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2016 Chevrolet Equinox: Chicago Auto Show

What Is It?

The Equinox is a 5-passenger midsize crossover that slots below the Traverse and above the Trax in Chevy’s growing SUV lineup. The 2016 Chevrolet Equinox is an updated version of this crossover, offering a few important changes to help keep the crossover fresh in an increasingly competitive segment.

The biggest updates to the Equinox are on the outside, where the crossover boasts a new front end with a new grille and headlights, along with a new rear end that includes new taillights, a new tailgate and a new bumper. There are also new wheel designs and available LED running lights for high-end trim levels.

Inside, the Equinox largely carries over from last year, though the formerly optional 7-inch touchscreen is now standard. Otherwise, the biggest change comes in the form of two new options: rear cross-traffic alert and a blind spot warning system. The SUV’s two powertrain choices, a 182-horsepower 2.4 liter 4-cylinder and a 301-hp 3.6-liter V6, are the same as last year.

How Much?

Today’s Equinox starts around $25,500 with shipping, and we’d expect similar pricing from the new one.

When Can You Get It?

This year

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On the market since 2010, the current Equinox has seen slow sales in recent years due to newer, more modern competition. While updates to the 2016 Chevrolet Equinox aren’t too dramatic, they still help keep the crossover fresh in a competitive segment. We’d certainly check out the latest Equinox as we looked at rivals from other brands.

Other Cars to Consider

2015 Ford Edge The newly redesigned Edge is more expensive than the Equinox, but it serves roughly the same purpose in Ford’s lineup as the Equinox does in Chevy’s: a 2-row alternative to larger midsize SUVs. The latest Edge, however, offers more equipment, more technology and a nicer interior.

2015 Toyota RAV4 Although Toyota’s popular RAV4 lost its V6 engine with its 2013 redesign, we’re still big fans of the small crossover, which verges on the midsize end of the segment. Pricing is reasonable, interior room is ample and Toyota’s reputation for dependability is hard to beat.

Used Chevrolet Traverse If you’re looking for more room than the Equinox can provide, check out Chevrolet’s slightly larger Traverse crossover. It offers 3-row seating and standard V6 power, though with its higher pricing, you may want to consider a used model.

Used Ford Explorer Just like the Traverse, the Explorer offers more space and more power than the Equinox. We also think its interior is nicer, and we’re impressed with its wide array of technology and safety features. Pricing is high compared to the Equinox, though, so you may want to consider a used model.

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Doug Demuro
Doug DeMuro writes articles and makes videos, mainly about cars. Doug was born in Denver, Colorado, and received an economics degree from Emory University in Atlanta. After graduation, Doug spent three years working for Porsche Cars North America. Eventually, he quit his job to become a writer, largely because it meant that he no longer had to wear pants. Doug’s work has been featured in a... Read More about Doug Demuro

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