Smart, swifter and more fuel efficient, the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox builds on the popularity of the 2017 edition. These changes are sure to make it even more competitive in a class where it often leads in dash tech and affordability.
A six-speed automatic is paired with an I-4 in the 2017 edition. For 2018, engineers helped edge horsepower up to 170 and torque up to 203 lb.-ft., a gain of 30 lb.-ft. A new I-4 turbo is also on the 2018 menu. It generates 252 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. Chevy’s first nine-speed transmission allows the driver to enjoy more precision with each gear shift. Even though the turbo just has four cylinders, it is capable of the same 3,500-pound tow rating as its 2017 V6 predecessor. By utilizing two four-cylinder engines, Chevy keeps fuel costs down. Drivers will appreciate stop-start technology to reduce city fuel use. Perhaps the biggest surprise is the new diesel edition. It churns out 236 lb.-ft. of torque and nearly doubles highway fuel economy. As Motor Trend has reported, the diesel is also very quiet due to Chevy’s special engineering techniques. Aluminum construction helps all three engines perform their jobs without added weight. The 2018 platform and its new composition combine for a 400-pound reduction in curb weight. This allows it to do more with every horse under the hood.
For 2018, material quality is emphasized even in the lowest trim levels. A dual cowl dashboard gives the interior a new look. Softer touches and creative design elements make the cabin more welcoming. Among the new amenities, push button start is now standard. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto have become a vital addition to the Chevy MyLink touchscreen system. While the exterior has trimmed a few inches, the interior remains plenty big. Legroom is the same as it was in 2017, and shoulder room actually increased by more than one inch. Cargo capacity remains ample at 63.5 cu.ft. when the seats are up. New tricks include a moving middle row seat that can claim more legroom or give more space for cargo. A level load floor is easily achieved with Chevy’s movable seat cushions.
Although the 2017 Equinox was considered safe, Chevy wanted to do more. Crash resistance was emphasized throughout the 2018 make-over. As a result, reinforcements block the engine from entering the passenger cabin due to outside force. A steel-infused frame is paired with a frontal crash rail structure to offset many different types of impact. Safety has gone automated with the low-speed brake function. In a dangerous situation, the system may brake the SUV for the driver. The lane watch becomes more active with an assist function. Audible and visual warnings are augmented by vibrations with the exclusive safety alert seat. Cameras and radar keep an eye on your blind spot to help eliminate common side traffic accidents. One of the first of its kind, a rear-seat alert reminds parents to check for sleeping children in carseats. If your kids are older, you may need the teen driver system which keeps an electronic eye on driving behaviors.
|Specs||2018 Chevrolet Equinox||2017 Chevrolet Equinox|
|Fuel Economy||26 city / 32 hwy||21 city / 31 hwy|