Despite having been freshened for 2016 updated style, a couple of new security features, plus extra information and entertainment that includes a cruise-Fi hotspot Chevrolet Equinox happily for the new model year from the same plate small crossover that rolled to the scene six years ago as a 2010 model.
It is a very hot market segment now Chockablock with all kinds of attractive offers. Honda CR-V sport utility America’s perennial success of sales; the Ford Escape, extensively revised in 2017, is hard on his heels; and the Mazda CX-5 is still our favorite in the category.
The Equinox no threat to the three, but its sales, however, are working well before 2014 and near the front of the field between 16 and 18 horses in the Derby and second overall among all Chevrolet vehicles. Recent updates can raise our opinion of the equinox? We have paid LTZ 2016 all-wheel drive top-of-the-line to find out.
As noted, the 2016 Equinox is mechanically indistinguishable from their immediate predecessors. It has the same system in all-wheel drive, the same six-speed automatic transmission, and the same base 2.4-liter four-cylinder with 182 horsepower and 172 lb.-ft. of torque.
You can expect this to produce results track identical to Equinox four-cylinder test ran again in August 2009, but their expectations would be out by a wink or two here and there, the new is a couple of tenths slower than 60 mph and almost two seconds slower to 100 mph.
Although this is boring propulsion system, the Equinox gives a surprisingly good account of himself on rural roads as well as from one state to another. The chassis is free of tremors, body movements are moderate transient responses are ready, which is not really anxious and ride quality is pleasantly firm.
We want a little more management information, which is nicely weighted, but short on accuracy, making small adjustments after the driver has chosen an initial line in a curve of constant radius.
Yes, there is the option of a 3.6-liter V-6, one of the few remaining available in this class. With 301 horsepower and 272 pound-feet of torque, it lends urgency to transmit much more progress and increases towing capacity of 1500-3500 pounds. On the other hand, the V-6 drag down even fuel economy ratings an important consideration, even with cheap gas 20/29 mpg for the four-cylinder four-wheel drive to 16/23 to V- 6 all-wheel drive. Moreover, the V-6 is available only in the first two trim levels.
US $ 34,755, our LTZ had almost everything but the V-6. But it can be enclosed in an Equinox for much less. The price range starts at $ 23,495 for front-wheel drive model that L is regular four-cylinder. Memo for Chevrolet: 2.4 exchange for the 2.0 turbo that drives the new Malibu Equinox. Maybe that will change with the next generation Equinox, which is expected to appear soon.