2016 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ AWD
Class: Midsize Crossover
Dates tested: 7/27/2015 – 8/03/2015
Miles Driven: 272
Fuel Used: 21.7 gallons
Real-world fuel economy: 19.2 mpg
|CG Report Card|
|Big & Tall comfort ratings are for front seats only. "Big" rating based on male tester weighing approximately 350 pounds, "Tall" rating based on 6'6" male tester.|
|Room and Comfort||B|
|Power and Performance||C|
|Fit and Finish||B|
|Report-card grades are derived from a consensus of test-driver evaluations. All grades are versus other vehicles in the same class. Value grade is for specific trim level evaluated, and may not reflect Consumer Guide's impressions of the entire model lineup.|
|Big & Tall Comfort|
Driving mix: 60% city, 40% highway
EPA-estimated fuel economy: 20/29/23 (city, highway, combined)
Base price: $31,490 (not including $895 destination charge)
Options on test car: Special paint ($995), Enhanced Convenience Package ($950), Technology Package ($890), cargo cover ($135)
Price as tested: $34,460
The great: Generous passenger space within tidy-for-the-class exterior dimensions
The good: Quiet, nicely finished cabin
The not so good: So-so cargo room, observed fuel economy trails most class competitors
When launched for 2005, the Chevrolet Equinox found an audience based on its bargain price and exterior dimensions that cleverly straddled the line between compact and midsize crossover SUVs. However, most reviews panned the Equinox for its cheap interior finish, crude dynamics, and generally cut-rate veneer.
A complete redesign for 2010 resulted in a vehicle that was improved in every measurable way. The new Equinox enjoyed higher levels of refinement while maintaining the tidy packaging that was core to its appeal.
Equinox has been freshened for 2016, receiving updated styling and a host of safety and convenience features that had been previously unavailable.
A backup camera is now standard, while a blind-spot-alert system and rear cross-path alert system are both available. Also new is OnStar’s 4G LTE in-vehicle Wi-Fi system, which is standard, though data-usage charges apply.
Consumer Guide’s test Equinox came equipped with the standard 2.4-liter engine. The 4-cylinder powerplant provides more than adequate acceleration for most situations, and is notably smooth and quiet. A 3.6-liter V6 is also available.
Chevrolet sold almost 280,000 examples of the Equinox in 2015, making it one of the best-selling vehicles in the country. With a freshened look and a host of new safety features, this smallish midsize crossover is likely to remain popular for the near future.