2015 Chevrolet Equinox

MSRP $26,270

Ranked #5 in Suv

8.0

Overall Rating

2015 Chevrolet Equinox Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 30, 2021

Nathan Dyer's image
Nathan Dyer 

Senior Editor


The 2015 Chevrolet Equinox is a technologically packed crossover SUV that still holds its worth as a family hauler. High reliability, spacious interior, and low running costs are the top positives that set it apart from its competitors like the Ford Escape, Honda CRV, and Hyundai Tucson

See detailed review »

Pros

Built-in Wi-Fi hotspot, 4G LTE, and navigation.

Economical to buy, and low running costs.

Practical and fuel-efficient. 

Cons

Low-quality interior materials.

Not a capable off-roader.

Underwhelming base four-cylinder engine.

What's New?

4G LTE and WiFi hotspot

Navigation

New safety features


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$26270

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

all 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

dimensions

wheelbase

112.5 in.

length

187.8 in.

width

72.5 in.

height

66.3 in.

curb weight

3926 lbs.

ground clearance

7 in.

capacity

passenger volume

99.7 cu ft.

cargo volume

63.7 cu ft.

towing capacity

1500 lbs.

payload capacity

1183 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8.9 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

16.8 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

20/24/29 mpg

highway range

545.2 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 100,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

6 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

LS$26,270 onwards

Colors and Styles

2015 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

8.0

Fuel Economy

8.0

Interior

8.0

Exterior

9.0

Safety

8.0

Competition

6.0

8.0

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.0

Overall Rating


The 2015 Equinox sits above the smaller entry-level Trailblazer and Trax models and below the much more luxurious models like Traverse and Tahoe in Chevrolet’s SUV line-up. It strikes a perfect balance between price and practicality for daily road duties and the 301 horsepower V6 engine helps in adding the much-needed performance.


9.0/10
Features

8.0/10
Engine and Performance

8.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.0/10
Interior

9.0/10
Exterior

8.0/10
Safety


2015 Chevrolet Equinox Features

9.0/10

The 2015 Chevrolet Equinox is available in five trim levels: L, LS, 1LT, 2LT, and LTZ. All the trims are only available with automatic transmissions (slushbox) mated with either a four-cylinder 2.4L or a 3.6L V6 engine. The base L trim comes with the four-cylinder engine, however, it lacks performance for the size of the SUV. It features Bluetooth, a CD player, a USB port, an OnStar Wi-Fi hot spot, remote keyless entry, and alloy wheels. The LS trim adds satellite radio and all-wheel drive with the same four-cylinder engine. 

The 1LT trim adds a rearview camera and a 7-inch touch screen to the feature list, it is also available with the more powerful V6 engine. The 2LT trim further adds automatic climate control, heated front seats, a remote car starter, and fog lights. The top-trim LTZ is most premium with leather upholstery, a power liftgate, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, rear parking sensors, a sunroof, navigation system, and rear-seat DVD players.

Trim

L

LS

1LT

2LT

LTZ

MSRP (FWD)

$22,120

$24,520

$26,170

$28,170

$31,920

MSRP (AWD)

NA

$26,270

$27,920

$29,920

$33,670

Key features

17-inch alloy wheels

In addition to the base trim:

In addition to the base trim:

In addition to the base trim:

In addition to the 2LT trim:

 

Automatic headlights

Satellite radio

Heated mirrors

Automatic climate control

Leather upholstery

 

Cloth upholstery

 

Premium cloth upholstery

Heated front seats

Power liftgate

 

Wi-Fi hotspot

 

Leather-wrapped steering wheel

Fog lights

Forward collision warning

 

Remote keyless entry

 

Chevy's MyLink interface with 7-inch touchscreen

8-way power driver seat

Lane departure warning

 

Driver seat with power height adjustment

   

Pioneer sound system

18-inch chromed alloy wheels

We Recommend

We recommend buying the 2LT with AWD option as it provides the optimum combination of features and usability. It gets you automatic climate control, heated front seats, remote car start, and fog lights added upon the 1LT trim. The price difference is minimal when compared with the 1LT trim as well.

2015 Chevrolet Equinox Engine and Performance

8.0/10

The 2015 Chevrolet Equinox is offered with two engine options: a four-cylinder 2.4L that produces 182 hp and 172 lb·ft torque and a 3.6L V6 that produces 301 hp power and 272 lb·ft torque. The smaller 2.4L engine is quite fuel-efficient but lacks the required performance. It is adequate for the normal family duties but cannot deliver as an off-roader. 

The 2015 Equinox is based on an older platform and chassis, and it does show its age. Being an SUV of substantial dimensions with a high center of gravity, it has the usual SUV handling characteristics with body roll and leans in the corners. Though it behaves considerably well on the highway, it is a great vehicle for vacations and it can take on mild off-road paths.

The higher capacity V6 is a better match for the SUV, it has enough power to accelerate on the highways and take on the off-road challenges but the MPG does take a major hit. When properly equipped the 4-pot motor will tow up to 1,500 pounds, while the V6 towing capacity climbs to a more useful 3,500 pounds

Models

2015 Chevrolet Equinox

2015 Ford Escape

2015 Honda CR-V

2015 Hyundai Tucson

MSRP

$22,120

$23,450

$23,445

$23,700

Engine 

2.4L NA Inline-4

2.5L NA Inline-4

2.4L NA Inline-4

2.4L NA Inline-4

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic 

CVT

6-speed automatic

Power 

182hp @ 6,700rpm

168hp @ 6,000rpm

185hp @ 6,400rpm

182hp @ 6000 rpm

Torque

172lb-ft @ 4,900rpm

170lb-ft @ 4,500rpm

181lb-ft @ 3,900rpm

177lb-ft @ 4000 rpm

0-60 MPH (sec)

8.7

9.2

9.4

9

Quarter mile (sec)

16.8

16.9

17.3

15.1

Top Speed (MPH)

129

123

122

124

The Ford Escape is the most compelling rival to Equinox as it has similar engine options and performance figures and provides more precise handling than Equinox. The light steering on the Chevy makes it an easy handler but it does not provide precise handling. The Tucson is the underperformer of the lot, it is overall smaller in dimensions, in engine capacity.

2015 Chevrolet Equinox Fuel Economy

8.0/10

The standard 2.4-liter inline-4 engine provides a very decent fuel economy for the segment. You can expect 22 mpg in the city conditions, 32 mpg on the highways, and 26 mpg of combined fuel economy. However, the larger V6 goes less per gallon at 23 mpg on the highway and 17 mpg in the city with an AWD drivetrain. 

Models

2015 Chevrolet Equinox

2015 Ford Escape

2015 Honda CR-V

2015 Hyundai Tucson

MPG (City)

22

22

27

21

MPG (Highway)

32

31

34

28

MPG (Combined)

26

25

29

24

Fuel Capacity (gallons)

18.8

15.1

15.3

15.3

Range (City/ Highway) (miles)

413/601

332/468

413/520

321/428

The fuel tank capacity of the Equinox is 18.8 gallons with 413 miles of combined range. It fares better than most of the vehicles in the segment barring a few smaller vehicles like the Honda CR-V. You can rely on the Chevy Equinox for the long highway drives as it offers the best highway range in the segment of over 600 miles.

2015 Chevrolet Equinox Interior

8.0/10

The 2015 Equinox’s interior with two-row seating has ample space for comfortable people carrying capacity thanks to the 112.5 inches long wheelbase. The seats are finished in good quality fabric and the top trim LTZ variant sports luxurious leather seats with good support and adjustability. The dashboard overall looks clutter-free except the main infotainment center in the middle which is riddled with an excess of buttons that leaves us a little wanting. 

Plenty of dinky storage spaces are well placed throughout the interior to store smartphones, wallets, and cups. The overall quality of the materials used is also acceptable keeping affordability in mind. You also get features like premium cloth upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, automatic climate control, heated front seats, an eight-way power driver seat, and a tilt/telescoping steering wheel for ease of use. 

Models

2015 Chevrolet Equinox

2015 Ford Escape

2015 Honda CR-V

2015 Hyundai Tucson

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

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

40.9/55.8/41.20

39.9/56/43.1

39.9/58.6/41.3

39.4/57.1/41.2

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

39.2/55.3/39.9

39/55.3/36.8

38.6/56.4/38.3

39.1/55.1/38.7

Cargo Capacity (cu-ft)

31.5

34.3

35.3

25.7

CR-V is a better vehicle when it comes to practicality as it offers an ample amount of room even on a smaller wheelbase. It also offers a segment-leading 35.3 cu ft cargo capacity. Equinox offers more balanced front and rear rows. The Hyundai Tucson offers the least cargo capacity in the competition.

Standout interior features:

  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • 8-way power front seats with driver memory functions
  • Leather upholstery
  • Leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Remote vehicle starter system

How intuitive is the 2015 Chevrolet Equinox’s infotainment unit?

The 2015 Chevrolet Equinox features a 7-inch touch-screen with an OnStar system with a 4G LTE data connection and in-car WiFi hotspot as standard throughout the range. You also get a six-speaker sound system which can be upgraded to 8-speaker Pioneer audio system for your music needs. The Equinox has a slew of features to keep the passengers entertained and comfortable like a CD player, an auxiliary audio input jack, and an iPod/USB interface as standard

Standout infotainment features:

  • 7-inch touch-screen
  • Voice-activated MyLink Connectivity system
  • AM/FM/XM/CD/MP3 player with an auxiliary input jack
  • Rear-seat entertainment system
  • Bluetooth
  • Steering-wheel audio/phone controls

2015 Chevrolet Equinox Exterior

9.0/10

The exterior design of the Equinox looks proportionate and cohesive from every angle and fits perfectly in the profile of its popular use case, i.e. a spacious family car. Its overall styling leans towards a curvy, rounded-off design and less boxy as SUVs are associated with. Starting from the front profile, the grille looks adequate but the headlamps do feel a bit dated because of the rounded shape but not out of place or unpleasant. The side profile is where the Equinox shines as a compact-plus SUV, although not boxy but it does have an estate wagon look, the curvy, rounded-off design translates well through the side and door panels with no sharp lines to break the overall aesthetic. 

The back, however, when looked straight fits perfectly with the car but from an angle, the tail lamps do look too rounded. Equinox is conclusively a good-looking car with a bit of understated charm and functional design, it sets itself apart with its utilitarian aura and comes off as a dependable and reliable workhorse.

Models

2015 Chevrolet Equinox

2015 Ford Escape

2015 Honda CR-V

2015 Hyundai Tucson

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3777

3515

3358

3294

Length (in.)

187.8

178.1

179.4

173.2

Width (in.)

72.5

72.4

71.6

71.7

Height (in.)

66.3

66.3

64.7

65.2

Ground Clearance (in.)

6.9

7.9

6.4

6.7

Wheelbase (in.)

112.5

105.9

103.1

103.9

The Ford Escape is also the longest amongst the four cars but it does not have the longest wheelbase. The Equinox has the best wheelbase at 112.5 inches which translates into larger interior space. The Honda CRV on the other hand has the smallest wheelbase in the competition, but it manages pretty decent space inside the cabin.

Standout exterior features:

  • Automatic headlights
  • 18" alloy wheels
  • Heated mirrors
  • Rear privacy glass
  • Power liftgate

2015 Chevrolet Equinox Safety

8.0/10

The 2015 Chevrolet Equinox has excellent occupant safety, but it has some design elements that impede its safety. The Equinox has all Four-wheel disc brakes, electronic stability control, head-curtain side airbags as standard equipment. A Rearview camera system, lane departure warning, and forward-collision warning alert systems are included in most of the trims.

One area that impedes its safety performance is its design, mainly low outward visibility, it has thick rear pillars that obstruct the rear vision which makes changing and merging into lanes a particular task better approached with caution. It scored 4-stars in NHTSA tests and an overall “Good” rating in IIHS tests.

Safety features include:

  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Post-Collision Safety System
  • Remote Anti-Theft Alarm System
  • Stability Control
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Emergency Braking Assist

2015 Chevrolet Equinox Final Verdict

2015 Chevy Equinox undoubtedly is one of the most impressive crossovers in the segment. The kind of interior space 2015 Chevrolet Equinox provides will always be its unique selling point above its competitors. Honda CR-V is the best rival to Equinox because of its Japanese reliability and best fuel economy. Otherwise, Equinox is definitely a better option here. 

Similar Cars

2015 Ford Escape
2015 Ford Escape

MSRP: $23,450- $31,485

8.3/10
2015 Ford Edge
2015 Ford Edge

MSRP: $28,100- $40,095

6.9/10
2015 Jeep Wrangler
2015 Jeep Wrangler

MSRP: $22,995- $40,495

7.5/10
2015 Hyundai Tucson
2015 Hyundai Tucson

MSRP: $21,650- $27,950

8.0/10
2015 Jeep Compass
2015 Jeep Compass

MSRP: $18,995- $28,795

7.7/10
2015 Jeep Cherokee
2015 Jeep Cherokee

MSRP: $23,095- $30,895

7.8/10
2015 Ford Explorer
2015 Ford Explorer

MSRP: $30,700- $43,100

7.6/10
2015 Hyundai Santa Fe
2015 Hyundai Santa Fe

MSRP: $30,150- $36,000

8.1/10
2015 Buick Enclave
2015 Buick Enclave

MSRP: $43,450

7.8/10
2015 GMC Terrain
2015 GMC Terrain

MSRP: $24,070- $37,240

7.5/10