How Chevy has Updated the Equinox for 2016
When Chevrolet first introduced the Equinox model in 2005 – the brand’s very first mid-sized crossover SUV – the model was simply meant to be a successor to the then-newly-retired Pontiac Aztek. Soon, however, Chevy understood that they had crafted a new class of vehicle, uniquely suited to consumers looking for all the four-wheel drive reliability of an SUV, but who don’t necessarily need to go offroading every weekend.
Alongside rising sales and respectable acclaim from the industry, the Equinox has gone through two generations over the past ten years, culminating in this year’s 2016 Chevrolet Equinox.
Although relatively similar to the 2015 model at first glance, the 2016 Chevy Equinox actually features a few key changes and improvements that make it stand out above its predecessors and continue to make the Equinox Chevy’s third best-selling vehicle in the U.S.
Perhaps most immediately noticeable are the exterior changes made to the 2016 Equinox, including a freshly-designed twin port grille featuring a slimmer body-colored middle bar and a larger lower opening. All of the four available trim levels feature new projector-beam headlights, with the LT and LTZ models both boasting new LED running headlamps and with the LTZ model alone featuring new halogen foglamps. Newly-redesigned sculpted taillamps also give the model an illuminating flare for all those you leave in the dust.
Black power-adjustable manual folding exterior mirrors, body-color door handles, and standard 17-inch painted aluminum wheels give even the basic L model an impressive profile on the road. And, for those looking to upgrade their style, the LT trim features standard deep-tinted rear windows.
Looking for even more personalized style? The premium LTZ trim level boasts more visually attractive highlights like chrome door handles and a chrome roof rack side rail inserts, outside heated power-adjustable manual folding mirrors with chrome caps, body-color bumpers with a charcoal front lower and bright rear lower, ambient lighting in the door handle recesses, footwell and door storage areas, and 18-inch machined-face aluminum wheels. With all that, your 2016 Equinox is sure to turn heads on the road as it passes by.
And that’s all without taking a look at the inside. Standard ambient lighting in the center console, cup holder and instrument panel center stack surround, a tilt and telescoping steering wheel with steering wheel-mounted controls for audio and cruise control, Bluetooth connectivity, and all power windows with an express-down feature are all carried over from the 2015 model.
The 2016 Equinox, however, does away with the classic AM/FM radio in favor of a standard 7-inch touchscreen Driver Information Center (DIC) with an outside air temperature gauge and a free six-month trial of the On-Star Guidance Plan with Automatic Crash Response and Turn-by-Turn navigation.
Or, check out the LX trim level and get a standard digital compass on the DIC and a three-month free trial subscription of SiriusXM Satellite Radio All Access Package to blast any tune you can think of. You might also want to look into the LT or LTZ trim levels, which come standard with Chevy’s acclaimed MyLink Radio with a 7-inch diagonal color touch-screen and Bluetooth audio streaming.
Standard on the Equinox since the 2015 model is the model’s capability as a rolling Wi-Fi hotspot, which offers 4G LTE internet access whenever the Equinox is running. This, with the addition of newly-available tablet holders on the backs of the front seats for those passengers in the back, make the 2016 a truly tech-savvy model for the modern driver.
The Equinox is an undeniably safe vehicle for any size family, with its StabiliTrak Electronic Stability Control System with Traction Control, Electronic Trailer Sway Control and rollover mitigation bolstered by available Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning – all carried over from the 2015 model. The Equinox also features the standard six airbags and antilock brake system that won it the 2015 Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
What makes the 2016 Equinox safer than its predecessors is its newly available Side Blind Zone Alert and Rear Cross Traffic Alert, which keep you and your new Equinox safe from all sides in any driving or parking scenario. And, with a rear backup camera standard on all Equinox models, difficulty parallel parking and backing out of tight spots are a thing of the past.
Still Surprisingly Powerful
With all of these amenities and upgrades, one might think that Chevy cut corners on performance to focus on creating more visceral selling points. Not so. The Equinox has been and continues to be an impressively powerful machine for its size and class.
Carried over from the 2015 model, this year’s Equinox features the reliable 2.4L DOHC four-cylinder engine that Equinox owners have come to love. This powerful piece of machinery can push out 182 horsepower on an impressive 32 miles per gallon highway, one of the best for a mid-sized crossover.
Also available is the beefy 3.6L six-cylinder direct injection engine capable of a best-in-class 201 horsepower. With this, the Equinox seems to display almost Herculean strength, towing up to 3,500 pounds at a time and accelerating from zero to sixty in just 6.7 seconds – plus, it comes with sweet new dual chrome exhaust tips for the 2016 model. For a crossover of this size, there will be pretty much nothing this sleek and reliable vehicle can’t reasonably accomplish.
By upgrading from the L trim’s standard front-wheel drive, you can get the LX, LT, and LTz trim levels with available four-wheel drive to help take you and your Equinox wherever you need to go in just about any driving conditions. And, with an OnStar Automatic Crash Response System and OnStar Guidance Plan standard for six months, you can venture as far as you’d like without worrying about getting lost.
It’s What’s Inside That Counts
The Equinox interior is luxuriously efficient, offering Multi-Flex sliding rear seats that, when pushed all the way back, add almost 8 inches of rear leg room – up to 39.9 inches of total rear leg room when the seats are fully reclined. The rear seats can also be slid forward or further folded down to create 63.7 cubic feet of maximum cargo space.
Premium Cloth seats in the L, LS and LT models make riding in the Equinox more of a treat than a chore, while the available Saddle Up/Jet Black interior color on LTZ only adds to the already amazingly luxurious seating. And for the Driver, available heated 8-way power-adjustable front seats include lumbar support and vertical height accommodation so that you can last for even the longest road trip in total comfort.
With 21 storage areas and eight cupholders, a center console large enough to hold a laptop or purse, and four convenient 12-volt power outlets throughout, you’ll be so connected and productive that you might just forget you’re sitting in a car and not in the comfort of your own home. And for the driver, Siri Hands-Free technology allows you to make calls, send text messages, and get business done all without sacrificing driver safety on the road.
These are the major changes that make the 2016 Chevrolet Equinox a notable improvement on the 2015 model without sacrificing all of the characteristics of its predecessor that make the Equinox so popular. If you’re interested in getting on board with the improved Equinox, now is not such a bad time. And with the 2017 Equinox already on the horizon, consumers can expect to see more great developments from Chevy on its famed Equinox crossover. Check one out at your local Chevy dealer today.