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2016 Chevrolet Equinox Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2016 Chevrolet Equinox was new.


Interior: 7.3

The 2016 Chevrolet Equinox features quality materials throughout an attractive cabin, according to most automotive writers. They praise the standard touch screen for being simple to use, although some wish it were more responsive. Test drivers say the front seats are comfortable and the back seat offers plenty of room for adults to sit comfortably. The cargo space is good for the class, but critics point out that some rivals offer more room for storage.

  • "The high-quality interior is attractive overall, but marred by too many buttons and small dials." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)
  • "Much like the rest of Chevy's current lineup, the inside of the 2015 Equinox is generally stylish and well laid-out." -- Edmunds (2015)
  • "Reflecting GM's commitment to improving interior refinement after years of being trampled by its Asian competitors in material quality and fit finish, the Equinox's five-passenger cabin is a well-designed space with a simple yet attractive dashboard and an easily navigable center stack." -- Left Lane News (2014)


Cloth upholstery is standard on the five-seat Equinox. Leather-appointed seats are available, as are heated and power-adjustable front seats. Reviewers praise the Equinox for its roomy interior and comfortable seats that some note are supportive over long trips. They appreciate that the rear seat slides and reclines, which adds to the Equinox’s interior versatility. Some find, however, that back-row headrests can limit the driver’s rear view.

  • "No matter which model you choose, you'll enjoy a big backseat that slides and reclines, as well as a ride that's smooth and quiet relative to other reasonably priced crossovers." -- Edmunds
  • "With well-bolstered seats, front and back and lots of legroom for all passengers, it's easy to get comfortable, even with a full load of people." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)
  • "The Equinox has tons of rear-seat legroom, and an innovative sliding second row makes for a usable cargo area." -- Autoweek (2013)
  • "Headroom and legroom are ample. The seats are long-haul supportive. Visibility is good for the most part, though tall rear headrests partially obscure the view aft." -- Consumer Guide (2012)

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2016 Chevrolet Equinox include a USB port, a rearview camera and an audio system with a 7-inch touch screen and Bluetooth phone connectivity. OnStar with 4G LTE and a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot is also standard. Available features include automatic climate control, satellite radio, a power sunroof, remote start, rear parking sensors, forward collision alert, side blind zone alert, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, an eight-speaker Pioneer sound system, Bluetooth streaming audio, smartphone app integration, Chevrolet MyLink and navigation.

Critics report that the standard touch-screen audio system’s interface resembles a smartphone and is user-friendly, but they say it can occasionally miss inputs or respond slowly. Some reviewers think the climate controls are nicely placed and easy to use. Others feel there are too many buttons and knobs cluttering the dashboard.

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  • "The standard 7-inch touchscreen interface features customizable menus similar to those on modern smartphones, and it's relatively easy to use. The available MyLink interface incorporates Bluetooth streaming audio capability and compatibility with popular smartphone apps. There are a few weak spots, though, such as the touchscreen's occasionally slow processing times and missed responses to touch inputs. The lack of standard Bluetooth audio (unavailable on L and LS trims) is also lamentable." -- Edmunds
  • "Corresponding buttons and dials are rather small and numerous." -- Kelley Blue Book (2014)
  • "Primary gauges are large and clear. Standard audio and climate controls are mounted high on the dashboard and are generally simple to operate, but a few of the controls may be slightly out of reach for some drivers." -- Consumer Guide (2013)


The 2016 Equinox has 31.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row and 63.7 cubic feet with the second row folded. Those numbers are lower than what several rivals offer, and reviewers say the Equinox could offer more. They feel that Chevrolet dedicated too much of the SUV’s overall interior space to passengers. Hence, rivals like the shorter Honda CR-V offer greater cargo capacity. The Equinox has an available adjustable power liftgate that critics say is convenient.

  • "The downside to all this room being devoted to passengers is that the Equinox offers less cargo space than many competitors. …" -- Edmunds (2015)
  • "Despite being comfortable and versatile, the Equinox doesn't make the best use of its exterior bulk inside. For example, even though the Honda CR-V is nearly 10 inches shorter, it boasts roughly six more cubic feet of storage behind the rear seat." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)

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