Chevy Equinox Trim Levels
The 2016 Chevrolet Equinox has been restyled with a fresh face and a new trim level structure. Chevy looks like they are serious about making the Equinox a contender for the compact SUV market. With a total of four trim levels being offered and a plethora of customization options, it looks like the new Equinox is going to have something for everyone. Especially with the LS, LT, and LTZ options having AWD capability.
This new compact SUV is going to be a good mixture of style and comfort, with the added appeal of practicality and performance thanks to two engine options.
The L is the baseline trim option, and starts at an attractive and competitive MSRP of $22,600. Most of these major features will be available on the more expensive trims, and the baseline model looks to be a solid foundation to build on. The L comes with dual front airbags, front side airbags, and front and rear side curtain airbags. Also provided are child seat anchors that are controlled through Chevy’s patented LATCH system. Electronic stability and traction control is available, along with a rear view camera and 4-wheel ABS brakes. On the entertainment side of things, it has a 7-inch Diagonal Color Touch-Screen Display radio system outfitted with auxiliary audio input, Bluetooth, and USB capabilities. All season tires and a standard multi-function remote with keyless entry help draw your attention away from the disappointing lack of AWD.
The LS trim has all the basic features of the L, and makes them better while adding in some of its own additional options, starting at an MSRP of $25,210. The touchscreen is upgraded with SiriusXM Satellite Radio, and has all the standard features that you would expect from SiriusXM. It also has all-weather floor mats, a premium cloth seat trim, and a new compass instrumentation. The LS is also offering more optional packages than you know what to do with, some for entertainment or comfort and some that could be deemed necessary. This one clearly focuses on the customization aspect, whereas most of that customization comes standard on the LT trim level.
This is a good time to talk about the engine options, because this is the point where they begin to differ. The 4 trims all come with a base 2.4-liter DOHC 4 cylinder SIDI engine that puts out 182 horsepower with 172 feet-pound of torque. The LT and LTZ trims have the option of getting a bigger engine, a 3.6-liter V6 SIDI engine that puts out 301 horsepower and 272 feet-pound of torque. Naturally, the 2.4-liter will get better fuel economy than the V6 offered, but if you need to up performance for whatever reason, you will be limited to the higher end trims.
The LT has a MSRP starting price of $26,450, and is much more worth it than the LS. There are fewer package options available, but it comes standard with much more. The LT upgraded the 7-inch touchscreen again, this time to include a voice recognition audio system with internet radio that includes Gracenote, Pandora, and Stitcher. Again, all thanks to SiriusXM satellite Radio. Floor mats come standard, along with mounted steering wheel controls with voice recognition for convenience. The color of this trim is labeled as a mirror color, and has ambient lighting with daytime running LED lights. Heated exterior mirrors, roof racks, and the MyLink Chevy communication system round out the additions that borderline on comfort and necessity.
The LTZ sits at the highest price with an MSRP of $29,740 dollars. The standard additional features on this are primarily cosmetic and convenient. There are memorized settings for not 1 but 2 drivers (seat adjustment, mirror, etc.) as well as front heated seats. Roof rails have been upgraded to chrome, along with chrome colored mirrors and grille accents. The rearview mirror now has auto-dimming capabilities, and the upholstery is now leather-trimmed and perforated. Not that many big changes from the LT, but still justifiable in price for what you are getting.
The baseline trim is a great compact SUV for the price, and it looks like it will get consumers to look at the vehicle. However, the LT seems to be the sweet-spot trim in my opinion. It has the most optional additions out of all the trim levels, and there are a lot more standard features than any other trim level. Plus, the LT has the V6 option for a performance purposes. The LTZ just seems too pricey for something that only adds a few comfort features.
The 2016 Equinox looks like it offers something for everyone depending on the trim you pick, and all the trims are set to a competitive prices on the market. This should be a vehicle that turns at least a few heads when looking at the compact SUVs out there.