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2018 Chevrolet Equinox

$23,580 - $37,300
Price Range (MSRP)
Chevrolet Equinox

2018 Chevrolet Equinox Review

by John Tallodi

The previous-generation Chevrolet Equinox was already a well-rounded family SUV, so its all-new replacement is well positioned to vie for class honors. Whilst the improvements made aren't quote enough to make it best-in-class, the Chevrolet Equinox isn't far off the top cars, and is a perfectly enjoyable vehicle to use on a day-to-day basis. Plus, the Chevrolet Equinox also has the honor of being one of only a handful of family SUVs you can buy with an ultra-frugal diesel engine. Bar a few niggles and irritations here and there, there really is a lot to like about this new generation of Chevrolet Equinox.

Is the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox a good SUV?

  • Exterior Design 4 /10
  • Performance 6 /10
  • Fuel Economy 8 /10
  • Interior & Cargo 6 /10
  • Infotainment & Features 8 /10
  • Reliability 7 /10
  • Safety 6 /10
  • Value For Money 8 /10
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2018 Chevrolet Equinox Models

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
L
1.5-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas
6-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
$23,580
LS
1.5-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas
6-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$25,600
LT
1.5-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas
1.6-liter Turbo Inline-4 Diesel
2.0-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas
6-Speed Automatic
9-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$26,800
Premier
1.5-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas
1.6-liter Turbo Inline-4 Diesel
2.0-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas
6-Speed Automatic
9-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$30,800

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2018 Chevrolet Equinox Side View
2018 Chevrolet Equinox Front View
2018 Chevrolet Equinox Rear View

Interior

'Doesn't excel in any one area, but comfy, well-made and spacious enough for the needs of most buyers'

Whilst some rivals do beat it in the interior quality front, the Chevrolet Equinox can still hold its own when it comes to fit-and-finish. Soft-touch plastics cover the main contact areas and the main controls are tactile and pleasant to the touch. Sticking to controls, the standard-fit touchscreen infotainment screen is also easy to operate – though, if we're being picky, the graphics do look a bit dated.

2018 Chevrolet Equinox Dashboard
2018 Chevrolet Equinox Maximum Cargo Space

Regardless of seat materials (cloth on base cars; leather on higher trims), the Chevrolet Equinox has supportive and comfortable chairs, and overall head, shoulder and leg room isn't far off the best-in-class either. The trunk aperture's broad too, which in combo with the flat load bay and sizeable trunk space (32.9 cubic feet and 63.5 cubic feet with the rear seats up or down respectively) makes it easy to carry larger, heavier items. A slither of under-floor trunk storage is available too.

Driving

The likes of the Mazda CX-5 still hold the class crown for outright dynamism, but the Chevrolet Equinox is still quite a responsive and direct-to-drive car – with the light steering in particular and good all-round visibility making the Chevrolet Equinox relatively easy to place in tighter spots. Likewise, whilst there's a bit of body lean when cornering, body movement is for the most part well contained and the ride remains supple over rougher surfaces.

2018 Chevrolet Equinox Front Angle View
2018 Chevrolet Equinox Rear Angle View
2018 Chevrolet Equinox Front View Driving
2018 Chevrolet Equinox Side View Driving
2018 Chevrolet Equinox Central Console
'A comfy, refined family SUV. Visibility's surprisingly good, too.'

Plus, refinement levels are very good, albeit not accomplished enough to drown out the base engine under hard acceleration. It's also worth pointing out that, whilst visibility is impressive for the most part, the high dashboard does make it a bit tricky to accurately judge where the front of the Chevrolet Equinox is when parking.

2018 Chevrolet Equinox Front View Driving

Performance

Until recently, only one powertrain was available in the Chevrolet Equinox range: a 1.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine with a six-speed automatic transmission (other models get a nine-speed auto). Whilst it's a fine base engine, with decent amounts of power and reasonably good fuel economy, it can sound gruff and feel laboured under harder acceleration from a standstill or on the highway.

2018 Chevrolet Equinox Front View Driving
2018 Chevrolet Equinox Headlights On
2018 Chevrolet Equinox Shark Fin Spoiler

As a result, we're more inclined to recommend the more potent and refined 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine if your budget can accommodate the higher list price and running costs. There's also an incredibly efficient diesel on offer too, though it'll likely be of limited appeal. Front-wheel drive can be replaced with all-wheel drive for $1,800 extra.

2018 Chevrolet Equinox Dashboard

Equipment and Safety

If it's bangs-for-your-bucks that you're after, the Chevrolet Equinox should be on your radars. Base 'L' models come with a good array of features, considering the $23,580 starting price includes parts like reversing cameras, Androud Auto/Apple CarPlay connectivity, climate control and built-in 4G WiFi compatibility).

2018 Chevrolet Equinox Trunk Space
2018 Chevrolet Equinox Maximum Cargo Space

The sweet spot in the range, however, is the mid-range $27,650 'LT' trim, courtesy of items such as power-adjustable seats, leather trim, parking sensors and blind spot monitoring. Leather upholstery and built-in navigation are exclusively to the range-topping 'Premier' spec, sadly. No crash test data is available yet for the Chevrolet Equinox, though the 2018 model year car should retain its 2017 predecessor's good safety rating.

2018 Chevrolet Equinox Front View Driving
2018 Chevrolet Equinox Rear View Driving

Verdict

With its combination of good value, satisfactory running costs (especially for the diesel model), ease of use, accommodating cabin and its easy-to-live-with nature, the Chevolet Equinox is a thoroughly likeable five-seater family SUV. Definitely consider one if you're in the market for such a car.

2018 Chevrolet Equinox Front Angle View

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