2018 Chevrolet Equinox Crossover Drive Review

2018 Chevrolet Equinox Crossover Drive Review
- more than 2 million Chevrolet Equinoxes since the model was first introduced for 2005, the Equinox has always been a bit too big, a bit too thirsty, and a bit too cheaply made to truly penetrate the heart of the market, where the bestselling Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, and Ford Escape reside

- third-generation Equinox, smaller and lighter body, wheelbase is 5.2 inches shorter, its length shrinks by nearly five inches, and its curb weight is reduced by a claimed 400 pounds, with is fully modern and right-size rather oversize, first Chevy crossover that could truly make inroads against the segment leaders

- remarkably little body roll and the ride is expertly damped, with well-controlled wheel motions and no sensation of body float

- our favorite small crossovers are the CR-V and the Mazda CX-5

- impressive dynamic capabilities due to nicely weighted, accurate steering and firm, progressive brake pedal

- turbo 1.5-liter inline-four, produces a decent amount of low-end torque, lazy six-speed automatic, 28 mpg combined for front-drive models and 26 mpg with all-wheel drive

- little four-cylinder also seems buzzier and less refined than it is in the Malibu sedan

- manual shifting capability is possible in the transmission’s L setting

- optional turbocharged 2.0-liter, nine-speed automatic transmission arrives in a few months

- 1.6-liter diesel four-cylinder will be made available later on

- competitors such as the Mazda CX-5 and the Hyundai Tucson look more athletic and appealing

- interior similarl to recent Chevrolet Malibu or Cruze

- Premier trim level uses a nice mix of leather and soft-touch plastics

- cheaper plastics in less expensive LT, L and LS model

- MyLink infotainment, 7.0-inch screen while optional 8.0-inch screen

- Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration in all models

- rear seat is well shaped, provides plenty of room, and can recline slightly

- now-smaller Equinox does give up some space

- front-drive-only L trim under $25,000

- LT model cost toward $30,000, to have active-safety systems as automatic climate control and heated seats and $1750 all-wheel-drive option

- Premier models over $35,000, the diesel and 2.0T versions will be more expensive

- Chevrolet will face an uphill battle convincing Toyota, Honda and Ford faithful to join the bow-tie fold

Starting Price L($24,495), LS($26,405), LT($27,645), Premier($31,685)
Vehicle Type 4 door hatchback, front engine, front or front-/all-wheel-drive
Engine -- turbocharged, intercooled DOHC 16-valve diesel 1.6-liter inline-4, 136 hp, 236 lb-ft -- turbocharged, intercooled DOHC 16-valve 1.5-liter inline-4, 170 hp, 203 lb-ft -- turbocharged, intercooled DOHC 16-valve 2.0-liter inline-4, 252 hp, 260 lb-ft
Transmission -- 6-speed automatic, manual shifting mode -- 9-speed automatic, manual shifting mode
Wheelbase 107.3 in
Length 183.1 in
Width 72.6 in
Height 65.4 in
Curb weight 3350-3500 lb
Cargo volume 30 cu ft
0-60 mph 6.3-8.5 sec
0-100 mph 15.7-25.0 sec
Top speed 115 mph
Fuel economy (city/highway) 22-44/29-40 mpg
Pros ample rear seat area, composed chassis, better cabin
Cons pricey higher trim, lazy transmission