2016 Chevrolet Equinox Buyer's Guide

By KBB.com Editors on February 8, 2016 6:03 AM

Updated for 2016, with an even newer one around the corner

Starting Price: $23,495 Build and price

NHTSA Overall Safety Rating: 4 stars

Editors’ Rating: 7.1

Consumers’ Rating: 7.8

Combined Fuel Economy: 26 mpg

Most Similar: GMC TerrainToyota RAV4

Bigger than most compact SUVs, but smaller inside.

Although not directly competitive with the category's elite (Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4), the 2016 Chevrolet Equinox delivers a plus-size platform, composed ride, capable 4-cylinder engine and (rare in the category) available V6. If you don't go crazy on the option sheet, the Equinox is available at price points fully competitive with those CUVs in Honda and Toyota showrooms. The Equinox is now in the sixth year of its product cycle in a rapidly expanding market full of new or aggressively refreshed models, and for 2016 it receives a new nose and tail, plus an updated interior.

Driving It

From our full review of the 2016 Equinox: "Conventional wisdom says that the V6 engine in the 2016 Chevy Equinox makes it something of a hot rod compared to competitors like the Honda CR-V. It would, if the Equinox wasn't such a dense little machine; at nearly two tons, it weighs hundreds of pounds more than the Honda, canceling out a good portion of the power advantage."

Build and Price

Chevy's small-mid SUV starts under $24,000 and tops out near $39,000. Build and price your own 2016 Chevrolet Equinox to unlock its Fair Purchase Price, 5-Year Cost to Own and more.

Personal Taste

For buyers more compelled by the truck side of the crossover equation, the GMC Terrain is essentially a Chevy Equinox with a more rugged look. And like its Equinox kin, the Terrain also receives some updates for 2016.

Consumer Reviews

Enthusiasm for the Equinox leans more toward practical consideration than passionate devotion. Says one owner: "After lots of research and Numerous IIHS crash test videos and pictures went with the 4 cylinder Equinox due to gm fuel estimates and because we lived in Texas and 2wd is fine, vehicle would be ok in light snow for awd on road but wouldn't recommend anything off the street. Very reliable vehicle. Eco mode doesn't really do much better with fuel have seen 19-27 with avg at 22.5 not the 22-34 as advertised." Read more from Equinox owners.

More Small and Midsize SUVs

With its larger-than-compact footprint and available V6 engine, the Equinox has one foot in the small SUV segment and another in the midsize SUV category. And wouldn't you know, we offer both a Compact SUV Buyer's Guide and a Midsize SUV Buyer's Guide to help you make sense of it all.

Photo Gallery: 2016 Chevrolet Equinox Inside and Out