The 2016 Chevrolet Equinox represents the latest version of one of GM's strongest-selling vehicles. The compact Chevrolet Equinox SUV hasn't been completely redesigned for the current model year - think of it as a more of a refresh to keep everyone interested while we wait for the all-new model - but it remains a compelling choice for families seeking an affordable, and practical daily driver. With a more modern look and a few additional features available on the inside, the 2016 Equinox stays in the entry-level sport-utility vehicle conversation.
Let's take a look at 10 things you need to know about the 2016 Chevrolet Equinox.
1. The 2016 Chevrolet Equinox Gets A Facelift
The biggest changes made to the 2016 Chevrolet Equinox have to do with its first impression. Specifically, the Chevrolet Equinox sees its front end updated to better fit in with the rest of its Chevrolet siblings in the showroom. This means a larger lower grille opening paired with a thinner bar across the front of the SUV, matched with projector headlamps regardless of which trim level you order. You can also get new LED running lights on certain editions of the Equinox, along with redesigned rims, while out back fresh taillights and a revised bumper are fitted to every edition of the Chevrolet.
2. The 2016 Chevrolet Equinox Benefits From A Refreshed Interior
The 2016 Chevrolet Equinox improves on the previous model's level of standard equipment by way of adding a seven inch LCD touchscreen on even the base model. The interface fits well with the new center stack that significantly updates the look and feel of the Chevrolet Equinox's control surfaces. In addition to a newly-installed storage shelf up front, you also benefit from the availability of 'tablet holders' that attach to the driver and forward passenger seatbacks, a nod to the ubiquity of these entertainment devices amongst the younger set.
3. The 2016 Chevrolet Equinox Provides Five Passenger Practicality
The 2016 Chevrolet Equinox continues to deliver excellent passenger room for up to five occupants. Despite its compact size, the Chevrolet Equinox provides one of the most spacious second row benches in the business, a characteristic that's tied to the ability to slide the back seat on its rails to the point where there's nearly 40 inches of legroom available behind the first two positions. This places the Equinox in the midst of some very impressive company, as it trumps a number of popular full-size models with its expansive accommodations.
4. The 2016 Chevrolet Equinox Features Decent Cargo Room
The 2016 Chevrolet Equinox's sliding rear seat unfortunately eats somewhat into its total available cargo space. There are a very useful 31.5 cubic feet of storage room available between the Chevrolet Equinox's seatback and hatch opening, and folding the second row forward opens up 63.7 cubic feet in total. This is nothing to sneeze at, but it puts the Equinox in line with smaller compact wagons, and behind competitors such as the Toyota RAV4, the Ford Escape, and the Subaru Forester, each of which provides in the neighborhood of 70 total cubic feet of internal storage.
5. The 2016 Chevrolet Equinox Offers Choice Between Six and Four-Cylinder Power
The 2016 Chevrolet Equinox maintains the same engine options it offered for the previous model year. This means that the base model Chevrolet Equinox comes with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder unit that is good for 182 horsepower and 172 lb-ft of torque. If you feel the need for speed, then you can step up to the Chevy's 3.6-liter V-6 (also found in the Colorado, Camaro, and Impala), which makes use of direct fuel injection to generate a respectable 301 horsepower and 272 lb-ft of torque. These figures trump most of its compact SUV and crossover competitors, several of which don't even offer the ability to install a six-cylinder motor under the hood.
6. The 2016 Chevrolet Equinox Can Be Had With All-Wheel Drive
Adding to the 2016 Chevrolet Equinox's versatility is the availability of an all-wheel drive system. The Chevrolet Equinox provides the option of all-wheel drive for both four-cylinder and V-6 models, which democratizes the traction advantage offered by this type of on-demand system in inclement weather. It would be a mistake to view the Equinox as an off-road-ready rig, however: the SUV doesn't include the rugged build quality, locking differentials, stiff suspension, or required ground clearance for exploring anything more than a muddy back road or a slippery, iced-over winter driveway.
7. The 2016 Chevrolet Equinox Is Reasonably Fuel Efficient
The 2016 Chevrolet Equinox provides wallet-friendly fuel mileage - as long as you order it in four-cylinder form. The Chevrolet Equinox's 2.4-liter engine, which is matched with a six-speed automatic transmission, is good for 22-mpg in stop and go driving and 32-mpg on the highway. Opting for all-wheel drive drops these figures by two and three miles per gallon for each respective measure. The SUV's 3.6-liter mill isn't quite as thrifty, posting 17-mpg city and 24-mpg highway in two-wheel drive form. These numbers drop to 16-mpg around town and 23-mpg during highway cruising for all-wheel drive models.
8. The 2016 Chevrolet Equinox Can Tow A Hefty Load
Although it might be thirstier than its entry-level companion, the 2016 Chevrolet Equinox's V-6 engine steps up in a big way when it comes to utility. The 3.6-liter version of the Chevrolet Equinox can tow as much as 3,500 lbs, which is the exact average trailer load on American roads. This is a 2,000 pound increase over the four-cylinder SUV, which is rated at a still-useful 1,500 lbs. The compact Equinox proves that you don't need to park a behemoth in your driveway to take care of most, if not all, of your towing needs.
9. The 2016 Chevrolet Equinox Provides In-Car Wi-Fi
The 2016 Chevrolet Equinox introduces the availability of a 4G LTE Wi-Fi Internet hotspot in its two top trim levels. The system, which doesn't require the use of a smart phone to use, creates a rolling Internet access point that can be used by any wireless device that you might want to bring with you out on the road. Although the initial service is free for a three month trial, past that point you'll have to subscribe to GM's 4G LTE service to continue enjoying wireless access in your Chevrolet Equinox.
10. The 2016 Chevrolet Equinox Delivers On Advanced Safety
The 2016 Chevrolet Equinox features dual forward airbags, seat-mounted side impact airbags for front passengers, and side impact airbags that deploy along the entire length of its passenger compartment. This is on top of its electronic stability control and traction control systems. If you are looking for more advanced safety features, then the Chevrolet Equinox has them: it's possible to order versions of the SUV that include a forward collision warning system as well as a lane departure warning system. It's no surprise that the Equinox was a Top Safety Pick from the IIHS for the 2015 model year, and with no changes made to its crash structure in the interim, it looks to retain that title for 2016.