2016 Chevrolet Equinox

2016 Chevrolet Equinox
2016 Chevrolet Equinox

2016 Chevrolet Equinox


Vehicle Highlights

  • Fuel Economy: 22 mpg City, 32 mpg Hwy
  • Engine: 2.4L Gas I4, 182 HP
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Drive Train: Front Wheel Drive
  • Passengers: 5
  • Doors: 4

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  • Basic Warranty: 3 Years / 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain Warranty: 5 Years / 60,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance: 5 Years / 60,000 Miles

A vehicle's warranty can significant impact your maintenance costs after you drive off the dealer's lot, and it's important to understand the different parts. Typically, a new car warranty includes a Basic warranty, which covers everything except the wear items such as brakes and tires; and a Drivetrain warranty, that covers all the parts that make the car move, such as the engine and transmission

NHTSA Crash Test Rating

  • Frontal Driver: 5 stars
  • Frontal Passenger: 4 stars
  • Side Driver: 4 stars
  • Side Passenger: 5 stars
  • Rollover Rating: 4 stars

The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) provides consumers with vehicle safety information based on independent testing, primarily front and side crash rating results, and more recently rollover ratings, to aid consumers in their vehicle purchase decisions.

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Specifications for 2016 Chevrolet Equinox

Standard Equipment

  • Safety Options
    • Brakes, brake assist
    • Brakes, Hill Start-Assist (HSA)
    • Traction control
    • StabiliTrak, electronic stability control system
    • Daytime Running Lamps
    • Air bags, dual-stage, frontal, driver and right front passenger with passenger sensing system, Thorax side-impact, seat mounted, driver and right front passenger, head curtain, side front and rear outboard seating positions (Always use safety belts and child restraints. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate child restraint. See the Owner's Manual for more information.)
    • Air bag, Passenger Sensing System, sensor indicator inflatable restraint, front passenger/child presence detector (Always use safety belts and child restraints. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate child restraint. See the Owners Manual for more information.)
    • OnStar Guidance Plan for 6 months including Automatic Crash Response, Stolen Vehicle Assistance, Roadside Assistance, Turn-by-Turn Navigation, Advanced Diagnostics and more (trial excludes Hands-Free Calling) (Visit www.onstar.com for coverage map, details and system limitations. Services vary by model and conditions.)
    • OnStar Basic Plan for 5 years including limited RemoteLink mobile app services, Advanced Diagnostics and Dealer Maintenance Notification (Basic Plan available for 5 years from the date of vehicle delivery, and is transferable. Does not include Emergency, Security or Navigation services.)
    • OnStar with 4G LTE and built-in Wi-Fi hotspot to connect to the internet at 4G LTE speeds, includes 3GB or 3 months OnStar Data Trial (whichever comes first) (Available 4G LTE Wi-Fi requires compatible mobile device, active OnStar subscription and data plan after trial.)
    • Safety belts 3-point, driver and right-front passenger, height-adjustable includes pretensioners
    • Safety belts, 3-point, rear, all seating positions
    • Door locks, rear child security
    • LATCH system (Lower Anchors and Top tethers for CHildren), for child safety seats
    • Tire Pressure Monitor System (Does not monitor spare.)
  • Entertainment Features
    • Bluetooth for phone personal cell phone connectivity to vehicle audio system and HMI (Human Machine Interface) (Bluetooth for phone only when equipped with (UE1) OnStar.)
    • Antenna, roof-mounted
    • SiriusXM Satellite Radio, delete
    • Audio system feature, USB port
    • Audio system feature, auxiliary input jack
    • Audio system feature, 80-watt 6-speaker system mid-range speakers in each door and tweeters in the A-pillars
    • Audio system, 7" diagonal color touch-screen display AM/FM stereo with MP3 playback capability, outside temperature indicator and Radio Data System (RDS), includes Bluetooth for phone
  • Exterior Features
    • Rocker moldings, door mounted, Charcoal
    • Grille, Black with chrome surround
    • Headlamps, halogen projector style
    • Glass, tinted
    • Mirrors, outside power-adjustable, Black, manual-folding
    • Wipers, front variable-speed, intermittent with washer
    • Wiper, rear variable-speed, intermittent with washer
    • Liftgate, rear manual with fixed glass
    • Door handles, body-color
    • Moldings, Charcoal lower rocker
    • Bumpers, body-color with Charcoal lowers
    • Tire, compact spare with steel wheel
    • L Exterior Appearance includes body-color bumpers with Charcoal lowers, body-color door handles, 17" aluminum wheels and Black mirrors
    • Tires, P225/65R17 all-season, blackwall (Included and only available with (RSB) 17" (43.2 cm) aluminum wheels.)
    • Wheels, 17" (43.2 cm) aluminum
  • Interior Features
    • Seats, Deluxe front bucket
    • Interior, Premium Cloth
    • Seat adjuster front driver power lumbar and power height adjuster
    • Seat, rear, 2-way fore/aft adjustment with 60/40 split seatback and 3-way recline
    • Console, front center with armrest and concealed storage
    • Armrest, rear center with dual cup holders
    • Floor mats, carpeted front
    • Steering wheel, comfort grip vinyl with mounted cruise and audio controls
    • Steering wheel controls, mounted audio controls
    • Steering column, tilt and telescopic
    • Instrumentation includes speedometer, single trip odometer, fuel level, engine temperature and tachometer
    • Driver Information Center monitors 26 various systems including, Vehicle Information Menu (oil life, tire pressure, standard/metric units), Trip Information Menu (trip 1, trip 2, fuel range, average fuel economy, instant fuel economy, average vehicle speed) and compass display (Compass not included)
    • Windows, power with Express-Down on all 4 doors
    • Door locks, power programmable with power lockout protection
    • Remote Keyless Entry with 2 transmitters, panic button, content theft alarm activation verification and illuminated entry
    • Cruise control, electronic with set and resume speed
    • Rear Vision Camera
    • Theft-deterrent system, anti-theft alarm and engine immobilizer.
    • Air conditioning, manual climate control
    • Defogger, rear-window electric
    • Cupholders, 2 front in center console and 2 rear in center armrest with 1 bottle holder in each door
    • Power outlets, 4 auxiliary with covers, 12-volt includes 1 front of console, 1 in console, 1 in back of console and 1 in cargo area
    • Mirror, inside rearview manual day/night
    • Visors, driver and front passenger illuminated vanity mirrors
    • Assist handles, front passenger and rear outboards
    • Map pocket, front seatback, driver and front passenger
    • Lighting, interior with theatre dimming, center-mounted dome, rear cargo area, dual front map lights, ambient lighting on center stack surround, and center console cupholders
  • Mechanical Features
    • Engine, 2.4L DOHC 4-cylinder SIDI (Spark Ignition Direct Injection) with VVT (Variable Valve Timing) (182 hp [135.7 kW] @ 6700 rpm, 172 lb-ft [232.2 N-m] @ 4900 rpm)
    • Transmission, 6-speed automatic with overdrive
    • Axle, 3.23 final drive ratio (Requires 1LF26 model and (LEA) 2.4L DOHC 4-cylinder SIDI engine.)
    • GVWR, 4960 lbs. (2250 kg) (Requires front-wheel drive vehicles and (LEA) 2.4L DOHC 4-cylinder SIDI engine.)
    • Alternator, 120 amps
    • Battery, maintenance free with rundown protection, 525 CCA
    • Drivetrain, front-wheel drive
    • Suspension, front independent MacPherson strut with stabilizer bar, optimally-tuned shocks and hydraulic-ride bushings in front control arms
    • Suspension, rear independent multi-link with hydraulic rear trailing arm links and stabilizer bar
    • Suspension, Refined Ride
    • Steering, power-assist, electric-variable
    • Brakes, 4-wheel antilock, 4-wheel disc
    • Exhaust, single

Tech Specs

  • Brakes Features
    • Brake Type - Pwr
    • Brake ABS System - 4-Wheel
    • Disc - Front (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Disc - Rear (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 12.6 x 1.18
    • Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 11.9 x 0.78
  • Cargo Area Dimensions Features
    • Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in) - - TBD -
    • Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in) - - TBD -
    • Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in) - - TBD -
    • Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in) - - TBD -
    • Cargo Box (Area) Height (in) - - TBD -
    • Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³) - 63.7
    • Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³) - 31.5
  • Cooling System Features
    • Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) - 8.9
  • Electrical Features
    • Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - 525
    • Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - 120
  • Engine Features
    • Engine Order Code - LEA
    • Engine Type - Gas I4
    • Displacement - 2.4/145
    • Fuel System - Direct Injection
    • SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM - 182 @ 6700
    • SAE Net Torque @ RPM - 172 @ 4900
  • Exterior Dimensions Features
    • Wheelbase (in) - 112.50
    • Length, Overall (in) - 187.80
    • Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) - 72.50
    • Height, Overall (in) - 66.30
    • Tread Width, Front (in) - 62.90
    • Tread Width, Rear (in) - 62.10
    • Min Ground Clearance (in) - 6.90
    • Rear Door Opening Height (in) - 28.80
    • Rear Door Opening Width (in) - - TBD -
    • Liftover Height (in) - 28.80
  • Fuel Tank Features
    • Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) - 18.8
  • Interior Dimensions Features
    • Passenger Capacity - 5
    • Passenger Volume (ft³) - 99.7
    • Front Head Room (in) - 40.90
    • Front Leg Room (in) - 41.20
    • Front Shoulder Room (in) - 55.80
    • Front Hip Room (in) - 54.60
    • Second Head Room (in) - 39.20
    • Second Leg Room (in) - 39.90
    • Second Shoulder Room (in) - 55.30
    • Second Hip Room (in) - 51.10
  • Mileage Features
    • Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - 26
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) - 22
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) - 32
  • Steering Features
    • Steering Type - Pwr
    • Steering Ratio (:1), Overall - 18.1
    • Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) - 3.46
    • Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) - 40.0
    • Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - - TBD -
  • Summary Features
    • Vehicle Name - Chevrolet Equinox
    • Body Style - Sport Utility Vehicle
  • Suspension Features
    • Suspension Type - Front - MacPherson strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear - Multi link
    • Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - N/A
    • Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - N/A
    • Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - - TBD -
  • Tires Features
    • Front Tire Order Code - QYZ
    • Rear Tire Order Code - QYZ
    • Spare Tire Order Code - N/A
    • Front Tire Size - P225/65R17
    • Rear Tire Size - P225/65R17
    • Spare Tire Size - Compact
  • Trailering Features
    • Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - 1500
    • Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - 150
    • Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - 1500
    • Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - 225
  • Transmission Features
    • Drivetrain - Front Wheel Drive
    • Trans Order Code - MX0
    • Trans Type - 6
    • Trans Description Cont. - Automatic
    • First Gear Ratio (:1) - 4.48
    • Second Gear Ratio (:1) - 2.87
    • Third Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.84
    • Fourth Gear Rato (:1) - 1.41
    • Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.00
    • Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.74
    • Reverse Ratio (:1) - 2.88
    • Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) - 3.23
  • Vehicle Features
    • EPA Classification - 2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
    • Annual CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year - 6.8
  • Weight Information Features
    • Base Curb Weight (lbs) - 3764
  • Wheels Features
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 17 x - TBD -
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 17 x - TBD -
    • Spare Wheel Size (in) - Compact
    • Front Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Rear Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Spare Wheel Material - Steel

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Chevrolet Equinox is a compact SUV similar in size to the Nissan Rogue, Honda CR-V, and Toyota RAV4. Equinox is a crossover utility, meaning it’s based on a car chassis. Equinox is available with front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.

For 2016, Chevrolet Equinox has been updated with new styling, new safety features, and a 7-inch color touchscreen radio. The 2016 Equinox comes in Equinox L, Equinox LS, Equinox LT, and Equinox LTZ trim levels. A new front fascia with new projector-beam headlights, new taillights and rear fascia, and new wheel designs distinguish the 2016 Chevy Equinox from previous models. Interior fabrics have been enhanced, the instrument panel has been revised, and the transmission shifter has been changed for 2016. The current-generation Equinox debuted as a 2010 model.

Equinox seats five and offers 31.4 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seat and 83.7 cubic feet with the rear seat folded.

Chevrolet MyLink is standard on Equinox LT and Equinox LTZ models, while OnStar with 4G LTE connectivity and built-in WiFi hotpot is offered on all trim levels. The hotspot is on whenever the car is on and comes with a three-month/3GB data trial.


Equinox offers a choice of 182-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers an EPA-estimated 32 mpg on front-wheel-drive models or a 301-horsepower 3.6-liter V6. All come with a 6-speed automatic transmission.

Equinox LS come with cloth upholstery, upgraded on LT. Equinox LTZ models upgrade to leather upholstery.


The Chevrolet Equinox is larger than a compact SUV (such as the Honda CR-V), but smaller than a midsize (such as the Honda Pilot).


Equinox features a sliding second-row bench seat that can be moved rearward for more passenger room or forward for more cargo space. Equinox seats five and has just two rows of seats.

Equinox comes with Chevy’s MyLink system for hands-free calling and media access.

Driving Impressions

With its car-like unibody design, the Chevrolet Equinox offers a controlled if somewhat gruff driving experience. It leans a bit in turns, but body motions are kept in check. Like the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4, Equinox drives like a tall car, not a heavy SUV.

The brakes are easy to modulate, and the electric power steering that comes with the four-cylinder engine is light and somewhat numb. The V6 gets hydraulic steering that is a little more direct, but all models are rather noisy. Road and engine sounds can intrude on conversation, and we noticed some body drumming over washboard surfaces. Most of Chevrolet’s latest offerings are more refined.

The ride, however, is quite good. With the standard 17-inch wheels, the Equinox absorbs even sharp bumps without disrupting passenger comfort. The available 18-inch wheels also provide a comfortable ride, even on rough Midwestern streets. We haven’t tried the 19s, but we suspect they will offer more road feel without being too harsh. Models with the V6 get dual-flow front dampers that help the ride on rough surfaces, and also firm up to help improve handling through steady-state curves.

The 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine benefits from direct fuel injection, which improves both power and fuel economy. It provides usable power from a stop and on the highway, and it also offers decent passing punch. Chevrolet quotes a 0-60 mph time of 8.6 seconds for a front-wheel drive model, which is respectable for a four-cylinder-powered vehicle of this size. The 2.4-liter engine is rated at 182 horsepower at 6700 rpm and 172 pound-feet of torque at 4900 rpm.

Fuel economy for the 2.4-liter four-cylinder is an EPA-estimated 22/32 mpg City/Highway on an Equinox with front-wheel drive. Not even the RAV4 or CR-V can match the Equinox’s 32-mpg Highway figure, but they’re not far short at 31 mpg. In city driving, the RAV4 and CR-V top the Equinox, with estimates of 23 and 24 mpg, respectively. The Mazda CX-5 is rated 26/35 mpg with manual gearbox and 2.0-liter engine, 26/33 mpg with 2.5-liter and automatic. While engine noise is a problem in all models, the 2.4-liter four-cylinder standard on the Equinox is smoother than most four-cylinder engines.

The 3.6-liter V6 offers much more power, but with a sizable penalty in fuel economy. It makes 301 horsepower at 6500 rpm and 272 pound-feet of torque at 4800 rpm. Fuel economy is EPA-rated at 17/24 mpg City/Highway with front-wheel drive and 16/23 mpg with all-wheel drive. With the V6, the Equinox has a towing capacity of 3500 pounds. The four-cylinder can tow only 1500 pounds.

Both engines are Flex-Fuel capable. However, using E85 (85 percent ethanol, 15 percent gasoline) results in an EPA-estimated 15/22 mpg with the 2.4-liter four-cylinder, and 13/22 mpg with the 3.6-liter V6, not an efficient strategy.

The 3.6-liter V6 makes the Equinox jump off the line, and provides ready and willing passing punch. Chevrolet says a front-wheel-drive Equinox with the V6 can accelerate to 60 mph in 6.7 seconds. The V6 engine sounds good, emitting a refined growl.

The Equinox’s 6-speed automatic transmission shifts quickly and never hunts for gears. We found it smooth, responsive, and hard to confuse.


The Chevrolet Equinox offers useful interior space for people and cargo and all-wheel drive. There’s a choice of four-cylinder and V6 engines.

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