2016 Chevrolet Equinox - Miami, FL
Once an exceptional automobile has been created, it's hard to improve it any further. After all, how do you make something even more perfect?
The Chevrolet Equinox was already a gorgeous SUV that offered plenty of cargo room and comfortable handling, so when Chevy started making plans for the 2016 model, it didn't have to make many changes to create something that consumers would love. The 2016 Chevrolet Equinox has received a facelift with some design tweaks, but the overall design and functionality carries over the best traits from previous models, making this one of the strongest offerings yet for the second generation of the family friendly SUV.
The 2016 Chevrolet Equinox cuts a handsome figure. The crossover has a strong profile without being intimidating -- both to the driver and to others on the road. Some consumers look at bulky SUVs and shy away, thinking that they are too much to handle on the road. The new Equinox has enough presence to make drivers feel powerful but not so much as to feel overwhelming.
The look is softened by the rounded edges, but it doesn't go too far into "bubble territory" the way some other SUVs do when playing with a different design. Instead, the Equinox strikes a nice balance between empowering and inviting.
Some of the design updates for the 2016 Chevrolet Equinox include a new front fascia with projector beam headlights and a new twin-port grille with chrome accents. The grille now has a larger lowering opening, and there is a body-colored bar that runs across it. The grille almost looks like it's smiling, creating a pleasing appearance for the front end of the crossover.
Some upper trim levels have also been given LED daytime running lights and fog lights, providing improved visibility in all driving conditions.
Other exterior updates include restyled aluminum wheels (available in 17 inch or 18 inch), a revised lower rear fascia, new tail lights and chrome exhaust tips. The tail lights are modest stacked lights at either side of the tail gate, providing more horizontal entry space for loading cargo.
Under the Hood
The 2016 Chevrolet Equinox delivers the same dependable performance that fans of the brand have come to expect. The base model comes with a 2.4-liter, four-cylinder Ecotec engine that puts out 182 horsepower and delivers exceptional fuel efficiency (22 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway). Higher trim levels come with a 3.6-liter V6 engine that puts out 301 horsepower and boosts towing power to 3,500 pounds. Both engine options are paired with a six-speed automatic transmission.
The base Equinox model is only available with front-wheel drive, but all other trims models have the option of all-wheel drive. The front-wheel drive models have a combined fuel efficiency of 26 mpg, but the all-wheel drive models have a combined rating of 23 mpg.
Overall, the Equinox offers impressive performance without putting a hole in your pocket for gas. You'll have plenty of power to get around town with enough get-up-and-go, as well as to tow some heavier loads when necessary.
Convenience and Safety Features
Some of the other major updates for the 2016 Chevrolet Equinox include convenience and safety features.
To start, the new Equinox has been given a larger, 7-inch touch screen for the infotainment system, which is standard for all trim levels. The touch screen controls the audio system, provides access to the MyLink system on the trim levels that have it, and displays the backup camera, which is also new this year.
Other convenience features include the OnStar 4G LTE system with a built-in WiFi hotspot, optional tablet holders, and Bluetooth connectivity.
Updated safety features for the Equinox include blind-spot monitoring, lane-departure warning and rear cross-traffic alert. These safety features are essential for a large crossover like the Equinox, since its bulky size can make it a little more difficult to see all the way around the vehicle. The cameras and alert systems provide more visibility all the way around the vehicle, reducing the risk of collisions.
Overall, the interior continues to offer beautiful design and plenty of room for comfort. The upholstery has been updated with new fabric, and plenty of leg room and head room remain. The second row folds flat to provide plenty of cargo space in the back, and it has a 60/40 split to give you versatility when loading. Overall, the Equinox boasts nearly 64 cubic feet of maximum cargo space.
The second row also has a sliding bench seat that can be adjusted to provide more leg room where necessary.
Revised Trim Levels
Some of the previous trim levels on the Equinox were dropped, and some were subsumed into new trim designations. The base model is a new trim level, the L, and the LS trim has been moved to the second level. The high-end trim levels are now the LT and LTZ. The LT1 and LT2 trim levels from previous models were discontinued.
The LT and LTZ models come with features like all-wheel drive, a direct-injection V6 engine, Chevy MyLink, OnStar with WiFi, blind-spot warning and rear cross-traffic alerts.
The base level and LS trim level come with standard features like a backup camera, Bluetooth connectivity, new interior fabrics and more.
No matter what trim level you choose, you will enjoy a comfortable and stylish interior with plenty of convenience features, and you can feel confident knowing that the Equinox has performed well in safety tests and will provide a dependable ride. The choice of trim level depends largely on your preference for certain features and how tight your budget is.
The base model 2016 Chevrolet Equinox starts at $25,400 and it will be released later this fall. When you compare the Equinox to rivals such as the Ford Escape, Mazda CX-5 or Honda CR-V, we are confident that you will find the Equinox outperforms and offers many more features for more value. You'll get a beautiful vehicle loaded with features on a tight budget with the new Equinox.