2006 Chevrolet Equinox

small SUV / 4-door SUV

Crashworthiness

Rating overview
Moderate overlap front
Side
Roof strength
Head restraints & seats

Other available safety features

  • Standard daytime running lights

Key

  • G
    Good
  • A
    Acceptable
  • M
    Marginal
  • P
    Poor
  • Superior
  • Advanced
  • Basic

Some ratings use a scale of Poor to Good. Others range from Basic to Superior.

Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 2006-09 models built after January 2006

Tested vehicle: 2007 Pontiac Torrent LS 4-door 4x2

The Pontiac Torrent was introduced in the 2006 model year, and the Chevrolet Equinox was introduced in the 2005 model year. All 2006 and later Torrent and Equinox models built after January 2006 include structural changes to improve occupant protection in frontal crashes (note: information about when a specific vehicle was manufactured is on the certification label typically affixed to the car on or near the driver door).

Frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by General Motors as part of frontal crash test verification. The tested vehicle was manufactured after the structural modifications had been made.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Restraints and dummy kinematics

Side

Rating applies to 2005-08 models

Tested vehicle: 2008 Chevrolet Equinox LT 4-door 4wd without optional side airbags

The Chevrolet Equinox was introduced in the 2005 model year, and the Pontiac Torrent was introduced in the 2006 model year. Beginning with 2009 models, all Equinox and Torrent models have standard side airbags.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Head protection
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Head protection

View of the vehicle and barrier just after the crash test.

View of the vehicle after the crash with doors removed, showing damage to the occupant compartment.

Smeared red greasepaint indicates where the driver dummy's head was hit by the barrier.

Smeared greasepaint shows where the rear passenger dummy's head was hit by the rear window frame and the pillar behind the passenger door.

Roof strength

Rating applies to 2005-09 models

Tested vehicle: 2009 Chevrolet Equinox LS 4-door 2wd

Overall evaluation
Curb weight 3,821 lbs
Peak force 13,253 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 3.47

Head restraints & seats

Rating applies to 2005-09 models

Seat type: All seats

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry