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2018 Chevrolet Equinox

MPG

City 22 - 28 MPG Hwy 28 - 39 MPG

Safety Rating

  • Overall Safety:
    4 stars
  • Frontal Crash:
    5 stars
  • Side Crash:
    4 stars

Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries.

Consumer Reviews Write a Review

Overall Rating:
4.7 (out of 5)
Value 4.6
Exterior 4.8
Interior 4.7
Comfort 4.7
Performance 4.7
Reliability 4.5
*****
my 2nd equinox

by next Year from NH | January 05, 2020

A bit different than the previous 2012 I traded. There was no actual paperback book for owners manual as it is on the computer which is a drag to have to scroll through it in the vehicle is a real bummer. I am used to having a hand held paperback version. No CD player either.

****
Better than I expected

by target from Richmond, VA | January 01, 2020

We purchased this to drive across country hauling personal items. Even though it is a "Premier" model, it does not have a navigation system. (I just assumed it would have it). One can use an app and send it to the cart, but that is a pain. It is a very comfortable ride. The seats are more comfortable than our Lexus, but gas mileage is only about 30 mph.

****
I was surprised how good car it is.

by Guzio from Addison, Il | December 30, 2019

Equinox 2.0 Only 4 cylinder SUV and shockingly fast and very responsive, acceleration put you back in the sit this was the most impressive for me. Anything else is like in every other SUV in that price range.

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2018 Chevrolet Equinox Overview

The compact SUV continues to be one of the hottest segments in the U.S. with the likes of the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, Nissan Rogue, Ford Escape and Jeep Cherokee pulling in buyers by the thousands. The old man on the block has been the Chevrolet Equinox, which sold well despite being long in the tooth. Now Chevy is ready to show us an all-new 2018 Equinox, redesigned from the ground up.

New for 2018

The new Equinox is a styling departure from the old one but ties in much better with the rest of the Chevrolet lineup. The front and back are heavily reminiscent of the latest Malibu and Cruze with their low-slung lighting, while the rest of the Equinox retains the chunky aesthetic of the last SUV. Overall, the new Equinox is about 4 inches shorter than the old model, but it doesn't look appreciably smaller.

Interior
With the switch to a new platform, Chevrolet's designers have been able to reconfigure the interior to a new look and layout. The dash is much lower than in previous models for better outward visibility, while the seat folding mechanism now employs what Chevy calls a "kneeling" seat system that enables a flat loading floor for the cargo area when the second row is stored. New materials are also included, including a denim-style seating material that hasn't appeared in a production car since the 1970s (excluding the limited-edition Volkswagen Beetle Denim). Thick pillars in the rear are still present, which may not improve visibility much, but the interior materials are considerably upgraded and again reminiscent of the Malibu.

The technology is updated as well, with the latest generation of the MyLink multimedia system offered up with either a 7- or 8-inch touch-screen. It supports both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, with an optional OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi hot spot for mobile device connectivity.

Under the Hood
The bigger story is the switch to a new platform for the Equinox, which is nearly 400 pounds lighter than the old one. The new SUV features three powertrains: a standard turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder making 170 hp, an optional turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder pumping out a more robust 252 hp, or a segment first for the U.S. -- a 1.6-liter turbo-diesel making 136 hp but 236 pounds-feet of torque.

Chevrolet is estimating highway fuel economy to be 31 mpg for the 1.5-liter, 28 mpg for the 2.0-liter and an impressive 40 mpg for the 1.6-liter diesel. The 1.5-liter gas and 1.6-liter diesel engines are both mated to six-speed transmissions, but the 2.0-liter motor gets a new nine-speed automatic. Front-wheel drive is standard with all-wheel drive available, but Chevrolet did not specify if any powertrains were restricted to one or the other.

Safety
Where Chevrolet is really pulling out all the stops is in the safety department, bringing a full complement of available active and passive safety devices to the new Equinox.

A backup camera is standard, but a new around-view monitor is optional to provide a 360-degree top-down view of the Equinox's surroundings. New for the Equinox are GM's Safety Alert Seat, forward collision alert with low-speed automatic braking, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, lane change alert, blind spot monitor, rear cross-traffic alert, and the rear-seat occupant reminder that debuted on the GMC Acadia last year. The Teen Driver system is also available, which allows parents of young drivers to set limits on certain vehicle functions and even provide a report card on how the vehicle was used.

Overview courtesy of Cars.com