Used 2019 Chevy Equinox Diesel
Which Equinox does Edmunds recommend?
Considering the L is special order only, and the LS doesn't add much for a substantial price bump, we think it's worth skipping straight to the LT model. Its list of added features isn't extensive, but you do get upgraded headlights for better nighttime visibility, along with satellite radio and tinted glass. The LT also opens the doors to several worthy option packages. The Confidence and Convenience package stands out, with additional luxury features and blind-spot monitoring.
Edmunds' Expert Review
- Three engines to choose from, including a fuel-efficient diesel
- Smooth ride over most road surfaces
- Excellent handling characteristics
- Smaller cargo area compared to most of its competitors
- The base gasoline and diesel engines don't feel very lively
- Interior materials quality is disappointing considering the price
- New Infotainment 3 touchscreen interface
- Newly available adaptive cruise control
- Revised feature availability
- Part of the third Equinox generation introduced for 2018
|Overall||7.4 / 10|
The upgrade from the base 1.5-liter engine to the 2.0-liter is well-justified with the amount of power and efficiency it delivers. On top of that, the Equinox has impressive handling on a twisty road. The only downside is the big turning radius that affects U-turns and parking.
Aside from the poorly placed air vents on the dash and the rather stifling leather upholstery, the Equinox gets high marks for comfort. Driving for many hours on end will not cause any undue fatigue. All things considered, it's comparable to other SUVs in the class.
The Equinox interior is attractive and mostly well-configured. But we would prefer the steering wheel to telescope further and wish the panoramic sunroof wasn't as intrusive for rear passengers.
While the Equinox doesn't have an abundance of cargo space compared to rivals, it should handle the bulk of everyday hauling. Some thoughtful features help compensate for the lack of on-paper capacity.
Chevrolet gets high marks for tech, curing many of the ills that plagued past models. It has plenty of features that are standard throughout the lineup, and the inclusion of six USB ports ensures all devices will be charged.
Most helpful consumer reviews
Premier 4dr SUV (1.6L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6A)
Update: Still enjoying the Equinox TD with nearly 7,000 miles traveled. MPGs continue to be on the remarkable side for this type of vehicle. Suburban and highway trips have yielded 43+ mpg average. First oil change and tire rotation at 6,000 miles. The interior remains comfortable and quiet in any environment. The Bose sound system is excellent. Driving characteristics are great, easy to navigate in traffic, parking lots and on Interstates. Safety sensors are very helpful in traffic. The 360 degree camera is amazing for squeezing successfully out of impossible spots. The 1.6L turbo diesel engine is definitely a little powerhouse. Gotta watch those takeoffs from a standing start. I have to continue giving this Chevy a couple of thumbs up. Original review: Needed a new wagon. These small SUVs are the new wagons, I guess. Thoroughly test drove all the small SUVs on the market. Loved the CR-V. Last on the Test Drive list was the Equinox and I have to say that my wife and I were very surprised by the ride quality, interior comfort and safety equipment. It lacks a bit of the load room that CR-V has, but the removable rear floor panel allows for bicycles to be loaded standing up inside the cargo area attached to fork mounts. That clinched the sale. Well, that and the fact that a fully optioned 2019 diesel Premier ended up costing significantly less than a CR-V Touring. The 360 degree camera is quite the aid getting in and out of tight spots. Adaptable cruise control works really well, and allows for less stressful Interstate travel. Our first trip was 1,500 miles. Equinox has very linear highway driving dynamics and is quiet. Ventilated seats are a definite plus. I give these seats an A+ for comfort. The 1.6L diesel delivered impressive efficiency with a measured 41 mpg on the trip where average speeds were 65 to 70 mph in less than perfect weather. MPG is especially good considering that we had rear seats down and the load area filled, so not traveling light. I can't comment on durability yet since our Equinox is new. If there's anything I don't like, it's the usual vulnerable interior plastic surfaces. I found an awful lot of very easily scratched interior plastic in all the small SUVs that we test drove.
Premier 4dr SUV AWD (1.6L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6A)
Update September 2021. Both our our diesels continue to outperform. Our mileage is still in the 42-46MPG range on the Freeway, and we still see mixed driving ranges of 32-39MPG, well above the advertised mileage. My only disappointment is GM no longer offers this engine; no diesels like this here in the US. Update - We've had both (2) diesel Equinox's for a year and a half and they get better with time. Still averaging 38MPG for local driving, and trips are 42-46. Rain, snow or sun they have great road manners and handle well in all conditions. DEF usages is minimal, we've averaged about 8K mile to each 2.5 gallon jug. My only disappointment is that GM stopped offering the diesel on the 2020 models so I'll have to make these last a long time. We were waiting for the VW Tiguan diesel but since VW cancelled diesels in the US we immediately looked at the Diesel Equinox. We liked the first one so much we bought a 2nd one a month later. We get much better than the 28/38 MPG rating; more like 32/43 and we've even gotten 45 or 46 on long trips when we don't speed too much. In mixed driving we're averaging 34MPG where we were only getting 16 to 24 with comparable vehicles. The torque from this engine is great once you're above 15 mph. Maintenance and fuel costs are great, and we don't use much DEF either, maybe 2.5 gallons every 7-10,000 miles and it's only $11 for a 2.5 gallon jug of the good stuff if you know where to shop. We looked at all the competitors, and recently had the Honda CRV; the Honda is a good car don't get me wrong, but you cannot beat a Diesel Equinox for value, performance, ride, comfort and MPG, not to mention SPG (Smiles per Gallon). The Honda CRV was a little too small, and quick from 0-45 but lost power after that and didn't have any power to pull away from traffic on the freeway. UPDATE - We now have close to 30K miles and the only difference is the fuel mileage has improved to where we are now averaging about 38 + MPG is mixed driving, whereas we were around 34 or 35 back when we had 12K miles on it. No regrets. Only negative is it's a little slow from a dead stop to 15 or 20 mph, but once rolling you can feel the engine pull nicely with ease. If you don't watch it, on the freeway you might find yourself well above the speed limit. I've caught myself cruising at 80 - 90 mph without noticing it; it's that much of a cruiser on the freeway.
Premier 4dr SUV (1.6L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6A)
LT 4dr SUV AWD (1.6L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6A)
to start off this is a company vehicle and all the oil changes have been completed every 6k miles. I am at the dealership right now having the 78,000 mile service completed. I have had the car a total of 24 months as I received the car Nov 2018. I have had no real issues as some of the things I have read online. So far the usb and usb-c ports have died which they are actually looking at now. once the infotainment screen wouldnt come on, but I just disconnected the battery for a few minutes and hooked it back up and that fixed it. there has been an intermittent thumping noise that has been going on since I received the car. it started off very very faint and over the last 2 years has increased in noise level, but not frequency. I did notice that sometimes when I take my foot off the brake after stopping at a traffic light it will do the thump. So they are looking at that today as well but seems like it may be after taking foot off the brake it releases the caliper which then allows the brake pad to fall over, which would make sense to the noise getting louder over time with the wear of the brake pad. That is still to be determined obviously as I am in the waiting room right now. I have had zero other issues which those I have listed really arent bad at all, especially with some of the things I have read online. which the only reason I have even looked at it to see what other people are seeing is I am thinking of purchasing this vehicle from the company since I just ordered my new company vehicle. So all in all outta the last 20 years of company vehicles this is the first one I have even contemplated on buying, so I am unsure if the issues people were having was with a certain timeframe of purchase as mine would have been an early release of the 2019....but mine has had no major issues as well and only a couple of annoyances.
Features & Specs
Our experts like the Equinox models:
- Safety Alert Seat
- Vibrates to alert the driver when advanced safety systems, including the parking sensors and blind-spot monitor, are triggered.
- Side Blind Zone Alert
- Illuminates a light on the Equinox's outside mirrors if there's a vehicle in or approaching the Equinox's left- or right-hand blind spot.
- Forward Collision Alert
- Sounds an alarm if the Equinox rapidly approaches the vehicle in front and a collision is deemed imminent.