2017 Chevrolet Equinox

MSRP $23,100 - $31,790

Ranked #8 in Compact Suv


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2017 Chevrolet Equinox Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: September 13, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The 2017 Chevrolet Equinox is on sale with a starting price of $23,100, which is one of the lowest in its segment. It is available in four trims which are L, LS, LT, and Premier. Two engines are on offer for the Equinox- a 182-hp four-cylinder engine and a 301-hp 3.6L V6 engine (only available on the LT and Premier trim). Even with the base engine equipped, the Equinox sprints from 0-60 MPH in 8.7 seconds, which is good considering its weight. The V6 engine offers a towing capacity of 3,500 lbs, which is segment-best.

The Equinox has been one of the top-ranked vehicles in its segment due to its top reliability ratings and zero recalls. It is also favored by families for its spacious and comfortable interiors while its practicality is above average. With regards to safety, the Equinox earned decent safety ratings but packs fewer standard safety features than its rivals. With a myriad of cars in its segment, the Equinox competes against the sales leaders such as the Ford Escape, the Mazda CX-5, and the Nissan Rogue

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Smooth and comfortable ride

Spacious rear seats

Top reliability ratings

Less initial price


Less efficient

Less standard safety features

No smartphone integration

What's New?

LTX trim is now Premier

Midnight and Sport packages


vehicle bio

base price



4dr SUV

passenger capacity


top speed

115 mph


front wheel drive

engine type


145 cu.in.


182 hp @ 6700 rpm


172 lb.-ft. @ 4900 rpm


6 speed shiftable automatic


suspension front

independent front strut suspension

suspension rear

independent rear multi-link suspension



112.5 in.


187.8 in.


72.5 in.


66.3 in.

curb weight

3764 lbs.

ground clearance

6.9 in.


passenger volume

99.7 cu ft.

cargo volume

63.7 cu ft.

towing capacity

1500 lbs.

payload capacity

1196 lbs.


zero to 60 mph

9.2 sec.

zero to 100 mph

17.1 sec.

rolling start 5-60 mph


standing 1/4-mile

16.9 sec.

fuel economy


22/26/32 mpg

highway range

572.0 mi.


basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr./ 60,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

6 yr./100,000 mi.

roadside assistance


Pictures & Videos


L$23,100 onwards

LS$25,510 onwards

LT$26,750 onwards

Premier$30,040 onwards

Colors and Styles

2017 Chevrolet Equinox in Black color

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Engine and Performance


Fuel Economy










Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide


Overall Rating

The Equinox is known for providing a smooth ride and a tranquil cabin- Carfax

The 2017 Chevrolet Equinox is one of the best-selling vehicles in its segment due to its comfortable interiors and strong reliability rating. Both engines offer decent performance for day-to-day driving but are a lot thirstier than other rivals. This SUV is highly regarded for families as its cabin is quite spacious and the cargo capacity is also good. Both NHTSA and IIHS treated the Equinox with good ratings but safety features could be better.

When it comes to owning the Equinox, its ownership costs are almost the same as its rivals. You may have to shell out close to $7,000 every year for its maintenance, fuel, depreciation, repair, etc. In particular, its maintenance and repair costs are less comparatively but its fuel costs are the highest. On that note, driving the Equinox costs up to $0.46 per mile. Due to its low fuel efficiency, it is slightly more than its rivals. 

2017 Chevrolet Equinox front view
2017 Chevrolet Equinox rear view


Engine and Performance

Fuel Economy




2017 Chevrolet Equinox Features


As for options, the Equinox offers a lot- Autotrader

Chevrolet offers the 2017 Equinox in four trims- L, LS, LT, and Premier. Pricing for these trims starts from $23,100 and it ranges up to $31,790 for the top-end Platinum trim. These prices exclude the $895 destination charge. Except for the base L trim, which is only offered in the FWD drivetrain, the rest of the models get both FWD and AWD configurations. Wheel options for the Equinox include 17 and 18-inch aluminum wheels.

2017 Chevy Equinox front view

For a base model, the L trim offers a decent list of features. Some of the standard interior features include cloth upholstery, manual climate control, front bucket seats, a 7-inch touchscreen display, a 6-speaker sound system, etc. There are several optional packages available  New for this year are Midnight and Sport packages that add black seats, wheels, and black paint. The Sport package is essentially the same but with white paint. 

Trim L LS LT Premier


$23,100 $25,510 $26,750 $30,040


NA $27,260 $28,500 $31,790
Key Features Cloth upholstery SiriusXM Power & heated side mirrors 8-way power driver's seat
  7-inch touchscreen display 4G Wi-Fi hotspot Chevrolet MyLink Heated front seats
  6-speaker sound system Forward Collision Alert Roof rails Front fog lamps
  17-inch alloy wheels   Deep-tinted rear glass Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  Remote keyless entry     Leather seats & steering wheel
  Manual climate control     Remote engine start
  60/40 split setback with 3-way recline     Automatic climate control
        18-inch aluminum wheels

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The LT trim is a great value in the Chevy Equinox lineup. Aside from the available V6 engine, it also adds a lot of features. On the outside, it adds deep-tinted rear windows, power & heated exterior mirrors, roof rails, and LED DRLs. The Chevy MyLink system adds a voice recognition audio system, SiriusXM, and some other internet radio apps.

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2017 Chevrolet Equinox Engine and Performance

On the road the Equinox performs admirably- Autoweek

2017 Chevrolet Equinox Engine and Transmission

The 2017 Chevy Equinox gets the option of two engines. The first is a 2.4L four-cylinder engine that produces 182 hp and 172 lb-ft. of torque. This engine is standard on all trims. Next is a 3.6L V6 engine that makes 301 hp and  272 lb-ft. of torque which is an option for LT and Premier trims. Regardless of the engine selected, a 6-speed automatic transmission is standard while power is driven to the front or all four wheels. 

2017 Chverolet Equinox engine

Power is adequate but there is a hint of torque steer while the power delivery feels very grainy at higher speeds. At low speeds, the engine grumbling is barely evident. Accelerate hard and it groans more than it revs. The transmission isn't the slickest. You do feel some shifts but it's not too objectionable. On the other hand, the V6's power delivery is much better than the four-cylinder and isn't noisy too. 

Models 2017 Chevrolet Equinox 2017 Ford Escape 2017 Nissan Rogue 2017 Mazda CX-5
MSRP $23,100 $23,750 $23,820 $24,045
Engine 2.4L Inline-4 2.5L Inline-4 2.5L Inline-4 2.5L Inline-4
Drivetrain FWD FWD FWD FWD
Transmission 6-Speed Automatic 6-Speed Automatic CVT 6-Speed Automatic
Power 182 hp @ 6,700 RPM 168 hp @ 6,000 rpm 170 hp @ 6,000 RPM 187 hp @ 6,000 RPM
Torque 172 lb-ft. @ 4,900 RPM 170 lb-ft. @ 4,500 RPM 175 lb-ft. @ 4,400 RPM 185 lb-ft. @ 3250 RPM

The Mazda CX-5's engine makes slightly more power than the Equinox and hence, stays at the top of the table while the Equinox stands below it. The Nissan Rogue makes decent power and is the only SUV here with a CVT transmission. With just 168 horses, the Ford Escape is the less powerful vehicle in this competition. 

2017 Chevrolet Equinox Acceleration

The Chevy Equinox covers the 0-60 MPH sprint in 8.7 seconds and furthermore, covers a quarter of a mile in 16.8 seconds. For an SUV that weighs nearly 3,800 pounds, these performance figures are really good. The top speed of the Equinox can range up to 120 MPH. The more powerful V6 engine's performance stats are even better.

2017 Chevrolet Equinox takes 8.7 sec to reach 60 MPH

It can sprint to 60 MPH in just 6.6 seconds while the quarter-mile test is finished in 14.8 seconds. The Equinox gets up to freeway speeds and powers up mountain grades with minimal effort but it doesn't have a lot of confidence in its passing capabilities with the base engine equipped. For this, the V6 is the much-preferred option. 

Models 2017 Chevrolet Equinox 2017 Ford Escape 2017 Nissan Rogue 2017 Mazda CX-5
0-60 MPH 8.7 sec 9.1 sec 9.4 sec 8.2 sec
Quarter mile 16.8 sec 16.8 sec 17.1 sec 16.4 sec
Engine 2.4L 2.5L 2.5L 2.5L

Top Speed

120 MPH 120 MPH 120 MPH 120 MPH

The Mazda CX-5 is the quickest car here thanks to its light curb weight. With just a few milliseconds away, the Equinox sits in second place. Despite making less power than the Nissan Rogue, it manages to overtake the latter in both performance tests while the Rogue is left behind due to its slowest acceleration. 

2017 Chevrolet Equinox Handling and Steering

The driving dynamics of the Chevy Equinox are fine. Despite the unsporting design, the Equinox is quite agile through corners helped by well-rated steering, torque-vectoring by the brakes, and sorted all-round independent suspension. Body control is excellent and the Equinox stays flat at corners and settles quickly after undulations.

2017 Chevrolet Equinox front angle view

The steering is well-weighted but doesn't feel connected to the road and has a wide turning circle. The Equinox absorbs bad American roads with ease though the ride is a bit firmer. However, the larger 19-inch wheels will definitely take the edge off the ride quality. Overall, the Equinox handles pretty decently while its ride quality is also good. 

2017 Chevrolet Equinox Braking

The wheels of the Chevy Equinox are equipped with 12.6-inch brake rotors at the front and 11.9-inch brake rotors at the back. This SUV was able able to take 119 feet of braking distance while trying to stop from 60-0 MPH. Considering its weight, the Equinox performed quite nicely in the brake test. The brake pedal feels smooth and predictable. 

2017 Chevrolet Equinox brakes

When the pedal is pressed hard, the car reacts immediately while also being stable. The brakes do fade a bit later after repeated use but they still perform a relatively effective panic stop. Also, the Equinox comes with certain technologies such as ABS and brake assist that helps to reduce the braking distance as much as possible during a sudden stop. 

Models 2017 Chevrolet Equinox 2017 Ford Escape 2017 Nissan Rogue 2017 Mazda CX-5
Brake Front 12.6 in 12.8 in 11.8 in 11.7 in
Brake Rear 11.9 in 12.0 in 11.7 in 11.9 in
Curb Weight 3,764 lbs 3,552 lbs 3,424 lbs 3,527 lbs
60-0 MPH 119 ft. 112 ft. 124 ft.  126 ft.

In this field, the Ford Escape shines as it takes the shortest braking distance of 112 feet. Surprisingly, the Equinox takes 119 feet and comes ins second place. The Nissan Rogue's braking performance is not appreciated. Despite weighing the lightest among its rivals, it takes 124 feet. But, the Mazda CX-5 has the worst brakes in this competition. 

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2017 Chevrolet Equinox Fuel Economy


The 2017 Chevrolet Equinox posts impressive figures with its inline-4, but real-world mileage is another story- The Car Connection

The fuel economy is a major disappointment in the Chevy Equinox. The base four-cylinder engine returns 22 MPG in the city, 32 MPG on a highway, and 26 MPG combined. Choosing the AWD drivetrain largely affects the efficiency as it returns only 23 MPG combined. If these numbers don't impress you, the more powerful V6 engine has even bad MPG figures. 

2017 Chevrolet Equinox isometric view

According to the EPA, the V6 engine is rated at 17 MPG in the city, 24 MPG on a highway, and 20 MPG combined. Equinox with an AWD setup will drop down the combined mileage by 2 MPG. This SUV gets a large 18.8-gallon fuel tank. With the base engine equipped, it delivers a combined range of 508 miles in FWD form while the V6 engine offers only 376 miles. 

Models 2017 Chevrolet Equinox 2017 Ford Escape 2017 Nissan Rogue 2017 Mazda CX-5
MPG (City) 22 21 26 24
MPG (Highway) 32 29 33 31
MPG (Combined) 26 24 29 27
Fuel Tank Capacity (Gallons) 18.8 15.7 14.5 14.8
Range (City/ Highway/ Combined; Miles) 414/602/508 330/455/392 377/479/428 355/459/407

The Nissan Rogue is the most fuel-efficient SUV in this competition. It returns 3 MPG combined more than the Equinox. The Mazda CX-5 sits in second place with 27 MPG. The Ford Escape has the lowest fuel ratings due to its low efficiency. The large fuel tank of Equinox translates for the best driving range in this competition. 

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2017 Chevrolet Equinox Interior

The quality of the materials is unremarkable, however, with plenty of hard plastics that have an industrial texture and shine- Edmunds

2017 Chevrolet Equinox Seating and Comfort

The interior of the Chevrolet Equinox has strong build quality but it looks a bit austere and uninspiring. This five-seater has standard cloth upholstery except for the Platinum trim that comes with perforated leather seats. The front seats are comfortable, supportive and the padding is soft too. Only the top-end Platinum trim gets an 8-way power driver's seat with a heated function. 

2017 Chevrolet Equinox dashboard

The passenger room is great upfront and is quite welcoming for six-footers. There is no shortage of space at the back either. The seats at the back are spacious and comfortable too. The rear seats also slide and recline for better flexibility. The floor is flat which is a very nice thing for those who are ever in the middle position. Overall, Equinox's cabin is well-designed to be ergonomic for the occupants. 

Models 2017 Chevrolet Equinox 2017 Ford Escape 2017 Nissan Rogue 2017 Mazda CX-5
Passenger Capacity 5 5 5 5
Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in) 40.9/55.8/41.2 39.9/55.9/43.1 41.6/56.3/43.0 39.7/57.1/41.0
Second Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in) 39.2/55.3/39.9 39.0/55.2/37.3 38.5/55.9/37.9 39.0/54.8/39.6

The Ford Escape offers the least legroom in the rear row, which can be unsettling for adults. The rear headroom offered in the Nissan Rogue is comparatively less and therefore, not suitable for tall people. The Mazda CX-5's space levels are almost the same as the Equinox. 

2017 Chevrolet Equinox Infotainment System

A 7-inch touchscreen display sits at the center of the dashboard. The base L trim only supports radio functions and Bluetooth connectivity. Features such as AM/FM radio and SiriusXM is standard from the LS trim onwards. The Premium trim adds few upgrades such as a voice recognition audio system, speed-sensitive volume control, and internet radio apps such as Pandora, Gracenote, and Stitcher. 

2017 Chevrolet Equinox infotainment system

Both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are not offered by this infotainment system. All the trims get a 6-speaker sound system as standard but the optional 8-speaker Pioneer sound system is worth upgrading as its sound quality is much better. The touchscreen is slower in operation but the interface is simple and easy to use. The chunk of buttons below the screen is for changing the climate and audio settings. 

2017 Chevrolet Equinox Interior Features

The Equinox's cabin is a host of many comfort and technological features. Below is the list of features available in the interior of the Equinox. 

  • Tilt & telescopic multi-function steering wheel 
  • 8-way power & heated driver's seat
  • Cloth & leather upholstery
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Remote engine start
  • Ambient lighting
  • 7-inch touchscreen display
  • 6-speaker sound system
  • Voice recognition audio system
  • SiriusXM

2017 Chevrolet Equinox Cargo Space 

Behind the rear seats, the Chevy Equinox offers 31.5 cu-ft. of cargo space, which is above average in its segment. Folding them gives access to 63.7 cu-ft. of maximum cargo volume. That's not the best in the segment as some of its rivals offer more than 70 cu-ft. If you are in for some extra space, there is some available below the cargo floor. 

2017 Chevrolet Equinox cargo capacity

The rear seats can be folded via the handles provided at the back. The rear seats fold completely flat so loading long items shouldn't be challenging. Unfortunately, a power tailgate is not offered in Equinox but a remote trunk release function is standard across all trims. The low ground clearance of the SUV is really helpful while loading the cargo area. 

Models 2017 Chevrolet Equinox 2017 Ford Escape 2017 Nissan Rogue 2017 Mazda CX-5
Cargo Capacity (cu-ft.) 31.5 34.0 32.0 30.9

With a maximum cargo space of 70 cu-ft., the Nissan Rogue is the most practical SUV in this competition. The Ford Escape offers the most cargo space with all the seats up and comes in second with the rear seats folded. The Equinox stands below the Escape on the table while the Mazza CX-5 is the least practical SUV as it offers only 59.6 cu-ft. 

2017 Chevrolet Equinox Exterior

We give credit to the soft curves and narrow stance for disguising the overall size of the Equinox- Kelly Blue Book

2017 Chevrolet Equinox Dimensions and Weight

The exterior styling of the 2017 Chevrolet Equinox is somewhat bland. Upfront, the grille is black for all models except for the Premium trim that gets a chrome grille. Halogen headlamps and LED DRLs are standard across the range but the Premium trim also adds front fog lamps on the lower fascia. The Equinox is one of the longest SUVs in its segment as its overall length measures 187.8 inches. Therefore, parking at tight spots can be tough. 

2017 Chevrolet Equinox front angle view

Only the Premier trim gets 18-inch aluminum wheels while the rest of the lineup sits on 17-inch alloy wheels. From the side view, the 112.5-inch wheelbase is also among the widest in its segment. Hence, it offers a spacious interior than its rivals. It also has the lowest ground clearance but is okay for an SUV. The LT and Premier trim add a rear deep-tinted glass for privacy and also keeps the sun from shining in. Around the back, the design is minimalistic and good.  

Models 2017 Chevrolet Equinox 2017 Ford Escape 2017 Nissan Rogue 2017 Mazda CX-5
Curb weight (lbs) 3,764  3,552  3,424  3,527 
Length (in) 187.8 178.1 184.5 179.1
Width (in) 72.5 72.4 72.4 72.5
Height (in) 66.3 66.3 66.3 65.3
Ground Clearance (in) 6.9 7.8 7.8 7.6
Wheelbase (in) 112.5 105.9 106.5 106.2
Track Width (in) F/R 62.90/62.10 61.5/61.6 62.8/62.8 62.8/62.8

The Ford Escape has the shortest wheelbase that measures nearly 7 inches less than the Equinox. Therefore, its rear legroom is less. It shares the same ground clearance with the Nissan Rogue i.e.7.8 inches, which is the best in the competition. This comes in handy during off-roading purposes. The light curb weight of the Mazda CX-5 trades off for its quick agility. 

2017 Chevrolet Equinox Exterior Features

  • Halogen headlights & taillights
  • LED DRLs
  • Front fog lamps
  • Chrome roof rails
  • Manual-folding exterior mirrors
  • Body-colored door handles with chrome accents
  • Black grille with chrome accents
  • Chrome mirror caps
  • Black mirror trim
  • 17-inch alloy wheels

2017 Chevrolet Equinox Safety


The Equinox received a Basic rating for front crash prevention for its Forward Collision Alert system- MotorTrend

NHTSA has given the 2017 Chevrolet Equinox an overall 4-star safety rating for its crashworthiness. It earned 4 stars for the frontal crash test, 4 stars for the rollover crash test, and 5 stars for the side-impact crash test. The detailed NHTSA scores of Equinox are mentioned below.

NHTSA Rating

Overall rating 4 stars
Overall frontal barrier crash rating 4 stars
Frontal barrier crash rating driver 5 stars
Overall side crash rating 5 stars
Side barrier rating 5 stars
Side pole rating driver front seat 4 stars
Combined side rating rear seat 5 stars
Rollover rating 4 stars
Side barrier rating driver 4 stars
Frontal barrier crash rating passenger 4 stars
Combined side rating front seat 4 stars
Side barrier rating passenger rear seat

5 stars

Equinox received a good response from IIHS as well. It received 'Good' ratings in most of the crash tests. The lowest 'Basic' rating was given for its front crash prevention while the child seat anchors were given an 'Acceptable' rating. Check out the IIHS scores of Equinox below.

IIHS Rating

Small overlap front driver side Good
Small overlap front passenger side N/A
Moderate overlap front Good
Side Good
Roof strength Good
Head restraints & seats Good
Front crash prevention Basic
Child seat anchors (LATCH) Acceptable

Looking at the above ratings of NHTSA and IIHS, no doubt the Chevy Equinox is a safe vehicle. Talking about driver assistance features, a rearview camera is the only standard feature. The optional Driver Confidence and Driver Confidence II packages add some important features for extra bucks.

2017 Chevrolet Equinox crash test

The list of driver assistance features offered in this SUV is as follows:

  • Blind Spot Monitoring
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
  • Rear Parking Sensors
  • Forward Collision Alert
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Rear Park Assist
  • Stability & Traction Control
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Brake Assist

2017 Chevrolet Equinox Competition

2017 Chevrolet Equinox vs 2017 Ford Escape

The Ford Escape makes the least power in this competition and hence, its acceleration is a bit slower than the Equinox. Due to its small fuel tank and low efficiency, its fuel ratings are the lowest compared to most of the rivals. Inside, the passenger space is less in the rear row but is one of the practical SUVs in this segment. The Escape also has decent safety ratings but its safety feature list is slightly better. 

2017 Ford Escape 

2017 Chevrolet Equinox vs 2017 Nissan Rogue

The Nissan Rogue is the slowest contender in this competition although it is the lightest vehicle due to its unresponsive engine. Employing a CVT transmission, the Rogue is the most fuel-efficient car. the interior layout of the Rogue is also clean but its rear-seat space is a tad bit less than the Equinox. At 70 cu-ft., the Rogue's cargo volume is one of the best in the segment. It has also garnered the 'IIHS Top Safety Pick+' award, which is really impressive.

2017 Nissan Rogue

2017 Chevrolet Equinox vs 2017 Mazda CX-5

The Mazda CX-5 house the most powerful engine in this competition and its light curb weight helps to achieve quicker performance stats. Its engine is also appreciated for its impressive efficiency. It sports a handsome cabin and spacious rear seats but its cargo capacity is less than the Equinox. The CX-5 also received the 'Top Safety Pick+' award from IIHS while its list of driver-assist features exceeds that of Equinox. 

2017 Mazda CX-5

2017 Chevrolet Equinox Final Verdict

Aside from its artificially inflated price tag and its dismal real-world fuel economy, there's not a lot to complain about the Chevrolet Equinox. Therefore, it is one of the top-selling vehicles in its segment. It also offers comfortable seating and enough safety features to keep its passengers safe. The segment is overflowing with choices. But even in the jam-packed fields, the Chevy Equinox is one of the best choices you can make. 

2017 Chevrolet Equinox rear angle view

2017 Chevrolet Equinox FAQs

Are there any recalls on the 2017 Chevrolet Equinox?

According to NHTSA, the 2017 Chevy Equinox didn't receive any recalls. 

Does Chevrolet Equinox have engine problems?

Customers have complained about the Chevy Equinox's engine regarding its fuel pump failure, small of gasoline, and excessive oil consumption. 

Does the 2017 Chevy Equinox have third-row seating?

No, the Chevy Equinox is a 5-seater SUV. 

Is the 2017 Chevy Equinox reliable?

Yes, the Chevrolet Equinox scored 85 out of 100 for its reliability in the J.D. Power reliability test. 

Does the 2017 Chevy Equinox have Apple CarPlay and Android Auto?

No, smartphone integration is not available in the 2017 Chevy Equinox. 

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