The 2017 Chevrolet Equinox carries forward without many changes but the car is still one of the best models sold by the brand. We hear that a facelift is coming very soon, maybe even next year but a large number of buyers still go for this model year. One of the reasons is that it feels sturdy and safe. The car also offers plenty of safety features that families like.

It is rare to find things like automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, forward collision alert and other active safety features in this price range and we have to brace Chevrolet for making them available. The car starts at an MSRP of $23,150 which makes it affordable for a large section of the population. Its competition includes the Ford Escape, the Toyota RAV4, and the Mazda CX-5. Let us see what all features are present and how they translate to real-world safety in this car.

Chevrolet has been making this generation of the Equinox for a while and we can certainly feel the platform aging in terms of the safety ratings. Although the crash structure uses high tensile materials and various strengthening mechanisms available, the car has not managed to score the best safety ratings we can find in the category.

However, you will find that there is a long list of safety features offered in this car like forward collision alert, lane departure warning, rear cross-traffic alert, rear park assist, StabiliTrak electronic stability control system, and electronic trailer sway control and rollover mitigation. This is unheard of in the category and although some of them are only available in the higher trim levels, we feel that they are a great addition.

However, it goes without saying that the crash structure can have a bit more improvement. The headlights of the car are also another area known to be a weak link in its safety. We have to take a look at detailed crash test results to determine how they have translated to real life and hence, you will find an examination of two sources below.

What features make the 2017 Chevrolet Equinox safe?

There are a lot of safety features in this car but quite a few managed to capture the interest of people. Some of them are active safety features and need to be discussed for people to know what they actually do. A few of the Chevrolet Equinox safety features are explained below.

  • Adaptive cruise control: Adaptive cruise control is a feature that takes a lot of effort from the driver and also keeps the car very safe. When the system is engaged, the car can detect the vehicle in front of you slowing down and can even stop your car completely if the vehicle ahead does so. It then resumes the set speed without the driver needing to intervene.
  • Automatic hill-hold function: This system lets you pull away from a slope without rolling back due to gravity. The car gives you seconds to get your foot on the gas pedal and holds the brake pressure on all four wheels until then.
  • Tire pressure monitoring system: The tire pressure monitoring system is in place to ensure that no tires are under-inflated or over-inflated. This could cause a loss of vehicle control and result in accidents.
  • Collision mitigation braking system: The CBMS system employed by Chevrolet makes sure that your car does not get into an accident if the car ahead comes to an abrupt stop. It can take complete control of the brake system and prevent a collision.
  • Blind-spot monitoring system: This advanced driver assistance feature checks whether there are any cars present in your blind spot that you may be unaware of and can sound warnings to help you avoid collisions due to these cars.

Is the 2017 Chevrolet Equinox safe?

The Chevy Equinox has earned praise for its availability of safety features but ultimately, its structure is not as good as some of the competitors’. We have to note that Chevrolet has consistently made improvements and even in 2014, the car received chassis upgrades to make it safer. Yet, we are hopeful that the brand will improve and bring is a truly safe car sometime soon.

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