This blog entry is the third and final in a series covering significant crossover vehicles shown at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show. Part one highlights the new 2016 Honda Pilot, part two features the refreshed 2016 Acura RDX, and part three covers the 2016 Chevrolet Equinox.


At the 2015 Chicago Auto Show, General Motors debuted a refresh of its Chevrolet Equinox, the highest volume Chevrolet model­—excluding the Silverado pickup truck. While behind offerings from both Honda and Toyota, the Chevy model’s performance continues to improve, which is exhibited by its five consecutive years of year-over-year growth. Consumers looking for major changes will be disappointed, as the mid-cycle update is more of an “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” refresh. However, the brand is hoping it mixed things up enough this time around to keep the model fresh over the coming years.

The bulk of the modifications applied to the 2016 Equinox can be seen in its appearance, particularly in features such as its front-end, wheels and dual-element taillights. Packaging of the model’s trim levels has been changed as well, while convenience bits such as a larger touchscreen and standard rear-view camera are welcome additions. Upper level trims will include new projector-style headlamps, LED daytime running lights, fog lamps, and 18-inch wheels, which Chevrolet hopes will raise its visual appeal and ultimately translate into increased sales.

In an effort to keep up with Japanese offerings, Chevrolet also implemented more safety technology.Optional Side Blind Zone Alert and Rear Cross Traffic Detection are now available for consumers in search of driver-assist features.

Ultimately, the thinking behind the 2016 Chevrolet Equinox update appears to be more of a bridge between the present offering and the next-generation model. With its current nine percent market share among the ultra-competitive compact utility segment, Chevrolet used its Chicago Auto Show press conference to keep consumers focused on one of its most important vehicles. It remains to be seen if enough was done to help the Equinox’s cause, however, as it may take more than a wardrobe change to keep buyers on board and out of competitor showrooms.