Since it first hit the market in the 2005 model year, the Chevrolet Equinox has made a name for itself as a competitive choice among small crossover SUVs. Bringing spacious dimensions, powerful and fuel-efficient powertrain options, and comfortable driving dynamics, the Equinox has successfully served motorists looking for a practical and well-rounded larger vehicle at an affordable price point. More recent versions of the Equinox have stepped up their game inside the cabin with high-end materials and a host of advanced features to keep the modern driver happy.
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The current version of this crossover SUV is the 2016 Chevrolet Equinox, which returns this year with a front-end facelift thanks to a new chrome-accented grille that brings the design of the model in line with others in Chevrolet’s lineup. Available at an affordable MSRP from just $22,600, the new Equinox will feature standard fare like Bluetooth, iPod integration, Chevrolet’s exclusive OnStar telematics system with emergency crash notification and an in-car 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot. Those looking for more high-end features will find it in the form of premium leather upholstery, heated seats, voice-activated controls, and a 7-inch touchscreen with Chevrolet’s advanced MyLink interface that integrates your favorite smartphone apps.
There are also two powertrain choices available on the new Equinox, starting with a 2.4L four-cylinder engine, which generates a confident 182 hp and 172 lb-ft of torque while achieving up to an EPA-estimated 32 mpg highway and 22 mpg city. Those looking for more power will find it in the 3.6L V6, which pumps out 301 hp and 272 lb-ft of torque while still achieving EPA estimates up to 24 mpg highway and 17 mpg city. Both engines come with a six-speed automatic transmission and available all-wheel drive.
Auto critics agree that the 2016 Chevrolet Equinox is a great deal, packing plenty of power inside a well-equipped, spacious body.
U.S News and World Report: “The 2016 Chevrolet Equinox is an affordable compact SUV that gets a standard rearview camera and new available driver-assistance features this year.”
The Car Connection: “The 2016 Chevrolet Equinox has one of the most spacious, quiet, and versatile interiors among smaller crossovers, and it loads on the value.”
Edmunds: “The 2016 Chevrolet Equinox should continue to be a worthy choice for a small crossover SUV, particularly when equipped with the V6 engine.”
There’s not yet a full picture of what can be expected from the 2017 Chevrolet Equinox, but all signs point to a full redesign of this crossover SUV. It seems entirely possible that General Motors will design the new Equinox to be a bit smaller than the outgoing model, which would place it more firmly in the small crossover SUV segment while probably helping it to achieve better overall fuel economy. Look for the new model to be powered by a range of sophisticated and efficient turbocharged engines, while its format could be the modular D2XX platform, similar to the new Buick and GMC small crossovers.