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2018 Chevrolet Equinox Pricing

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pros

  • Three engines to choose from, including a fuel-efficient diesel
  • Smooth ride over most road surfaces
  • Expansive list of optional safety features
  • MyLink user interface is intuitive and easy to use

cons

  • Smaller cargo area compared to most of its competitors
  • Base L trim is special order only
  • The 1.5-liter engine and its slow-shifting transmission don't feel very lively
Chevrolet Equinox 4dr SUV MSRP: $28500
Based on the LT Auto AWD 5-passenger 4-dr 4dr SUV with typically equipped options.
EPA Est. MPG 26
Transmission Automatic
Drive Train All Wheel Drive
Displacement 1.5 L
Passenger Volume N/A
Wheelbase 107 in
Length 183 in
Width 72 in
Height 65 in
Curb Weight 3478 lbs
Chevrolet Equinox 4dr SUV MSRP: $28500
Based on the LT Auto AWD 5-passenger 4-dr 4dr SUV with typically equipped options.
  • Keyless Entry/Start
  • Stability Control
  • Upgraded Headlights
  • Audio and cruise controls on steering wheel
  • Fold Flat Rear Seats
  • Alarm
  • Bluetooth
  • Power Driver Seat
  • Back-up camera
  • AWD/4WD
  • Apple Carplay/Android Auto
  • Tire Pressure Warning
  • Rear Bench Seats
  • Post-collision safety system
  • Trip Computer
  • USB Inputs
  • Aux Audio Inputs
  • Mobile Internet

Chevrolet Equinox 2018

2018 Chevrolet Equinox Features Rundown

The compact crossover market is hotter than ever, so it's the perfect time to debut the fully redesigned 2018 Chevrolet Equinox. This smaller, lighter Equinox puts a premium on fuel efficiency, safety and connectivity. Too bad it carries a premium price tag to match. In this video, we highlight the key features that matter most. From mpg, interior space and technology to design and comfort - these pros and cons will help steer you toward a perfect car.

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I'm Edmund's editor Bryn MacKinnon, and here's a features rundown of the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox. For 2018, the Chevy Equinox gets a full redesign. It's smaller and lighter than before, which, combined with more efficient engines, gives it better fuel economy. A new diesel option will also be available. We're partial to the 2.0 liter turbo engine option for its quick acceleration and sharp response. By comparison, the base 1.5 liter seems to struggle. We were pleasantly surprised how well the Equinox handles. Its very capable, even fun on a winding road, and the ride quality doesn't suffer as a result. The Equinox sticker price is higher than similarly equipped SUV's in the class. But common incentives and deals can get the cost more competitive. We caution buyers to keep an eye on options as they can be expensive. We think there's plenty of cargo space for most owners, but it's important to note that it's smaller than the competition. A hands free power liftgate and remote levers that fold the rear seats flat are nice convenience features, though. The rear seats offer good support for adults, but the optional panoramic sunroof does cut into headroom back there. The interior design is pleasant and many features are easy to use. The vertical vents in the center of the dash are attractive but don't distribute the air very well. With a strong infotainment system, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a standard Wi-Fi hotspot, and six available US ports, the Equinox gets high marks for technology. Front seats are comfortable, and ventilated seats are available. In general, we like the interior, but there are some hard plastic materials that seem out of place. Chevy Equinox's top competitors include Honda CRV, Mazda CX 5, and Toyota RAV4. Bottom line, the Equinox is not the most exciting compact crossover to drive, but it is one of the best all rounders in the class. If you can look past its small cargo area, you'll be rewarded with a comfortable ride, roomy cabin, and one of the best touchscreen systems in the business.

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The Chevrolet Equinox remains popular with shoppers looking for a compact crossover SUV despite no fundamental changes for seven years. There was a minor V6 engine update, some front- and rear-end styling updates, and small feature updates, but nothing compared to the larger overhauls of some of its rivals in this same span. In a sense, Chevy got the package right in the first place and filled in the details as it went along.

In the meantime, the Equinox's rivals continued to reshape and refine to the wishes of crossover buyers seeking more power, better ride quality, cutting-edge driver assistance features and advanced connected technology.

The newest version of the Equinox fixes most of its deficiencies. It's smaller and lighter than before, and offers three fuel-efficient four-cylinder engines, including a turbodiesel. The new Equinox also manages a rare feat in that its smaller dimensions don't dramatically impact passenger room. There's still plenty of leg- and headroom for tall occupants. Some of that downsizing comes at the expense of cargo space, however, where the Equinox comes up short relative to its rivals.

Current Chevrolet Equinox
The Chevrolet Equinox is a compact crossover SUV offered in four trim levels: L, LS, LT and Premier.

The base L comes standard with 17-inch alloy wheels, heated mirrors, a rearview camera, keyless entry and ignition, Bluetooth, a Wi-Fi hotspot connection, a 7-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, and a six-speaker audio system.

The next-level LS is nearly the same but adds rear floor mats, a spare tire and a jack. More importantly, it offers an expanded range of exterior colors and optional all-wheel drive. The LT adds xenon headlights, an eight-way power driver seat and satellite radio. Options include a panoramic sunroof, a power liftgate, heated front seats, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, an 8-inch touchscreen and several USB charging ports.

The range-topping Premier includes many of the features already mentioned, as well as 18-inch wheels, LED headlights, auto-dimming mirrors, roof rails, a hands-free liftgate, leather upholstery and wireless device charging. Options are many and include a top-down, 360-degree parking camera system, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, lane departure warning, navigation, and Chevy's safety-alert driver seat (which vibrates the seat bottom cushion if a collision seems imminent).

A turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine (170 horsepower, 203 pound-feet of torque) paired to a six-speed automatic transmission is the base engine setup. There are two options that will be available on late 2018 models: a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder (252 hp, 260 lb-ft) with a nine-speed automatic transmission and a 1.6-liter four-cylinder turbodiesel (137 hp, 240 lb-ft).

Our early impressions of Equinox performance with the 1.5-liter engine are underwhelming. The engine feels refined, but the slow-shifting transmission hinders acceleration. We're more impressed with overall ride comfort, comfortable front seats, and ample head- and legroom all around. Cargo space, however — arguably one of the key reasons to buy a crossover — is smaller than most in the class at 29.9 cubic feet.

Used Chevrolet Equinox Models
The second-generation Chevrolet Equinox spanned the 2010-'17 model years, a long period in the rapidly evolving crossover segment.

The second-generation car improved on its predecessor with sleek exterior and interior styling, more fuel-efficient engines and a lower price. Not much changed for the Equinox after its debut, however. It initially offered four different trim levels. Lower trims came with useful features such as roof rails, power front seats, and a sliding and reclining rear seat, while upper trims added a rearview camera, Bluetooth, and upgraded audio systems that included voice commands and a 40GB hard drive for music files.

Power came from a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine (182 hp, 172 lb-ft of torque) or an optional 3.0-liter V6 (264 hp, 222 lb-ft). Both engines paired with a six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive was optional.

Features including forward collision alert, lane departure warning and heated seats showed up in the following two years, while a new 3.6-liter V6 (301 hp, 272 lb-ft) replaced the 3.0-liter in 2013. A revised touchscreen, power passenger seat and Chevy's MyLink smartphone software showed up that same year, while the base L trim level and Wi-Fi hotspot connection was added in 2015.

Front and rear styling updates, upgraded cloth upholstery and a 7-inch touchscreen became standard equipment in 2016, along with optional blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert. For the final model year of the second-generation, the LTZ trim level was renamed Premier and some new option and appearance packages were also available.

We generally liked the second-gen Equinox, especially its roomy, sliding and reclining rear seat, smooth ride quality and quiet cabin. Underwhelming four-cylinder power and inferior cargo space kept it from topping our lists, however, especially as key rivals offered more power and better fuel economy. If you're considering a model from this era, we recommend the V6, more specifically the 3.6-liter introduced in 2013.

The first-generation Chevy Equinox was produced from 2005 to 2009. Unlike the current model, it came with a standard V6, and the only optional engine was an even more powerful V6 that arrived for 2008. A wide range of trim levels were available. Even base models came with a CD player and full power accessories, while upper trim levels, depending on the year, added features such as alloy wheels, leather seating, heated front seats and upgraded audio. The late-arriving Sport model added the stouter V6, bigger wheels and a firmer suspension.

All first-generation Chevrolet Equinox models except the Sport were equipped with a 3.4-liter V6 that generated 185 hp and 210 lb-ft of torque. The Sport stepped up to a 3.6-liter V6 that made a potent 264 hp. Both engines were mated to a five-speed automatic transmission that directed power to the front wheels, and all-wheel drive was optional.

In reviews of the first-generation Chevy Equinox, our editors praised its versatile interior, particularly the 60/40-split rear seat that could be slid almost 8 inches fore and aft. An adjustable rear cargo shelf enhanced storage opportunities and doubled as a picnic table. We noted that there was lots of room behind the rear seats — 35 cubic feet, to be precise — and a full 69 cubic feet with those seats folded, which is more than the current Equinox can muster.

On the road, however, this Equinox wasn't very impressive. Long drives were a breeze, thanks to the quiet cabin and smooth ride, but the base V6 was a bit coarse, and the electric power steering was numb and sluggish.

Notable changes over the course of the first-generation Equinox's production cycle include standard antilock brakes for 2006; standard stability control and four-wheel disc brakes and an optional navigation system for 2007; the arrival of the Sport model and luxurious LTZ model for 2008; and standard side curtain airbags and satellite radio with optional Bluetooth for 2009.

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