The 2016 through 2018 Chevrolet Equinox was recently recognized by Consumer Reports as a Best Used Car For Under $20,000 in the Midsize SUV category. The organization applauded the Equinox’s sizable rear seat, responsive handling, quality ride, and quiet cabin.
Joining the Chevrolet Equinox in Consumer Reports’ list of best used midsize SUVs is the 2014 through 2015 Honda Pilot, the 2016 through 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport, the 2013 through 2014 Lexus RX, the 2011 through 2013 Toyota 4Runner, and the 2014 through 2015 Toyota Highlander.
According to the organization, each pick on the list is based on “years of test data and hundreds of thousands of survey responses,” and each performed well in testing when new, while also showing better than average reliability.
Among the list of highs for the Chevrolet Equinox, Consumer Reports liked the amount of space offered on the rear bench seat, and also noticed the improved cabin treatment compared to previous model years. The organization also said the ride was “taut yet supple and controlled,” and it said the handling was “responsive and secure.”
As for drawbacks, Consumer Reports called the Chevrolet Equinox’s base 2.4L I4 LEA engine “just barely adequate,” while also deriding the fuel returns for the optional 3.6L V6 LFX. The organization also found visibility to be lackluster, and said that the Equinox felt a bit dated compared to competition.
Consumer Reports lists the 2016 Chevrolet Equinox price range between $10,950 and $16,100. The owner reported fuel return figures come in at 25 mpg.
As a reminder, the latest third-generation Chevrolet Equinox was introduced for the 2018 model year, and offered three turbocharged engine options, including the 1.5L I-4 LYX, the 2.0L I-4 LTG, and the diesel-powered 1.6L I-4 LH7. The diesel option was discontinued following the 2019 model year.
Source: Consumer Reports