Chevy Equinox Towing Capacities (2005-2019)

​The Chevy Equinox is a smaller, more compact SUV and has comparable towing specs when compared to other similar models in the marketplace. The towing capacity is pretty impressive, considering the Equinox's size and is pretty straightforward as far as specs go.

​This article will break down the towing capacity for the Chevy Equinox based on the year, because there were slight variations for some years and everything is presented in an easy to read format. Hope it helps!

Overview of the Towing Data For the ​Chevrolet Equinox:

Engine Choices: ​In general, there were two or three different engine options for the Chevrolet Equinox and it boiled down to a 4 cylinder or 6 cylinder engine, which was the main factor when it came to towing capacity.


The 6 cylinder engines had the larger towing capacity (3,500 lbs.) and the 4 cylinder engines had the lower (1,500 lbs.) towing capacity.

Axle Ratio/Configurations: ​There were a couple of different axle ratios available but this was irrelevant when it came to towing capacity and did not directly affect the numbers. The axle ratios did coincide with the engine configurations though, which was the determining factor for the specs.

Towing Capacity: ​The towing capacity for the Chevrolet Equinox was either 1,500 lbs. or 3,500 lbs. depending on which engine you had equipped. The 4 cylinder engine was rated to pull 1,500 lbs. maximum and the 6 cylinder engine was rated to pull a maximum of 3,500 lbs. There was no range in this case, it was either 1,500 lbs. or 3,500 lbs.


Notes On Towing With The Chevy Equinox: There were a few notes that I came across that are worth mentioning. The later models stated that a weight distribution hitch was not required to achieve their tow ratings.


On a couple of the earlier models, it stated that if you had two passengers, the max. capacity (applicable models) was the higher 3,500 lbs. but with 5 passengers, that weight was reduced to 2,900 lbs.


The GCWR is always a good number to look at if you are unsure of the weight you can haul, in addition to the weight of passengers, cargo, etc.

​2018-2019 ​Models​:

​​The 2019 Equinox came with three different engine configurations, the 1.5L, 1.6L (diesel) and the 2.0L engines. The towing capacity was not affected by the drivetrain configuration, only the engine that was equipped.

2018-2020 Equinox Image

The 2.0L engine had the larger (3,500 lb.) towing capacity, while the 1.5L and 1.6L engines had the lower 1,500 lb. rating.

​Engine

​drivetrain Configuration

​GCWR

​Max. Towing Weight.

​1.5L​ (​4 cyl.)

​FWD/AWD

​5,247*-5,467 lbs.

​1,500 lbs.

​1.6L ​(​4 cyl.)

​FWD/AWD

​5,687 lbs.

​1,500 lbs.

​​2.0L ​(​6 cyl.)

​​FWD/AWD

​​7,694 lbs.

​​3,500 lbs.

Trailer tongue weight should be 10% to 15% of total loaded trailer weight (up to 350 lbs.). Addition of trailer tongue weight must not cause vehicle weights to exceed Rear Gross Axle Weight Rating (RGAWR) or Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR). Maximum trailer weight rating requires factory-installed trailering equipment.

Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the Trailering section of the Owner’s Manual. The weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow. Source.

*​FWD drivetrain.

​2013-2017 ​Models:

​​​From 2013-2017, there was a little bit different engine configurations that were offered but it didn't really change the towing capacity trends that we have been seeing.

The 2.4L and 3.6L engines were the two choices and the typical towing capacity for 2013-2017 Equinox's was 1,500 lbs. for the 2.4L engine and 3,500 lbs. for the 3.6L engine.

2010-2017 Equinox Image

​Engine

​drivetrain Configuration

​GCWR**

​Max. Towing Weight.

​2.4L​ (​4 cyl.)

​FWD/AWD

​5,787*-5,952 lbs.

​1,500 lbs.

​3.6L ​(​6 cyl.)

​FWD/AWD

7,937*-​8,157 lbs.

​3,500 lbs.

Trailer tongue weight should be 10% to 15% of total loaded trailer weight (up to 350 lbs.). Addition of trailer tongue weight must not cause vehicle weights to exceed Rear Gross Axle Weight Rating (RGAWR) or Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR). Maximum trailer weight rating requires factory-installed trailering equipment.

Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the Trailering section of the Owner’s Manual. The weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow. Source​ 1, Source​ 2, Source​ 3, Source​ 4, Source​ 5

*​FWD drivetrain. **GCWR not specified for model years 2013-2014.

​2010-2012 ​​Models:

​​The Chevrolet Equinox's that were made from 2010-2012 had two different options, as far as engine configurations go, the 2.4L or 3.0L engines.

The 2.4L engine had a maximum capacity of 1,500 lbs. and the 3.0L engine had a maximum capacity of 3,500 lbs.

2010-2017 Equinox Image

​Engine

​drivetrain Configuration

​GCWR**

​Max. Towing Weight.***

​2.4L​ (​4 cyl.)

​FWD/AWD

​Not Specified

​1,500 lbs.

​3.0L ​(​6 cyl.)

​FWD/AWD

​​Not Specified

​3,500 lbs.

​​***Towing specs are for trailers equipped with brakes. For trailers without trailer brakes the maximum trailer weight is 454 kg(1,000 lbs) and the GCWR is 2 300 kg (5,071 lbs). Trailer tongue weight should be 10–15 percent of total loaded trailer weight (up to 350 lbs.). Addition of trailer tongue weight must not cause vehicle to exceed Rear Gross Axle Weight Rating (RGAWR) or Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR). The standard base cooling system includes all content required to attain maximum trailer rating. No optional cooling equipment available. Source 1, Source 2, Source 3.

*​FWD drivetrain.

​2008-2009 ​Models:

​​2008 and 2009 Equinox's had two 6 cylinder engines that came equipped and the maximum towing capacity for either engine was a maximum of 3,500 lbs. These were the 3.4L and 3.6L engines.

2005-2009 Equinox Image

​Engine

​drivetrain Configuration

​GCWR**

​Max. Towing Weight.*

​3.4L​ (​6 cyl.)

​FWD/AWD

​​Not Specified

​3,500 lbs.

​3.6L ​(​6 cyl.)

​FWD/AWD

​​Not Specified

​3,500 lbs.

​​***Towing specs are for trailers equipped with brakes. For trailers without trailer brakes the maximum trailer weight is 454 kg(1,000 lbs) and the GCWR is 2 300 kg (5,071 lbs). Trailer tongue weight should be 10–15 percent of total loaded trailer weight (up to 350 lbs.). Addition of trailer tongue weight must not cause vehicle to exceed Rear Gross Axle Weight Rating (RGAWR) or Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR). The standard base cooling system includes all content required to attain maximum trailer rating. No optional cooling equipment available. Source 1, Source 2​.

*​FWD drivetrain.

​2005-2007 ​Models:

​​The early years of the Chevrolet Equinox (2005-2007) only came with one engine option, the 3.4L engine, which was a 6 cylinder engine.

The towing capacity was rated at 3,500 lbs. max. for 2005-2007 models.

2005-2009 Equinox Image

​Engine

​drivetrain Configuration

​GCWR**

​Max. Towing Weight.*

​3.4L​ (​6 cyl.)

​FWD/AWD

​​Not Specified

​3,500 lbs.

​​***Towing specs are for trailers equipped with brakes. For trailers without trailer brakes the maximum trailer weight is 454 kg(1,000 lbs) and the GCWR is 2 300 kg (5,071 lbs). Trailer tongue weight should be 10–15 percent of total loaded trailer weight (up to 350 lbs.). Addition of trailer tongue weight must not cause vehicle to exceed Rear Gross Axle Weight Rating (RGAWR) or Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR). The standard base cooling system includes all content required to attain maximum trailer rating. No optional cooling equipment available. Source 1, Source 2, Source 3.

*​FWD drivetrain.

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