CAR REVIEW – 2015 Chevrolet Equinox SUV

by Valerie, Mom Knows It All

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I was provided with a week long test drive of the Chevrolet Equinox featured in this post. This post has not been monetarily compensated. Please note that, as always, any personal opinions reflected in this post are my own.

2015 Chevrolet Equinox

A few years back I had the opportunity to check out the Chevrolet Equinox. It turned out to be a great experience for me and I enjoyed the vehicle a lot, so I was happy to receive the opportunity to check out the new 2015 Chevrolet Equinox.

2015 Chevrolet Equinox

For those unfamiliar, the Chevrolet Equinox is a midsize SUV. The interior of the squarish and sturdy looking SUV seats five.

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The 2015 Chevy Equinox is available in four trim levels. It comes standard with a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine with 182 horsepower. There’s also a 3.6-liter V6 with 301 horsepower engine available in the better packages. The LTZ model that I drove had this engine. I had no problem cruising along the highway at 70 miles per hour and found the ride to be pretty smooth at all speeds. The 6-speed automatic transmission shifted smoothly. I appreciated the numerous safety features of the vehicle, including traction control, electronic stability control, multiple airbags, lane-departure warning and forward-collision alert. The Equinox is quite fuel-efficient for an SUV, being rated for a fuel economy of 22 city and 32 highway.

2015 Chevrolet Equinox

Being 5’10” tall, I was pleased to find there was a nice amount of leg room and headroom. It’s never fun driving a vehicle feeling like you’re hunched over or having your head brushing the ceiling. The Equinox has memory drivers seat and mirrors, so that you don’t have to adjust your settings each time you get into the vehicle. The power drivers seat was quite comfortable, and could be heated or cooled. The thick controls on the steering wheel feel sturdy and move without effort.

2015 Chevrolet Equinox

The LTZ model that I drove also had OnStar and wifi. Many of the features of the vehicle could be controlled from either the steering wheel or the touchscreen of the 7-inch driver information center, which includes audio system, navigation system, built in bluetooth, mp3 playback and a rearvision camera. The MyLink system that powers this information center is fairly simple to use, which is great because it keeps the learning curve down to a minimum.

2015 Chevrolet Equinox

In-dash gauges contained a lot of information related to the vehicle, including tire pressure, oil life, and settings. I really liked that I could choose what information I wanted to see in the in-dash gauge.

2015 Chevrolet Equinox

I did have one small issue with the way the steering wheel is set up. You can make it go up and down, and also in and out. But getting the exact right mixture of both was not possible for me. When I had the wheel where I was most comfortable a portion of the dash gauges were partially obstructed. I have run into this on a couple of other cars as well so it’s more of an issue finding my ideal comfort spot considering height and leg length.

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Have you ever not noticed the low fuel light in your car? It happens, in some cars it doesn’t glare you in the face, it’s tucked away in a corner or somewhere that you might not notice as quickly as you’d like. I loved that the low fuel message in the Equinox came right through the driver information center, which also offered information on nearby service stations.

2015 Chevrolet Equinox

One of my favorite features about the vehicle is that the interior is spacious, so your seating for five is actually seating for five instead of seating for four with a fifth person straddling two laps. The back seat contains a rear-seat entertainment package with dual screens and two wireless headphones to keep passengers occupied. The screens are built into the back of the front seats, which means there’s no need to figure out how or where to connect like the portable dvd players of old.

The rear seat is a 60/40 bench that allows either side or both sides of the seat to fold down flat. This offers great flexibility for travel and shopping and moving things. With 39.9 inches of legroom in the rear seat, the Equinox can hold adults without making them feel like they are squashed inside a tuna can. The rear seat can be left in its forward position in order to provide greater cargo space. Or, the seat can be moved back by sliding it, which provides a little more legroom.

2015 Chevrolet Equinox

The power liftgate is very convenient, giving the driver the ability to raise or lower the tailgate with just one finger. The model I drove comes with an adjustable height setting to accommodate different size roofs and clearances. There are lots of storage compartments and drink holders in the Equinox, including those in the back. The rear storage compartment has a cargo over to keep your belongings private from passersby.

2015 Chevrolet Equinox

Chevrolet Equinox pricing starts with an MSRP of about $25,000, and pricing varies depending on which model you choose.

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26 comments

Robin Masshole mommy July 21, 2015 - 6:28 pm

That sounds like a great car. I have always been a Chevy fan

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Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle July 21, 2015 - 6:30 pm

That looks like a great SUV. I love the interior styling, and it seems like it has a good amount of space.

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Melissa Pezza July 21, 2015 - 6:32 pm

That’s really nice. I love the center touch console. Fancy!

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Catherine S July 21, 2015 - 7:51 pm

This looks like a great SUV. I will keep this in mind next time we go car shopping.

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Debra July 21, 2015 - 8:10 pm

Looks like a very nice car. We’re in between at the moment – we don’t need a big mini-van anymore and a sedan is too small – so this looks like a good option.

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Ora Lee Gurr July 21, 2015 - 8:49 pm

This is a great review of the Chevy 2015 Equinox. It’s always nice to hear about a car that really carries the number of passengers it brags about. I like the photos as they show how spacious the car really is.

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Liz Mays July 21, 2015 - 9:04 pm

These are so nice! I really appreciate the extra space and the dash features are great!

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Stefany July 21, 2015 - 10:19 pm

I am a fan of Chevy vehicles so I bet I would love this. It looks so nice and roomy!

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Toni | Boulder Locavore July 21, 2015 - 10:33 pm

That rear cargo storage is great. I always worry about leaving stuff in my car. This would definitely make me feel more secure.

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Marcie W. July 21, 2015 - 10:44 pm

I am currently looking for a larger crossover and the Equinox seems to be the perfect size. I want that third row option and plan to upgrade to a v6 engine this time too.

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Sabrina Snyder July 21, 2015 - 11:29 pm

The equinox looks amazing! I’ve had two Cherokees in a row, we are looking for a new car, this may be a good fit for us.

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Veronica July 21, 2015 - 11:33 pm

Oooo this looks like a sweet ride! I would love a week with this baby!

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Candy O July 21, 2015 - 11:42 pm

This Chevy is super nice. It looks really roomy and great for a family of 4 like mine.

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Cinny July 21, 2015 - 11:47 pm

I love the trunk space in that vehicle! I’m needing to trade mine in soon.

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Christie July 22, 2015 - 7:29 am

Looks like you had plenty of room for family travel! I love the design and ease of use for the dashboard. What a fun vehicle

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crystal July 22, 2015 - 10:47 am

My aunt has an Equinox and adores it. I can see why! I would love all that storage.

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Marina John July 22, 2015 - 1:45 pm

This looks like an awesome car! We’ve always had great lucky with Chevys.

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Raijean S July 22, 2015 - 1:59 pm

I love the Chevrolet Equinox, it’s one of my favorites perfect for roadtrips.

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Ann Bacciaglia July 22, 2015 - 3:18 pm

This looks like an amazing car. I will have to take the Chevrolet Equinox for a test drive. I have been looking for a new car.

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Pam July 22, 2015 - 4:36 pm

We have always loved Chevys. They are great cars.

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Rosey July 22, 2015 - 4:36 pm

I’ve wondered about the Equinox. That was a vehicle on my serious consideration list once upon a time.

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Rosey July 22, 2015 - 4:37 pm

Gah, I didn’ t mean to say it’s not now, we’re just smack dab in the middle of a family crisis and new vehicle shopping is temporarily off the list. When we resume, I may still look at this one. It is def. a beauty!

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Joyce Brewer (@MommyTalkShow) July 22, 2015 - 5:36 pm

I’d need something like the Equinox to help remind me about gas. My gas gauge is broken on my current car so I’m always vigilant of my how much fuel is in my tank.

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Camesha | Mama Motivator July 22, 2015 - 11:31 pm

Nice care! I love the storage available. The console looks nice too.

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Megan @ C'mon Get Crafty July 23, 2015 - 10:25 am

We considered the Chevy Equinox as one of a few options when we were shopping – it has a lot to offer for an SUV!

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Tracey July 24, 2015 - 3:28 pm

I have always been a Chevy fan and this car looks awesome. Thanks for the review.

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