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2015 Chevrolet Equinox

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 12/31/2014 Stefan Ogbac
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New for 2015

The 2015 Chevrolet Equinox gains some minor changes including a standard built-in 4G LTE hotspot and two new exterior colors.

UPDATE - February 2015: A refreshed 2016 Chevrolet Equinox will go on sale in fall 2015.

Vehicle Summary

The 2015 Chevrolet Equinox is a five-passenger sold in five grades and in front- or all-wheel-drive configurations. A 2.4-liter I-4 with 182 hp and 172 lb-ft of torque is the standard engine while a 3.6-liter V-6 making 301 hp and 272 lb-ft is optional. Both engines are paired to a six-speed automatic transmission.


The 2015 Equinox’s I-4 provides decent power for everyday driving and gets 22/32 mpg city/highway in front/drive guise and 20/29 mpg with all-wheel drive. Even with its fuel efficiency advantage, the V-6 is the pick of the range since it provides better acceleration with its extra 119 hp and 100 lb-ft. Gas mileage is respectable at 17/24 mpg in front-drive guise while opting for all-wheel drive drops those numbers down to 16/23 mpg. The V-6 model’s Dual Flow Dampers (DFD) also improves ride quality and handling over the I-4 by varying the shocks’ stiffness and softness based on the road conditions.

Interior space in the 2015 Equinox is ample for four passengers and a maximum cargo capacity of 31.5 cubic feet when the rear seats are folded down. The rear bench’s sliding function also allows owners to tailor the cabin for hauling people or cargo. Available features such as GM’s MyLink infotainment system provide a host of ways to pair wireless devices with the crossover while the 4G LTE hotspot allows for internet access on the road.

The 2015 Chevrolet Equinox has a four-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars) and is a 2014 Top Safety Pick+ from the IIHS.

UPDATE: Optional safety features include forward collision warning and lane departure warning. The 2015 Chevrolet Equinox has a four-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars) and is considered Top Safety Pick from the IIHS, earning a Good score in five categories (Good is the highest possible score).

What We Think

The 2015 Chevrolet Equinox is a good choice for families looking for a flexible crossover with a host of connectivity options for mobile devices. Its generous interior, and the standard folding and sliding rear seats give owners more options in configuring their crossovers for hauling cargo or people. Additionally, the 4G LTE hotspot makes the 2015 Equinox a good choice for people who want to stay connected by allowing them to connect their mobile devices to the internet. While the I-4 is adequate for everyday errands and commuting, we said in a 2013 First Drive that the V-6-powered Equinox is a better choice because of its extra horsepower and torque, better handling, and stable ride.

You’ll Like

  • Available V-6 power
  • Standard 4G LTE hot spot
  • Roomy and flexible interior

You Won’t Like

  • I-4 struggles when fully loaded with people or cargo
  • Clumsy handling on models without DFDs
  • Unresponsive electric power steering system on I-4 models

Key Competitors

  • Honda CR-V
  • Toyota RAV4
  • Mazda CX-5
  • Kia Sportage
  • Ford Escape


3 star


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