If you’re searching for a two-row SUV with plenty of passenger and cargo space, the Chevy Equinox is an excellent choice. The Equinox was introduced into Chevy’s lineup in 2004 and is still made today. But what is the towing capacity of a 2016 Chevy Equinox?
The 2016 Chevy Equinox has a maximum towing capacity of 3,500 pounds.
The 2016 Chevy Equinox tow capacity can vary based on a few different factors such as engine size, drivetrain, trim level, and others which we’ll cover in this guide.
How Much Can The 2016 Chevy Equinox Tow?
The 2016 Chevy Equinox has a towing capacity of 3,500 pounds.
The 2016 Chevy Equinox tow capacity is affected by other factors like engine type, drivetrain, the weight of cargo and passengers, and whether your vehicle has a towing package equipped or not.
You can always reach out to your local Chevy dealership for details to confirm how much your Equinox can tow.
You can also read our guide on what makes a vehicle towing capacity to learn all the aspects that go into it.
2016 Equinox Towing Capacity By Trim Level
There are many trim levels for the 2016 Equinox. Some engines and features are not available on certain configurations, so they can each have different max towing limits.
Here’s the max tow capacity broken down for each package on the 2016 Chevy Equinox:
|2016 Chevy Equinox Trim Level||Towing Capacity|
|2016 Chevy Equinox L||1,500 pounds|
|2016 Chevy Equinox LS||1,500 pounds|
|2016 Chevy Equinox LT||3,500 pounds|
|2016 Chevy Equinox LTZ||3,500 pounds|
Towing Capacity By Engine Size & Drivetrain
2016 Chevy Equinox Engine Towing Specs
There are two engine options for the 2016 Equinox which is a 2.4 Liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 182 horsepower and 172 lb-ft of torque, and a 3.6 Liter V6 engine that produces 301 horsepower and 272 lb-ft of torque.
2016 Chevy Equinox 2.4L 4-Cylinder Engine Towing Capacity: 1,500 pounds
2016 Chevy Equinox 3.6L V6 Engine Towing Capacity: 3,500 pounds
2016 Chevy Equinox Drivetrain Towing Specs
The 2016 Chevy Equinox comes standard with front-wheel drive, with all-wheel drive optional on most trims.
2016 Chevrolet Equinox FWD Towing Capacity: 3,500 pounds
2016 Chevrolet Equinox AWD Towing Capacity: 3,500 pounds
Note that these are the max towing limits for each 2016 Chevy Equinox engine. Your Chevy Equinox may have a lower towing capacity based on the drivetrain, axle ratio, and if your vehicle has a towing package installed.
2016 Chevy Equinox Payload Capacity
The maximum payload capacity of the 2016 Chevy Equinox is 1,196 pounds.
This means that the 2016 Equinox can carry up to 1,196 pounds worth of passenger and cargo weight in the vehicle, which makes it great for road trips and hauling heavier items.
Note that the max payload capacity of your 2016 Equinox will vary based on factors like the engine type, drivetrain and whether or not a towing package that includes other features like an engine oil cooler or transmission oil cooler is installed.
You can always contact your local dealership for extra details if you’re unsure of your vehicle’s payload capability.
2016 Chevy Equinox Tow Package
Chevy offers an optional factory-installed towing package for the Equinox called the V92 package, which includes a hitch receiver, tow/haul mode, upgraded cooling equipment, and a wiring harness.
We definitely recommend getting the towing package if you plan on towing anything with your 2016 Equinox.
2016 Chevy Equinox Towing Capacity Vs Competitors
The 2016 Chevy Equinox has a maximum tow rating of 3500 pounds, which makes it capable of light duty towing.
The 2016 Equinox’s tow capability is similar to its main competitors which are the 2016 Toyota RAV4 and the 2016 Honda CR-V.
Here are some similar vehicles to the 2016 Chevy Equinox and their towing capacities below:
2016 Ford Escape: 3,500 pounds
2016 Honda CR-V: 1,500 pounds
2016 Toyota RAV4: 1,500 pounds
2016 Chevy Models Towing Capacity Chart
|2016 Chevy Model||Towing Capacity|
|2016 Chevy Suburban||8,300 pounds|
|2016 Chevy Tahoe||8,600 pounds|
|2016 Chevy Traverse||5,000 pounds|
|2016 Chevy Equinox||3,500 pounds|
We’ve gathered all data represented here from the official 2016 Chevy Equinox Owner’s Manual on Chevy’s site and have checked all data thoroughly for accuracy.
Having said that, we still recommend you refer to your vehicle’s owner’s manual yourself before towing with a 2016 Chevy Equinox.