Improving upon its 2015 predecessor, the new 2016 Chevy Equinox received more than just a facelift—it’s been reinvigorated with a certain je ne sais quoi that other crossover SUVs have yet to define, let alone offer.
As a leading Chevy dealer near Kansas City, we at McCarthy/Morse Chevrolet have taken notice of the crossover SUV’s improvements for 2016. From its refreshed exterior and newly designed cabin and dashboard to its powerful engine and feature-rich accommodations, it’s no surprise that the 2016 Chevy Equinox is now second only to the Silverado as Chevrolet’s most popular model.
The New Look of the Chevy Equinox
Offered in these four trims (L, LS, LT, and LTZ), the 2016 Equinox welcomes a new look, both inside and out.
Outside, the crossover SUV has been refitted with a lengthened nose and tail, both of which house redesigned projector-beam headlights and LED taillights, respectively. The Equinox now also sports the chrome-accented, dual-port grille design of its brethren.
“What makes this 2016 model more distinctive is its new front clip,” writes Randy Stern of Lavender Magazine. “The shape is sharper, with the lower grille sporting a wider grin above the horizontal bar and the upper grille.” The Equinox’s appearance is accentuated by such thoughtful design changes, including a new front fascia that sits low to the ground.
Standard inside an Equinox (L trim), drivers and passengers will find premium cloth upholstery, 60/40 second-row seating that reclines, a telescoping steering wheel, Bluetooth connectivity, OnStar navigation, a rearview camera, and a seven-inch touchscreen built into the center console dashboard.
In the Edmunds.com review of the 2016 Chevy Equinox, they heap praise on the improved dashboard: “The 2016 Equinox’s dashboard is sleek and stylish. As with most current Chevy models, the dash contours flow smoothly into the door panels, creating a wraparound feel that’s distinctive….”
Other optional features include Chevy’s MyLink infotainment system, heated front seats, blind-spot safety detection, a rear-seat DVD player, lane-departure monitors, headrest tablet holders, and an adjustable power liftgate, which is a favorite feature in kbb.com’s review of the Equinox.
Accommodations & Comforts Galore
“Where the Equinox will win you over is in accommodations,” claims Lavender Magazine’s Stern. “The seats are large and very comfortable. If you love being up front, the rear seat is also fantastic. You can push the seat back and recline them for the best rear seat room in its class.”
Families will thoroughly enjoy this additional wiggle room as the seating arrangements within the Equinox make it easier to situate and remove child seats. With the rear seat’s ability to slide fore and aft, owners can also double available cargo space— from 31 cubic feet to nearly 64—in just seconds.
In his review of the 2016 Chevy Equinox, Bengt Halvorson of thecarconnection.com emphasizes how families are wooed by the spaciousness: “Size the Equinox up briefly, and you won’t be surprised why vehicles like it have become the family sedans of today. We’d venture to say that among compact or mid-size crossovers, the Equinox will remain one of the better picks….”
What’s Underneath the Equinox’s Hood?
Pop the hood and you’ll find a standard 2.4-liter Ecotec 4-cylinder engine that can tow up to 1500 pounds and returns 32-mpg on the highway—one of the best fuel-efficiency ratings in the small and midsize SUV class.
The engine can be upgraded to a 3.6-liter V6 on LT and LTZ trims, and we recommend the upgrade because of the increased towing power, speed, and acceleration.
With the ability to tow up to 3500 pounds, the V6 produces 300hp and 272 lb-ft of torque, making it a quicker engine than most others found in small and midsize crossovers. According to Edmunds.com, the V6 with AWD was a half a second faster than the average of other similar crossovers with an enhanced engine.
Autotrader.com agrees, writing in its own review that “…the Equinox is much more spirited. It enjoys quick throttle response and very good acceleration. Building up to highway speeds or making an aggressive left-lane pass is no problem.”
With such a powerful V6 engine, you’d expect a roaring mammoth under the hood. Surprisingly, the Equinox is a quiet cruiser according to Autotrader. “What they’re looking for is a comfortable and quiet ride for daily commuting and weekend outings with the family. And that’s just what the Equinox delivers.”
In all, the 2016 Chevrolet Equinox has fully embraced its maturity within the Chevy lineup. Whether used for work carpooling, weekend road trips, or as a soccer-mom vehicle, its versatility is well-documented.
Randy Stern summarized the Equinox best: “There are plenty of vehicles in this class worth considering; however, the Chevrolet Equinox offers a lot more to consider than the rest of the compact crossover/SUV segment.”
And we couldn’t agree more.
Test Drive the 2016 Chevy Equinox Today at McCarthy Morse Chevrolet
If you’re ready to buy a new Chevy vehicle, such as a 2016 Equinox, come to McCarthy/Morse Chevrolet in Overland Park, KS. Serving the Kansas City metro area, we have a large variety of new and used cars from which to choose, and we’d be privileged to help find your new four-wheeled family member.
Contact our new and used car dealership near Kansas City today at 877-461-6593 and make arrangements to test drive a 2016 Chevy Equinox.