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The Chevy Equinox has been a popular crossover SUV since it first hit dealer showrooms in 2005.
First introduced as an option for families who sought out a practical vehicle with low operating costs, the Chevy Equinox was an immediate hit. Offering more standard features than any other vehicle in its segment, the Equinox came equipped with standard remote keyless entry, air conditioning, and 16-inch wheels with Bridgestone tires.
Since 2005, the Equinox has seen minor and major revisions, including the addition of the Sport model, and new engine options. In its time on the American market, the Equinox has been one of the most popular compact SUVs, outselling the competition. 2014 marked the fifth consecutive year that the Equinox saw record sales numbers, with the number of units sold totaling 242,242.
The Chevy Equinox also held over nine-percent of the compact SUV market in 2014, the same year that the crossover SUVs outsold midsize cars, to become the industry’s largest segment. The Equinox is the second-best selling Chevrolet vehicle available on the market, outsold only by the Chevy Silverado.
The 2016 Chevy Equinox may not represent a new generation or complete overhaul of the popular vehicle, but it does make waves in the automotive world with its new trim level lineup, more standard features than previous model years, and an updated interior and exterior. The Chevy Equinox has been a driving force in the crossover SUV market since 2005, and will continue that trend with the 2016 model year.
The 2016 Chevy Equinox is simplifying things. For the newest model year, the crossover SUV is dropping the 1LT and 2LT trim level offerings, and sticking with the L, LS, LT, and LTZ trims. Each trim level will come with more standard features than previous model years, offering drivers at each level, more features than ever before, for a low price point.
Check out what different trim levels are offering drivers for 2016:
Each trim level offers drivers an impressive list of all-new features, and more overall standard features than previous Equinox model years.
While the 2016 Equinox did not receive a major transformation, the compact SUV did undergo quite a bit of changes in both the exterior and interior of the vehicle. With seating for five, the interior of the compact SUV has gained General Motors’ exclusive MultiFlex sliding rear seat, offering an impressive 31.4 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seat.
With the 60/40 split fold seats in the folded down position, drivers can pack an unheard of, 63.7 cubic feet of cargo space. Passengers will enjoy the 39.9-inch legroom capacity in the back seat, along with the multi-flex seating for a more comfortable ride.
Technology-wise, the 2016 Chevy Equinox does not disappoint. With Chevrolet MyLink as standard equipment on LT and LTZ models, drivers have more access to music, and apps than ever before. OnStar with 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot is offered on all trim levels of the Equinox, ensuring that drivers and passengers are able to stay connected no matter where the road may take them.
The Equinox was the first compact SUV to offer 4G LTE technology built into a vehicle, and continues to lead the charge with impressive technological upgrades. The 2016 Equinox also offers drivers the option of Siri Eyes Free technology, that allows iPhone users to stay completely connected while driving, without taking their eyes off the road, or hands off the wheel.
Under the Hood
The Equinox now offers an all-wheel-drive option on the LS, LT, and LTZ models. The 2016 Equinox comes standard with an Ecotec 2.4-liter direct-injected engine, delivering an EPA-estimated 32 miles per gallon on the highway, when equipped with front-wheel-drive.
Drivers of the LT and LTZ models can opt for a direct-injected 3.6-liter V6 with best-in-class 301 horsepower and 272 lb.-ft. of torque. The 3.6-liter engine also allows drivers the ability to trailer up to 3,500 pounds - unmatched by any other four-cylinder-only competitors.
There is no substitute for safe driving habits, but having a vehicle that can help actively protect you and your most precious cargo, is a worthwhile investment. Featuring more safety features than previous models, the 2016 Equinox delivers with a wide-range of offerings that come as both standard and available features.
Check out some of the safety technology available below:
The above safety features work best together, providing a 360 degree protective barrier around your vehicle. With all of these advanced safety features, drivers and passengers can rest easy knowing that the 2016 Equinox features the latest and greatest in advanced safety technology.