2016 Chevrolet Equinox

Rating8.2

Ranked #5 in Suv

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Starting MSRP 

$25,210 - $31,490

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Key Spec of 2016 Chevrolet Equinox
fuel economy

20/23/29

fuel type

Regular Unleaded

horsepower

182 hp @ 6700 rpm

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

2016 Chevrolet Equinox Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: June 13, 2022

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The 2016 Chevy Equinox has undergone some major interior and exterior overhauls while keeping the 182 horsepower 2.4L I-4 and 301 hp 3.6L V-6 powerhouse as they are at a base MSRP of $22,600. This also means the foundation of 1,500-3,500 lbs towing capacity and peak fuel mileage of 32 MPG is unaltered throughout its revamped trim levels of the L, LS, LT, and LTZ. Having newer upholsteries and enhanced exterior lighting unit alongside the age-old cargo capacity of up to 63.7 cu-ft is surely going to support Equinox's stance in this highly competitive segment. 

2016 Chevrolet Equinox For Sale

The used Chevy Equinox 2016 MSRP will be within the range of $15,800-$24,000. On top of that, the lease deal starts at $438/month for 36 months with a down payment of $2,000. This same figure could change to $343/month of the time period increases to 48 months, $287/month for 60 months, and $249/month for 72 months. 

2016 Chevrolet Equinox Buying Advice

The 2016 Chevy Equinox has no major change as such which can impact your overall driving style. Right from safety to comfort to performance, the 2013 Equinox proves out to be a much better sale for you at a much-worthy price. So, one can take the leverage and ditch the 2016 MY for now.  

2016 Chevrolet Equinox Latest Updates

  • Jan' 6, 2022 : Chevrolet Teased The Upcoming 2024 Equinox EV At CES, Will Cost Around $30,000 Read More »
  • Dec' 10, 2021 : 2022 Chevrolet Equinox Released Starting At $25,800, Adds More Features And RS Trim Read More »

The 2016 Equinox continues to rattle against similar rivals including the Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V, and Ford Escape. Moreover, the CR-V has surely taken things to a different level, especially in its overall MPG return and power surge and so do the other competitor making the work for the base and optional engines in pairing with the FWD and AWD configurations a difficult task to take on. 


ProsConsWhat's New

Smooth ride

Unsatisfactory handling

Revised front-end styling

Spacious backseat

Less on cargo space

Updated rear fascia

Quiet interiors

Upgraded cloth upholstery and a 7-inch touchscreen with a rearview camera are now standard on the base L and LS trims

High reliability

The blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert is now available on LT and LTZ.

Over All Rating

8.2

Out of 10

Pricing and Features9.00
Features8.50
Engine and Performance7.20
Fuel Economy7.00
Interior8.50
Exterior8.50
Safety8.40
Competition7.00
Notable Rankings

#5 in Suv

#5 in Compact Suv


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Trims

LS$25,210 onwards

  • Siriusxm AM/FM/Satellite

LT$26,450 onwards

LTZ$29,740 onwards

  • Automatic Front air conditioning
  • Front Fog/driving lights

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2016 Chevrolet Equinox32
Price Rise, $1240
Previous Price: $1122117 Jun 2022
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2016 Chevrolet Equinox LT

LT 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6A)

$12,461
Est. $169/mo
Excellent Deal
$4,294 Below market
RMV: $16,755
Lubbock, TX
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2015 Chevrolet Equinox22
Price Drop, $2000
Previous Price: $1199918 Jun 2022

2015 Chevrolet Equinox 1LT

1LT 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 301 hp 6cyl 6A)

$9,999
Est. $135/mo
Excellent Deal
$3,424 Below market
RMV: $13,423
Weaverville, NC
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2016 Chevrolet Equinox6

2016 Chevrolet Equinox LS

LS 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6A)

$11,700
Est. $158/mo
Excellent Deal
$4,005 Below market
RMV: $15,705
Wisconsin Dells, WI
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2015 Chevrolet Equinox6
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2015 Chevrolet Equinox 1LT

1LT 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6A)

$7,999
Est. $108/mo
Excellent Deal
$2,729 Below market
RMV: $10,728
Montgomery, AL
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2017 Chevrolet Equinox11
Price Drop, $900
Previous Price: $1667531 May 2022

2017 Chevrolet Equinox Premier

Premier 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 6A)

$15,775
Est. $214/mo
Excellent Deal
$5,332 Below market
RMV: $21,107
Charleston, SC
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2015 Chevrolet Equinox LS

LS 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6A)

$7,997
Est. $108/mo
Excellent Deal
$2,699 Below market
RMV: $10,696
Bay City, MI
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2016 Chevrolet Equinox LT

LT 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 6A)

$11,495
Est. $156/mo
Excellent Deal
$3,804 Below market
RMV: $15,299
New Britain, CT
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2015 Chevrolet Equinox25
Price Drop, $5000
Previous Price: $1498107 Jun 2022
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2015 Chevrolet Equinox LS

LS 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6A)

$9,981
Est. $135/mo
Excellent Deal
$3,184 Below market
RMV: $13,165
Warsaw, IN
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2015 Chevrolet Equinox 1LT

1LT 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 6A)

$9,495
Est. $128/mo
Excellent Deal
$2,985 Below market
RMV: $12,480
Redford, MI
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Colors and Styles

2016 Chevrolet Equinox in Black color
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Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

The 2016 Chevy Equinox might have got the newer exterior and interior refreshments but its safety build and reliability arena remain unabashed to this date. Its J.D power rating does drop by 2 to 84 overall, however, the engineering pursuit to justify a holistic value proposition with a max towing capacity of 3,500 lbs and payload of 1,095 lbs-1,202 lbs still glitters at its best. 

The 2016 Chevrolet Equinox is a melange of varied pay-offs as well which includes a minimum of $4,339 for the base Equinox L maintenance in 5 years. This changes to $4,440 for the Equinox LT for the similar FWD configuration while the repairing stands unaltered at $2,790 across the lineup. Speaking of the depreciation in resale value, $8,161 for the L(FWD) can increase up to $11,273 for the LTZ(AWD) in the span of the same 5 years. 


Buying Advice

The LTZ trim of the 2016 Equinox is the best in the lineup with its highest possible interior and safety features. Since the power thrust available with the base and optional engine can be availed of with the LT trim too but the comfort and interior involvement present in the LTZ are worth investing some extra bucks to realize its true potential. 

Features
8.5/10

The 2016 Chevrolet Equinox has 4 trims on offer among which the first one in the lineup is the L edition which costs $22,600 for 17-inch alloy wheels, Automatic headlights, and OnStar with 4G connectivity. The 2015 Equinox LS MSRP of $25,210 takes the standard features list to the likes of the Stabilitrak, 6-speaker audio unit, and a 7-inch diagonal color touchscreen.

The Equinox LT 2016 is the next one in the production belt with a price tag of $26,450 and has LED DRLs, Chevy's MyLink, and voice controls as additional specs over the lower trims. The LTZ is the last form of the Equinox that has been armed with Automatic climate control, Leather upholstery, Heated front seats, and 18-inch chromed alloy wheels for free at $29,740. 

Trims

L

LS

LT

LTZ

MSRP (FWD)

$22,600

$25,210

$26,450

$29,740

MSRP (AWD)

N/A

$26,960

$28,200

$31,490

Key Features

17-inch alloy wheels

SiriusXM Satellite radio

LED DRLs

Leather upholstery

 

Automatic headlights

7-inch diagonal color touchscreen

Roof rack side rails

Automatic climate control

 

Cloth upholstery

6-speaker audio unit

Voice controls

18-inch chromed alloy wheels

 

OnStar with 4G Connectivity

Stabilitrak Chevy's MyLink

Heated front seats

 

      8-way power driver seat

 

Engine and Performance
7.2/10

The 2016 Chevrolet Equinox growls its base  2.4L Inline-4 engine that is capable of kicking in 182 hp and 172 lb-ft of torque and is in conjunction with a 6-speed automatic transmission in an FWD as its standard configuration. With this surge, a 1,500 lbs towing capacity is not a big deal and so is the 3,500 lbs towing when the optional 3.6L V6 churns 301 horsepower and 272 lb-ft of torque in both FWD and AWD variants. 

Not just the towing and payload rather the dynamics do improve for the 2016 Equinox when the V6 is inside the belly, part of the reason is attributed to those Dual Flow Dampers. This suspension surely upgrades the damping but the steering sensitivity remains a concern for many due to its lack of character. In addition to that, the 2016 Equinox 0-60 MPH of 9.3 seconds and quarter-mile of 16.8 seconds along with a top speed of 117 MPH will be right at your feet within seconds. 

Model

2016 Chevrolet Equinox

2016 Honda CR-V 

2016 Toyota RAV4

2016 Ford Escape

MSRP

$22,120

$24,475

$24,500

$24,000

Engine

2.4L Inline-4

2.4L Inline-4

2.5L Inline-4

2.5 L Inline-4

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

6 Speed Automatic

CVT

6 Speed Automatic

6 Speed Automatic

Power

182 hp @ 6,700 RPM

185 hp @ 6,400 RPM

176 hp @ 6,000 RPM

168 hp @ 6,000 RPM

Torque

172 lb-ft @ 4,900 RPM

181 lb-ft @ 3,900 RPM

172 lb-ft @ 4,100 RPM

170 lb-ft @ 4,500 RPM

0-60 MPH

9.3 secs 8.5 secs 8.4 secs 8.9 secs

Quarter Mile

16.8 secs 16.7 secs 16.4 secs N/A

Top Speed

117 MPH N/A N/A N/A

Costing $1,400 more than the 2016 Equinox price, the Ford Escape misses outshining the latter in towing prowess. The same is true for the RAV4 as well which has been priced  $1,900 higher than the 2016 Equinox MSRP but the former has got the edge of 0.9 seconds quicker 0-60 MPH and that too with 0.4 seconds faster quarter-mile. 

Fuel Economy
7.0/10

The 2016 Chevy Equinox MPG retains at 22/32/26 MPG in the city/highway/combined profiles with a peak range coverage of 601 miles and combined travel of 468 miles with a trio of 18.8-gallon fuel tank, FWD, and 182 hp I-4 engine. And, the Equinox AWD, in the meantime, provides you that extra grip on the ground for advanced confidence but takes off the mileage to 20/29/23 MPG respectively.

Having the Equinox FWD empowered by the 301 hp V6 engine allows you to tow more and have enhanced driving dynamics but all that comes at a cost of reduced fuel economy of 17/25/20 MPG in the city/highway/combined. And so does its AWD variant which further drops to 16/24/19 MPG while maintaining the power curve as it is. 

Models

2016 Chevrolet Equinox

2016 Honda CR-V 

2016 Toyota RAV4

2016 Ford Escape

MPG (City)

22

27

24

22

MPG (Highway)

32

34

31

31

MPG (Combined)

26

29

26

25

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

18.8

15.3

15.9

15.1

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

413/601/468

413/520/444

382/493/413

332/468/378

Hit on the mileage and the 2016 Equinox lags behind the Honda CR-V on the highways by 2 MPG and by 3 MPG overall. But it comes to sheer range coverage, the Equinox has the audacity to stand supreme as it returns 90 miles, 55 miles, 24 miles better-combined range than the Escape, 2016 RAV4, and the 2016 CR-V respectively. 

Interior
8.5/10

The 2016 Chevrolet Equinox interior is a space of sober cloth upholstery on offer for the manually adjustable seats of the L, LS, and LT configurations. While the 2015 Equinox LTZ outclasses all of them with its capable 8-way power driver seat that has been surfaced with leather finishes just like its other seats in both rows. 

In addition to that, the Equinox 2016 also impresses you with its automatic climate control inside the LTZ edition but disappoints at the same time with the downgraded manual climate control for the rest of the lineup. The same stays true for the heated front seats. But one can take a breath of relief as far as cargo capacity of  31.4cu-ft to 63.7 cu-ft is concerned. 

Models

2016 Chevrolet Equinox

2016 Honda CR-V 

2016 Toyota RAV4

2016 Ford Escape

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulders/Legs) (in)

40.9/55.8/41.2

39.9/58.6/41.3

39.8/57.3/42.6

39.9/56.0/43.1

Second Row (Head/Shoulders/Legs) (in)

39.2/55.3/39.9

38.6/56.4/38.3

38.9/55.4/37.2

39.0/55.3/36.8

Cargo Capacity (cubic feet)

31.4

37.2

38.4

34.3

The 2016 Equinox has been arranged with a cargo space that is 5.8 cu-ft less than the CR-V 2016 but it compensates for that with its 1.6 inches better 2nd-row legroom. As far as seating capacity is concerned, all of them have a similar count but Equinox can do it much more conveniently, thanks to its 2.7 inches and 3.1 inches wider 2nd-row legroom than the RAV4 and Escape respectively. Also, the 7-inch diagonal color touchscreen is now standard across all trims, unlike last year. 

Having said that, the 2016 Equinox also features an optional navigation unit but it remains exclusively available for the LT and LTZ trims. In the meantime, the 7-inch screen integrates Chevy's MyLink for the Equinox LT and LTZ only, making these two configurations easily way ahead of their siblings. There is a slight depression for a few enthusiasts as the 6-speaker audio now specs to be the only standard musical system and the Pioneer Premium 250-watt 8-speaker Sound System is optional for LT and LTZ. 

  • Manual/Automatic Climate Control
  • Manual/Power Seats
  • Heated front seats
  • GID
  • Cloth/Leather upholstery
  • AM/FM stereo
  • XM Radio10 with three trial months 
  • CD/MP3 player and six-speaker system
  • 6-speaker audio unit
Exterior
8.5/10

The 2016 Chevy Equinox has been carved with some new design elements this year including a new dual-port grille design, projector-beam headlights, and LED DRLs for the LT and LTZ configurations. The roof rack side rails have been fitted as well for the same aforementioned trims. 

Coming on the drive, the 2016 Equinox relishes the rest on the 17-inch aluminum 18-inch aluminum, and 18-inch chromed alloy wheels. However, it has lost its ease of power liftgate from the LTZ edition that had been standard for the past few years but the exterior mirrors with memory function and heated exterior mirror continue unchanged. 

Models

2016 Chevrolet Equinox

2016 Honda CR-V 

2016 Toyota RAV4

2016 Ford Escape

Curb Weight (lbs)

3,777

3,365

3,435

3,515

Length (in)

187.8

179.4

181.1

178.1

Width (in)

72.5

71.6

72.6

72.4

Height (in)

66.3

64.7

65.4

66.3

Ground Clearance (in)

6.9

6.3

6.3

7.9

Wheelbase (in)

112.5

103.1

104.7

105.9

As per data, the 2016 Equinox has 0.6 inches higher ground clearance than the CR-V and 2016 RAV4 but it has a higher curb weight in the meantime too by 412 lbs and 342 lbs in the same order. Apart from that, the Escape has 6.9 inches shorter wheelbase that can give it easy maneuvering on the tight corners which is further complemented by its 262 lbs lower weight. 

  • Automatic headlamps
  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Foglights
  • Power liftgate
  • Chrome Door handles
  • Sunroof
Safety
8.4/10

The 2016 Chevrolet Equinox received a safety rating of 4-stars out of 5 from the NHTSA and earned a rating of ‘Good’ from the IIHS in the crash tests. The "Top Safety Pick" has been tagged along as well which reinforces its build quality altogether. Some of the noticeable safety features have been mentioned below:

  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Post-Collision Safety System
  • Remote Anti-Theft Alarm System
  • StabiliTrak
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Emergency Braking Assist
Competition
7.0/10

2016 Chevrolet Equinox vs. 2016 Honda CR-V

The 2016 Chevy Equinox does struggle against the 2016 Honda CR-V in most of the parameters ranging from fuel economy to power performance. Though they are at par in their towing capacity and overall cabin spaciousness yet the cargo volume deficit dents Equinox's image just like its driving dynamics against the rivals. So, one should consider the CR-V over Equinox 2016 for now. 

2016 Chevrolet Equinox vs. 2016 Toyota RAV4

The 2016 Toyota RAV4 and the 2016 Equinox go hand in hand in overall interior space and fuel mileage to a large extent. The safety standards are also on the same level but the RAV4 manages to squeeze out some extra push in its power surge while maintaining the similar towing prowess. Since the gap between them are negligible ones only, so both are equally desirable.  

2016 Chevrolet Equinox vs. 2016 Ford Escape

The 2016 Chevy Equinox and the 2016 Ford Escape are parallel in their driving pursuit and interior engagement. We have got similar saying in cargo capacity, utility, mileage return, and cabin seating arrangement. Therefore, it is surely a matter of preference here as both are on the same block. 

 

Final Verdict

The 2016 Chevy Equinox has been packed with decent features and specs all around right from interior to safety. The practicality index of this SUV is also at par with that of the standards to a large extent. But the rivals such as Honda CR-V are slightly better equipped for a similar price range. Therefore, one should not consider it in the first place. 

Features

vehicle bio
base price

$26450

body style

4dr SUV

engine type
displacement

145 cu in

horse power

182 hp @ 6700 rpm

torque

172 lb.-ft. @ 4900 rpm

transmission

6-Speed Shiftable Automatic

dimensions
length

188 in

wheelbase

113 in

width

73 in

curb weight

3788 lbs

Height

69 in

Ground Clearance

7 lbs

capacity
passenger volume

99.7 cu ft

cargo volume

63.7 cu ft

passenger capacity

5 Seats

fuel economy
city/combined/highway

22/26/32 mpg

highway range

601.60 mi

warranty
basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.


Chevrolet Equinox 5 year Cost To Own


Cash Price(MSRP)
$26,240
5 Year Cost To Own
$44,609
Total 5 year Cost To Own -  $44,609
Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4Year 5total
Depreciation$7,608$1,490$1,369$1,627$1,554$13,648
Insurance$1,294$1,364$1,444$1,443$1,591$7,136
Fuel$1,656$1,757$1,833$1,815$1,926$8,987
Maintenance$536$777$691$2,040$2,026$6,070
Repairs$43$-47$202$364$533$1,095
Financing Interest$1,610$1,362$1,029$606$264$4,871
Taxes and Fees$2,210$214$125$110$143$2,802
Total Cost-To-Own$14,957$6,917$6,693$8,005$8,037$44,609
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