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Used Chevy Equinox for Sale in Richmond, Kentucky

Midsize crossover SUVs are among the most popular vehicles in the U.S., and the Chevrolet Equinox is one of the roomiest and most reliable models in its class. Debuting in 2005, the Equinox nameplate spans multiple generations and offers an expansive array of options for car buyers in the secondhand market. If you’re looking for a used Chevrolet Equinox for sale, this guide can help you buy a high-quality vehicle that will give you many years of dependable service.

What Is the Chevrolet Equinox? An Overview

The Chevrolet Equinox is a five-person, two-row crossover SUV. This means it has a unibody platform — the typical passenger car platform — in which the vehicle’s frame and architecture form a single unit. Compared to the body-on-frame construction of traditional SUVs and pickup trucks, unibody crossovers tend to offer a variety of advantages, such as:

  • Lighter weight.
  • Increased safety.
  • Greater fuel economy.
  • Superior handling.
  • More pleasant driving experience.

Crossover SUVs also typically have more passenger and cargo volume relative to their body-on-frame counterparts. This is certainly true of the Chevrolet Equinox. Depending on the model year, the Equinox exterior dimensions range from 183 to 192 inches in length, 72 to 77 inches in width, and 61 to 69 inches in height. This translates inside to an average 103 cubic feet of passenger volume, 30 cubic feet of default cargo volume, and 63 cubic feet of maximum cargo volume.

Larger models can, of course, offer even more space. The Equinox is a line generally known for its generous and well-appointed cabin, making it a terrific option for families and frequent road travelers.

Is the Chevrolet Equinox Reliable?

Yes. According to J.D. Power, which lists vehicle reliability ratings every year, the Chevrolet Equinox consistently ranks very well in its quality and reliability category. Through the years the typical rating ranges from 84 to 90 out of a possible 100. This category considers variables such as vehicle functions, design flaws, and the level of defects. Having a higher rating correlates with fewer overall problems in these areas.

You can also expect an Equinox to last anywhere from 200,000 to 300,000 miles. To put that into perspective, the Federal Highway Administration reports that U.S. drivers clock an average 13,500 miles per year. If you buy a used Chevrolet Equinox with 100,000 miles on its odometer, it has the potential to last you another 15 years.

Of course, your vehicle’s longevity hinges on appropriate use and regular maintenance. In addition to driving responsibly and seeking repairs as needed, you should follow your Equinox’s maintenance schedule. This may include an oil change every 7,500 miles as well as the following services:

  • Every 15,000 miles: Wiper blade replacements.
  • Every 22,500 miles: Passenger compartment air filter replacement.
  • Every 30,000 miles (for diesel engine models): Diesel fuel filter replacement.
  • Every 45,000 miles: Engine air cleaner filter replacement and inspection of the evaporative control system.
  • Every 60,000 miles: Spark plug replacements and inspection of the spark plug wires.
  • Every 75,000 miles: Replacement of the hood and body lift support struts.
  • Every 150,000 miles: Flush and refill of the engine cooling system, as well as an inspection and adjustment of the accessory drive belts.

Model History of the Chevrolet Equinox

Understanding how the Equinox model has evolved can help you in your search.

First Generation (2005 to 2009)

Probably the best models of the first generation boasted a 3.4-liter V-6 engine that put out 185 hp and 210 lb-ft of torque. If you happen to come across the LTZ trim level with this type of powertrain, you’ll also enjoy deluxe features such as a premium audio system, higher-end interior materials, and built-in navigation.

Second Generation (2010 to 2017)

There were two engine options available in the latter years of the Equinox’s second generation: a 2.4-liter inline-four cylinder and a 3.6-liter V-6. Fuel economy was generally strong, maxing out at 31 mpg on the highway for the inline-four cylinder in front-wheel drive and 23 mpg for the V-6 in all-wheel drive.

Third Generation (2019 to present)

Practically the entire third generation of Equinoxes boasts excellent reliability and owner satisfaction scores. The cabin is well styled with durable materials, and the average fuel economy stands strong at around 26 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway. This will, however, depend on your choice of drivetrain, with front-wheel drive being more fuel-efficient than all-wheel drive.

What To Look for When Buying a Used Chevrolet Equinox

To ensure that you’re getting great value for your money, focus your search on specific qualities and characteristics. Here’s what to look for when buying a used Chevrolet Equinox:

  • Glass: Check the front and rear windshields, windows, headlights, and taillights for cracks, clouding, or pockmarks.
  • Suspension: Vigorously bounce each corner of the vehicle to check the suspension.
  • Alignment: Check the vehicle’s alignment during your test drive by maintaining a loose grip on the steering wheel as you travel down a flat, straight path.
  • Upholstery and other interior surfaces: Make sure the upholstery and surfaces are fully intact so you don’t need to pay for interior repairs down the line.
  • Rust: Ensure the paint, wheel wells, and rocker panels are free of rust.
  • Mileage: Although an Equinox can last hundreds of thousands of miles, lower mileage will likely mean a longer usable life.
  • History: Ideally, you want an Equinox that hasn’t been in any accidents or, at least, has sustained only minor damage. It’s also a good idea to make sure the vehicle is up to date on its maintenance schedule.

Find a Used Chevrolet Equinox for Sale in Richmond, Kentucky

If you’re looking for a used Chevrolet Equinox for sale in Richmond, Kentucky, come down to Jack Burford Chevrolet at 819 Eastern Bypass. We offer a wide selection of used SUVs at competitive prices. Should you have any questions, feel free to message us online or call 859-353-0861.

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