Is the 2016 Chevy Equinox Compact or Mid-size? Answer: Kinda Both.

December 11th, 2015 by

With so many different styles of SUV and crossover available these days, categorizing them into the usual four groups – subcompact, compact, mid-size and full-size – seems almost pointless. It almost feels as if everybody is bucking these rules now to make their mid-size a little bit more compact, or their full-size a little bit more mid-size. These categories are becoming essentially meaningless – and that might be a good thing.

Take the 2016 Chevy Equinox, for example – designed to have all of the roominess, safety, and amenities of a mid-size, but with the power and efficiency of a compact. Here’s why we’re happy to see a brand like Chevy thinking outside the typical design box when it comes to updating their models like the 2016 Equinox.

Most noticeably, the 2016 Equinox is nearly as spacious as your typical mid-size, boasting over 63 cubic feet of available cargo space and 39.9 inches of rear seat legroom. Plus, with 60/40 split-folding seats, you can fit even your biggest luggage or sports equipment without having to worry. For a compact, this much storage space is nearly unheard of.

The compact 2016 Chevy Equinox also features many of the premium safety features you wouldn’t expect to find on a compact, like a standard rear vision camera and available side blind zone and rear cross traffic alerts. These, plus the standard six-airbag safety system, earned the 2016 Equinox the impressive 2015 Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

2016 Chevy Equinox

The amazing amenities available on the 2016 Equinox are not they type one might expect in a compact, especially not one starting at an MSRP of just $22,600. With available 4G LTE Wi-Fi throughout the cabin, Siri Eyes Free phone connectivity technology, and access to the Chevy MyLink streaming infotainment system, you might just feel like you’re sitting in the comfort and luxury of a much pricier mid-size SUV, all within the comfort of your compact, efficient 2016 Equinox.

That’s not to say the Equinox doesn’t fully satisfy as a hearty compact. With a standard 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine capable of reaching 32 miles per gallon highway, this roomy compact won’t hurt your wallet nearly as much as the standard mid-size. And, with the kind of fuel economy offered by the Equinox’s efficient Eco drive mode, you won’t find yourself at the pump as often either.

Want more power for your compact? Try the available 3.6-liter V6 engine with a best-in-class 301 horsepower, able to tow up to 3500 lbs. And, since the 2016 Equinox is so light thanks to its lightweight architecture, this powerful machine can accelerate from 0 to 60 miles per hour in just 6.7 seconds. Now try to find another compact with as much room that can match those numbers – you’ll have a pretty hard time.

It’s smart of chevy to market their 2016 Chevy Equinox against other competing compacts because it really toes the line between compact and mid-size without costing that much more. In comparison to its closest competition, like the 2015 Toyota Rav4, the Equinox seems to win out in almost every category. If you’ve been looking for a serious upgrade from our standard compact SUV, look no further than the 2016 Chevy Equinox – there’s one waiting for you somewhere today.

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