The compact SUV race has proven to be a long, uncompromising one. Updates happen often in order to satiate consumer demands. After dragging its Equinox crossover through a seven-year second generation, Chevrolet has redesigned the popular SUV for 2018.
What's New for 2018
The 2018 Chevrolet Equinox is all-new and features a restyled exterior, an updated interior, a new 9-speed automatic transmission, and added safety technologies. The new Equinox also features the brand’s first all-turbocharged engine lineup, including a segment-first diesel.
Choosing Your Chevrolet Equinox
The Equinox ranks as Chevy’s second best-selling vehicle behind its Silverado full-size pickup. After watching the competition garner market share and awards with their new crossovers, the Bowtie brand updated its segment entry with new gadgets and gizmos but with relatively stable pricing.
The standard engine is a 1.5-liter, turbocharged inline-four that delivers 170 horsepower and 203 pound-feet of torque and is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. The EPA estimates fuel economy at 26 miles per gallon city, 32 highway, and 28 combined for front-wheel drive models. All-wheel drive configurations are rated at 24/30/26 mpg.
The 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder works with a nine-speed automatic and boasts 252 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. The EPA estimates front-drive models will return 22 mpg city, 29 highway, and 25 combined while all-wheel-drive drops those figures to 22/28/24 mpg rating.
The upcoming 1.6-liter turbodiesel uses a six-speed automatic and delivers 137 hp and 240 lb-ft of torque. Not yet tested by the EPA, Chevy estimates the diesel model will achieve up to 40 mpg highway. Both the 2.0-liter turbo and 1.6-liter diesel should arrive in dealerships sometime this summer and be offered in LT and Premier models only.
New available safety features include a safety alert seat that can vibrate to warn drivers, automatic braking, front-collision warning, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, rear seat reminder, and a surround-view camera system.
The 2018 Chevrolet Equinox is available in four trim levels:
What makes the crossover such an attractive buy are amenities and affordability. Although Chevrolet kept pricing for the Equinox LT and Premier steady from 2017 for both front- and all-wheel drive configurations, the numbers listed above are still based only on the base 1.5-liter engine. Currently, with all the boxes checked, a 2018 Equinox Premier AWD will run an eye-opening $42,405. Until Chevy releases the 2.0-liter turbo and diesel models, our recommendation is the LT with the Confidence and Convenience Package, which will keep the tab at a reasonable $29,240.
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