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2013 Chevrolet Equinox

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2013 Chevrolet Equinox Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.4

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 the Equinox

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.

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.

2013 Chevrolet Equinox Details
2013 Chevrolet Equinox photo Interior

The 2013 Chevrolet Equinox has a comfortable and versatile cabin, but despite the boxy design, it does not make the best use of space. The Honda CR-V, for example, is nearly 10 inches shorter in length yet has almost 6 additional cubic feet of storage behind the rear seat. Where the Equinox does have an edge is in passenger comfort, especially in the rear, where the bench seat can move several inches fore and aft to create more legroom. Up front, driver and passenger benefit from generous-sized seats. Dash materials and the instrument cluster are attractive, especially on models with a 7-inch color screen and 2-tone surfaces.

Exterior
2013 Chevrolet Equinox photo

The 2013 Equinox has a good blend of soft curves at its edges to balance the vehicle's rectangular shape. A long hood further helps even out the Chevy's proportions. It all works to give the Equinox an athletic but not overly tough appearance. Other standout aesthetics include the signature 2-bar grille, "floating" foglight bezels and creased fender flares. Even base LS models are equipped with big 17-inch wheels, and top-of-the-line LTZ versions ride on 19-inch wheels.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

All 2013 Equinox models come with a 6-speed automatic transmission, cruise control, and GM's OnStar service with a 6-month trial subscription. Base LS models have an AM/FM/CD/satellite radio with auxiliary jack. All other trims come with touch-screen stereo system.

Optional Equipment

Option up an Equinox, and you'll get a mainstream SUV that feels more like a luxury liner. Among the goods you can add are a V6 engine, all-wheel-drive (AWD), leather seats, dual-screen DVD entertainment system for rear passengers, touch-screen navigation system, collision alert and lane-departure warning, and heated seats. Chevy's MyLink telematics system offers a host of information and entertainment options like Bluetooth audio streaming and the ability to implement functions using your voice.

Under the Hood

The 2013 Chevrolet Equinox comes standard with a fuel-efficient 4-cylinder engine that makes an adequate 182 horsepower. New this model year is a more impressive V6 that puts out 301 horsepower, just what was needed to move this nearly 4,000-pound vehicle. Both engines are connected to a 6-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive (FWD) is standard, with all-wheel-drive as an option for both engines. The 4-cylinder model can tow a maximum of 1,500 pounds, while the V6 can pull 3,500 pounds.

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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2013 Chevrolet Equinox Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
7.8
Out of 10

Based on 460 Ratings for the 2010 - 2015 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

Very nice vehicle

By on Saturday, August 29, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 51,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Comfortable and great value for the dollar"

Cons: "Side pillars obstruct visibility"

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

"Nearly 5 years of trouble free driving. Very comfortable vehicle. Nice wide seats. Rear seat legroom outstanding. 182 hp. 4 cyl. engine is slightly underpowered at lower torque ranges. Must be careful with side pillars partially obstructing visibility, esp. to the rear. Gas mileage will approach EPA designated 32 highway at 55 mph. Expect about 26 at 70 mph. I plan to purchase a redesigned 2016 model before the vehicle is downsized for 2017."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Reliable and cuter than a mini-van

By on Monday, August 17, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 56,600

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Stylish, perfect size, easy transition from a car"

Cons: "No rear air vents"

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

"For the most part, I truly enjoy my Equinox. I purchased it shortly after my son turned 2. We upgraded from a Honda Civic so that he would have some room to grow. The vehicle is easy to enter and exit. It does not have the get up that my Civic did and that did take some getting used to but it has alot more to it also. I love my backup camera and the layout of the dashboard. The trunk space is good too. My only real complaint is that the back seat is very hard to cool. Chevy has put rear vents into their 3 row Traverse, but they should have considered them for the Equinox. I can be freezing in the front and the back seat will still be warm. And that is not good in this TEXAS heat."

A very nice 5 passenger AWD SUV

By on Saturday, August 15, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 78,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Good size, comfortable to drive, nice dash layout"

Cons: "MPG lower than advertised, Too many recalls/SBs"

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

"I bought the vehicle new in July 2009 when they first came to the market. Like the style. It has a good insurance rating, so rates are reasonable. Interior is nicely designed, especially front seat travel for a big guy. The adjustable rear seats are also nice whether you're carrying people or cargo. The cargo area is a bit small but not a big problem for me. The vehicle was the subject of a few recalls/service bulletins. Fortunately the repairs were done at GM's cost and were resolved satisfactorily. GM also extended the warranty on some components to 100K in the event a problem arises. Just invested in my first set of tires 75K, so I plan to keep the vehicle awhile longer."

nothing to get excited about

By on Friday, August 07, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 11,509

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
4/10
Styling
4/10
Comfort
3/10

Pros: "reliable leased vehicle"

Cons: "ugly inside and out. not fun to drive. cheap plasti"

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

"Note that I have had 3 of this model since 2010 as leased company vehicles. I keep each car until 70,000 miles and about every 18 months. I can honestly say I've never had a mechanical issue or breakdown with any of the vehicles.The six speaker sound system is excellent and blue tooth streaming very good. That being said, here the compliments end. My thoughts and comments have been expressed by other reviewers. If your looking for crossover forget the Equinox. My wife has a 2010 Mazda CX7. We would take on trips as it is a better car Exterior is ok.The Mazda CX7 is sportier. Roll down the Windows, especially the back, road noise or should I say car noise is unbearable. Rides can be bumpy. Driving is uninspiring and is not fun putting on 70,000 over 18 months. All of mine clunk when gears change. Pickup is poor. The 4 cylinder engine has no power with the weight of this vehicle. During the winter a police officer pushed me up a steep hill after I got stuck by another vehicle having trouble in front of me. Note that other vehicles were doing just fine. The cloth seats are without doubt, the ugliest I have had in any vehicle, stain easily and are uncomfortable. Car fogs up terribly unlike any other vehicle I have driven over the past 27 years as a professional driver. Communication via Bluetooth is fair. Many calls between identical vehicles get dropped To sum the Equinox up. Don't buy it. The Mazda CX7 is much better for less. My new 2015 Nissa Sentra, fully loaded is better than either."

Great vehicle, just needs a few tweeks

By on Friday, July 31, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 35,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
4/10

Pros: "stylish, roomy, good fuel economy"

Cons: "lack of ventalation, poor resale value, seat space"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 2

"I purchased my Equinox brand new for 36,000 and within a year the value had dropped drastically and is currently worth a mere 18,000 in Excellent condition. It also has minor design flaws such as the vent system. The placement and movement of only 4 vents allows zero air flow into the rear of the vehicle and I've had issues with temperature control as well. I was also lead to believe it was a spacious vehicle capable of transporting a family of four comfortably, which would be true if my kids were older. However with two car seats in the rear, there is absolutely NO room for a third passage in the rear seat. Plus the infant carrier hits the front seat forcing either the driver or passenger to sit extremely close to the dashboard."

4 people out of 9 found this review helpful

I love this 2012 Equinox.

By on Sunday, July 26, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 34,400

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: "A joy to drive! Feel very safe in it."

Cons: "Can't think of a thing!"

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

"For many years I have purchased new cars every 18 months. This 2012 Equinox has exceeded my expectations. I love the optional hatch release and bought the cloth with heated seats because I have a large dog who rides with me often. Mine is the Graystone, and it looks really sharp. I would highly recommend this vehicle. I change the oil and rotate tires when my vehicle tells me it is time to, and haven't had one problem with it. The mechanic at my dealership asked if I was interested in selling it as he is looking for one for his wife. I have NO intentions of letting this crossover go!"

5 people out of 7 found this review helpful

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