John Diether
Automotive Editor - June 21, 2016

2017 Chevrolet Equinox OVERVIEW

Chevrolet's long-running compact crossover, Equinox is larger and heavier than most competitors and specializes in smooth, quiet running. Add the available V6 engine and a few upgrades, and you might find the Equinox to be a solid alternative to full-size family vehicles costing thousands more.

What's New for 2017

Two new style packages are available this year, Sport Edition and Midnight Edition. The former LTZ model is now called Premiere.

Choosing Your Chevrolet Equinox

The Equinox offers a relaxing five-passenger interior with a rear seat that slides and reclines. Ride quality is a definite strong suit, as is the hushed cabin environment. You get 31.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seat and 63.7 cubic feet with it folded, which is typical for this class.

The standard 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine produces 182 horsepower and can be paired with all-wheel drive on most models. The optional 3.6-liter V6, which requires all-wheel drive, provides a massive boost to 301 horsepower and allows the Equinox to tow up to 3,500 pounds. Both engines use a six-speed automatic transmission.

As usual, trim levels range from basic to downright plush:


Comes in four-cylinder, front-drive form only with features such as a rearview camera, Bluetooth phone, automatic headlamps, 17-inch alloy wheels and a six-speaker sound system.


Adds satellite radio, a compass, and access to all-wheel drive and a few small option packages.


Offers a higher level of comfort and convenience with premium cloth upholstery, heated mirrors, rear privacy glass, roof rails, Bluetooth audio, integrated smartphone apps, and the Chevrolet MyLink infotainment interface. The V6 engine, 18-inch wheels, and a sunroof become available at this level as standalone options. The available Convenience package adds automatic climate control, remote start, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and heated front seats with driver power. Models so equipped are eligible for two additional packages: Technology (navigation and a Pioneer sound system) and Driver Confidence (blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, rear parking sensors). The Midnight Edition of the LT (which also requires the Convenience package) comes with an all-black interior and exterior, leather seats with driver memory, and 18-inch wheels. The Sport Edition gets a similar treatment, except the body is painted white.


Comes standard with the LT's Convenience features, plus leather upholstery driver memory, and 18-inch wheels. Models equipped with the V6 also get an upgraded suspension. The Enhanced Convenience package adds a power passenger seat, a power tailgate, and a universal home remote. The Technology and Driver Confidence packages continue as options. Available only on the Premiere is a Driver Confidence II package with forward collision alert and lane departure warning.

CarsDirect Tip

We recommend starting your build with the LT, which gives you access to the reasonably priced Driver Confidence packages and the excellent V6 engine, which transforms the Equinox into a potent performer.

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