2018 Chevy Equinox
Chevy redesigned the Chevy Equinox for the 2018 model year and its new features and look make a big impact. The all-new Chevy Equinox is the perfect crossover for drivers that want a comfortable and spacious vehicle, that is also fuel efficient and filled with tech features.
Avail. Highway Fuel Economy
Consumers have a lot of options when picking out the new 2018 Chevy Equinox. The 2018 Chevy Equinox is a five-passenger crossover and it is available in four different trims, the L, LS, LT and Premier. In addition to the trim options, buyers also have the choice of three different engines and two different drivetrains, front-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive. The available all-wheel-drive drivetrain is switchable, meaning the system can disengage the rear axle when it's not necessary.
Turbo 1.5L Engine
The standard engine on the 2018 Chevy Equinox lineup is a turbo 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 170 horsepower and 203 lb-ft of torque. The 1.5L engine is paired to a 6-speed automatic transmission and when equipped with this powertrain, the Chevy Equinox has a max towing capacity of 1,500 pounds. The turbo 1.5L engine gives the Chevy Equinox an average fuel economy of 26 mpg in the city, 32 mpg on the highway and a combined city/highway fuel economy of 28 mpg.
Turbo 2.0L Engine
Drivers that want their Chevy Equinox to have a little more power than the standard engine offers can opt for the available turbo 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that’s paired to a nine-speed automatic transmission. The 2.0L engine produces 252 horsepower and together the engine and transmission produce 260 lb-ft of torque. Since the turbo 2.0L offer more power, it also has a higher towing capacity than the other engines, which is a max towing capacity of 3,500 pounds.
1.6L Diesel Engine
New for the 2018 model year is the new 1.6-liter turbo diesel engine, and it is a great engine option for people that want a very fuel efficient crossover. As the most efficient engine of the bunch. The diesel engine gives the Equinox an average fuel economy of 28 mpg in the city, 39 mpg on the highway and a combined city/highway fuel economy of 32 mpg. The 1.6L turbo diesel engine is paired to a 6-speed automatic transmission, and the powertrain produces 137 horsepower and 240 lb-ft of torque.
The Chevy Equinox has a completely redesigned interior and exterior and the new model is now 400 pounds lighter than previous models. All Equinox trims come standard with acoustic laminated glass, active aero shutters that enhance fuel economy on the highway, projector-beam headlamps and LED daytime running lamps. The headlamps on the Equinox LT have been upgraded from halogen headlamps to High-Intensity Discharge headlamps and the Equinox Premier has upgraded LED headlamps and tail lights.
The Equinox L, LS and LT trims ride on 17-inch aluminum wheels, and the Equinox Premier rides on 18-inch aluminum wheels. There are several convenience features that are available or standard features, depending on the trim, and these features include a power liftgate, a sunroof, exterior mirrors with turn signals, roof mounted side rails, a keyless entry keypad and rear splash guards.
Interior + Tech
All Chevy Equinox trims feature a comfortable cabin and modern features. There are a variety locations for the driver and passengers to charge mobile devices via USB ports, and there is wireless charging with the Equinox Premier. The vehicle has a split-folding rear seat and there is a new kneeling rear seat feature that makes it easier for users to load up items in the vehicle.
Chevy has been ahead of the tech game for a few years, so all of the Equinox trims feature great tech features. Chevy MyLink is standard on all Equinox trims and it is compatible with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, voice-activated technology that can control the radio or smartphone, and Bluetooth streaming audio. The standard technology package includes a 7-inch color touchscreen, and the Equinox Premier is fitted with an 8-inch color touchscreen.
Safety, Price + Warranty
Chevy takes safety serious, and they offer a variety of standard and advanced safety features. The Equinox is equipped with six standard air bags, including frontal driver and passenger, roof rail-mounted head curtain and front-seat-mounted side-impact airbags, and there are a variety of safety and security services offered by OnStar. Chevy’s Teen Driver program is standard and it helps teach new drivers to become safer drivers and the driving data collection also provides parents insight about their child’s driving habits.
Chevy also offers advanced safety features on available various Equinox trims and they provide drivers with extra driving assistance. The Chevy Equinox Premier comes standard with the Confidence Driver Package, and the package is available on the Equinox LT. The Driver Confidence Package includes Rear Park Assist, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Side Blind Zone Alert with Lane Change Alert and heated outside mirrors with turn signal indicators.
The 2018 Chevy Equinox has a starting MSRP of $23,580 (plus destination fee). Chevy backs all models by a three-year or 36,000-mile limited basic warranty, and a five-year or 60,000-mile limited powertrain warranty. Additionally, Chevy offers two-years of complimentary scheduled maintenance visits.