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Chevrolet Equinox vs. Chevrolet Traverse

Compare repair costs, reliability, and owner reviews

Chevrolet Equinox

2016 Chevrolet Equinox
$495
Annual Repair Cost
on average

Chevrolet Traverse

2016 Chevrolet Traverse
$642
Annual Repair Cost
on average

Overall Reliability Rating

Above Average

The Chevrolet Equinox Reliability Rating is 4.0 out of 5.0, which ranks it 21st out of 26 for compact SUVs. The average annual repair cost is $495 which means it has lower than average ownership costs. The frequency of repairs is average, but when issues do arise, they have a higher chance of being severe than with other models.

Above Average

The Chevrolet Traverse Reliability Rating is 3.5 out of 5.0, which ranks it 19th out of 26 for midsize SUVs. The average annual repair cost is $642 which means it has average ownership costs. The frequency of repairs is average, but when issues do arise, they have a higher chance of being severe than with other models.

Reliability Rating Breakdown

Cost
Average annual repairs total
$495
inexpensive
very expensive
$642
inexpensive
very expensive
Frequency
Average annual repair shop visits
0.4
not often
way too often
0.5
not often
way too often
Severity
Percentage of annual repairs that are urgent
15%
minor issues
major issues
13%
minor issues
major issues

Overall Car Ratings & Details

(37 Reviews)
(8 Reviews)
Rating Details
5 star
(3)
4 star
(15)
3 star
(13)
2 star
(5)
1 star
(1)

The Chevrolet Equinox ranks highest in exhaust and ranks lowest in heating.

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“Don’t buy an equinox. Our problems started 1 year after we bought it. In and out of the shop constantly for engine problems after 10,000 miles...had to have the engine replaced at 50,000. Also h...”

Rating Details
5 star
(0)
4 star
(3)
3 star
(2)
2 star
(1)
1 star
(2)

The Chevrolet Traverse ranks highest in body and ranks lowest in electrical.

Read more detailed reviews here.

“Purchased this car brand new and have had nothing but problems. I have had an issue with every part of the car. Each time I bring it in for repair i am back in a couple of days for another issue. I...”

Vehicle Comparison Rundown

The Chevrolet Equinox and the Chevrolet Traverse are two different-sized SUVs from the same carmaker. The Equinox is a compact, two-row SUV, while the Traverse is a mid-size three-row SUV. On virtually every point of comparison, the Traverse will have more than the Equinox, as you would expect of a larger vehicle. Here are some examples:

  • Standard engines: Equinox has 170 horsepower; Traverse has 257 horsepower.
  • Optional engines: Equinox has 252 horsepower; Traverse has 310 horsepower.
  • Cargo space: Equinox has 63.5 cubic feet with the rear seats folded; Traverse has 98.2 cubic feet with the second- and third-row seats folded.
  • Passenger space: Equinox seats five; Traverse seats up to eight.

What do they have in common? Aside from both being Chevys, they both come with front-wheel drive standard and have optional all-wheel drive. Both are very pleasing to drive, with an excellent combination of ride and handling.

Deciding between the Equinox and the Traverse is really a matter of how much SUV you need to fit your lifestyle. If seating for five is all you need, and the cargo space is sufficient, then the Equinox should be a good choice. But if you need room for up to eight people, and the larger cargo capacity that comes with it, then you’re likely better off with the Traverse.

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