Saturday, April 2, 2016


When you're accustomed to moving a quarter million models a year - like Chevrolet has become acclimated to with its Equinox minimal SUV - you know you've hit on an effective recipe. Overhauling the second most famous model in its line-up (after the Silverado full-estimate truck) was an errand that the Bowtie brand drew closer with child gloves, particularly since following six years of the second-era Equinox everybody was expecting a full upgrade for the 2016 model year. 

Rather, we got something else: a restyled rendition of the 2016 Chevrolet Equinox that jam business as usual under the skin while dropping a couple of more standard treats into the base model that weren't there the prior year. More present day has a striking resemblance everyday common sense that have made the Equinox a hit would appear to be a strong technique while Chevy awaits its opportunity attempting to make sense of how to tangle lightning in a container a second time with a completely overhauled adaptation of this little SUV. I as of late spent a week in the driver's seat of the 2016 Equinox on the sunny roads of L.A. to show signs of improvement familiar with its revived charms.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Blink and you'll miss the updates made to the 2016 Chevrolet Equinox's sheet metal. In fact, aside from its revised grille you're more likely to spot the classier lighting that’s been affixed to the SUV front and rear. LED daytime running lights are standard above the base L and second-in-line LS models, and you'll also find projector headlights and revised taillights across the board. The rear bumper of the Chevrolet has been lightly retouched as well, but the vehicle is still very recognizably an Equinox, which will make dealers happy when families wander into the showroom looking to re-up. At the same time, it's just enough of a difference to keep the SUV's styling current alongside other models like the Trax and even the Malibu sedan, helping to strengthen the family bond that guides the overall line-up.

Inside things even less in your face, with a new storage shelf carved into the center stack just below the HVAC controls offering a drop for your phone if you don't mind the console-mounted USB plug tangling its charge cable in the shifter. Chevy didn't really need to update the Equinox's digs just for the sake of change - I would have maybe preferred a full-color driver information display between the tachometer and the speedometer instead of the corporate blue setup - but it does feel like I've been looking at the SUV's same dashboard for as many years as I can remember.                                                                                                                                                                                       It would be a mistake to think that the six-year gap between the second-generation Chevrolet Equinox's 2016 model year and its 2010 introduction has meant treading water in the technology department. Perhaps the biggest leg-up that the compact SUV has over its competitors is its standard 4G LTE Wi-Fi Internet hotspot, even on the entry-level L trim (which, strangely enough, also features Bluetooth connectivity for your phone, but not for audio streaming - a side effect of its more modest touchscreen audio system). Still, while you might not be able to play your tunes via the base infotainment interface, the new-for-2016 seven-inch display is a healthy upgrade over the previous stereo, and it's also bundled with a standard rearview camera.

Should you choose to purchase an Equinox LT or higher - essentially the third of four trims for the Chevy SUV - you'll benefit from the more feature-filled MyLink infotainment system, which is notable for its eye-pleasing graphics, logical menu systems, and app availability. To be honest, I have never felt the need to migrate my apps from my phone to my car, but if you're into car-based streaming audio (made easy with the Equinox thanks to its 4G connection), then you'll be happy with what MyLink has to offer. 

I wasn't as impressed with the lack of navigation on the Equinox LT I was driving, however, as the OnStar-based turn-by-turn directions (subscription based, of course) aren't as intuitive, and require you get in touch with a human operator to outline your itinerary. 'Traditional' nav is, of course, available as an option, and I have to applaud GM for how effectively it's managed to develop the OnStar telematics service and use it as an inexpensive way to deliver high-end features in affordable automobiles like the Equinox.                                                                                                                                                                           All new 2016 Chevrolet Equinox makes a deal with purchasers: cherish me for my huge rearward sitting arrangement, and don't grumble about the way that there's around ten cubic feet of aggregate freight space missing when contrasted with class pioneers like the Ford Escape and the Honda CR-V. It's not an awful arrangement, to be completely forthright, particularly when you've tested the Equinox's slide and lean back capacity that considers an amazing level of solace in the second column of facilities, notwithstanding for taller travelers. Regardless you get 31.2 cubic feet of capacity between the seatback and the trapdoor opening, which is respectable for a family hauler, and 62.6 3D shapes absolute on the off chance that you overlay the rearward sitting arrangement level.                                                                                                                                                                                                                 It's elegant for littler vehicles - hatchbacks, hybrids, SUVs - to plunge more profound into the pockets of purchasers consequently to provide no less than a small amount of "premium" feel. The 2016 Chevrolet Equinox offers a solid rundown of accessible components, no doubt, however there's truly nothing beside the vicinity of warmed calfskin seats inside the vehicle that proposes it's an extravagance ride of any sort. 

There's a justifiable reason explanation behind this - General Motors depends on the Denali version of the GMC Terrain (the Equinox's stage twin) to attract very much heeled families - however it's a shrewd move regardless of the fact that Chevrolet didn't have an in-house portion mate to ensure. I've generally felt it's ideal to underpromise and overdeliver with regards to top of the line yearnings at low-end costs, and by declining to make claims about the Equinox's submit in the pecking request that would be hard to guard despite the opposition, Chevrolet can approach reduced game utility customers with a more fair esteem proposition.   You won't locate any extravagant turbos or high pressure setups in the engine of the passage level 2016 Chevrolet Equinox, only a 2.4-liter, four-chamber plant putting in a fearless, if not especially motivated execution amid your day by day drive. With 182 strength and 172 lb-ft of torque on tap, the four-chamber motor has enough snort to persuade the SUV's mass, however you'll rapidly get to be mindful of its straight-line confinements with the pedal to the floor. I never felt incapacitated by the 2.4-liter, nor by its six-speed programmed transmission, and the lovely reaction of its humble yield was 23.5 miles for each gallon in blended driving (versus an official rating of 22-mpg city and 32-mpg interstate). 

In the event that you need more power, it's accessible as a direct-infused 3.6-liter V-6 that pushes out 301 stallions and 272 lb-ft of torque. Like the four-barrel, the V-6 is coordinated with a six-speed autobox and offers the accessibility of all-wheel drive. Try not to search for loud increasing speed from the six-chamber, however you'll have somewhat more certainty when going at cruising speeds with this unit on account of its huge torque reward (which obviously accompanies a fuel mileage punishment of 17-mpg around town and 24-mpg on the roadway).                                                                                                                                                                                                                             You'd be surprised what number of trucklets surrender the apparition with regards to towing nowadays, with evaluations of 500 lbs to 1,000 lbs - or no formally endorsed towing limit by any stretch of the imagination - not in the least phenomenal amongst minimized and subcompact SUVs. The 2016 Chevrolet Equinox evades this pattern by offering a most extreme of 3,500 lbs of trailering limit in V-6 trim, a number that happens to correspond with the with normal burden weight pulled by American towing fans. Suffice it to say that the V-6 Equinox is all that could possibly be needed vehicle to handle the lion's share of your towing needs, and even the four-barrel demonstrate that I drove ventures up with a rating of 1,500 lbs. This ought to be sufficient to handle the periodic tag-along U-Haul or utility trailer without issue.                                                                                                As I clarified before, the 2016 Chevrolet Equinox doesn't set its sights on premium awards, yet that doesn't imply that it'll shake your bones when the going gets unpleasant. The Equinox conveys a tranquil and created driving background that consolidates with a calm lodge to safeguard your rational soundness when driving to and from work. Indeed, even my front-wheel drive analyzer offered a level of cornering capability that had me totally sure about the SUV's capacity to manage more compelling on-street circumstances. 

I'm not too intrigued by game utility vehicles that pride themselves on physicality over smooth character, in light of the fact that on the off chance that I need to have a fabulous time in the driver's seat I'll swap out into the left seat of a genuine games auto. For its expected reason - pulling family, companions, and the periodic heap of goods over from Home Depot - the Chevrolet Equinox's staid character is welcome.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Moving past 2016 Chevrolet Equinox's MyLink infotainment system  and on-board Internet, there's additionally its impressive cluster of cutting edge wellbeing hardware to consider. Throughout the years, the Equinox has been stayed up with the latest with a portion of the most recent dynamic wellbeing advances, which implies you'll advantage from rigging like a forward impact cautioning system, a path takeoff cautioning system, a blind side screen, and stopping help. This is far beyond the OnStar suite of elements, for example, the capacity to track a stolen vehicle and also programmed warning of specialists on call in the case of a genuine mishap. OnStar is standard, while a large portion of whatever remains of that rigging is accessible from different alternatives bundles over the Equinox line-up. 

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