Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Cambridge IL - USA
My thoughts on the 1.5 FWD would be; marginal but adequate power. I have a 1.5 in a Malibu, and it's more than adequate; in an Equinox that pushes more air and is heavier, it has its limits.
I personally prefer the 2.0 in an Equinox, but it's a tough choice. The 2.0 is a premium fuel recommended engine and is a huge power upgrade over the 1.5. Fuel mileage isn't too far apart between the two.
I would consider a FWD, 1.5; but wouldn't put a 1.5 in an AWD model.
2019 Chevy Equinox; 2.0 - LT - FWD - Silver Ice/Redline - Purchased 10/20/2018; Mills Chevrolet, Davenport IA
2016 Chevy Equinox; 3.6 - LTZ-AWD - Black/Black - Purchased 7/7/2016; Mills Chevrolet, Davenport IA
2017 Chevy Malibu; 1.5 - LT - Pepperdust - Purchased 8/2017; Green Chevrolet, East Moline, IL
2009 Chevy Silverado; 5.3 -LT - 4WD - Ext. Cab - Granite Met. - Purchased 02/2009; Green Chevrolet, East Moline IL