Buyer's Guide

2016 Chevrolet Equinox
Select a Different Model (7 Available): L FWD
Fair Market Price $ 13365
MPG (EPA) 22 CTY /31 HWY
Cargo (Std/Max) 31/64 cu.ft.
Seating (Std/Max) 5/5
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2016 Chevrolet Equinox MODEL OVERVIEW

New for 2016

The refreshed 2016 Chevrolet Equinox gains some exterior styling revisions including a chrome-accented dual-port grille, projector-beam headlights, LED daytime running lights on LT and LTZ models, dual-element tail lights, and chrome exhaust on V-6-equipped models. A new Saddle Up leather interior is available on higher trim levels. The instrument cluster has been revised while a seven-inch touchscreen and rearview camera are now standard on L and LS models.

Vehicle Summary

The 2016 Chevrolet Equinox is a two-row crossover available in front or all-wheel-drive configurations. A 182-hp 2.4-liter I-4 comes standard while a 301-hp 3.6-liter V-6 with 272 lb-ft of torque and a 3,500-pound towing capacity is optional. Both engines are paired to a six-speed automatic transmission.

Overview

Between the I-4 and V-6 engines, the latter is the superior choice in the 2016 Equinox because it provides plenty of power on tap and doesn't struggle to haul the two-ton crossover. The V-6-equipped Equinox is also equipped with front Dual Flow Dampers, which improve ride quality and handling.

Inside the 2016 Equinox, there's plenty of space for four passengers and cargo, with 31.4 cubic feet of volume behind the rear seats and 63.7 cubic feet with them folded. Available technology features include Chevrolet's MyLink infotainment system. 4G LTE connection via OnStar is available and comes with a three-month/3GB trial; however, after that ends, it comes with a subscription fee. Safety features available in the 2016 Equinox include blind spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert, forward collision warning, and lane departure warning.

What We Think

The 2016 Equinox, despite its age, remains a decent choice among mainstream two-row crossovers because of its roomy interior and the available 301-hp V-6. In a 2013 First Drive, we said that the addition of the more powerful engine makes it the better choice because it's able to haul the crossover with ease while the standard Dual Flow Dampers give it a better ride and handling balance. The 2.4-liter I-4 equipped on the base Equinox, however, is a weak point because struggles to power the crossover especially when it's loaded with people or cargo.

You'll Like:

  • Strong V-6 engine
  • Roomy and flexible interior

You Won't Like:

  • Underpowered base engine
  • Heavy curb weight
  • Still looks dated despite the revised exterior

Key Competitors

--Stefan Ogbac

2016 CHEVROLET EQUINOX SPECIFICATIONS
OVERVIEW
FEATURES
WARRANTY/RECALL
SAFETY
Engine Name
Engine: 4-Cyl Flex Fuel 2.4 Liter Ecotec
Transmission Name
Transmission, Hydra-Matic 6 Speed Automatic Mode Select with Manual Mode (6T45)
Trim
L FWD
Class
Mid-Size Utility
Horsepower
182@6700
Standard MPG
22/31
Body Style
SUV/Crossover
Drivetrain
FWD
Fuel Type
Unleaded Regular
Seating Capacity
5/5
Package Invoice Retail

Engine: 4-Cyl Flex Fuel 2.4 Liter Ecotec

Std Std

Transmission, Hydra-Matic 6 Speed Automatic Mode Select with Manual Mode (6T45)

Std Std

Exterior Color, Silver Ice Metallic

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Summit White

N/C N/C

Brake Assist System

Std Std

Electronic Brake Distribution

Std Std

Brakes, Power 4 Wheel Disc with 4 Wheel ABS

Std Std

Air Conditioning: Climate control

Std Std

Bluetooth®

Std Std

Cargo Hooks

Std Std

Connection To External Entertainment Devices

Std Std

Cruise/Speed Control

Std Std

Multi-Function Display Screen

Std Std

Navigation System, with Internet

Std Std

Power Locks

Std Std

Power Outlet, 12v

Std Std

Power Windows

Std Std

Telematics

Std Std

Trip Computer

Std Std

Trunk/Hatch Release, Remote

Std Std

Ventilation System

Std Std

Voice Activating System, OnStar, with Phone, Navigation System

Std Std

Wi-Fi Network

Std Std

Cup Holders, Front and Rear

Std Std

Axle Ratio, 3.230

Std Std

External Temperature

Std Std

Fuel Tank, 18.8 Gallon

Std Std

Engine Block Heater

$68 $75

Tachometer

Std Std

Traction Control, Electronic

Std Std

Driver Modes: Engine Mapping

Std Std

Drive: Front-Wheel Drive

Std Std

Chrome/Bright Trim, Window Surround

Std Std

Door Handles (Exterior), Body Color

Std Std

Spoiler, Roof

Std Std

Underbody Protection

Std Std

Front License Plate Bracket

$13 $15

Windows, Rear Side

Std Std

Bumpers, Front and Rear Body-Colored

Std Std

Doors, Front-Hinged Front and Rear

Std Std

Windows, 3rd Row

Std Std

Window, Rear

Std Std

Armrest, Front Seat Center

Std Std

Console

Std Std

Floor Covering, Carpet In Passenger And Load Area

Std Std

Light, Cargo Area

Std Std

Luxury Trim, Alloy Look On Doors And Instrument Panel Alloy Look On Shift Knob

Std Std

Steering Wheel: Tilt telescoping steering wheel

Std Std

Vanity Mirror: Illuminated driver and passenger vanity mirror

Std Std

Floor Mats

Std Std

Reading Lights, Front and Rear

Std Std

Black driver and passenger power door mirrors

Std Std

Rear View Mirror

Std Std

Paint, Metallic

Std Std

Airbag, Front

Std Std

Airbag, Side Curtain

Std Std

Airbag, Side

Std Std

Airbags, 6

Std Std

Glass, Tinted

Std Std

Head Restraints

Std Std

Headlight Control, Dusk Sensor

Std Std

Headlights, Halogen

Std Std

Hill Holder

Std Std

Isofix Preparation

Std Std

Lights, Daytime Running

Std Std

Low Tire Pressure Indicator

Std Std

Passenger Assist Handles

Std Std

Seatbelts, Front

Std Std

Seatbelts, Rear

Std Std

Stabilitrak

Std Std

Theft Deterrent System

Std Std

Windshield Wipers, Variable Intermittent

Std Std

Parking Distance Sensors, Rear Camera

Std Std

Seat Upholstery, Jet Black Cloth Upgraded Cloth/Velour

N/C N/C

Driver Seat, 4-Way Power Bucket; Passenger Seat, Bucket

Std Std

Rear Seats, Bench Split Folding

Std Std

Seat Upholstery, Cloth

Std Std

Seating, 5

Std Std

Remote Audio Controls

Std Std

Speakers, 6

Std Std

Audio System, AM/FM Radio

Std Std

Antenna

Std Std

Power Steering

Std Std

Suspension, Front Strut/Rear Multi-Link w/ Coil Springs

Std Std

Spare Tire, Limited Use w/Steel Rim

Std Std

Tires, P225/65TR17 All Season BSW

Std Std

Wheels, 17" Alloy

Std Std

Wheels, Single Rear

Std Std
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Corrosion Warranty Miles
100000
Maintenance Warranty Months
18
Corrosion Warranty Months
72
Powertrain Warranty Miles
60000
Full Warranty Miles
36000
Powertrain Warranty Months
60
Full Warranty Months
36
Roadside Assistance Miles
60000
Maintenance Warranty Miles
15000
Roadside Assistance Months
60
IIHS Best Pick
1
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
5
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
Good
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
4
IIHS Front Small Overlap
Good
NHTSA Rating Front Side
4
IIHS Overall Side Crash
Good
NHTSA Rating Overall
4
IIHS Rear Crash
Good
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
5
IIHS Roof Strength
Good
NHTSA Rating Rollover
4