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Chevrolet Equinox Real World MPG

steverstever Posts: 52,683
Please report on your Equinox mileage in this discussion. Please include city/highway, odometer, driving style or similar comments that you think may be helpful. Thanks,

Steve, Host


  • jim_dandyjim_dandy Posts: 94
    I guess it's human nature to complain, most people don't say anything if "life is good".

    For me, my 05 Equinox is treating me good.

    Here are my mileage results:
    City; 17mpg
    Mixed local and highway; 20mpg.
    Some local and more highway; 22mpg
    Little local and mostly highway with cruise set to 65mph; 25mpg
    All highway cruise set to 70mph; 26mpg
    I had a 30mhr tail wind, highway cruise set to 70; 30mpg
    Yes, 30 mpg.

    Nox On!
  • jtnoxjtnox Posts: 5
    I get around 330 miles per fill-up, city driving stop & go traffic, '05 LT2 AWD, 16,803 miles
  • drambowdrambow Posts: 1
    We own an AWD LT which my wife loves. For me the disappointing part of the vehicle has been it's mileage. I keep track of all fill ups from date of purchase. At this time we have 10,400 miles on it and are averaging just 18.2 mpg. This is 1/2 in town and 1/2 on the highway and we do live in Minnesota. Last weekend for the first time on a trip we got 25 mpg. We have only got +20 mpg on a couple of other occasions and we do not drive aggressively. The S-10 Blazer with four wheel drive which we traded in averaged 18 mpg for 90,000 miles.
  • icedog97icedog97 Posts: 141
    Just got our new 2006 LT (FWD) on July 4th and we haven't quite finished off the first tank of gas so still waiting on the first look at MPG.

    One thing is for sure, it probably won't be pretty...we sat in traffic for 1 hour Saturday trying to go to the local air literally took 1 hour to move about 3 miles.

    I will say this...from reading other Real World MPG boards and having driven some of those cars as well, the climate, roads and hills in Western PA create some of the worst MPG conditions over the course of the 4 seasons. We had a 2004 Malibu Maxx that was pretty good on gas (rated at 22/32) and in our daily start/stop short distance travel we averaged about 20 MPG. On a trip to Hilton Head last year we averaged 30...which I thought was excellent considering we rarely drove below 70 mph.

    We are going back to HH this year and I figure we'd be lucky to get 23mpg with the Equinox...which has me thinking we might try and cram ourselves and our stuff into my ION. I get 26-27 with my daily commute (about 1/2 city and highway type driving) so I figure it should get 30 mpg (loaded up) on the highway.

    I will post my first tank numbers for the Nox in the next week.
  • icedog97icedog97 Posts: 141
    Well, it's about as ugly as I thought. I filled up the car today (the curiousity was killing me).

    gas purchased: 9.7 gallons
    distance traveled since first full tank: 150 miles
    MPG = 15.46

    BUT...if you consider my long delay (1 hour in almost standstill traffic to go approx 3 miles) it gets a little better.

    After reading some "gas comsumed at idle" articles, I am gonna guess that I used at least 1 gallon of gas to go that 3 miles...

    So, I will factor that out...
    8.7 gallons to go 147 miles = 16.897 MPG

    I am thinking that's fairly realistic...we do about 90% start and stop driving (up and down hills) and about 10% highway, so I expect the numbers to be closer to the city mileage.

    This would also be in line with what we averaged with our Maxx. The Maxx was rated 22 city and we averaged 20. The Nox is 19 city and we are looking at around 17.

    I'm curious to see what the next tank gives us.
  • icedog97icedog97 Posts: 141
    I'm just going to keep a mileage log...

    2006 Equinox LT/FWD - lifetime MPG = 16.163

    miles = 150 gallons = 9.7 MPG = 15.46 (1 hour in traffic to go 3 miles) -- 7/11/2006
    miles = 107 gallons = 6.2 MPG = 17.26 -- 7/17/2006
  • jtnoxjtnox Posts: 5
    Hello, I have a 05' AWD LT, and I get around 300 miles to a fill up, from my understanding the gas mileage gets better the longer you drive it or so that is what I am told..
  • icedog97icedog97 Posts: 141
    2006 Equinox LT/FWD - lifetime MPG = 16.45

    miles = 150 | gallons = 9.7 | MPG = 15.46 (1 hour in traffic to go 3 miles) -- 7/11/2006
    miles = 107 | gallons = 6.2 | MPG = 17.26 -- 7/17/2006
    miles = 164 | gallons = 9.7 | MPG = 16.91 -- 7/22/2006
  • i have 915 miles on vehicle.

    first tank 17.9
    second tank 16.2
    third tank 15.75
    fourth tank 14.2

    hhhmm, strange.
  • steverstever Posts: 52,683
    My minivan went from 16.97 to 19.14 to 14.84 to 11.41 during the first 960 miles. Four tanks later it hit 20.29. It sort of settled down after ~3,000 miles.

    The 5th tank was my all time worse, at 11.16, so you may have that to look forward to (it was during a Feb. cold snap, but it still worried me). Hang in there for a while!
  • i'm hanging, i'm hanging! that's if i don't go broke with the gas before then! lol
  • DOES anyone have a 2007 Nox? What is your opinion of it overall? comfort, gas, ease of controls.
  • I just purchased a used 2006 Equinox with 15,000 miles. Looks like new. I've had it almost 3 weeks. The first time I put gas in it I didn't check the mileage but I knew the gas gauge seemed to go down pretty fast. So last Friday I filled it up and decided this time I would check the mileage. I live in oklahoma and because of the ice and sleet storm we had last weekend my equinox only had 22 miles put on it this week. (I work just a few blocks from home) On Monday I did let it warm up for about 45 minutes, Tuesday - Thursday maybe 10 minutes in the morning before I left for work. To make a long story short, I could almost see my gas gauge move right in front of my eyes. I was down to 3/4 of a tank and had only gone 22 miles since I filled up. I filled it up today and I had gotten about 5.5 mpg. I'm just sick and afraid I have purchased a lemon or there is a major problem with these vehicles. I called the dealer that I purchased it from and they said they would look at it. Does anyone have anything information, advise, or history they can share with me.
  • bdymentbdyment Posts: 571
    You have spent most of your time and gasoline idling. At least 55 min. This is where most of your gas has gone. You are getting zero mpg. when idling. Also your trips are very short. The Equinox probably never gets into 5th gear. Wait till the weather clears and drive at least 200 miles of mixed highway and city driving. Avoid excessive idling. Check your mileage. It should drastically improve.
  • Thanks for your reply. I'll be patient and after the unusual weather that we are having here clears up maybe I'll get a more accurate picture. Now can you help me with something else, please. The day I checked my gas mileage I also started smelling a nasty odor in my car. I've read all the postings about that problem. First thing I did was check my spare tire well because the soury, dead animal smell seemed to be coming from the back seat area. I couldn't believe it. Under my spare time is soaking wet. There is a foam pad under the tire (I guess that's factory)that is soaked and sour smelling. The other problem I read about was the smell from the coolant and the hoses. If I had to guess I say the water is what is causing my smelly problem but if I have a coolant and hose problem I need to address that problem also. My equinox is a 2006 model. Most of the posting about these problems seemed to be 2005 models. Have any of these problems been taken care of by GM on the 2006. Please help me out. I love my nox but it seems there have been a lot of problems that I wasn't aware of. Thanks for the forum as it helps you not feel like you are crazy and feel like you have some proof when others are sharing the experiences too. Please anyone reply!!!
  • I have an 07 nox, after the repair I had done some hose came off "long story" I'm averaging 16.00 for short trips of aprox 20 miles each day. It gets up to around 18.1 when driving the 60 miles Rt to MY fienocess GP's house and thats 20% city and 80% turnpike at 60-80 mph so it gets pretty good gas mileage, Full tank gives me 338mpg per tank. I have the base 07 LT, as far as comfort goes its a ok comfort, kinda a truck felling. Handling is great as well as acceleration and breaking. The stock tires MUST be replaced however as there awful when it comes to water, Hydroplaning is a BIG problem with them. Still for the price its not bad, Id defiantly get the upgraded radio if I had the option, the stock dosent play mp3 and its cd player is very sensitive to bumps vibration or even the slightest smudge on the disk. allin all a 7/10 ;)
  • a918doa918do Posts: 9
    I think you neeed to look at gas mileage for other comperable small SUV's. Around 20 is what you can get out a full sized truck with a V-8 driving the same way. My worst average has been 13 and my best has been 20. I am deffinately not pleased with this vehicle. By the way, check out the other NOX subjects to get a real feel for your selection. :confuse:
  • greg_nygreg_ny Posts: 8
    What city you live in, because driving in NYC my 2006 EQUINOX 2WD with 7K miles at best gives me 240 on a tank. :lemon:
  • g089372g089372 Posts: 1
    I have a 2007 LT with AWD.
    For a full tank, you should get 300 miles.
    The lowest mileage you should get is 18 mpg.
    I have been averaging about 19-20 for mixed driving over two weeks. Pure highway, I have gotten 25 mpg.
    Factors that hurt mileage:
    1) Air-conditioning.
    2) Driving with windows open while speeds are over 30mph.
    3) Outside temperature. Cold weather forces refineries to reformulate gasoline to a mixture that produces 10% less fuel economy. Your best economies will be between Memorial day and Labor day.
    4) Speed.Speed.Speed. The Equinox, like most vehicles, gets 10% less fuel economy for every 10 miles per hour over 55 mph. In other words, at 75 mph, you get 20% less fuel economy than driving at 55 mph.
    5)Weight. If you load the vehicle up with 4 people and drive it on a long trip, you will get a little less economy than if the car had just a driver. (not a big factor).
    6)Heavy acceleration. Leaning on the gas pedal kills fuel economy. You know you do this if your breaks are getting replaced after 40,000 miles.
  • grosloupgrosloup Posts: 239
    You're so right. Can you believe and to my surprise mine gets 26 mpg highway driving (in excellent weather). May I kick in my 2 cents for gas economie... use your cruise control for highway driving, keep your motor well tuned, check your tire pressior and idling.
  • Ok, I have been getting a little better gas millage, I put in 87oct, I recently had the car in for an oil change and tire rotation, was I ever surprised. Im getting around 17.2 for city and 18 for highway, I recently drove from Ft lauderdale to Disney land, Most of it was 65-80mph. I got around 18.5 but still no where near what I should be getting, Also the car seems to have quite a loss in power in the 70 mph and up. All in all I cant say id buy another one but it is a decent vehicle and for the price I think you can get a better choice with a difrent vehicle.
  • 15,000 miles

    5W-30 Mobile One oil

    I consistently get:

    19 mpg mixed driving.

    23 pure highway at 70 miles per hour.
  • sbarnosbarno Posts: 2
    Just bought a '08 LXT, sats so far, but does anyone have thoughts about the the wast of gas when the car is idling. I realize that idle does help with mileage, but watching the driving range go down is quite disappointing even for a minute or two. Because the car is new, did those with '07 model improve, or is this something I have to live with. Maybe I should turn the car off at stop lights, like what they do in Europe!
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,059
    I realize that idle does help with mileage...

    Did you mean "does not help?" If not, then how can idling help mileage when you're consuming (a small amount) of gasoline while not putting on any miles?

    tidester, host
    SUVs and Smart Shopper
  • TYPO Should say" idle does not help" with mileage......
  • My Equinox is up to 20,000 miles. I continue to get 19 in mixed driving and 22-23 pure highway. No problems with the car. I use Mobil One 5-30 and have the dealership do all of the service work.
  • I put about 10,000 hwy miles a month on my equinox for work and take very good care of it. I had a friend who is a Chevy Mechanic urge me to switch to mid grade gas from the cheaper stuff. It took close to 10 tanks for the computer to recognize the change, but now I get an average of 26 mpg hwy. The extra cost of the mid grade is more than worth it because you save money with the added mpg!

    I also want to point out that the same friend urged me not to change my oil until the light came on. I was a "everey 5000 miles" man religiously, but I took his word for it. I now change my oil close to every 8,000 miles, I have never had a problem, and I get the same gas milage! ;)
  • I got an 08 ls fwd. It currently has 3k miles. I consistenly get 19-20 mixed(when all city I get closer to 17-18). and on a short vacation trip I just took. two hour drive each way, I got 26 going and 27 comming back (elevation). During our wk there I drove city and many many very steep hills and I averaged about 16. I think i did pretty good. what do you all think?
  • laserbluelaserblue Posts: 313
    Mine is a 2005 FWD LT bought it new.
    I've got 33,000 miles on it and every year on my summer vacation I go to Florida.
    Total of 3,000 milles highway (round trip) and 600 miles in Florida (city and country roads).
    I always average between 24 and 26 mpg every time. I use my cruise control at 68 mph and 90% of the time the air "on".
    This summer will be it's 5 th time down south.

  • traveled over 450 miles this past labor day weekend (90% highway/10% city) and my 2010 Equinox LT2 FWD 4 cyl averaged 29 mpg. Considering my Equinox only had less than 400 miles before we began the trip and I was averaging 65 mph on the highway I am extremely pleased. I feel the mpg will only get better. :)
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