought our equinox it made noises. Had it in and acourse chevy found nothing wrong. After awhile noise went away. Now car makes noises on and off. Bought the car for my wife and she hates it. I have tried to trade it in but chevy is saying the car is worth nothing near what i paid for it even tho we put money down. This is a 2016 LT1 equinox.with 12,000 miles and if we want to get rid of it we would loose $6000 dollars PLUS the money we put down. Over all review… Not worth the money!!"

6 people out of 11 found this review helpful

stays in the repair shop for numerous reasons

By on Thursday, March 24, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 97,000

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
1/10
Styling
4/10
Comfort
3/10

Pros: "I liked the vehicle until all the problems started"

Cons: "frequent repair costs more than car payments"

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

"I have only had the car for 15 months. After 3 weeks of having the car the problems began. During the first year the car was in the repair shop for 4 to 5 months of the year. The AC compressor motor had to be replaced 2 times from March to June. A/C problems continued throughout the summer.Transmission had to be replaced to the tune of $2300.00. Now the AC compressor motor is giving the same problems as last year. This has been the worst vehicle."

6 people out of 9 found this review helpful

I've liked it

By on Monday, March 07, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 149,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Fun to Drive and handles well"

Cons: "Cargo Space and Oil Consumption"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"I've liked the vehicle. I performed regular maintenance and it's treated me well. There is a bit of cabin noise when riding on the highway that I understand is considered normal. I bought it new and have liked the leather heated front seats. I've traveled from NY to FL in this car and the ride was very comfortable and easy to handle. Lately since 2015 there seems to be a lot more oil consumption which I also understand is a problem that GM knows about but hasn't recalled. I just get the oil changed sooner in order to keep it functioning properly. cargo space is smaller than I'd like, which makes luggage rack a nice feature."

7 people out of 10 found this review helpful

Love my new Equinox for city driving

By on Thursday, February 25, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 2,700

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Good value, big and safety features good"

Cons: "Low horsepower"

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

"Did not intend to buy this vehicle but when I test drove while shopping other SUV's, I really liked it for the price and room as I am a big guy! Rides nice and quiet with nice entertainment system for basic model. Safety is very high with ability to see all around the vehicle and sitting up high! Lights are big and bright! Better deal than paying $40,000 for "bells and whistles"! Nice job Chevy!"

12 people out of 16 found this review helpful

ALL kinds of Engine trouble, At least 3 recalls,

By on Monday, February 22, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 92,610

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
3/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
4/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 3

"Timing Belt, Engine Lifters, Seat Bolt, Replaced all A/C components, HARD transmission shift, Gas mileage not what is advertised.Some are recalls and some are Defects. I got a great deat when I bought it new, More that made up the difference in Repairs."

6 people out of 11 found this review helpful

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