2016 Chevrolet Equinox

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2016 Chevrolet Equinox
2016 Chevrolet Equinox

Key specs

Base trim shown


Body style


Combined MPG


Seating capacity

187.80” x 69.30”


Front-wheel drive



The good:

  • Standard projector beam headlights
  • Sliding and reclining split rear seat
  • Accessible Latch anchors
  • 7-inch multimedia touchscreen

The bad:

  • Left-side blind spot
  • Cloth bucket seats have hard cushions
  • Interior volume, considering exterior size

4 trims

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  • L


  • LS


  • LT


  • LTZ


Wondering which trim is right for you?

Our 2016 Chevrolet Equinox trim comparison will help you decide.

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Notable features

  • New front styling
  • Four- or six-cylinder engines
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Available MyLink entertainment system
  • Standard backup camera

2016 Chevrolet Equinox review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview

The five-seat Chevrolet Equinox small SUV has been on sale in its current form for six model years. At that age, a car is typically due for a full redesign, but that’s not what the Equinox gets for the 2016 model year. Instead, Chevrolet said in a statement that it has “contemporized” the Equinox with new styling and more features like a newly standard backup camera.

The base L trim level is only available with front-wheel drive, but LS, LT and LTZ trims can have all-wheel drive. Like its predecessor, the 2016 Equinox is powered by a standard four-cylinder engine or an available V-6. It hits dealerships this fall.

ExteriorNew front-end styling is the 2016 Equinox’s most significant exterior update. All trim levels get new projector-beam headlights, and the new twin-port grille has a larger lower opening and a slimmer body-colored bar. LT and LTZ trim levels add LED daytime running lights, and the LTZ has new fog lights.

Chevrolet has also reworked the Equinox’s taillights, and the chrome exhaust tips on V-6 models are new. Restyled 17- and 18-inch aluminum wheels are offered.

InteriorThe Equinox’s center control panel has a new storage shelf, and a 7-inch touch-screen stereo is now standard; LT and LTZ trim levels add Chevrolet’s MyLink multimedia system. OnStar with 4G LTE internet connectivity is available; it turns the Equinox into a rolling Wi-Fi hot spot whenever the SUV is running. A three-month/3-gigabyte data trial is included.

In recognition of the increasing use of tablets for in-car entertainment, the Equinox can be fitted with a tablet holder. The dealer accessory attaches to the back of the front seats and is designed to accommodate a variety of devices.

Under the HoodA 182-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine is standard while a 301-hp, 3.6-liter V-6 is available. Both engines drive a six-speed automatic transmission.

SafetyThe Equinox includes federally mandated front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system. Available safety features include a blind spot warning system, rear cross-traffic alert, forward collision warning and lane departure warning.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.7
  • Interior 4.6
  • Performance 4.5
  • Value 4.6
  • Exterior 4.7
  • Reliability 4.7

Most recent consumer reviews


Why is the power steering wheel have problems.

I really had no problems with the Equinox it until the power steering had only 23,000. Why is this happening. I am curious. Help me.


Bad transmission

Never got to have the car I bought for more than 2 hours. Picked it up and gave it back 2 hours later and that was over 3 weeks ago! Completely unable to drive-“transmission” in the end (I think-still waiting) but torque converter replaced and still bad. No desire to own this car and no faith in purchasing anything right now! Total buyers remorse UGH


Terrible vehicle

I purchased this vehicle in November 2021 at 80,000 miles. It has 82,000 miles on it now. This vehicle was suppose to be my daily driver. It has been in the auto shop over 10 times. This is the worse car I have ever owned. I've had a lot of cars in my life. I thought Chevrolets were good cars. This one must have came from another planet.

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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Chevrolet
New car program benefits
36 months/36,000 miles
36 months/36,000 miles
60 months/60,000 miles
24 months/24,000 miles
Roadside assistance
60 months/60,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
5 model years or newer/up to 75,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
12 months/12,000 miles bumper-to-bumper original warranty, then may continue to 6 years/100,000 miles limited (depending on variables)
6 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
172-point inspection
Roadside assistance
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