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Chevrolet Equinox vs. Chevrolet Traverse

Compare repair costs, reliability, and owner reviews

Chevrolet Equinox

$495
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Chevrolet Traverse

$642
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Overall Reliability Rating

4
Group 4
Group 4
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.
3
1
2
Group 4
Group 4
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.
Cost
Average annual repairs total
$495
inexpensive
expensive
$642
inexpensive
expensive
Frequency
Average annual repair shop visits
0.39
not often
very often
0.46
not often
very often
Severity
Percentage of annual repairs that are urgent
15%
not urgent
urgent
13%
not urgent
urgent

Overall Car Ratings & Details

5
(3)
4
(15)
3
(13)
2
(5)
1
(1)
The Chevrolet Equinox ranks highest in exhaust and ranks lowest in heating.
“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...”
“Don’t buy an equinox. Our problems started 1 year after we bought it. In and out of the shop co...”
5
(0)
4
(3)
3
(2)
2
(1)
1
(2)
The Chevrolet Traverse ranks highest in body and ranks lowest in electrical.
“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...”
“Purchased this car brand new and have had nothing but problems. I have had an issue with every pa...”

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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