2016 Chevrolet Equinox vs. the 2016 Chevrolet Traverse

2016 Chevrolet Equinox

2016 Chevrolet Equinox

2016 Chevrolet Traverse

2016 Chevrolet Traverse

More and more, customers are turning to the modern SUV for a comfortable ride that blends good looks with fuel-efficient performance. At Biggers Chevy, two of our top recommendations are the 2016 Chevy Equinox and the 2016 Chevy Traverse. You can’t go wrong with either option, but which will suit your lifestyle the best? We assembled this comparison guide to help customers find their perfect pick.


Chevy packs tons of power in each vehicle in its lineup, so it’s no surprise that the 2016 Chevy Equinox and the 2016 Chevy Traverse are both powerhouses on the roads. The Traverse offers a bold 3.6L V6 engine that generates 281 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque. Pair this engine with your choice of either a 6-speed automatic front-wheel drive transmission or a 6-speed automatic all-wheel drive transmission for a fantastic ride. With front-wheel drive, you can expect up to 24 mpg on the highway and you can even haul a 5,200 pound trailer with total confidence.

The Equinox, on the other hand, has a few different engine options to personalize your driving experience. Try the standard 182-hp 2.4L 4-cylinder engine for an astounding fuel economy of up to 32 mpg on the highway. You can even add an E85 FlexFuel option for greater versatility at the gas pump. Upgrade to the 3.6L V6 for a surge in power up to 301 hp, while maintaining up to 24 mpg on the highway in front-wheel drive. Overall, the Equinox offers more specialized options for those seeking either premium power or optimal efficiency. The solid V6 Traverse engine is a jack of all trades, offering a perfect mix of the two.

Interior Space

Many drivers choose Chevy SUVs for their incredible interiors. The Equinox and Traverse are prime examples of the top design engineering over at Chevy. While both offer plenty of room to seat a family and tons of cargo, you may find that one model fits your needs a little better than the other.

The 2016 Chevy Equinox is a compact SUV, so it is smaller than the mid-size 2016 Chevy Traverse. Though more compact in size, the Equinox handles like a dream and still offers ample space for your everyday needs. The Equinox has seating for five passengers with 99.7 cubic feet of space. When the cabin is empty, fold down the second row to unlock a cargo area of up to 63.7 cubic feet.

The 2016 Chevy Traverse is the larger model, so it is well-suited for larger families or those who frequently haul bulky cargo. The Traverse seats eight passengers comfortably with an incredible 150.8 cubic feet of passenger space. The total cargo volume is equally impressive at 116.3 cubic feet. Overall, the mid-size Traverse is the more spacious of the two.


While both models offer premium engineering and fantastic designs, the Chevy Equinox bears the more affordable price tag. The entry-level Equinox LS begins with an MSRP of $27,160 and the highest trim, the LTZ, begins at $31,690. Meanwhile, the Traverse LS begins at an MSRP of $33,205 and reaches $44,145 for the top-tier LTZ. Keep in mind that the Equinox is also a compact SUV, compared to the mid-size Traverse. That said, both are competitively priced within their respective markets and are well worth the investment for the outstanding quality.


Both SUVs are equipped with some of the finest safety technology around, so you can feel confident and comfortable on any trip. Of course, all the basics are covered. You can expect a full airbag system, OnStar, StabiliTrak electronic stability control system, LATCH system, and much more. However, Chevy also added a number of optional driver-assist technologies for even greater peace of mind. On the Equinox, add features like Rear Cross Assist and Rear Park Assist. On the Traverse, add Side Blind Zone Alert and Forward Collision Alert. No matter which vehicle you select, you’ll feel safer behind the wheel of a Chevy.

Test Drive a Chevy SUV Today!

When putting the 2016 Chevy Equinox vs. the 2016 Chevy Traverse, there are no winners and losers. Both vehicles feature exceptional performance, safety, and design at a competitive price point. So, which vehicle is right for you? We encourage you to drop by the Biggers Chevy dealership to see which SUV feels more comfortable behind the wheel. We think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the smooth ride and intuitive cabins of these vehicles. Feel free to contact us online with any questions, or drop by between our business hours to experience Chevy’s magic in person. Our sales staff is ready to help you!