In the mid-2000s, Chevrolet began mixing up their sport utility vehicle (SUV) lineup by adding crossovers to their list of available models. The Equinox, a midsize crossover SUV, was added first as a 2005 model. The full-size Traverse followed in 2009 as a functional replacement for both the Uplander and Trailblazer EXT models.
These highly capable Chevy crossovers quickly won the hearts of the people and have remained in the model lineup since their introduction. Through the years, both models have received ample upgrades and improvements to keep drivers happily behind the wheel. Making the decision between the 2016 Equinox and Traverse requires a deep understanding of the model differences and similarities. Here’s what you need to know.
CHEVY CROSSOVER PERFORMANCE
The Equinox features two engine options, newly introduced during the transition into the second generation of this model. Drivers can select from the popular 2.4-liter Ecotec Inline four-cylinder engine and the 3.6-liter V6 powerplant. With an EPA-estimated 22 city and 32 highway MPG rating, the Ecotec obviously focuses on fuel efficiency, but that does not mean it lacks in power. This engine actually produces a phenomenal 181 horsepower and 172 ft/lb of torque. The 3.6-liter engine also features immense power for its size, at 301 horsepower and 272 lb/ft of torque.
The Traverse, on the other hand, only has one engine option, the 3.6-liter V6. All trim levels, except the LTZ, feature a single exhaust system, which puts the engine’s power production at 281 horsepower and 266 lb/ft of torque. The LTZ has dual exhaust that bumps up the horsepower to 288 and torque to 270 lb/ft.
Both models put the power to the ground with a 6-speed automatic transmission. The Traverse GXP and Sport trim levels feature spirited manual tap shifting capabilities, which are lacking in the Equinox. Both models have the option for front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive configurations.
CHEVY CROSSOVER SAFETY
The Traverse and Equinox models consistently receive excellent safety ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. High-tech safety systems, like lane departure warnings and forward collision alerts, are only equipped on the LTZ and 2LT Traverse models. For the Equinox, it is possible to add those systems, plus rear park assist, by selecting the safety package.
CHEVY CROSSOVER STYLING
Both models have similar styling cues, such as an aggressive front fascia and smooth body lines, which honors the rich heritage of Chevrolet vehicles. Although the vehicles share a similar four-door configuration, the Traverse actually has a third row of seats to bump the seating up from five, as found in the Equinox, to seven or eight, depending on the selected trim level. Inside, the Equinox and Traverse both have beautifully stitched leather seats, door cards and steering wheels. The Equinox has silver accents across the dash and door cards, while the Traverse is adorned with wood grain.
After considering how the Traverse and Equinox can meet your needs, the absolute best way to decide between them is by taking each model on a test drive. You will be able to make a confident decision after you experience the comfortable support of the seats, inspirational power of the engine, and precise action of the safety systems.
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