Used 2005 Chevrolet Equinox

2005 Chevrolet Equinox
List price range
$1,500 - $7,569
2005 Chevrolet Equinox

Pros

  • Standard V6 engine, long wheelbase affords plenty of interior room, fore/aft-adjustable rear seats, available side curtain airbags.

Cons

  • Costs as much as the more powerful Saturn Vue, limited drivetrain choices, confusing stereo controls.
Chevrolet Equinox years

Used 2005 Chevrolet Equinox for Sale

Chevrolet Equinox 2005 LT AWD 4dr SUV (3.4L 6cyl 5A)
169,213 miles
Used 2005
Chevrolet Equinox
LT
(3)
Hi Lo Auto Sales
26.8 mi away
List$1,500
Est.Loan: $31/mo
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Chevrolet Equinox 2005 LT AWD 4dr SUV (3.4L 6cyl 5A)
106,255 miles
Used 2005
Chevrolet Equinox
LT
Twins Auto Sales
86.5 mi away
List$5,750
Est.Loan: $118/mo
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$158 Below Market
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Chevrolet Equinox 2005 LT AWD 4dr SUV (3.4L 6cyl 5A)
125,159 miles
Used 2005
Chevrolet Equinox
LT
I-Deal Cars
88.5 mi away
List$4,999
Est.Loan: $102/mo
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Chevrolet Equinox 2005 LT AWD 4dr SUV (3.4L 6cyl 5A)
114 miles
Used 2005
Chevrolet Equinox
LT
(2)
DARCARS Pre-Owned Fairfax
15.4 mi away
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Chevrolet Equinox 2005 LS Fwd 4dr SUV (3.4L 6cyl 5A)
176,387 miles
Used 2005
Chevrolet Equinox
LS
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Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis
54.1 mi away
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Chevrolet Equinox 2005 LT AWD 4dr SUV (3.4L 6cyl 5A)
148,666 miles
Used 2005
Chevrolet Equinox
LT
(1)
Jones Junction Used Cars
67.6 mi away
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Dealer Notes
2005 Chevrolet Equinox 4D Sport Utility AWD 5-Speed Automatic Electronic with Overdrive Clean CARFAX. 19/25 City/Highway MPG Jones Junction is proud to announce that 2018 marks their 101th consecutive year as a family-run automotive business serving the Harford County and surrounding Maryland, Pennsylvania and Delaware communities. The Jones family believes their success lies in focU dedication to hard work and integrity. Their goal is not simply to sell a car; it is to create a lifelong partnership with their customers.
Chevrolet Equinox 2005 LT AWD 4dr SUV (3.4L 6cyl 5A)
143,694 miles
Used 2005
Chevrolet Equinox
LT
Timbrook Chevrolet
85 mi away
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Chevrolet Equinox 2005 LT AWD 4dr SUV (3.4L 6cyl 5A)
22,622 miles
Used 2005
Chevrolet Equinox
LT
Bobby Rahal Acura
86.6 mi away
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Chevrolet Equinox 2005 LT Fwd 4dr SUV (3.4L 6cyl 5A)
105,631 miles
Used 2005
Chevrolet Equinox
LT
Sutliff Chevrolet
90.7 mi away
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Edmunds' Expert Review

A superior successor to the aged Tracker, the Equinox offers flexible interior space, a strong engine and modern styling.

2005 Highlights

The Equinox is an all-new compact SUV from Chevrolet. It shares a platform with the Saturn Vue and offers similar levels of space and versatility for buyers seeking practical suburban transportation.

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2005 Chevrolet Equinox.

Overall Consumer Rating

Most helpful consumer reviews

Starting problems
mudskipper,09/13/2011
I recently bought a 2005 Equinox. I looked for over a month and thought I got a good deal. I've had it for a week and I'm having starter problems. It turns over but takes a long time to start. This only happens about half the time. As I'm reading reviews I'm seeing this is a common problem. I would like to get it fixed while under warranty so I'm curious to know what exactly the problem is. Seeing all of these bad reviews and potential problems I am now wondering if I was wrong in buying an Equinox. Any ideas on the starting problem?
Okay SUV
ap21ril,08/05/2011
I bought this used in 2008 with 28,000 miles and just traded it in with 52,300 miles. I liked it and thought it was fun to drive.
Buyer beware...
bocakin12,04/13/2012
I fell in love with how pretty this car was immediately. It came with all the bells and whistles, and after years of driving a straight forward Focus, I had to have it. Even after reading the reviews on this site about how sketchy the Equinox could be, I thought "that won't be me." Ohhhh but it is. Two weeks after I bought it the check engine light was one, never to leave. The airbag light quickly followed. Followed by two brake jobs, the starter issue mentioned so many times by other users, and who knows what is next. Cannot wait to trade it in after paid off. Such a shame because it still is so pretty...
Please read! Do not buy
Tony,10/08/2010
Chevy needs to pull all 2005 Equinoxes and fix them! The problem is the throttle actuator control module. When it goes out you vehicle won't go. All you can do is coast to a stop. My wife and daughter were almost killed because of this. If you own a 2005 Chevy equinox and this has gone wrong PLEASE call Chevy and file a complaint. If it hasn't gone out yet be careful! I researched this and there is over 500 people who have had it go out. I called Chevy and they said if they have enough complaints filed they will review and recall it. I told them about the other 500 people I read about and they said it was here say. So PLEASE PLEASE call and complain before someone dies.
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Features & Specs

MPG
17 city / 23 hwy
Seats 5
5-speed automatic
Gas
185 hp @ 5200 rpm
MPG
17 city / 23 hwy
Seats 5
5-speed automatic
Gas
185 hp @ 5200 rpm
MPG
17 city / 23 hwy
Seats 5
5-speed automatic
Gas
185 hp @ 5200 rpm
MPG
17 city / 23 hwy
Seats 5
5-speed automatic
Gas
185 hp @ 5200 rpm
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Safety

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
  • Side Barrier Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front SeatNot Rated
    Back SeatNot Rated
  • Rollover
    Rollover4 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of RolloverNot Rated
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Not Tested
  • Roof Strength Test
    Not Tested
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Good
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested

More about the 2005 Chevrolet Equinox
More About This Model

Executives from the domestic automakers are often asked why they've been getting walloped by the growing popularity of imported brands. They invariably launch into complicated answers involving labor costs, exchange rates and other similarly incomprehensible business-speak.

On the flip side, when consumers are asked why they don't buy domestic vehicles as often as they used to the answers are a little more straightforward. Quality and reliability are still up there along with resale value and customer service, but above and beyond those practical concerns, there's the all-important matter of style. In the eyes of many American consumers the imports have it, the domestics don't.

Chevrolet hasn't done itself any favors over the years with its lineup of tired, uninspiring designs, but the tide is starting to turn, and there's no better example of that than the new 2005 Equinox compact SUV. Its styling is decidedly more L.A. than Detroit, and it boasts a competitive spec sheet that includes a standard V6, numerous standard features and an interior with more room than many midsizers. But are Americans really ready for Chevrolets that don't look like, well…Chevrolets?

The Equinox makes for an easy transition. It's not only sharp-looking on the outside, it sports an interior that's equally fresh in its appearance. Silver metallic dash trim, a two-tone color scheme and backlit gauges give the Equinox a more upscale look than most of its competitors while the well-bolstered driver seat offers solid comfort and standard height adjustment. Although the center console houses the stereo, climate controls, central vents and shifter, it cants away from the driver to maintain a comfortable level of personal space. Aside from a few glaring lapses in materials quality on the dash and door panels, the Equinox ranks right up there with the Jeep Liberty for best-in-class interior honors.

As stylish as it is, however, the Equinox doesn't give up much in the way of functionality to attain its polished appearance. The shifter's placement in the middle of the center console keeps it within easy reach while at the same time freeing up space between the seats for bulky purses or briefcases. Designers even carved out some usable space around the shifter itself for smaller items like keys or cell phones — a nice touch. The flip-up armrest also provides out-of-sight storage as well as a soft-touch lid for resting your elbow. Additional details like rubberized climate control knobs and an available premium sound system are two more features that contribute to the upscale feel of the Equinox.

Sit in the backseat and you would think you're in a midsize SUV thanks to the generous passenger room in back. Although the Equinox shares its basic structure with the Saturn Vue, it uses a longer wheelbase and wider track to open up even more interior room. A sliding rear seat with eight inches of travel makes the most out of the available room whether you need maximum cargo or passenger space. The cargo area itself is a little on the narrow side, but a multiposition shelf similar to that found in the PT Cruiser gives you a few options as to how the space can be utilized.

There are two trim levels offered, base LS and upscale LT, with either front- or all-wheel drive. Base LS models are well equipped with standard features like a CD stereo; keyless entry; power windows, mirrors and locks; and 16-inch wheels. Upgrading to the LT adds antilock brakes (also standard on AWD LS models), upgraded cloth upholstery, cruise control and alloy wheels. Available options include heated leather seats, a premium sound system, side curtain airbags and 17-inch wheels.

Although it's generally well executed throughout, the Equinox isn't without a few flaws. Not only are the door panels average-looking in appearance, the lack of soft-touch material on the upper portion makes them poor armrests on longer trips. The doors also feature flimsy door handles and slim storage bins with no bottle holders. Up front, we could do without the centrally located window switches, overly busy radio layout and small pop-out cupholders that won't do well with oversized drinks.

Such complaints are admittedly minor, but when you're competing against strong entries from Ford, Honda and Toyota among others, there's not much room for error. Chevrolet figured as much when it stocked the Equinox with a 3.4-liter V6 engine as standard equipment. Delivering 185 horsepower and 210 pound-feet of torque, the six-cylinder power plant offers less horsepower than the Ford Escape (200) but more torque (193), while the Kia Sorento bests the Equinox in both categories with 192 hp and 217 lb-ft of torque.

The trump card for the Equinox, however, is its five-speed automatic. With an extra gear at its disposal, the transmission is able to keep the V6 planted firmly in its sweet spot for solid acceleration at nearly any speed. Its shifts come quickly and smoothly, giving the Equinox a satisfying level of performance on par with most of its peers. The old-tech V6 gets a bit thrashy at high rpm, but it makes up for it in efficiency with mileage estimates of 19 city/25 highway.

When it comes to ride and handling, the Equinox loses a bit of its luster. Although it uses a wider track than its Saturn Vue cousin, the Chevy still exhibits considerable body roll in corners. Its over-the-road comfort is admirable, but it lacks the nimble feel you might expect in a smaller SUV. Much of the problem stems from the electric steering system that's used to allow for more precise tuning and increased efficiency. Unfortunately, it never seems to get it right, as there's a constant feeling of detachment between the steering wheel and the suspension below.

Keep the Equinox pointed straight ahead and the steering deficiencies fall further into the background. There's very little road and engine noise at speed and even the moderate wind buffeting from the tops of the side windows barely disturbs the quiet cabin. It makes for a fine cruiser — just don't expect to have much fun if you find a twisty shortcut.

Given that most SUV buyers don't expect sharp handling in the first place, the flaccid underpinnings of the Equinox shouldn't be seen as a fatal flaw. It's got too many other things going for it to get blackballed for wobbly steering, especially given its otherwise competent driving characteristics. Factor in the expansive interior that looks as good as it works and the Equinox doesn't offer much to complain about. It's not likely to go down in history as the vehicle that turned Chevrolet around, but after years of watching one Chevy after another fail to impress, the Equinox is a welcome change of pace.

Used 2005 Chevrolet Equinox Overview

The Used 2005 Chevrolet Equinox is offered in the following submodels: Equinox SUV. Available styles include LS AWD 4dr SUV (3.4L 6cyl 5A), LT AWD 4dr SUV (3.4L 6cyl 5A), LS Fwd 4dr SUV (3.4L 6cyl 5A), and LT Fwd 4dr SUV (3.4L 6cyl 5A).

What's a good price on a Used 2005 Chevrolet Equinox?

Save up to $158 on one of 4 Used 2005 Chevrolet Equinox for sale at dealerships within 25 miles of Ashburn, VA with prices as low as $1,500 as of12/11/2018, based on data from dealers and consumer-driven dealer ratings ranging from5 to 5 out of 5 stars.

Price comparisons for Used 2005 Chevrolet Equinox trim styles:

  • The Used 2005 Chevrolet Equinox LT is priced between $1,500 and$7,569 with odometer readings between 96617 and169213 miles.

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Should I lease or buy a 2005 Chevrolet Equinox?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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