2013 Chevrolet Equinox

MSRP $24,225 - $32,735

Ranked #12 in Suv

7.5

Overall Rating

2013 Chevrolet Equinox Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 9, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The Chevrolet Equinox has seen nothing but success in the American market since it was launched 4 years ago. It remains to be one of the top-selling compact crossover SUVs. The American manufacturer has been upgrading this vehicle as per the market demand, thus the 2013 Chevy Equinox now gets a luxurious cabin, spacious second-row seats that can slide for more comfort, a powerful engine as standard, and easy to maneuver attitude.

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Pros

Premium look Quiet cabin 

Ample storage spaces 

Comfortable ride

Impressive mileage

Cons

Less cargo space

Higher trims get expensive

Poor rear visibility

Finicky steering wheel

What's New?

New V6 engine

Better suspensions

Improved infotainment system 


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$24225

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

145 cu.in.

horsepower

182 hp @ 6700 rpm

torque

172 lb.-ft. @ 4900 rpm

transmission

6 speed automatic w/OD and auto manual

chassis

suspension front

MacPherson strut front suspension

dimensions

wheelbase

112.5 in.

length

187.8 in.

width

72.5 in.

height

66.3 in.

curb weight

3777 lbs.

ground clearance

6.9 in.

capacity

passenger volume

99.7 cu ft.

cargo volume

63.7 cu ft.

towing capacity

1500 lbs.

payload capacity

1190 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8.7 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

16.7 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

22/27/32 mpg

highway range

601.6 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 100000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr./ 100,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

6 yr./100,000 mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

LS$24,225 onwards

LT$29,490 onwards

LTZ$30,985 onwards

Colors and Styles

2013 Chevrolet Equinox in Black Granite Metallic color
Black Granite Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Feature

6.0

Features

9.0

Engine and Performance

6.0

Fuel Economy

6.0

Interior

6.0

Exterior

8.0

Safety

9.0

Competition

7.0

7.5

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.5

Overall Rating


The Equinox does provide a large SUV-like feel from the inside at just a price of $24,225 for its base trim LS and comes with an entry-level Inline-4 that churns out 182 horsepower and another bigger and powerful V6 option that produces a total of 301 horsepower. With all the prowess, the Equinox goes against other compact crossovers like Ford Escape, Honda CR-V, and Toyota RAV4.


9.0/10
Features

6.0/10
Engine and Performance

6.0/10
Fuel Economy

6.0/10
Interior

8.0/10
Exterior

9.0/10
Safety


2013 Chevrolet Equinox Features

9.0/10

The line-up for the 2013 Chevrolet Equinox includes 3 major trims the LS, LT, and LTZ. The base trim LS is priced at $24,225 while the LT trim is further divided into 1LT and 2LT with a few minor differences. All the trim levels are available in two different drivetrains - FWD and AWD. Some of the standard equipment on offer include 17-inch wheels, a 6-speaker audio system, satellite radio, partially power-adjustable driver’s seat, air conditioning, cruise control, Bluetooth connectivity, Onstar emergency communications, etc.

Many optional packages are also available on Equinox for 2013. The packages include 18 or 19-inch wheels, a navigation system, a sunroof, a dual-screen rear-seat entertainment, etc. The Safety package has received some new features which include forward collision alert, lane departure warning, and rear park assist.

Trim

LS

LT (1LT)

LT (2LT)

LTZ

MSRP (FWD)

$24,225

$25,870

$27,740 

$30,985

MSRP (AWD)

$25,975

$27,620

$29,490

$32,735

Key Features

17-inch wheels

Adding to that of LS

Adding to that of 1LT

Adding features to that of 2LT

 

Full power accessories 

Rear privacy glass

Fog lamps

Perforated leather upholstery

 

Keyless entry

Roof rack side rails

Remote ignition

8-way power-adjustable passenger seat

 

Air-conditioning

heated mirrors

Automatic climate control

Memory settings for driver’s seat

 

Cruise controls

Rearview camera

Heated front seats

Automatic headlights

 

Height adjustment power driver seat

Fabric upholstery

8-Way power driver seat

Power liftgate

 

Sliding & reclining rear seats

Leather-wrapped steering wheel

Auto-dimming IRVM

Rear parking sensors

 

Tilt & Telescopic steering wheel with audio controls

7-Inch touchscreen display with USB & iPod audio interface

8-Speaker pioneer sound system

Sportier suspension

       

6-Speaker sound system with CD player 

We Recommend

All trim levels of Chevy Equinox have been priced decently and thus offer adequate features but the top-tier trim LTZ is packed with the most features and is the most desirable trim and for better performance, it can be equipped with a V6 engine. The V6 might not be as economical as the Inline-4 but it is worth every penny. A fully loaded LTZ might get slightly expensive but we recommend you to go for it.

2013 Chevrolet Equinox Engine and Performance

6.0/10

The 2013 Chevrolet Equinox is powered by a standard 2.4L Inline-4 which produces 182 hp and has a max torque output of 172 lb-ft whereas the bigger 3.6L V6 manages to put out 301 hp and has a peak torque of 272 lb-ft. Regardless of the engine, the standard transmission is a 6-speed automatic. The standard drivetrain is an FWD but an option of AWD is also available. 

The transmission is pleasant and works smoothly, it would satisfy most buyers. The suspension is active enough to deliver a smooth ride consistently. The Equinox offers a quiet cabin even while driving on the highways, which is quite admirable. However, the handling is not up to mark, the steering wheel has vague feedback and we suspect that its rivals have somewhat sharper handling. 

Model

2013 Chevrolet Equinox

2013 Toyota RAV4

2013 Honda CR-V

2013 Ford Escape

MSRP

$24,225

$23,300

22,795

$22,470

Engine

2.4L Inline-4

2.5L Inline-4

2.4L Inline-4

2.5L Inline-4

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

5-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

Power

182 hp @ 6,700 RPM

176 hp @ 6,000 RPM

185 hp @ 7,000 RPM

168 hp @ 6,000 RPM

Torque

172 lb-ft @ 4,900 RPM

172 lb-ft @ 4,000 RPM

163 lb-ft @ 4,400 RPM

170 lb-ft @ 4,500 RPM

0-60 MPH (sec)

8.7

8.9

8.7

9.0

Quarter mile (sec)

16.7

16.5

16.4

16.7

Top speed (MPH)

129

123

125

128

The Equinox is equipped with the second most powerful engine in the competition as CR-V takes first place by just 3 more horsepower than chevy. With the best engines amongst the rivals, the CR-V and Equinox have very similar 0 to 60 and quarter-mile acceleration timings. The former tops the spec sheet and with the top whack of 129 MPH. Every other vehicle in the competition gets a 6-speed automatic, whereas CR-V is the only one with the 5-speed automatic.

2013 Chevrolet Equinox Fuel Economy

6.0/10

As the 2013 Chevrolet Equinox is available in 2 different engines and with FWD and AWD configurations, a spectrum of fuel economies is achieved. The figures mentioned are for the 2.4L Inline-4 engine with an FWD drivetrain, the vehicle claims a mileage of 20 mpg in the city, 29 mpg on the straight highways, and 23 mpg in the combined conditions. The AWD with this engine results in a slightly lower economy. 

The V6 doesn’t do so well either in terms of fuel economy. For the V6 with the FWD, the fuel economy is 17/24/20 while with the AWD drivetrain the mileage is 16/23/19 in the city, highway, and combined situations respectively. 

Model

2013 Chevrolet Equinox

2013 Toyota RAV4

2013 Honda CR-V

2013 Ford Escape

MPG (City)

22

24

23

22

MPG (Highway)

32

31

31

31

MPG (Combined)

26

26

26

25

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

18.8

15.9

15.3

15.1

Range (City/ Highway/ Combined) ( miles)

413/601/488

381/492/413

351/474/397

332/468/377

When compared to its rivals, almost all the crossovers provide a similar fuel economy with the Toyota RAV4 estimating a slightly better fuel economy than the Chevy Equinox under city driver conditions, whereas all the others average out on the similar efficiency. The Ford rather disappoints us with the economy of 22 mpg in the city driving. When it comes to fuel tank capacity, Chevy Equinox outsmarts its rivals with a total fuel capacity of 18.8 gallons.

2013 Chevrolet Equinox Interior

6.0/10

The 2013 Chevrolet Equinox offers a modern, stylish, and high-end quality interior. The overall cabin experience is quiet, relaxing, and comfortable. The two-tone color scheme is attractive and adds a contemporary flair to the cabin. The design of the dashboard itself is a dual-cowl design which is elegant. However, the materials used are of average quality. The center console is fitted with a 7.0-inch touchscreen display which has been newly introduced this year.

The LS trim gets the fabric upholstery, the 1LT gets an upgraded cloth upholstery whereas the 2LT and the LTZ get the perforated leather upholstery. The driver seat gets a height adjustment feature on the base trim but the LTZ trim gets 8-way power-adjustable driver and passenger seats with memory settings for the driver seat. As far as space goes, the Chevy Equinox offers plenty of headroom, shoulder room, and legroom in the front row as well as the rear row of seats.

Model

2013 Chevrolet Equinox

2013 Toyota RAV4

2013 Honda CR-V

2013 Ford Escape

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

40.9/55.8/41.2

39.8/57.3/42.6

39.9/58.6/41.3

39.9/56.0/40.4

Second Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39.2/55.3/39.9

38.9/55.4/37.2

38.6/56.4/38.3

39.0/55.3/36.8

Cargo Capacity (cubic feet)

31.5

38.4

37.2

34.3

The front row seats of all four vehicles in the competition are almost corresponding to one another, but Equinox proposes somewhat superior head and legroom in the second row. There is nothing to compare about the seating capacity as every car can seat a max of 5 people. The cargo space of Chevy Equinox is lower than the competitors with only 31.5 cu-ft of space. The interior is a very nice place to be in and some of the highlights of the interior are:

  • Perforated leather upholstery
  • Automatic climate control
  • Air conditioning
  • 8-way power-adjustable driver and passenger’s seat
  • Memory settings for driver’s seat
  • Remote vehicle start
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls
  • Cruise control
  • 60/40 split rear seats

Infotainment System

For the year 2013, the Chevrolet Equinox gets some necessary updates on its infotainment system. From the LT trim onwards, a new 7.0-inch touchscreen display is fitted as the infotainment system that adds usability with voice activation features and comes with satellite radio, Bluetooth connectivity, a rearview camera, and an additional navigation system. 

Depending on the trim, the audio system also changes. The LS gets a 6-speaker audio system whereas 1LT gets a 7-speaker. 2LT and LTZ get a premium quality 8-speaker Pioneer audio system. Some of the highlighting features of the infotainment have been mentioned below:

  • Steering wheel audio controls
  • Bluetooth connectivity 
  • OnStar emergency communications
  • 6-Speaker sound system
  • CD player
  • Satellite radio
  • Auxiliary audio input & a USB/iPod interface
  • 7.0- inch touchscreen ( on 1LT)
  • 8-Speaker pioneer sound system ( on 2LT)
  • Navigation system with MyLink smartphone app integration (optional)
  • Dual-screen rear-seat entertainment (optional)

2013 Chevrolet Equinox Exterior

8.0/10

The exterior styling of the 2013 Chevrolet Equinox is set by its aggressive stance, roof rails, and big muscular build set the tone. The front fascia comprises exciting chrome accents and subtly styled headlights. The two-tier grille adds to the personality of the crossover. Other features include a body-colored front bumper, fog lights, and a big but simplistic hood design. 

The side profile of the car is quite good-looking as well. A tall 7.0-inch ground clearance, roof rails, body-colored, heated, power-adjustable side view mirrors, and 17,18 or 19-inch wheels are some of the features seen. An optional sunroof is also available. The rear end is characterized by big taillights, a power liftgate, a rear lip spoiler, chrome strips, and a single exhaust outlet.

Model

2013 Chevrolet Equinox

2013 Toyota RAV4

2013 Honda CR-V

2013 Ford Escape

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3993

3435

3305

3598

Length (in.)

187.8

179.9

178.3

178.1

Width (in.)

72.5

72.6

71.6

72.4

Height (in.)

66.3

65.4

65.1

66.3

Ground Clearance (in.)

6.9

6.3

6.8

7.9

Wheelbase (in.)

112.5

104.7

103.1

105.9

The Equinox is by far the heaviest SUV among its rivals while the Honda is the lightest. Having said that, its exterior dimensions also exceed that of its rivals except for the ground clearance, Ford has an inch extra clearance than the Chevy. The Chevy, with the wheelbase of 112.5 inches, makes it hard to take turns and maneuver this vehicle, while the other three have a decent wheelbase size. The Equinox’s design is highlighted by: 

  • 17-inch aluminum wheels
  • Halogen fog lamps
  • Roof rails
  • Power liftgate
  • Power adjustable, manual-folding, and heated side-view mirrors
  • Projector style halogen automatic headlamps

2013 Chevrolet Equinox Safety

9.0/10

The abundance of active and passive safety features and driver-assist features make sure that the 2013 Chevrolet Equinox is a safe vehicle to move around in. Talking of crash-test scores, the NHTSA has given it a 4-star rating out of a possible 5-stars, while the IIHS has given it a score of “Good” in all of their tests. One major downside to safety is the driving position that makes the outward visibility questionable. That said, some of the standard and available safety equipment include:

  • Anti-lock braking system
  • Traction control
  • Electronic stability control
  • Front airbags
  • Side curtain airbags
  • GM’s Onstar emergency communication system
  • Automatic crash notification
  • Emergency assistance button
  • remote door unlock
  • Optional rear View camera 
  • Optional rear parking sensors 
  • Optional front collision warning system 
  • Optional lane departure warning

2013 Chevrolet Equinox Final Verdict

The crossover SUV segment is a pretty crowded one but the 2013 Chevrolet Equinox falls among the best of the lot with its unparalleled interior quality, rugged SUV exterior looks, excellent fuel economy, and a variety of features and options that help it rank higher in the segment. However, some downside like below average handling and low cargo space might be of concern to some buyers. Overall, we think that the 2013 Chevrolet Equinox is a good buy.

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