2018 Chevrolet Equinox SUV

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2018 Chevrolet Equinox SUV Overview

The standard features of the Chevrolet Equinox L include 1.5L I-4 170hp turbo engine, 6-speed automatic transmission with overdrive, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), side seat mounted airbags, curtain 1st and 2nd row overhead airbags, airbag occupancy sensor, air conditioning, 17" aluminum wheels, cruise control, ABS and driveline traction control, StabiliTrak electronic stability.

2018 Chevrolet
Equinox SUV

Starting at: $23,580

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  • Air conditioning
  • Speed control
  • Power windows
  • 1-touch down
  • 1-touch up
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Illuminated entry
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Telescoping steering wheel
  • Driver vanity mirror
  • Passenger vanity mirror
  • Emergency communication system
  • Front beverage holders
  • Rear beverage holders
  • Overhead console
  • Driver door bin
  • Passenger door bin
  • Rear door bins
  • Approach angle - 15 deg
  • Departure angle - 23 deg
  • Ground clearance (min) - 175mm (6.9")
  • Ramp breakover angle - 17 deg
  • AM/FM radio
  • CD-MP3 decoder
  • Premium audio system - Chevrolet MyLink
  • Radio data system
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Speakers - 6
  • Turn-by-turn navigation directions - OnStar Turn-by-Turn Navigation
  • Wireless phone connectivity - Bluetooth
  • 1st row LCD monitors - 1
  • Primary LCD size - 7.0"
  • Basic warranty - 36 months/36,000miles
  • Powertrain warranty - 60 months/60,000miles
  • Corrosion perforation warranty - 72 months/100,000miles
  • Roadside assistance coverage - 60 months/60,000miles
  • Maintenance warranty - 24 months/24,000miles
  • Max seating capacity - 5
  • Front seats - bucket
  • Front center armrest
  • Rear seats - bench
  • Split folding rear seat
  • Rear seat center armrest
  • Engine displacement - 1.5 L
  • Engine horsepower - 170hp @ 5,600RPM
  • Engine torque - 203 lb.-ft. @ 2,000RPM
  • Engine bore x stroke - 73.9mm x 86.4mm (2.91" x 3.40")
  • Compression ratio - 10.00 to 1
  • Curb weight - 1,485kg (3,274lbs)
  • GVWR - 2,025kg (4,464lbs)
  • Towing capacity - 680kg (1,500lbs)
  • Exterior length - 4,651mm (183.1")
  • Exterior body width - 1,844mm (72.6")
  • Exterior height - 1,661mm (65.4")
  • Wheelbase - 2,725mm (107.3")
  • Front legroom - 1,039mm (40.9")
  • Rear legroom - 1,008mm (39.7")
  • Front headroom - 1,016mm (40.0")
  • Rear headroom - 978mm (38.5")
  • Front hiproom - 1,377mm (54.2")
  • Rear hiproom - 1,313mm (51.7")
  • Front shoulder room - 1,453mm (57.2")
  • Rear shoulder room - 1,410mm (55.5")
  • Passenger volume - 2,823L (99.7 cu.ft.)
  • Interior cargo volume - 847 L (30 cu.ft.)
  • Interior maximum cargo volume - 1,798 L (63 cu.ft.)
  • Rear cargo - liftgate
  • Power door mirrors
  • Spoiler
  • Bumpers - body-color
  • Trailer sway control
  • Engine liters - 1.5
  • Compressor - turbo
  • Cylinder configuration - I-4
  • Horsepower - 170hp @ 5,600RPM
  • Torque - 203 lb.-ft. @ 2,000RPM
  • Number of valves - 16
  • Variable valve control
  • Engine location - front
  • Recommended fuel - Regular Unleaded
  • Transmission - 6 speed automatic
  • Mode select transmission
  • Manual-shift auto
  • Drive type - front-wheel
  • Fuel economy combined - 28mpg
  • Fuel tank capacity - 14.9gal.
  • Fuel economy city - 26mpg
  • Fuel economy highway - 32mpg
  • 4 wheel disc brakes
  • ABS brakes
  • Brake assist
  • Dual front impact airbags
  • Dual front side impact airbags
  • Overhead airbag
  • Occupant sensing airbag
  • Panic alarm
  • Perimeter/approach lights
  • Ignition disable
  • Security system
  • Electronic stability
  • Traction control
  • Four wheel independent suspension
  • Front anti-roll bar
  • Rear anti-roll bar
  • Power steering
  • Speed-sensing steering
  • Alloy wheels
  • Front tires - 225/65TR17.0
  • Rear tires - 225/65TR17.0
  • Wheel size - 17"
  • Fully automatic headlights
  • Delay-off headlights
  • Variably intermittent wipers
  • Rear window wiper
  • Rear window defroster
  • Front reading lights
  • Display - analog
  • Tachometer
  • Compass
  • Outside temperature display
  • Low tire pressure warning
  • Trip computer
  • Exterior parking camera rear


Driving Impression

New Car Test Drive

Performance of the 1.5-liter base engine is solid and efficient, helped by turbocharging. Clearly, it’s more impressive than the 2.4-liter engine in the previous Equinox. The 1.5-liter is quieter, too, emitting a refined exhaust sound and a touch of turbo whistling when pushed. Because peak engine torque is readily available, a base-engine Equinox can take on upgrades with little hesitation.

Chevrolet’s 6-speed automatic transmission is less appealing, especially when shifting manually. Even if the additional power from the optional 2.0-liter engine isn’t essential, it gets a slicker 9-speed automatic rather than the older 6-speed. Upshifts occur smoothly, while little gear-hunting occurs during downshifting.

Passengers can anticipate a quiet, comfortable ride, remaining composed even on undulating pavement.

Feedback from pavement surfaces is minimal, but that’s hardly uncommon among crossovers. Body motions are more noticeable than a Mazda CX-5 would transmit, but handling capability of the Equinox ranks as adequate. Standard 17-inch tires may yield an uneasy driving experience at times.

Pavement rumble and roar are mostly muted, regardless of tire choice. Wind noise, in contrast, can be a problem. Though pleasing to some ears, the sound of the 1.5-liter engine might be considered intrusive by others.

Base-engine fuel economy isn’t class-leading, but tolerable. The 1.5-liter version is EPA-rated at 26/32 mpg City/Highway, or 28 mpg Combined. All-wheel drive drops the estimate to 24/30/26 mpg.

Fuel-efficiency sinks with the optional 2.0-liter engine, which is EPA-rated at 22/29 mpg City/Highway, or 25 mpg Combined. All-wheel drive drops that estimate to 22/28/24 mpg. Chevrolet claims the front-drive Equinox Diesel should achieve 40 mpg in highway driving.

Walk Around

New Car Test Drive

Slimmed down in its 2018 form, the Equinox has adopted a more assertive aura. Up front, however, the fascia is likely to draw both favorable and negative responses. The minivan-like back end might not please everyone, either.

A chromed lower surround splits the integrated, one-piece grille. A subtle line extends rearward from the arch of the front wheel well, dividing within the front door. One branch melds into the rear wheel’s arch, while the other reaches back to the taillights. Rear pillars angle forward aggressively, while rear side windows wrap into the back glass.

Interior Overview

New Car Test Drive

The Equinox cabin comes across as clean-looking and attractive, but it lags behind major competitors in both style and quality of materials. Front seats are better than before, though snug.

Back-seat riders can expect spacious comfort, with ample room for heads and legs. Two adult occupants shouldn’t feel crowded, and three can fit – preferably for shorter journeys. Entry/exit isn’t difficult, because rear doors open sufficiently wide.

Both hard and soft-touch plastics abound, except in top Premium trim. That version expands its standard leather upholstery onto inserts within the dashboard and doors.

Available denim-style fabric upholstery delivers surprising comfort, if snugger than seats trimmed in leather. In size and heft, the leather-wrapped steering wheel is especially satisfying.

Despite the tall, expansive opening for loading cargo, available space is smaller than the previous Equinox provided. With seatbacks upright, volume is 29.9 cubic feet, versus 63.5 cubic feet when they’re folded flat.


New Car Test Drive

In addition to welcome reductions in dimensions and weight, without sacrificing cabin space, the 2018 Equinox has gained standard equipment. Altogether, it’s now a more satisfying and capable crossover. As is often the case, active-safety features are limited to top trim levels. Best bet might be an Equinox LT with the Confidence and Convenience Package.

Driving impressions by Brandon Turkus, The Car Connection. James M. Flammang contributed to this report.

Model Lineup

New Car Test Drive

Equinox L ($23,580), offered only with front-wheel drive, comes with a rearview camera, remote keyless entry, pushbutton start, MyLink 7.0-inch infotainment screen, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto connectivity, 4G LTE wi-fi, active noise cancellation, and 17-inch alloy wheels. (Prices are MSRP and do not include $945 destination charge.)

Equinox LS ($25,510) adds a compact spare tire, carpeted rear mats, and a compass. All-wheel drive is available ($1,750).

Equinox LT ($26,750) includes a power driver’s seat with lumbar adjustment, heated power mirrors, HID headlights, and second-row seat release levers. All-wheel drive is available ($1,750). A Confidence and Convenience Package for LT ($1,945) includes blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, rear park assist, and a power liftgate.

Equinox Premier ($30,790) comes with heated leather front seats, driver’s memory, 18-inch wheels, dual-zone climate control, an 8.0-inch touchscreen, auto-dimming mirrors, luggage rack, LED headlights and taillights, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, and a hands-free power liftgate. All-wheel drive ($3,645) is available.

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