Chevrolet is now offering a refreshed 2016 Equinox with few changes, which maintain most of the specs from previous years. In terms of comfort, we will see that this model has a great chance to succeed in the segment while its mechanical specs put it on the side.
Numbers aren’t quite bad, but the overall experience onboard isn’t a reflection of all the comfort elements offered. Despite the several flaws, the 2016 Equinox delivers a fairly pleasant experience on the road.
Let’s see more details about the 2016 Equinox.
Engine and Specs
The 2016 Equinox packs a DOHC VVT 16-valve 2.4 L inline-4 powerplant. This engine can produce up to 182 horsepower at 6700 RPM and a total torque of 172 lb-ft at 4900 RPM. In terms of transmission, there is a 6-speed automatic gearbox with manual shifting paired. The result of this setup is 8.9 seconds from standstill to 60 mph (100 km/h) and a top speed of 115 mph (185 km/h).
The manual shifting feature is operated through buttons on the console shift lever, but not in a smart way. The specialized media generally stated that this feature is too awkward to use frequently and probably most users will ignore it after a couple of uses.
A 3.6 L V6 engine is also available, offering a power output of 301 hp and 272 lb-ft of maximum torque. This power plant is only available for the two most expensive trims. As the trims available, we have the L, LS, LT, and LTZ, all of them offering both rear-wheel and all-wheel drive layouts.
Back to the 2.4 L engine, we have a fuel efficiency rated at 20 mpg for the city and 29 mpg for the highway. StabiliTrak, as the ESC platform specially tuned by Chevrolet, makes a great job on the road, making the experience more satisfying and secure. In terms of suspension, we have an independent MacPherson strut layout in the front and an independent multi-link in the rear. The stopping power is calculated at 185 ft (53 meters), which isn’t impressive according to modern models.
Design and Comfort
The 2016 Equinox suffered a slightly revamp in order to be more competitive in its segment. The 3998 lb (1813 kg) SUV now features a retouched exterior form where modernization is the norm. The important thing here is to keep to date and nothing more beyond that line. Changes are pretty minor and accomplish this need. While 17-inch aluminum wheels are standard, there are other options available.
Inside the cabin, every user will find plenty of space, which is one of the perks of this model. The interior design is proper to the segment and features a cool decoration. The dashboard and console look clean and are cluster-free. To help the 2016 Equinox, we will forget for a moment the erratic level design with the manual shifting controls, which is a great mistake in terms of usability.
Seating is quite comfortable, delivering an overall positive experience. A 6-speaker audio system with 80 watts of power is offered as standard in the most basic variants. Along with it, there is a 7-inch touchscreen and the OnStar platform, featuring 4G LTE and Wi-Fi hotspot for connectivity capabilities. The OnStar tool also offers plenty of perks in terms of safety, as the cutting-edge Automatic Crash Response.
The Bottom Line
The 2016 Equinox isn’t a bad option for you, but when we see other leading models in the segment, we could be bummed about this one. Sadly, it doesn’t excel in any possible subject, which make it a poorly interesting vehicle.
The base price starts at US$27.855.