Review: 2018 Chevrolet Equinox

2017 Chevrolet Equinox Review

One of the many joys of living in Richmond, Virginia is the nature, from the James River to Belle Isle to Forest Hill Park. If you spend your weekends in canoes or hiking shoes, you need a crossover to match your lifestyle

The all-new 2018 Chevrolet Equinox is fun to drive and has all the space you need for outdoor gear and sporting equipment, plus an array of standard entertainment and convenience features. Read our full review to see why it’s the perfect compact crossover for drivers in Chester:

Features

The 2018 Equinox comes in four trims: L, LS, LT, and Premier. The base model comes standard with 7-inch touchscreen display, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, 6-speaker audio, Bluetooth compatibility, auxiliary and USB input, Teen Driver Mode, cruise control, and push-button start. All models come standard with OnStar Basic Plan and OnStar 4G LTE and built-in Wi-Fi hotspot for up to seven devices.

The Equinox is also available with Chevrolet MyLink Radio with 8-inch diagonal color touchscreen, Bluetooth Audio Streaming, USB data ports, Sirius XM Satellite Radio, color driver instrument display, and remote start. 

Interior

While the all-new Equinox has smaller exterior dimensions, Chevy engineers managed to keep interior space equal to that of past models. You’ll enjoy plush and supportive seating throughout the all-new Equinox, with 8-way power adjustable front seats, premium cloth upholstery, and Multi-Flex sliding rear seat with 60/40 split-folding seatback and 3-position recline, allowing you both comfort and added cargo space in the rear, depending on your needs.

You also have the option for heated front and rear seats, power lumbar support in the driver’s seat, seat position memory, dual-zone climate control, and a hands-free power liftgate. Plus, you can add a navigation system and panoramic sunroof for the ultimate road trip ride.

Performance

The all-new Equinox is powered by a 1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. The powertrain makes 170 horsepower and 203 lb-ft of torque, and comes available in all-wheel drive. Chevy also anticipates releasing two other engine options: a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder with 9-speed automatic transmission, and a 1.6-liter diesel 4-cylinder with 6-speed automatic transmission.

While the diesel promised the ultimate in fuel efficiency, the base will save you at the pump as well. Front-wheel drive models get an EPA-estimated 26 MPG city and 32 MPG highway, while all-wheel drive models get 24 MPG city and 30 MPG highway.

Safety

Each model of the Equinox was developed with safety in mind. The crossover has standard rear vision camera, remote panic alarm, dual-stage airbags, and active head restraints. Additionally, it comes available with a Safety Alert Seat, surround vision camera, Forward Collision Alert with Following Distance Indicator, Low-Speed Forward Automatic Braking, Lane Keep Assist, Lane Departure Warning, Rear Seat Reminder, Lane Change Alert, Side Blind Zone Alert, and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.

Pricing

Starting at $24,475 MSRP

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