2018 Chevrolet EquinoxChange Vehicle
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From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team
- Base engine no longer feels underpowered
- Quick turbo 2.0-liter
- Firm but controlled ride
- Intuitive multimedia systems
- Much-improved gas mileage
- Child-seat accommodations
- Steering and handling
- Front-seat comfort
- Crash-avoidance tech costs extra
- Some cheap cabin materials
- Headroom with panoramic moonroof
- Redesigned for 2018
- Smaller, lighter than predecessor
- FWD or AWD
- 1.5- or 2.0-liter turbo gasoline engines
- 1.6-liter turbo-diesel engine
- Standard Apple CarPlay, Android Auto
The new Equinox is less distinctive than its predecessor, which had a certain bigger-is-better appeal among smallish rivals. This one feels more like the rest of them, but it lands there with definite refinement.
Versus the Competition
No longer a plus-sized entrant among compact SUVs, the redesigned 2018 Chevrolet Equinox takes direct aim at popular models from a long list of automakers.
The Equinox comes with front- or all-wheel drive in four trim levels (L, LS, LT and Premier) and three engines: two gasoline and one diesel four-cylinder, all turbocharged. We tested both gasoline engines in several FWD and AWD vehicles — one of them back-to-back against six other SUVs in Cars.com's 2017 Compact SUV Challenge.
Exterior & Styling
Gone is the old Equinox's wide-eyed expression and vertical taillights, replaced by thin lights at both ends that evoke the redesigned Chevrolet Malibu and Cruze. The profile carries over a lot of elements, including the arched-forward C-pillars, even though it's nearly 5 inches shorter than before — the product of a new platform shared with the redesigned GMC Terrain and no other GM models in the U.S. (GM's stateside brands are Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet and GMC).
How It Drives
The new platform helps shed about 400 pounds — more than 10 percent of the Equinox's weight — and it's immediately noticeable. The new base engine is a turbo 1.5-liter four-cylinder with 170 horsepower, and it moves the Equinox with a punchiness its underpowered four-cylinder predecessor lacked. It's a noisy climb to higher revs, but the drivetrain's 203 pounds-feet of torque makes the ascent brisk enough.
There's still room for improvement, especially on the highway, where accelerator lag and a transmission that resists downshifting conspire against passing. But in a class known for ... Read more
The 2018 Chevrolet Equinox feels more like its immediate competitors than its predecessor, but it gets there with undeniable refinement.
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