2016 Chevrolet Equinox

MSRP $22,600 - $31,490

Ranked #8 in Suv

8.2

Overall Rating

2016 Chevrolet Equinox Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 26, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The 2016 Chevrolet Equinox gets a few mild design refreshments to its exterior. The 2016 Equinox is an all-rounder in this segment of crossover SUVs: it offers a large rear seat, smooth ride quality, and high reliability. Also, the Equinox offers an optional V6 engine, rare in this segment of cars.

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Pros

Smooth ride

Spacious backseat

Quiet interiors

High reliability

Cons

Unsatisfactory handling

Thirsty V6

Weak base engine

Less on cargo space

What's New?

Revised front-end styling

Updated rear fascia

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

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


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$22600

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

top speed

123 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

145 cu.in.

horsepower

182 hp @ 6700 rpm

torque

172 lb.-ft. @ 4900 rpm

transmission

6 speed shiftable automatic

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

112.5 in.

length

187.8 in.

width

72.5 in.

height

66.3 in.

curb weight

3764 lbs.

ground clearance

6.9 in.

capacity

passenger volume

99.7 cu ft.

cargo volume

63.7 cu ft.

towing capacity

1500 lbs.

payload capacity

1196 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

15.6 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

22/26/32 mpg

highway range

598.0 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr./ 60,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

6 yr./100,000 mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

L$22,600 onwards

LS$25,210 onwards

LT$26,450 onwards

LTZ$29,740 onwards

Colors and Styles

2016 Chevrolet Equinox in Black color
Black

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

8.5

Engine and Performance

7.3

Fuel Economy

7.0

Interior

8.6

Exterior

8.5

Safety

8.4

8.2

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.2

Overall Rating


 The 2016 Equinox is powered by a 2.4L engine that outputs 182 horsepower. The Equinox has good fuel economy, but the V6 is a thirsty engine. Talking about being an all-rounder, the Equinox faces competition from some other all-rounders in this class: the 2016 Subaru Forester, the 2016 Honda CR-V, and the 2016 Nissan Rogue.


8.5/10
Features

7.3/10
Engine and Performance

7.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.6/10
Interior

8.5/10
Exterior

8.4/10
Safety


2016 Chevrolet Equinox Features

8.5/10

The 2016 Chevrolet Equinox is offered in four trim levels L, LS, LT, and LTZ. Pricing for the Equinox starts at $22,600 for the L trim and goes up to $29,740 for the top LTZ trim. Some standard features across all the Equinox trim levels include 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, air-conditioning, premium cloth upholstery, 60/40-split second-row seats, cruise control, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, OnStar communications, a rearview camera, and a six-speaker sound system.

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

Engine

2.4-liter I-4

2.4-liter I-4

2.4-liter I-4

2.4-liter I-4

Key Features

17-inch alloy wheels

Adds or deletes features from L trim

Adds or deletes features from LS trim

Adds or deletes features from LT trim

 

Cruise Control

Satellite Radio

LED DRLs

Front Fog/Driving Lights

 

Rear View Camera

Trailering Equipment Package (Available)

17-inch wheels

Driver Confidence Package II (Available)

 

Interior Air Filtration

Cargo Convenience Package (Available)

Roof rack side rails

Enhanced Convenience Package(Available)

 

Premium Cloth

Protection Package (Available)

Rear privacy glass

Climate Control

 

6 Total Speakers

Compass

Voice controls

Electrochromatic Inside Rearview Mirror

 

Post-Collision Safety System

 

Heated mirrors

Leather upholstery

We recommend

The 2016 Chevrolet Equinox offers a four-cylinder engine in lower variants, whereas the LT and the LTZ trim get a 3.6L V6. We recommend the LT trim with the 3.6L V6 engine for its outright performance, but it does take a ton of fuel stops. Feature-wise, the LT trim comes pretty packed and has good optional packages as well.

2016 Chevrolet Equinox Engine and Performance

7.3/10

The SUV's powertrain doesn't see any significant change for 2016. The Chevrolet Equinox offers an optional 3.6-liter V6 which is standard only on the top-spec LTZ trim and optional on the LT trim. This V6 engine outputs 301 hp and 272 lb-ft of torque. The rest of the trims are offered with a 2.4-liter Inline-4 engine that makes 182 hp and 172 lb-ft of torque. The smaller engine takes a while to get going to cruising speeds, however.

The car comes with either FWD or AWD. Under gentle throttle inputs, the 6-speed automatic transmission upshifts rapidly in an attempt to conserve fuel, which does not present the SUV with an energetic personality. Chevrolet also provides a rocker switch on the top of the shifter, which can be used to manually shift gears.

Models

Chevrolet Equinox

Subaru Forester

Honda CR-V

Nissan Rogue

MSRP

$22,600

$22,395

$23,845

$23,330

Engine

2.4-liter I-4 (regular gas)

2.5-liter H-4 (regular gas)

2.4-liter I-4 (regular gas)

2.5-liter I-4 (regular gas)

Transmission

6-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual

6-speed CVT w/OD

CVT

CVT

Drivetrain

AWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Horsepower

182-hp @ 6,700 rpm

170-hp @ 5,800 rpm

185 hp @ 6400 rpm

170 hp @ 6000 rpm

Torque (lb.-ft.)

172 lb.-ft. @ 4,900 rpm

174 lb.-ft. @ 4,100 rpm

181 ft-lbs @ 3900 rpm

175 ft-lbs @ 4400 rpm

0-60 mph (sec)

9.5-sec

8.7-sec

8.3-sec

9.1-sec

Quarter mile (sec)

17.0-sec

16.8-sec

16.6-sec

17.0-sec

Top Speed (mph)

123

120

122

119

The pricing on the cars is very aggressive, falling in close range with each other. The CR-V makes the most power at 185 horses. The 2016 Equinox takes 9.5 seconds to hit the 0-60 mph mark. This is the slowest among the four cars. The CR-V takes the least time at 8.3 seconds, followed by the Forester at 8.7 seconds. The Rogue takes 9.1 seconds. All four cars have similar top speed numbers.

2016 Chevrolet Equinox Fuel Economy

7.0/10

The 2016 Chevy Equinox has good fuel economy returns. The car averages 26 mpg combined, with returns of 22 mpg for the city and 32 mpg for the highway with front-wheel drive (FWD) and 23 mpg combined for the all-wheel-drive (AWD). The 3.6-liter V6 has a fuel economy of 20 mpg combined with 17 mpg for the city and 24 for the highway in FWD and 18 mpg combined for AWD. The Equinox gets an 18.8-gallon fuel tank which gives it a combined range of 488.8 miles.

Model

Chevrolet Equinox

Subaru Forester

Honda CR-V

Nissan Rogue

MPG (city)

22

24

26

26

MPG (highway)

32

32

33

33

MPG (combined)

26

25

29

28

Fuel Capacity (gallons)

18.8

15.9

15.3

14.5

Range (City/Highway) (miles)

414/602

398/505

377/508

398/505

The Honda CR-V has the best mileage among the four. It averages at 29 mpg combined: 3 mpg more than the Equinox. The Rogue comes in second at 28 mpg combined, with the Forester taking the last spot for its 25 mpg combined mileage. Comparing to the rivals, the Equinox has the most range on offer at 414 city miles and 602 highway miles. This is due to its large fuel capacity, while the rivals offer tanks of around 15-16 gallons capacity.

2016 Chevrolet Equinox Interior

8.6/10

The interiors on the Chevy Equinox are spacious and very well built. One feature seen on other Chevys, and on the Equinox too: the dash integrates into the door panels created a wraparound effect that does tend to grow on you. The cabin is very quiet, with minimum outside noise. In terms of material quality, the materials used are of decent quality and the fit and finish are excellent.

The Equinox is a nice option for families looking for a big car. The cabin offers adequate space for five. With an accommodating interior and a sliding second-row seat, this Equinox flexes its cargo and passenger room to meet your demands. The 2016 model's interior textures and facilities have improved a lot compared to the previous models. The improved seat fabrics have been a new addition to the 2016 model.

Model

Chevrolet Equinox

Subaru Forester

Honda CR-V

Nissan Rogue

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

40.9/55.8/41.2

41.4/57.0/43.0

39.9/58.6/41.3

41.6/56.6/43.0

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

39.2/55.3/39.9

39.8/56.5/38.0

38.6/56.4/38.3

38.5/55.9/37.9

Cargo Volume (cu.-ft.)

31.5

34.4

37.2

39.3

The Equinox has decent space in the front row, but the Nissan and the Subaru offer class-leading legroom of 43 inches. The CR-V has the best shoulder room. In the rear, the Equinox offers the best legroom at nearly 40 inches. The Equinox’s rear is as spacious as the interior itself. The cargo capacity is not the best at 31.5 cu-ft, where the rivals offer a cargo space of 39.3 cu-ft (Rogue) and 37.2 cu-ft (CR-V). Some interior features on the Equinox are:

  • Automatic climate control
  • Ambient lighting
  • Keyless entry and ignition
  • Leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel
  • Cruise control
  • Leather upholstery

How intuitive is the 2016 Chevrolet Equinox’s infotainment system?

The 2016 Chevrolet Equinox’s infotainment unit is simple and easy to use. It’s clean, uncluttered with a good user interface. The only downside is the occasionally slow response from the touchscreen, which also leads to some missed touches. Standard infotainment features include a 7-inch touchscreen interface, Bluetooth phone connectivity, OnStar communications, an auxiliary audio input jack, a USB port, and a six-speaker sound system. Some features are available on the higher trims such as satellite radio, voice controls, Bluetooth audio connectivity, Chevy’s MyLink interface, and a premium audio system. Some infotainment features are:

  • 7-inch touchscreen interface
  • USB port
  • Chevy’s MyLink interface
  • Bluetooth
  • Satellite Radio
  • Eight-speaker Pioneer system

2016 Chevrolet Equinox Exterior

8.5/10

The exterior features of the SUV include a clever design that hides the overall length of the vehicle. The Equinox comes with a new dual-port grille design, which has been taken from its siblings in the Chevrolet lineup. Along with the new grille is an aggressively sculpted lower front fascia design which makes the Equinox some character. The LT and LTZ models come with LED headlights which enhance the modern look.

Model

Chevrolet Equinox

Subaru Forester

Honda CR-V

Nissan Rogue

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3,764

3,296

3,358

3,408

Length(in)

187.8

180.9

179.4

182.3

Width(in)

72.5

70.7

71.6

72.4

Height(in)

66.3

66.4

64.7

66.3

Ground clearance (in)

6.9

8.7

6.3

7.4

Wheelbase (in)

112.5

103.9

103.1

106.5

In terms of dimensions, the Equinox is the longest of the four cars. It also has the most width and the longest wheelbase at 112.5 inches. The Honda is the tallest and the most compact in terms of length. The ground clearance is tallest on the Forester at 8.7 inches, giving it better off-roading capabilities. The Equinox is the heaviest of the lot at 3764 inches. Some exterior features are:

  • Automatic headlamps
  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Foglights
  • Power liftgate
  • Chrome Door handles
  • Sunroof

2016 Chevrolet Equinox Safety

8.4/10

The 2016 Chevrolet Equinox received a rating of 4-stars out of five from the NHTSA and earned a rating of ‘Good’ from the IIHS. Standard safety features include antilock disc brakes, traction and stability control, airbags, rearview camera, and the OnStar emergency communications system, which includes automatic crash notification, an emergency assistance button, remote door unlock, and stolen vehicle assistance. Higher trims get optional driver assistance features. The safety features for the Chevy Equinox include:

  • Post-Collision Safety System
  • Child Seat Anchors
  • Dual Front Side-Mounted Airbags
  • Front And Rear Head Airbags
  • Stability Control
  • Emergency Braking Assist
  • Passenger Airbag Occupant Sensing Deactivation
  • Rear Height Adjustable Headrests
  • Remote Anti-Theft Alarm System
  • Front And Rear Ventilated Disc Brakes

2016 Chevrolet Equinox Final Verdict

The 2016 Chevy Equinox tries to ignite a new spark, with a refreshed look and a longer list of standard equipment. If you are not on a tight budget the 2016 Equinox is worth considering as it is a pleasant crossover to drive at an attainable price. With a 7-inch touchscreen interface and an inspiring fuel economy, the little Chevy brings a lot of promises. For those, wishing for more power from their SUV, a V6 engine is an option in the higher trims.

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