In 2016, Chevrolet became the best-selling vehicle in GM’s line-up after the Silverado pickup. Not bad, but Equinox still can not compete against Nissan, Ford, Toyota or Honda. Not surprisingly, as this segment loves the latest and greatest, and the Equinox has survived since 2010. It’s good on previous models for excessive interior and cargo space, but obviously Equinox is not competitive in terms of comfort, performance and value. But that changed in the redesigned 2018 model.
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Trim, Features and Engine Specs
The 2018 Chevrolet Equinox is a five-passenger compact crossover SUV offered in four trim levels: L, LS, LT and Premier.
The 2018 Chevrolet Equinox L comes standard with 17-inch alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights, automatic headlights, keyless entry and ignition, a rearview camera, a fuel-saving engine stop-start system, a driver information display, heated mirrors, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, height-adjustable front seats, a 7-inch touchscreen, OnStar with Wi-Fi hotspot and 4G LTE connectivity, Chevrolet Teen Driver watchdog modes, Bluetooth and a six-speaker audio system with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and USB port.
Moving to LS models add a spare tire, rear floor mats, a digital compass and a tire jack. Though doesn’t add much features, it opens to an expanded range of exterior colors and availability of all-wheel drive, so it’s worth if you want the least expensive AWD model.
The 2018 Chevrolet Equinox LT adds xenon headlights, rear privacy glass, an eight-way power driver seat, a leather-wrapped shift knob, satellite radio and auxiliary rear-seat release levers. Two optional packages are available for LT models. The Sun and Infotainment package adds an upgraded driver information display, a panoramic sunroof, an 8-inch touchscreen, a USB port in the front, two charge-only USB ports in back and two USB ports in the armrest bin. The Confidence and Convenience package adds remote engine start, a power liftgate, rear parking sensors, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, dual-zone automatic climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and heated front seats.
The range-topping 2018 Chevrolet Equinox Premier includes the above packages except for the panoramic sunroof, plus chrome exterior trim, 18-inch wheels, foglights, LED headlights and taillights, roof rails, auto-dimming mirrors, a hands-free liftgate, ambient interior lighting, perforated leather upholstery, driver-seat memory settings and wireless device charging.
Optional package for Premier models is a Confidence and Convenience II package which adds automatic high-beam control, 360-degree parking camera system, a top-down, lane departure warning and mitigation, forward collision alert, a heated steering wheel, ventilated front seats, an eight-way power passenger seat, heated rear outboard seats and Chevy’s Safety Alert seat. The Sun, Sound and Navigation package builds on top of this package with 19-inch wheels, navigation, the panoramic sunroof and a seven-speaker Bose audio system with HD radio.
The 2018 Chevrolet Equinox offered three different engines and available in front-wheel or all-wheel drive. The standard engine is a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder that produces 170 horsepower and 203 pound-feet of torque. It matched to a six-speed automatic transmission. The optional engine is a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine good for 252 hp and 260 lb-ft. It comes standard with a nine-speed automatic transmission. Also optional is a 1.6-liter diesel rated at 137 hp and 240 lb-ft mated to a six-speed automatic. The 1.5-liter engine is the only engine available now, while the optional engines won’t be offered until later in the model year.
As a compact crossover, the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox offers cabin with wide head and foot space around it, even if you add an optional panoramic sunroof. The rear window does not wrap it as seen from the outside, but the small window in three-fourth view helps to reduce blind spots.
The 2018 Chevrolet Equinox overall ride comfort is very good, regardless you choose 17 or 18-inch alloy wheels. The front seats are supportive and comfortable even on long distance trips. The Premier trim offers a lot of heating and ventilation features further adding comfort while driving.
For the cargo area, Equinox provides 29.9 cubic feet behind the second row seat, which is smaller than most in this segment. It increased to 63.5 cubes with the rear seats folded. It’s better, though still lost to some of its rivals.
Release Date and Price
The 2018 Chevrolet Equinox with the standard 1.5-liter engine is available now at the dealership. It starts at $24,475 for base models L. The LS front-wheel-drive starts at $26,455, while the AWD adds $1,750. The LT starting at $27,295 for front-wheel drive models and $29,445 for all-wheel drive. The top-of-line Premier starts at $31,735 for front-wheel drive and $35,380 for all-wheel drive.