2016 Chevrolet Equinox vs. 2016 Chevrolet Traverse

Have you been trying to decide on a crossover SUV with solid performance and a well-rounded cabin? Florence and Cincinnati drivers have two solid choices in the 2016 Chevrolet Traverse and the 2016 Chevrolet Equinox. However, there are some important differences to consider when making the decision on your next car. That’s why we’ve provided this easily navigable guide through each of these models. Get a closer look at both of these models’ performance capabilities and interior dimensions in order to determine which one is right for you!

A Quick Look at Each Vehicle

2016 Chevrolet Equinox

2016 Chevrolet Equinox

  • Adaptable cabin
  • Fuel-efficient performance
  • Affordable starting price
2016 Chevrolet Traverse

2016 Chevrolet Traverse

  • Seating for up to eight passengers
  • Hefty towing capacity
  • Large cargo area


Performance Capabilities

When you go with the Chevrolet Equinox, you’ll have the choice between two different engines. The base model comes fitted with a 2.4L inline-four engine that makes 182 hp and 172 lb-ft of torque. Those who go with the available LT or LTZ trim will have the option to upgrade to a 3.6L V6 engine that puts out 301 hp and 272 lb-ft of torque. Towing capacity on this model maxes out at 1500 pounds with the four-cylinder engine and 3500 pounds with the V6 engine. Both are offered with two-wheel or all-wheel drive.

All trim levels of the Chevrolet Traverse come with a 3.6L V6 engine. It makes a confident 281 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque, though the LTZ’s dual exhaust system helps increase output to 288 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque. Towing capacity on this model is noticeably higher at up to 5200 pounds when properly equipped. This model is also offered with two-wheel and all-wheel drive configurations.

Fuel Economy

The Chevrolet Equinox, when fitted with the base inline-four engine, gets EPA estimates up to 32 mpg highway and 22 mpg city, while the V6 engine is still achieve up to an EPA-estimated 24 mpg highway and 17 mpg city. Fuel economy numbers on the Traverse’s only available engine are identical to the Equinox’s V6 engine at up to 24 mpg highway and 17 mpg city.

Interior and Cargo Space

The 2016 Chevrolet Equinox offers spacious seating for up to five passengers. Behind the rear seat, there’s 31.5 cubic feet of cargo space, while putting down the split-folding rear seat opens up the cargo area to a max volume of 63.7 cubic feet.

On the other hand, the Chevrolet Traverse provides three rows of seats with seating for seven or eight passengers depending on the configuration you choose. Behind the rear seat, there’s a cargo area the measures 24.4 cubic feet, but when you use the back passenger area, the cargo area opens up to reveal a cavernous max cargo volume of 116.3 cubic feet.


Both of these models come accessibly priced for their respective segments:

  • 2016 Chevrolet Equinox: MSRP from $22,600
  • 2016 Chevrolet Traverse: MSRP from $31,205

Which Crossover is the Best Fit for Your Needs?

As with any major purchase in life, it really comes down to your own budget, needs, and desires. The 2016 Chevrolet Equinox is a great choice for small families in Florence or Cincinnati who want a vehicle that has a low starting price, excellent fuel economy, available V6 power, and an adaptable cabin.

However, if you have a larger family or need to be able to haul a serious amount of stuff, then you may want to consider opting for the larger Chevy Traverse. The Traverse offers buyers more towing capacity, cargo room, and seating for up to eight passengers. It is worth noting, however, that the Chevy Equinox actually has more towing capacity behind the rear seat, making it perfectly suitable for fitting a few large suitcases and a family of five.

Get a Closer Look at These Crossover SUVs at Tom Gill Chevy

In order to really decide whether the 2016 Chevrolet Traverse or the 2016 Chevrolet Equinox is the right vehicle for you and your family, it’s a good idea to step inside, get a look around the cabin and cargo area, feel out the electronics interface, and take it for a spin. You can do all of that at Tom Gill Chevrolet, your certified Chevy Cincinnati area Chevy dealer located at 7830 Commerce Drive in Florence, KY.

We’re open Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and you can always contact us to find out more about these vehicles, our affordable financing options, and to set up a test drive!