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2016 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ

2016 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ

Quick Spin 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 ComfortB
Power and PerformanceC
Fit and FinishB
Fuel EconomyC
ValueB
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
Big GuyB-
Tall GuyB

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

 

Quick Hits

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

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CG Says:

2016 Equinox Cabin

Equinox boasts ample front-row passenger space.

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.

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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.

2016 Equinox Iridescent Pearl White

Consumer Guide’s test Equinox came in Iridescent Pearl Tricoat, a $995 option.

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