Prevent, protect, respond is the motto Chevy abides by when it comes to safety. Whether the features are standard or optional, they all work towards this unique and unified approach to safety that Chevy has fervently adopted.
When it comes to preventing accidents in particular, Chevy has some of the best safety features on the market. Forward collision alert, lane departure warning, side blind zone alert, rear cross traffic alert, rear park assist, and a rear vision camera are just a few of the features that all use either radar or cameras to prevent drivers from getting into an accident. If any of these features detect potential for a collision, they will provide drivers with either an audible or visual warning (sometimes both) so that they can take action to avoid it - if possible.
But, collisions still occur. It’s just an unfortunate reality and risk associated with driving. That's why the 2017 Equinox has six standard airbags — including side-impact air bags — to help protect you and your passengers. Before the force of the impact makes it into the cabin, it will be absorbed by the high-strength steel safety cage that surrounds the entire vehicle.
After sensors detect a collision, the OnStar Automatic Crash Response system will kick into gear. This system is part of the OnStar Guidance Plan (subscription required), and relays vital accident information to OnStar Advisors. The Advisor is then connected to you through your car, and will promptly ask you if you need aid. If you say yes — or are unable to respond — the Advisor will automatically send emergency services to your location via high-accuracy GPS tracking.
When it comes to the safety rating of the 2017 Chevrolet Equinox, you’ll be happy to know it scored an overall 4/5 stars in NHTSA testing. That score breaks down to four stars for frontal crash protection, and five stars for side protection. In IIHS testing, the Equinox received the highest possible rating of “Good” in all three categories, and a top-rating of “Good” when it comes to the whiplash protection in rear impacts.