The 2016 Equinox: A Fuel-Efficient Vehicle For Its Class

December 30th, 2015 by

The 2016 Chevy Equinox is not only a powerful compact SUV with a V6 engine option, but it’s also a surprisingly fuel efficient vehicle. Especially when you compare it to other vehicles in its class. If you opt for the V6, you will lose some fuel-efficiency. But, the fact the Equinox equipped with the V6 is rated best in it’s class for performance is a fair trade off. With class competing fuel-efficiency, good engine options, and a starting MSRP of $22,600, the 2016 Equinox is some serious competition for the compact SUV market.


The Equinox comes in four trim levels with two engine options available depending on the trim. The Equinox comes standard with a 2.4-liter four cylinder across all trim levels, and the LT and LTZ trims have a 3.6-liter V6 option available. The 2.4-liter four-cylinder puts out 182 horsepower and 172 pound-feet of torque. While this is a little on the weak side, the power to fuel economy ratio is too good to resist.

The 3.6-liter V6 produces a strong 301 horsepower and 272 pound-feet of torque, which is impressive for a little compact SUV. The increase in horsepower is definitely noticeable, especially when it comes to performance. While the base engine option only does 0-60 in an average 9.8 seconds, the Equinox with the V6 is able to do 0-60 in about 7.0 seconds. Which is quite impressive, and is actually half a second quicker than average for a car in this class.

Fuel Efficiency

The Equinox has an AWD option that increases performance, but decreases fuel-efficiency slightly. An Equinox equipped with the 2.4-liter base engine get’s an impressive 22 mpg city, 32 mpg highway, creating a stellar 26 mpg combined. The fuel economy does not suffer too much when AWD is added in; sitting at 20 mpg city, 29 mpg highway, and 23 mpg combined isn’t too shabby for a compact SUV with AWD.

The V6 is where the fuel economy begins too drop. However, it’s still not that bad. When equipped with the V6, the Equinox in FWD gets 17 mpg city, 24 mpg highway, and 20 mpg combined. Now that it’s sitting at the fuel economy of a truck, it should be able to perform like one, right? Right! When outfitted properly, the V6 Equinox gets best in class for engine performance, and can also tow up to a massive 3,500 pounds. That’s a lot of weight to pull for a little SUV. When equipped with AWD, the fuel efficiency begins too suffer, and it sits at 16 mpg city, 23 mpg highway, and 18mpg combined. Keep in mind though; with most models, there is the option to sacrifice fuel economy for performance. At least the Equinox’s efficiency sacrifice is justifiable with the V6 putting out 301 horsepower.

How Does It Compare?

As far as fuel efficiency goes, it’s compatible to other vehicles in it’s class; like the Toyota Rav4 or the Ford Edge. But, it ends up outperforming both of them with it’s stellar towing and engine performance. That’s the reason the 2016 Equinox is a fuel efficient vehicle for it’s class. Not because its gets 10 mpg more than the other vehicles in it’s class, but because of the amount of horsepower you can net that’s accompanied by a dreamy fuel economy.

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