2018 Chevrolet Equinox Diesel
- Fully redesigned for 2018
- New engines provide great fuel economy
- Part of the third Equinox generation introduced for 2018
- 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
- 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
2018 Chevrolet Equinox Diesel pricingin Ashburn, VA
Which Equinox does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
Overall rating7.4 / 10
In 2016, the Chevrolet Equinox outsold every other vehicle in GM's lineup except the Silverado pickup. Not a bad year, but the Equinox still didn't do as well as its competitors from Ford, Honda, Nissan and Toyota. That's not a complete surprise since the segment favors the latest and greatest, and the Equinox has stayed more or less the same since 2010. We appreciated the previous model for its copious interior and cargo room, but it was clear the Equinox was uncompetitive in terms of performance, comfort and value. That changes with the debut of the redesigned 2018 Chevrolet Equinox.
The new Equinox is smaller and lighter than the vehicle it replaces, and it's powered exclusively by turbocharged four-cylinder engines with standard engine stop-start technology. Chevy says the most economical of these, an optional 1.6-liter diesel engine, will achieve an impressive 40 mpg on the highway. Even if you don't go for the diesel option, the standard engines all deliver improved fuel economy figures compared to the previous Equinox.
The downsizing has barely impacted the Equinox's spacious interior. There's plenty of legroom for tall passengers in all outboard seats — though the panoramic sunroof reduces headroom for those in the rear — and the back seats fold flat at the pull of a lever to increase the size of the cargo area to 63.5 cubic feet. You'll appreciate the extra space because the 29.9 cubic feet behind the rear seats is smaller than most in this class.
The Equinox features plenty of advanced safety equipment, from standard items such as a rearview camera and Chevy's Teen Driver reporting feature to a top-down parking camera system and lane departure warning and intervention. Tech features are also abundant, with every Equinox boasting a touchscreen display and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability.
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.
Notably, we picked the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox as one of Edmunds' Best Small SUVs for this year.
2018 Chevrolet Equinox configurations
The base L model seems like a great deal, until you realize that it's a custom-order model and you'll have to wait for it to be built. You'll find the LS at practically any dealer, but it doesn't offer much more than the L for the added price. Best to skip straight to the LT, which is just a bit more expensive and includes more features and access to additional options. If you want the LT and its two packages, the leather-trimmed Premier includes it all.
Three engines are offered on the Equinox. The standard engine is a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder (170 horsepower, 203 pound-feet of torque) matched to a six-speed automatic transmission. A more powerful turbocharged 2.0-liter engine (252 hp, 260 lb-ft) is optional and comes standard with a nine-speed automatic transmission. Also optional is a fuel-efficient 1.6-liter diesel (137 hp, 240 lb-ft) mated to a six-speed automatic. The 1.5-liter engine is the only engine available now. The optional engines won't be offered until later in the model year. Until we have a better understanding of the features offered in conjunction with the selection of the diesel and 2.0-liter engines, the following trim breakdown applies solely to the 1.5-liter engine.
The front-drive-only base L is well equipped, and it comes standard with 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, LED daytime running lights, a fuel-saving engine stop-start system, a rearview camera, heated mirrors, keyless entry and ignition, a driver information display, height-adjustable front seats, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, Chevrolet's Teen Driver watchdog modes, Bluetooth, OnStar (with 4G LTE connectivity and Wi-Fi hotspot), a 7-inch touchscreen and a six-speaker audio system with a USB port, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
It's a built-to-order trim, however, so you're most likely going to see the next-level LS on dealer lots. It's pricier and doesn't add much besides rear floor mats, a spare tire, a tire jack and a digital compass. It does open the door to an expanded range of exterior colors and availability of all-wheel drive, however, so it's worth considering if you want the least expensive AWD model.
Stepping up to the LT adds xenon headlights, rear privacy glass, a leather-wrapped shift knob, an eight-way power driver seat (with two-way lumbar adjustment), auxiliary rear-seat release levers and satellite radio.
The LT offers two notable feature packages. The Sun and Infotainment package adds a panoramic sunroof, an upgraded driver information display, an 8-inch touchscreen, a second USB port in the front, two USB ports in the armrest bin and two charge-only USB ports in back. The Confidence and Convenience package includes rear parking sensors, a power liftgate, remote engine start, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, rear cross-traffic alert, and blind-spot monitoring that also detects rapidly approaching cars in the next lane.
Finally, the range-topping Premier includes the above packages (minus the panoramic sunroof, which can be added separately), along with 18-inch wheels, LED headlights and taillights, foglights, auto-dimming mirrors, roof rails, a hands-free liftgate, chrome exterior trim, ambient interior lighting, driver-seat memory settings, perforated leather upholstery and wireless device charging.
Even the top-trim Premier leaves some goodies on the table. Standard on all-wheel-drive models and optional for front-wheel-drive models is the feature-heavy Confidence and Convenience II package. It adds automatic high-beam control, a top-down, 360-degree parking camera system, a heated steering wheel, an eight-way power passenger seat, ventilated front seats, heated rear outboard seats, lane departure warning and mitigation, Chevy's Safety Alert seat, a meter that measures the distance (in time) between you and the car in front, and forward collision alert with automatic emergency braking at low speeds. The Sun, Sound and Navigation package builds on top of this package with 19-inch wheels, the panoramic sunroof, navigation and a seven-speaker Bose audio system with HD radio.
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2018 Chevrolet Equinox videos
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.
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.
Features & Specs
Our experts’ favorite Equinox safety features:
- Safety Alert Seat
- Vibrates to alert the driver when advanced safety systems, including the parking sensors and blind-spot monitor, are triggered.
- Side Blind Zone Alert
- Illuminates a light on the Equinox's outside mirrors if there's a vehicle in or approaching the Equinox's left- or right-hand blind spot.
- Forward Collision Alert
- Sounds an alarm if the Equinox rapidly approaches the vehicle in front and a collision is deemed imminent.
Chevrolet Equinox vs. the competition
2018 Chevrolet Equinox
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Chevrolet Equinox vs. GMC Terrain
The Equinox and 2018 GMC Terrain are essentially the same vehicle. They share the same dimensions and offer the same choice of engines. The primary differences are styling (the Terrain is more square-shouldered and has a more commanding presence) and overall cost (the Equinox is a little less expensive). The Terrain's top trim level, the Denali, is also a little nicer than the Equinox's top Premier level.
Chevrolet Equinox vs. Ford Escape
The 2018 Ford Escape is the Chevy's crosstown rival. Four adults fit comfortably in the Escape's roomy cabin, and it's a surprisingly capable handler when the road gets twisty. The Equinox beats the Escape in terms of ride and seat comfort, and both of the Escape's economy-minded engines consume more fuel than the Equinox's 1.5-liter. The Equinox's interior design is also more modern than the Escape's.
Chevrolet Equinox vs. Honda CR-V
Thanks to its refined turbocharged engine, spacious cabin and superior cargo room, the 2018 Honda CR-V wins in a direct comparison against the Equinox. The Equinox offers some features that the CR-V doesn't, including ventilated front seats and a heated steering wheel, but these aren't enough to edge out the CR-V.
2018 Chevrolet Equinox Diesel for Sale
2018 Chevrolet Equinox Diesel Overview
The 2018 Chevrolet Equinox Diesel is offered in the following styles: LT 4dr SUV AWD (1.6L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6A), Premier 4dr SUV (1.6L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6A), LT 4dr SUV (1.6L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6A), and Premier 4dr SUV AWD (1.6L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6A).
What do people think of the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox Diesel?
Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox Diesel and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2018 Equinox Diesel 4 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2018 Equinox Diesel.
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Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox Diesel and all model years in our database. Our rich analysis includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2018 Equinox Diesel featuring deep dives into trim levels including LT, Premier, etc. with careful analysis around pricing, features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving and performance. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.Read our full review of the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox Diesel here.
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What's a good price for a New 2018 Chevrolet Equinox Diesel?
2018 Chevrolet Equinox Diesel Premier 4dr SUV AWD (1.6L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6A)
The 2018 Chevrolet Equinox Diesel Premier 4dr SUV AWD (1.6L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $38,085. The average price paid for a new 2018 Chevrolet Equinox Diesel Premier 4dr SUV AWD (1.6L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6A) is trending $8,135 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
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The average savings for the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox Diesel Premier 4dr SUV AWD (1.6L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6A) is21.4% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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2018 Chevrolet Equinox Diesel LT 4dr SUV AWD (1.6L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6A)
The 2018 Chevrolet Equinox Diesel LT 4dr SUV AWD (1.6L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $33,385. The average price paid for a new 2018 Chevrolet Equinox Diesel LT 4dr SUV AWD (1.6L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6A) is trending $6,169 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $6,169 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$27,216.
The average savings for the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox Diesel LT 4dr SUV AWD (1.6L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6A) is18.5% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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2018 Chevrolet Equinox Diesel LT 4dr SUV (1.6L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6A)
The 2018 Chevrolet Equinox Diesel LT 4dr SUV (1.6L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $31,675. The average price paid for a new 2018 Chevrolet Equinox Diesel LT 4dr SUV (1.6L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6A) is trending $5,381 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $5,381 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$26,294.
The average savings for the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox Diesel LT 4dr SUV (1.6L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6A) is17% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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2018 Chevrolet Equinox Diesel Premier 4dr SUV (1.6L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6A)
The 2018 Chevrolet Equinox Diesel Premier 4dr SUV (1.6L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $34,020. The average price paid for a new 2018 Chevrolet Equinox Diesel Premier 4dr SUV (1.6L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6A) is trending $8,499 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $8,499 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$25,521.
The average savings for the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox Diesel Premier 4dr SUV (1.6L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6A) is25% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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