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The Chevrolet Equinox is a mid-sized crossover SUV that exploits the GM’s Theta platform. The vehicle has been produced since 2004 instead of the Chevrolet’s Blazer and Tracker. The model competes against the Toyota RAV4, Ford Escape, Honda CR-V, and some others.
If your priority is a comfortable family vehicle, you definitely should consider the 2016 Chevrolet Equinox. It’s powerful and fuel-efficient at the same time. The SUV demonstrates great manoeuvrability and offers more cabin space than SUVs usually do. Unbelievably, all this comes at an affordable price.
The 2016 Chevrolet Equinox is available in 4 trim levels. The L model is the base one valued at $23,500. Step up and there’s the LS (MSRP is $26,000) together with the LT. The top-of-the-range Equinox is the LTZ model that’s priced at $36,000.
The SUV’s nose and tail were noticeably refreshed for the 2016 production year. The Chevrolet Equinox acquired an updated grille and front fascia along with new projector-beam headlamps. Besides, its rear fascia and taillights were renovated. There’s another peculiarity that distinguishes the 2016 Equinox from the previously produced models – differently designed wheels.
The Chevrolet Equinox models of the previous years were slated for using materials of improper quality in their cabins’ trim. The automaker took the criticism into consideration and either got rid of elements trimmed like this or embellished them with materials of higher quality.
The SUV’s cabin is two-tone with chrome inserts here and there. The 2016 Equinox presents the new Saddle Up colour its interior can be finished with. Moreover, the instrument panel got new graphic design.
Once again, the 2016 Chevrolet Equinox is a perfect family vehicle if only 2 rows of seats are enough for your dear ones. It offers much more cabin space than most of the vehicles from the segment being at the same time rather compact to turn on narrow roads or squeeze into a tight parking lot.
The front seats are commendable regardless of a trim level. They grant decent body support and are suitable for people of various body types and sizes.
The rear seats provide decent leg and head room that makes them a nice place for 2 adults (and one child) to travel in. If you’re still lacking leg room here, you can slide the seats back getting 8 inches of additional space in the result. But if you aim to increase cargo capacity that is 31.4 cu ft, push them forward. There’s another way to add some boot space: fold the rear seats flat and you’ll get 83.7 cu ft of cargo capacity. There are several storage compartments for keeping personal items across the cabin. It’s another attribute of a good family vehicle.
Powertrain & Fuel Economy
Many people looked forward to the Chevrolet Equinox’s upgrade for the year 2016. Unfortunately, many of them are disappointed as long as the automaker didn’t install modernized technical equipment in it.
The SUV can be powered by 2 petrol engines teamed up with a standard 6-speed automatic gearbox. Front-wheel drive is another standard feature while all-wheel-drive is available on the option list for extra $1,750.
A 2.4-litre I4 engine is a standard model. It generates 182 hp and 172 lb/ft of torque. Paired with FWD, it returns 22 mpg city and 32 mpg hwy but when it’s an AWD model, the figures are different – 20 mpg city and 29 mpg hwy.
A more powerful motor 3.6-litre V6 that produces 301 hp and 272 lb/ft of torque comes as an option and can be installed on the Equinox LT and LTZ models. If the V6 powers a FWD Equinox, it covers 17 mpg city and 24 hwy. 16 mpg city and 23 mpg hwy is what you’ll get driving the AWD Chevrolet Equinox with the 3.6-litre engine under the bonnet.
As it has been already mentioned, the 2016 Chevrolet Equinox is available in 4 trim levels: the L, LS, LT, and LTZ. The Basic L and LS models employ a 7.0-inch colour touchscreen as a part of an infotainment system while the more advanced LT and LTZ use the Chevrolet’s MyLink unit. GM’s OnStar 4G LTE system with Wi-Fi hotspot is available on all the models without an exception. To be more precise, its 3-month trial version is available. At the expiration of the period, you’ll have to buy a subscription.
The base Equinox L offers power mirrors, windows, and locks; tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel; and air conditioner among other things.
Move up to the LS model to opt for AWD, remote start, sunroof, and 17-inch wheels. Besides, you can acquire heated leather seats, steering wheel-mounted controls, sat nav, and a rear-seat entertainment system with it.
On the Chevrolet Equinox LT models, 17-inch aluminium wheels, remote entry and start, and leather-wrapped steering wheel are standard while the range-topping LTZ adds perforated leather furnishing, seats with memory, and automatic climate control.
The 2016 Chevrolet Equinox hasn’t been tested by any vehicle safety agency yet. But we suggest the SUV will perform as well as the previous year’s model (or better) that was awarded 5 stars for side protection and 4 stars for front protection in the federal government’s tests while the IIHS estimated its safety level as ‘good’ and acknowledged it the Top Safety Pick.
The manufacturer learnt a lesson and equipped the new Chevrolet Equinox with a standard rear-view camera on all the models. Besides, there are seat-mounted side pelvic/thorax bags and side curtain airbags, electronic stability control and 4-wheel disc brakes in the vehicle. The 2016 Chevrolet Equinox also offers lane departure and forward collision warning systems, rear cross-traffic and side blind zone alerts.
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