Top Safety Pick

2016 Chevrolet Equinox

midsize SUV / 4-door SUV

Award applies only to vehicles with optional front crash prevention

2016 Chevrolet Equinox 4-door SUV
2014 Chevrolet Equinox shown

Crashworthiness

Rating overview
Small overlap front: driver-side
Moderate overlap front
Side
Roof strength
Head restraints & seats

Crash avoidance & mitigation

Front crash prevention
Optional system
Basic

Child seat anchors

LATCH ease of use

Other available safety features

  • Standard daytime running lights
  • Optional blind spot detection
  • Optional lane departure warning

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.

Small overlap front: driver-side

Rating applies to 2014-17 models

Tested vehicle: 2014 Chevrolet Equinox 1LT 4-door 4wd

The Chevrolet Equinox was redesigned for the 2010 model year, and the GMC Terrain was introduced in the 2010 model year. Beginning with 2014 models, the front structure and door hinge pillar were modified to improve occupant protection in small overlap frontal crashes.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Hip/thigh
Lower leg/foot
Restraints and dummy kinematics

Action shot taken during the small overlap frontal crash test.

The dummy's position in relation to the door frame, steering wheel, and instrument panel after the crash test indicates that the driver's survival space was maintained well.

The frontal and side curtain airbags worked well together to protect the head from injury in the crash test. Still, the inflated portion of the curtain airbag should extend farther forward toward the A-pillar to protect the head from contact with forward side structure and outside objects if crash circumstances were to differ slightly.

Intrusion into the driver's space was minimal, and risk of injuries to the dummy's legs and feet was low.

Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 2010-17 models

Tested vehicle: 2010 Chevrolet Equinox 4-door 4wd

The Chevrolet Equinox was redesigned for the 2010 model year. Its weight has increased sufficiently to reclassify it as a midsize SUV. (Earlier models were classified as small SUVs.) The GMC Terrain was introduced in the 2010 model year. Frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by General Motors as part of frontal crash test verification.

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 2010-17 models

Tested vehicle: 2010 Chevrolet Equinox LS 4-door 4wd with standard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags

The Chevrolet Equinox was redesigned for the 2010 model year. Its weight has increased sufficiently to reclassify it as a midsize SUV. (Earlier models were classified as small SUVs.) The GMC Terrain was introduced in the 2010 model year.

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 the side airbags and damage to the occupant compartment.

Smeared greasepaint shows where the driver dummy's head was protected from being hit by hard structures by the side airbags.

Smeared greasepaint shows where the rear passenger dummy’s head was protected by the side airbag.

Roof strength

Rating applies to 2010-17 models built after March 2010

Tested vehicle: 2010 Chevrolet Equinox 1LT 4-door 4wd

Overall evaluation
Curb weight 4,106 lbs
Peak force 17,116 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 4.17

Head restraints & seats

Rating applies to 2010-17 models

Seat type: Manual - power cloth seats

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry

Front crash prevention

System details

  • Optional Forward Collision Alert

Package name

  • Optional Driver Confidence Package II

Applies to 2016-17 models

Overall evaluation

  • This system meets the requirements for forward collision warning.
  • Autobrake not available.
Basic
Basic
with optional equipment

How front crash prevention is evaluated

Child seat anchors

Applies to 2015-17 models

Overall evaluation
Vehicle trim LS
Seat type cloth

This vehicle has 2 rear seating positions with complete child seat attachment (LATCH) hardware.

It has 1 additional seating position with a tether anchor only.

1 2 3
G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor
Seating positions that rely on borrowed lower anchors or have only a tether anchor available are not rated.
thether anchor symbol
Tether anchor
lower anchor symbol
Lower anchors
shared lower achors symbol
Lower anchor(s) can be borrowed from adjacent positions(s)
No hardware available

Details by seating position

1
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
not too deep in seat
not too much force needed to attach
easy to maneuver around anchors
2
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
none available
3
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
not too deep in seat
not too much force needed to attach
easy to maneuver around anchors

How child seat anchors are evaluated