Crossing Over in a Chevy

If you’re looking for the best of both worlds when it comes to your next vehicle, you might want to check out the crossover segment. Crossovers take the best of a car’s offerings and combine them with an SUV’s skill set.

At your nearby Chevrolet dealership, you have three distinct crossover options, both from the current and future model years. Take a look at this talented, bow-tied trio: the Chevy Equinox, the Chevy Trax, and the Chevy Traverse.

The Chevy crossovers make it easy and fun to get out there and “Find New Roads.”

Here are a few reasons why, along with some distinctions for you to consider between crossing over from the present to the future models…

The 2015 Chevy Equinox


As the current model year winds down, the Chevy Equinox remains competitive, even in the shadow of the new Equinox – set to release this fall. Given that the 2016 Chevy Equinox is about to roll off the production line and onto lots and showrooms, the 2015 Equinox will be an outstanding option for new, used, or certified pre-owned purchases.

Available in five trim levels: the L, LS, 1LT, 2LT, and LTZ, the 2015 Chevy Equinox is a five-seater vehicle with excellent fuel efficiency, rated at 32 highway mpg.

The 2015 Chevy Equinox affords you two possible powertrains. Standard equipment comes from the 2.4-liter DOHC four-cylinder engine, which returns an EPA-estimated 22 city/32 highway mpg, further enhanced by the push of the Eco button.

Extra power is optional, thanks to the 3.6-liter V6 engine, which boasts best-in-class horsepower, rated at 301 with 272 lb.-ft. of torque. So equipped, you’ll be able to sprint from zero to sixty mp in 6.7 seconds.

Both engines are operated by a six-speed automatic transmission and optional all-wheel drive.

Towing capacity is measured at 3,500 lbs., and supported by the standard Trailer Sway Control feature, along with Hill Start Assist.

Considered a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the 2015 Chevy Equinox is loaded with both passive and active safety features to keep you and your cargo protected on the road.

Speaking of cargo, the 2015 Chevy Equinox has 63.7 cubic feet of cargo space, thanks to its 60/40 split rear seats.

With its 4G LTE and available Wi-Fi, it’s easy to stay connected while you’re on the move. The 2015 Chevy Equinox can accommodate up to seven personal devices, and is able to connect them all to the Internet simultaneously.

Exterior options come from your choice of 17, 18, or 19-inch wheels, with an eleven-shade color palette, including: Silver Ice Metallic, Summit White, Black, Blue Velvet Metallic, Silver Topaz Metallic, Champagne Silver Metallic, Tungsten Metallic, Crystal Red Tintcoat, White Diamond Tricoat, and Sea Grass Metallic.

Originally priced to start at $22,120, you’ll have no trouble finding purchase and lease deals on the 2015 Chevy Equinox.

If you’d rather explore the upcoming Chevy Equinox model, read on for some refreshed specs and fun features…

The 2016 Chevy Equinox


After streamlining the selection of trims down to the L, LS, LT, and LTZ, the 2016 Chevy Equinox retains the same cargo space and connectivity capabilities featured in the 2015 model. Drive trains and fuel economy remain the same, as well. However, this upcoming Equinox boasts more rear legrom than its same-class competitors, with a whopping 39.9 inches available for stretching out those gams.

New available safety features include the Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Rear Park Assist, Forward Collision Alert, and Lane Departure Warning, optional, depending on trim level.

You will notice a difference between the 2015 and 2016 Chevy Equinox crossovers, if you pay attention to the front of the upcoming model. Revised for extra chrome detailing and the addition of halogen projector-beam headlights, the new Equinox looks a bit more grown up and sophisticated.

New exterior colors include: Patriot Blue, Mosaic Black Metallic, Siren Red Tintcoat, and Iridescent Pearl Tricoat.

Starting at the base MSRP of $22,600, the 2016 Chevy Equinox is a compelling crosssover.

The 2015 Chevy Trax


This is an ideal commuter crossover, particularly for city-dwellers who face the daily challenge of tight parking spaces on congested streets.

Available in a trio of trims, the LS, LT, and LTZ, the 2015 Chevy Trax is powered by a 1.4-liter turbocharged ECOTEC engine, rated at 138 horsepower and 148 lb.-ft. of torque for ultimate responsiveness.

The Trax’s Variable Valve Timing (VVT) enhances the vehicle’s fuel efficiency, measured at the EPA-estimate of 34 highway mpg.

Inside, the 2015 Chevy Trax has seats that can be configured in eight different ways. The passenger seat is able to fold flat, a feature not seen in any of the Trax’s competitors. Once folded, you can transport longer items, even at lengths of eight feet.

The 2015 Chevy Trax also outshines the competition with respect to storage, boasting exactly fifteen storage spots. The LT and LTZ models also feature a storage drawer located beneath the passenger seat up front.

Awarded five out of five stars for safety, the Trax also keeps you connected via the available 4G LTE Wi-Fi from Chevy’s OnStar system.

Standing on 16-inch or 18-inch wheels, the 2015 Chevy Trax comes in an even ten exterior colors, including: Orange Rock Metallic, Silver Ice Metallic, Summit White, Ruby Red Metallic, Brilliant Blue Metallic, Blaze Red, Satin Steel Metallic, Deep Espresso Metallic, Black Granite Metallic, and White Pearl Tricoat.

The starting MSRP is listed at $20,120.

Like it’s Equinox sibling, the 2015 Trax has been refreshed for the new model year.

Behold…the 2016 Chevy Trax…

The 2016 Chevy Trax

2016 Trax

Crossing over to the new model year, the 2016 Chevy Trax offers a few refreshments, mainly with respect to color and package options. Fuel economy and powertrains carry over from 2015, along with the available and efficient all-wheel drive system for extra grip on difficult driving days.

Five new exterior colors exist as Crimson Metallic, Mosaic Black Metallic, Champagne Silver Metallic, Cyber Gray Metallic, and Sable Metallic.

The MH8 and MHB six-speed automatic transmissions, operating the 2015 model, have been replaced with a six-speed auto gearbox (MNK).

Standard features include front and back carpet floor mats, or the option of deleting floor mats entirely.

The power driver seat is optional, and the Plus Package, seen in 2015, has been renamed the Convenience Package, which includes the available LPO-level 18-inch Midnight Silver aluminum wheels.

Just a tad over the starting price of the 2015 Trax, the new model year is priced at $20,300.

The 2015 Chevy Traverse

2015 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ

Still keeping with the crossover line, the 2015 Chevy Traverse is a larger crossover, able to seat up to eight passengers and named one of the Best Family Cars of 2015 by both and Parents magazine.

Available in four trim levels: the LS, 1LT, 2LT, and LTZ, all Traverse crossovers are powered by a Direct Injected 3.6-liter V6 engine, able to produce 281 horsepower. However, the LTZ, equipped with a dual exhaust, is able to boost that horsepower to 288.

EPA estimates put the 2015 Chevy Traverse at 17 city and 24 highway mpg in four-wheel drive, allowing it to travel up to 520 highway miles on a single tank of gas.

Starting at $30,995, the 2015 Chevy Traverse has 116.3 cubic feet of cargo room, and outstanding safety and technology features; for example, the front-center air bag, which was a first in the industry, in addition to the six standard airbags already in place.

Customization comes from three wheel options: 17-inch, 18-inch, or 20-inch, along with a familiar nine-color exterior palette in shades like: Silver Ice Metallic, White, Blue Velvet Metallic, Champagne Silver Metallic, Tungsten Metallic, Black Granite Metallic, White Diamond Tricoat, Siren Red Tintcoat, and Sable Metallic.

The 2016 Chevy Traverse


For the new model year, expect to see much of the same equipment as currently featured in the Traverse. Why? Because you don’t fix what isn’t broken, and some of those features, like the Front-Center Air Bag, and ample cargo space, are what give the Traverse its Best-in-Class cache.

The new Traverse holds onto the same equipment, and boasts towing capability measured at 5,200 pounds.

Two new exterior colors were added to the Traverse lineup, (which still consists of the 2015 trim levels) and includes Mosaic Black and Iridescent Pearl.

For the 2016 Chevy Traverse, the MSRP jumps slightly to $31,205.

In any of these Chevy crossovers, you’ll drive with confidence knowing that you’re able to “Find New Roads” in affordable comfort, style, and safety.

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