First introduced to showrooms in 2005 the Chevy Equinox is Chevrolet’s mid-size crossover SUV. In its over 15 years it has maintained a high level of popularity. Regardless, there are some Chevy equinox production years, to be avoided. Over the course of production, like with wines some models will stand out and others will fall short of the mark.
In the case of the Chevy Equinox the production years to avoid are: The 2015 Chevy Equinox, The 2013 Chevy Equinox , The 2011 Chevy Equinox , The 2007 Chevy Equinox This by no means is to say they are terrible vehicles but they are comparatively, within the car’s make, not as compelling an offer as you could get. Though the model did relatively well, it did suffer some issues which we will look at in more depth.
Which are the Chevrolet Equinox Years to Avoid
The 2007 Chevy Equinox
Let’s kick things off with the 2007 model. Due to its age and being the blueprint model from which others were improved from, it has some issues that when considered make it worth avoiding in favour of others.
With the 3.4L V6 engine which came standard in the 2007, it had head gasket failing problems. The 2007 also did not have a good safety rating due to problems with some of the airbag deployment systems.
The problem was absent in the back passenger seats however the front passenger airbag would deploy without impact at times. Added to these issues was the malfunctioning AC and Heater. During warm summer months when you are expecting your AC to be blowing cool air it was warm.
Or in winter the Heater malfunctioned resulting in a chilly ride at best and possibly the windshield not defrosting causing visibility issues. The 2011 Chevy Equinox This model had the advantage of having impressive engine options like the 2.4L I4 engine and a 3.0L V6, giving it unexpected horsepower and torque for a car its size.
The 2011 Chevrolet Equinox
has an engine oil consumption problem occurring before the 70000-mile mark. Also along with this is the issue of a clattering noise when starting the car. There is also a problem with the car’s transmission.
The 2013 Chevrolet Equinox
This particular model offers stiff competition to its rivals in the same market segment such as the Honda and Toyota as well as having high-tech features for the year, a stylish look and functionality.
The 2013 Equinox has the common issue of excessive oil consumption, with poor rear visibility and not as much cargo space as the rivals. Sluggish steering response issues also plague this make along with eventual engine failure.
The 2015 Chevy Equinox
The car has good fuel economy especially the V6 engine. It also rates high in safety although that is with the IIHS; the NHTSA gives it a lower rating. This crossover also ranks highly in comfort and quality. And although it does not have the performance of a sports car; it does have a competitive edge over similar makes.
The major issue with this version is its electrical issues, like the electrical drawing down the battery. Added to this particular issue is the dash cluster and driver controls not working properly. Another common problem with this year is the erratic firing of the crash alert system.
Cost of Repairs
- In 2007, the cost of repairs averages out at around $2600
- In 2011, the value is around $3500
- In 2013, the repairs cost about $3660
- Lastly, with 2015 we get up to $3100
What is the life expectancy of a Chevy Equinox?
The Chevy Equinox is relatively durable and reliable lasting 10 to 13 years coming up to around 200k miles. With an average distance traveled of 15k miles per year. You can expect to get these numbers or better if the car is serviced regularly.
The Best Chevy Equinox
If you are thinking of getting the Equinox, 2019 is a good bet. It comes with a 1.6litre turbo-diesel engine and comes in 10 trims. The 2019 Equinox also has a very low complaint count.
The 2L can tow up to 3,500 pounds, options include an AWD and FWD. with the addition of front pedestrian braking and adaptive cruise.
The 2007, 2011, 2013, 2015 have their issues as stated making them the years to avoid in their respective years. The Equinox however has some outstanding alternatives that can give you the style, comfort and performance that you expect from the Equinox like the 2019 model.
It is worth mentioning as well that the 2013 does rate as having the highest number of issues, it does however cost a little more to fix them. Regardless it is best to avoid the years or if commit to them invest in service and timely attention to issues that arise.
Thomas is a retired Chevy Auto Technician, Father to two incredible daughters. He enjoys using his knowledge and experience to help you solve and find reliable information on Chevrolet vehicles.