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Honda CR-V vs. Chevrolet Equinox

Compare repair costs, reliability, and owner reviews

Honda CR-V

$403
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Chevrolet Equinox

$495
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Overall Reliability Rating

4
1
2
Group 4
Group 4
Excellent
The Honda CR-V Reliability Rating is 4.5 out of 5.0, which ranks it 3rd out of 26 for compact SUVs. The average annual repair cost is $403 which means it has excellent ownership costs. The severity of repairs is low while frequency of those issues is average, so major issues are uncommon for the CR-V.
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.
Cost
Average annual repairs total
$403
inexpensive
expensive
$495
inexpensive
expensive
Frequency
Average annual repair shop visits
0.41
not often
very often
0.39
not often
very often
Severity
Percentage of annual repairs that are urgent
7%
not urgent
urgent
15%
not urgent
urgent

Overall Car Ratings & Details

5
(9)
4
(42)
3
(18)
2
(7)
1
(2)
The Honda CR-V ranks highest in exhaust and ranks lowest in heating.
“Honda CRV 2004 model perhaps was the best model of the lot. Maintence has been the lowest ever. It was my first honda car bought new. i have chaged shocks only once in 14 years and that was the the...”
“Honda CRV 2004 model perhaps was the best model of the lot. Maintence has been the lowest ever. I...”
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...”

Vehicle Comparison Rundown

The Chevrolet Equinox and the Honda CR-V are both compact two-row SUVs. Both of these SUVs seat five, and both of them come with front-wheel drive as standard and all-wheel drive as an option.

The standard engines in the Chevy Equinox and the Honda CR-V are fairly close in terms of power. The Equinox has a standard engine with 170 horsepower, while the CR-V comes with 184 horsepower. But the Equinox also offers a diesel engine option, plus a higher output gasoline engine with 252 horsepower. By comparison, the CR-V’s engine upgrade comes in with 190 horsepower. That’s a big difference if you plan to haul lots of people or stuff.

The Equinox runs a poor second to the CR-V in terms of cargo space. The Equinox has a total of 63.5 cubic feet of space with the rear seats folded, while the CR-V has a much larger 75.8 cubic feet. That’s nearly 20% more cargo space than the Equinox offers.

So what do you need: More space or more power? If carrying capacity is the first priority in your compact SUV, the Honda CR-V is an excellent choice here. But if you need plenty of extra power to get you through the day, the Chevrolet Equinox is the right option.

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