Fun to drive and loaded with features.
The 2016 and 2017 Chevrolet Equinox made it to our list of top family cars and top-rated crossovers for its ample cargo space and smooth, cozy ride. This Chevy Equinox review will focus on the 2016 and 2017 model years and will include useful information on available trim options, features, fuel efficiency, NHTSA safety ratings, and more!
- Reasons to Buy the Chevrolet Equinox
- Trim Options
- Best Features
- NHTSA Safety Ratings
- Used Chevrolet Equinox Pricing at CarMax
- Fuel Economy
- Similar Makes and Models
10 Reasons to Buy the Chevrolet Equinox
- Available V6 engine. Some 2016 and 2017 trim levels (such as the LT and LTZ) are available in an upgraded V6 engine that delivers up to 301 horsepower for more excitement behind the wheel.
- A quiet and comfortable ride. The 2016 Equinox saw numerous improvements, including tweaks to the vehicle's suspension and cabin to deliver a more cozy and quiet ride.
- Surprisingly roomy interior. With more than 31 cubic feet of total cargo space in its base trim, this is one of the most spacious crossover SUVs on the market and is great for growing families. The rear row of seats is also simple to fold away when needed. And when they're in use, they also feature sliding and reclining functions for maximum passenger comfort and legroom.
- Ample standard features. With standard features such as a rearview camera and even available in-car Wi-Fi, the Equinox feels more like a luxury car even in its base trim! Other standard features include an impressive six-speaker sound system and a powered driver's seat for added comfort and lumbar support.
- Easy-to-use infotainment. With a 7-inch touchscreen and plenty of tech features (including Bluetooth® connectivity and smartphone integration in some trim levels), the Equinox has a great infotainment setup. Both the 2016 and 2017 model years also come with built-in OnStar® communications systems, which, when activated with a subscription, are designed to unlock doors remotely, get real-time driving directions, and even help locate stolen vehicles.
- Plenty of trim options. Both the 2016 and 2017 Equinox are available in four different trim levels, and some even have add-on packages for added personalization.
- Ready to take on almost any terrain. High ground clearance and an impressive suspension allow the Equinox to perform in many conditions, including many tough terrains and snow.
- Lots of available upgrades. Aside from its ample standard features, there are numerous add-on packages (including a towing package) to truly make this vehicle your own.
- Excellent steering and handling. Tight curves are no match for the Equinox with its excellent handling, maneuverability, and streamlined body.
- Affordable price tag. At CarMax, the average price for a 2014-2016 Equinox (as of February 2018) is under $19,000. The 2017 Equinox has an average price at CarMax (as of February 2018) of under $22,000. 1
What Trim Options Are Available?
Both the 2016 and 2017 Chevrolet Equinox come with four available trim options: the base L, LS, LT, and LTZ (named Premier in the 2017 model year).
Standard features for the Equinox L include 17-inch wheels, premium upholstery for a luxurious look and feel, and convenient split second-row seat design that makes for easy reclining, sliding, and adjustment.
Upgrade to the Equinox LS and you'll enjoy a few additional features, including the ability to connect your car to satellite radio that'll come in handy on longer road trips. This trim level also includes a convenient compass and some versions include a nice towing package.
Opt for the Equinox LT and you'll find heated mirrors, a roof rack for additional exterior storage, and easy integration for your smartphone so you can enjoy hands-free calling, radio apps, and more.
When you top out with the Equinox LTZ/Premier, you'll enjoy larger 18-inch wheels for a smoother and quieter ride, as well as chrome accents for a more stylish body appearance. The LTZ/Premier also includes heated front seats for those chilly days, a more powerful V6 engine, and even rear parking sensors.
What Are Some of the Best Chevrolet Equinox Features?
In-Car Wi-Fi Hotspot
Chevrolet introduced groundbreaking available in-car 4G Wi-Fi in 2016, and the Equinox was one of the first vehicles to offer this service as a standard feature that can be activated with the proper subscription, compatible device, and data plan. This can be a huge bonus for convenient streaming on-the-go!
Even in some 2018 Chevy Equinox models, rearview cameras aren't yet considered a standard feature, so the fact that these convenient cameras are included on all trim levels of the 2016 and 2017 Equinox is a nice bonus.
The 2016 and 2017 Equinox are outfitted with 7-inch touchscreen interfaces, which are among the largest available today and are loaded with easy-to-use tech features that drivers and passengers will love.
Chevrolet Equinox NHTSA Safety Ratings
Both the 2016 and 2017 Chevrolet Equinox received overall four-star safety ratings by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Certain vehicles may have unrepaired safety recalls.Click here to look up a specific vehicle.
Some standard safety features found in the 2016 and 2017 Chevrolet Equinox include:
- rearview camera
- antilock brakes
- traction and stability control
- OnStar emergency communications (requires a subscription)
Used Chevrolet Equinox 2016 and 2017 Pricing at CarMax
If you're in the market for a crossover SUV at an affordable price, a used Chevy Equinox can be a smart choice. At CarMax, the average price for a 2014-2016 Equinox (as of February 2018) is under $19,000. The 2017 Equinox has an average price at CarMax (as of February 2018) of under $22,000.1 Some of the upgrades that might justify spending a little more on a used 2017 Equinox over older model years include a couple of new upgrade packages, such as the Midnight Package and the Sport Package.
Fuel Economy: What Can You Expect?
High fuel economy is one of the most common reasons people opt for a crossover SUV over a full-size SUV, so if fuel economy is important to you, you may be wondering what to expect out of the Chevrolet Equinox. According to fueleconomy.gov, the 2016 Chevrolet Equinox base trim with 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine averages an estimated 22 city and 31 highway. Meanwhile, the 2017 Chevrolet Equinox base trim with 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine offers an estimated 21 mpg city and 31 mpg highway.2
Which Makes and Models Compare to the Chevrolet Equinox?
The Bottom Line
If a spacious, comfortable ride with ample standard features is what you're after, the 2016 or 2017 Chevrolet Equinox might be right for you.
Looking for more information? You can:
1Based on average prices on carmax.com in February 2018. Actual prices may vary based on your selected model year, features and trim packages. Prices do not include taxes, tags, titles, and any applicable fees.
2Fuel economy figures are based on EPA estimates when vehicles sold as new. Fuel economy may vary for reasons like driving conditions and vehicle history. Unless specified, figures are for vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission. See fueleconomy.gov for details.