2016 Chevrolet Equinox – One of these CUV’s that’s just like the others

2016 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ AWD  | MSRP (base model): $31,490 | Price as tested: $35,355

 

Engine: 2.4L; 182 h.p.; 172 lb.-ft. | MPG: 20 city / 29 hwy

 

Features: Pioneer Audio System, OnStar 4G HotSpot, Rain-Sensing Wipers, etc.

 

In a world full of compact utility vehicles, you either need to be special, or have a lot of special deals for people to buy them. The Equinox sells well, but it is more due to the pricing and deals than for being a standout vehicle. Chevrolet has refreshed the Equinox, but I don’t think it is enough to make it stand out.

Let’s start with the design. They added the corporate-split grill, but to me it just doesn’t seem to fit as well as on a Malibu. It just looks weird. It appears to be dressing up for a black-tie affair, but forgot the tie. At least the front of the Equinox looks smiley and happy! In looking at the back end, it looks dated, almost like they slapped on a new front end on a previous model.  Somehow the white LTZ we had looked fairly attractive, like the sum of all the parts works better than if you look at the individual pieces. Or maybe white just works for the Equinox.

 

The size of the vehicle seems to place it somewhere in between a CUV and an actual SUV.

 

The overall look and feel of the interior is good for the class, and comes with nice saddle-color heated leather seats. I was disappointed with the drivers pod with the green backlight; it seemed like a throwback to the 90’s. Another throwback is….

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