2016 Chevy Equinox LT: Premium Luxury Meets Affordable Style
It’s no secret that Chevy knows how to make a stylish, comfortable, and attractive vehicle. For decades, this classic American automaker has carved out a path for domestic models to really shine, introducing beloved models, like the Malibu and Camaro, all the way to today’s modern, premium crossovers like the 2016 Chevy Equinox and the 2016 Traverse. But while the most basic iterations of these impressive new vehicles certainly don’t fail to deliver on all fronts, there’s definitely something to be said for choosing a premium trim level – and few premium options have grabbed our attention quite like the 2016 Chevy Equinox LT trim.
Built to provide a carefully calibrated mixture of premium luxury and affordable, reliable performance, the Equinox LT is perhaps the best option among the model line for drivers looking to get a lot out of their crossover without going whole hog on the highest -and most expensive – trim level. The LT is a smart, sporty option for Equinox drivers everywhere and, if you’re considering getting yourself into one of these showstoppers, there are few better options than the LT trim.
Just take a look at the LT trim next to the entry Equinox options and you’ll see just how much difference some light premium upgrades can make. Outside heated, power-adjustable mirrors come standard on only the LT trim, while optional features like a power programmable rear liftgate and available power sunroof give it that touch of class not found on the lower L or LS trims. Deep-tinted glass, available black roof rails with luggage rack side rails, and standard 17-inch aluminum or available 18-inch chrome-clad aluminum wheels give the LT an extra air of superiority on the road that simply can’t be overlooked.
But take a step into the luxurious cabin and you’ll understand just how much this Equinox trim is built to withstand even the longest road trips. Enjoy the standard SiriusXM satellite radio or blast your favorite CDs, MP3s, or Bluetooth devices through the available Pioneer premium audio system for total enjoyment at your fingertips. Standard manual or available automatic climate control keeps the cabin at a perfect temperature for the duration of your trip; meanwhile, you and your passengers can sit back and relax in the premium cloth seats – which are available heated and with 8-way power support for the driver, if you so choose.
While many Equinox LT owners choose the optional 3.6L V6 engine for the powerful feeling of up to 301 horsepower under the pedal, the standard 2.4L four-cylinder offers a perfectly good substitute as well, with a respectable 182 horsepower on its own. And although it might feel great to zip along with so much power at your feet, the Equinox makes no concessions when it comes to safety – as evidenced by the advanced airbag system, advanced seatbelts, and available safety tech like Hill Start Assist, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Park Assist, and almost everything else a safety-conscious driver could ask for.
Truth be told, the base-level Equinox is an excellent vehicle and will likely fulfill every need the average driver might have. But for those unwilling to compromise comfort and luxury, the Equinox LT offers an excellent, middle-of-the-road option that will most definitely leave you satisfied – and since it starts at just $26,650, we bet your wallet will be pretty happy, too.