2018 Chevrolet Equinox | CarGurus Test Drive Review

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The Equinox used to fit between compact and midsize crossovers size-wise and did very well for Chevrolet, trailing only the Silverado in units sold. The smaller 2018 Equinox will sit in the compact crossover segment, a large category that includes a bunch of very strong vehicles.

The 2018 Equinox will get a 1.4-liter turbo 4-cylinder with 170 hp and 203 lb-ft, a 2.0-liter turbo four with 252 hp and 260 lb-ft, or a 1.6-liter turbodiesel four with 136 hp and 236 lb-ft. The smaller engines will use a 6-speed automatic, and the 2.0-liter will get a new 9-speed automatic. The diesel will get the best mileage, with Chevrolet expecting an EPA rating of 40 mpg highway.

The 2018 Equinox offers Rear Seat Reminder, which will alert the driver he or she should not forget a child or pet in the backseat, and Teen Driver, which lets parents set speed and geographical limits for young drivers and can give them a report on a young driver’s ...

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J Bone 

Just picked up a 2018 with the pearl white and it's very obvious to my eye at least.


Andrew Nichols 

I'll just go and slit my wrists...


Jody Hughes 

I test drove right after the RAV4. Equinox is quieter and transmission is much smoother. Info screen better, more USB ports. Negatives-rear cargo is smaller, seats are initially comfortable but start to wear on ya the longer you are there. I drive a V8, I thought the 1.5L was perfectly fine. Accelerates and steers better than Tucson. Very nice vehicle. I have no need for adaptive cruise but blind spot and lane drift should be standard in 2018 Chevy!


Keith Sage 

After a long drive of 150 miles my ass is killing me.

The comfort of the seats are a zero.

I would rather own a YUKON any day.

Build me a car without all the technology and with a CD player I would be happy.


Billy Beheler 

I agree with you sir. When I was 16 years old it was time to get my first new car since my moms Monte Carlo was starting to be unreliable since it had 190,000 miles so we went out and I picked out a brand new 2007 Chevy Equinox LTZ AWD after rebates & downpaymebt the price tag was a mind blowing 22,000 dollars for a almost 31 thousand vehicle. I absolutely had almost no complaints with that vehicle besides a door click and a couple other problems. I kept that car until had 188,000 miles and I traded it in 2013 for a new Chevy Equinox AWD LT, I paid about 24,000. I didn’t have any problems with car either, I didn’t like the 4 cylinder but it was adequate. I live in rural wv and we have a lot of hilly mountain roads. I still have my 2013 Equinox and I’ve not had a lot problems with it at all. The new one is nice but it’s not my favorite, the current model I had now I once hated when released in 2010 but it grew on me. So I’m assuming the same will happen for the new generation. I still


Wally G. 

Always a great reviewer. Not going to say I don’t like the new equinox, however it’s got RENTAL CAR written all over it. Shame. Fuel economy is a major disappointment he says. The SUV looks too fatten for the tire size. Non-Plussed. He said it. It’s a livable and inoffensive. Competent but not compelling.


Speeding in progress 

Perfect Lease vehicle.


Joni J 

This guy does a disservice to the Equinox. This does not describe the Equinox. I am an owner of the LT 2018 version, that I purchased in 2017, and it is fantastic!!! I fill up the car once a week. The gas mileage is incredible. I spent more in gas a week on my 2002 Camry. The features are better than most mid sized SUVs. It is an aesthetically appealing vehicle. Chev has done a great job with this vehicle. This is coming from an owner who has driven the car for over a year now, not a critic.


Jarrod Youngblood 

I would have liked to hear more about the past reliability


Motor Sportz 

No CD player NO BUY


Ian Alexander 

Looks good


lmn222002 

I have a dealer loaner of this vehicle and it's is terrible...the engine is terrible..GM is crazy and anyone who buys this at 40k should be committed...there are too many other options out there for that money..


A J 

Not worth getting the paint upgrade in Los Angeles. The worlds worst drivers will scratch and dent/ding it up for you in no time at all.


Piersandro Mannino 

No reasons to buy Chevy. In any segment there are better options with other brands


Ian Alexander 

Good design I say


Rock-E Oldboy 

no spare tire?


Jake Schisler 

We have one it's an LT love that car


Ahmad Ghosheh 

Have they fixed the Oil Consumption issue that exists for the 2010-2015? What about the Engine blowing seals and self destructing? Without a doubt, it's a beauty but the Engine and transmission, transaxel, are crap. For that money I will get a dependable Toyota Highlander which will last forever. BTW, I have a 2010 and it drinks 1 quart per 1000 miles or less. Chevy will not fix under the service Bulletin since it's over 120K miles, also the transmission blow up at 93K miles.


Kevin Mulka 

holy shit. you are legit dude, awesome vid, keep it up.


Roderick Balenda 

Excuse me for asking this question is it possible to get a Chevrolet Equinox that has 3rd-row seats?


Jacob Shreve 

Chevy should have left it at the half size bigger. Some people enjoyed having a slightly bigger car than a regular compact suv. Also the old equinox had a huge backseat. Everyone complains about the cost going up to $40,000 but SO DOES THE ESCAPE!


Liam Dean 

Bullet arrangement lifestyle sponsor mutual lawsuit toxic chance female.


saltcar 

Reviews should be more facts less opinion. Not sure how/why you would test a 1.5L FWD Premier (oddball build) but I've owned a 2.0L AWD for 2000 miles so far and haven't found much to complain about. Ask me in 5 years/80K miles or if I have

warranty repair and then my opinion may change


palebeachbum 

It looks like a nice CUV, but Chevy has gone nuts with their pricing on their vehicles. When Chevys are priced at or higher than comparable Hondas and Toyotas, you know they've lost their minds. However, based on what i'm seeing advertised online, Chevy offers massive discounts, whereas with Honda and Toyota, you're going to pay much closer to MSRP.


Frank E 

"I'm not sure if it's American, assembled in Canada with 40% of its parts comming from Mexico" only a car reviewer from the states would say that. But in 1980's Car and Driver picked the s!#$ box Chevy Celebrity as car of the year. An continue to pick favorably unreliable lemons.


O V M 

i stopped watching at the beginning of the drive bc of that camera placement. it's the same sorta thing used at nba & nfl games to makes players (who r usually above average height & weight already) seem even bigger than they actually are... putting viewers at a servant-subject type vantage point. it's insulting!!! y not place the friggin can in the dash or closer to eye level?


Bruno TaTa 

63 cu ft is the same as a Volvo XC60 and more than a BMW X3. This thing competes with honda CRV and Tucsons and Sportage. It's as impressive as any of the others.


Mark Hoffman 

My description of your description is like warm water in my mouth.


TruthHasSpoken 

I went to a showroom and sat in the new Equinox.

Couple of things:

- the rear quarter panel is humungous and the small side window is laughable. One simply can't see ANYTHING through this quarterpanel. On that reason alone I wouldn't purchase the car. It's an AWFUL decision by GM to have made this choice. Someone within GM said "otherwise" and got over-ruled by "someone else." I really don't want to sacrifice visibility for the sake of styling.

- The gas pedal is RIGHT AGAINST the center stack. Stupidly so. There is hardly any separation between the two. In fact, the center stack is cut out around the gas pedal itself. In addition, the center stack is so HIGH that one can't flex one's knee to the right at all. A terrible thought on a long driver. It's a horrible design by GM. Someone knows better than to do this... and I'm confident that their voice wasn't heard.

I wanted to like this vehicle but the two reasons above prevented me from taking a test drive.


Serge Vivier 

Chris, amazing review that covers all the important points.


J P 

He loves the entertainment system. The car companies think we need cars that brake themselves, park themselves, stay in their own lanes is everyone is on their entertainment system with sub ports everywhere. A car is to take you from one place to another and I am a car guy who grew up at speed shack and building my car to perform and enjoy the ride. Now a car guy has his wheels rocked out so the vehicle is riding on 1/3 tire and 2/3 sidewall. Once you have to make a living and raise kids you need transportation that doesn't brake down. Your car payment is half of your mortgage so you better be making some good cake. People need to send a message to these car companies that you want a car not a house. A pickup is a friggin truck, that's it not a 4 door gigantic sled for 60,000 more like 15,000 and a top of the line car shouldn't be more than 25,000 with 6 cylinders. The more little toys you have the more breakdowns and electronic failures. We are letting them create a system where it's


MONEY GREEN 

LOOK AT MOTOMAN'S VIDEOS TO SEE HOW TO PLACE YOUR CAMERAS CORRECTLY ! WIDE ANGLE LENS ON THE SIDE GLASS SO WE CAN SEE THE ENTIRE INSIDE OF THE CAR, PLUS WE CAN SEE OUTSIDE THE CAR. HIS SECOND CAMERA IS PLACED BEHIND HIM & THAT ALLOWS US TO SEE THE ROAD AHEAD ! THINK ABOUT YOUR VIEWERS & NOT YOUR OWN EGO OF WATCHING YOURSELF TALKING !


MONEY GREEN 

HEY FAT BOY ! HOW ABOUT PUTTING THE CAMERA ON THE SIDE GLASS WITH A WIDE ANGLE LENS SO WE ARE NOT FORCED TO LOOK AT A FAT SLOB TALKING ! I FIND MYSELF STARING AT THE KEYBOARD BECAUSE I DO NOT WANT TO STARE AT YOUR FAT FACE FOR EVEN 2 SECONDS !


Forever Free 

Hey, Chris, good review. I agree: good, but not great. How is the stop/start system. When the engine shuts off at a stop sign, do you feel or hear it start up when you take your foot off the brake? Thanks.


717 flyer 

I got a 2017 Dodge Durango R/T with 3 rows of seats leather panaromic sunroof with navy Uconnect system and a powerful 5.7Hemi with ZF sourced 8 speed automatic after rebate for $36,000... Why would I buy this bearing a small 4 cylinder turbo and much smaller. I also get 29 MPG on the highway in my Durango.


XChaoticComposerX 

wearing shades does make it easier for you to smear.

THIS IS A TURBO WITH "LOW END" TORQUE. USABLE TORQUE. USABLE HORSEPOWER. not just numbers on catalog. faked review.


Blake Swan 

Never understood the point of a fwd SUV. Just get a car for a better experience. Unless you are to out of shape and heavy to bend over to get into a car.


Blake Swan 

Chris does such a great job at reviews. Love him. I'm kind of let down by GM on this vehicle. Nothing really wrong with it but wished they would have done more to really stand put. The asking price is also offensive even if transaction prices are much lower. I think it deters initial sales when shoppers she prices higher than Toyota, Honda, ECT. Which have much better residual values


HALWG51 

You can buy a nicely optioned Nissan Murano for less. It's a much better vehicle.


HALWG51 

You can buy a nicely optioned Nissan Murano for less. It's a much better vehicle.


Kenneth Richardson 

Makes me wonder if the GMC Terrain version of this chassis is just as meh.


wasabi9111 

Thanks for an honest review. It's refreshing to hear that a car is just OK, especially when all the other reviewers always rave abt the cars they review.

Which compact SUV would you choose if you werein the market?


PunxsutawneyDave 

My dealer gave me a 2018 Equinox while they did work on my SS and I didn't know what to think about it. But Chris hit the nail on the head. It is supremely inoffensive. It's good transportation but you'll never fall in love with it. I was so glad to get my SS back.


Peter Wilczek 

Again, another super common sense review, thank you. I actually really like the styling and available options but the pricing......


Stephen Bradley 

Great review, GM has lost a lot of clients to Dodge for money valued cars and most SUV's. The drivetrain and dash components are perfect but seats, prices, and cheap plastics have taken its toll in sales.


Jaffar Abdul Baqi 

Huh. I guess I'll wait for the upcoming GMC Terrain.


2012bigPerm 

One of the best auto journalists around. Period. Always informative and rational. Thumbs up.


Ivan Vojt 

35K will get you a mid sized middle trim V6 powered SUV.