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2018 Chevrolet Equinox KBB Expert Review

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By Keith Buglewicz

With the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox, GM has brought to market an extremely competitive compact crossover SUV. Smaller than its predecessor, the new Equinox is still similar in size to rivals like the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4 and Mazda CX-5, with a roomy and comfortable interior. Standard is a 1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder that's easily competitive with the rest of the competition, and if power is your thing, a 252-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter with a fuel-smart 9-speed automatic transmission is also available. At the fuel-economy end of the spectrum, the new Equinox also offers a 1.6-liter diesel with highway fuel economy of up to 39 mpg. On the tech side, there's standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and available active safety features like lane-keeping assist and an around-view camera. Unfortunately, they're an option on the most expensive Equinox Premier, pushing the price well beyond its competitors.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're a Chevy loyalist in the market for a compact crossover SUV, then you've found your ride. Even those new to the brand should take a look though, as the Equinox is a good-looking, nice-driving, and nicely featured compact SUV. Let's not forget the fuel-smart diesel and a more powerful 4-cylinder.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you demand the highest-tech safety features at the lowest possible price, then the fact that the new Equinox saves its active safety for the top-line Premier model may turn you off. Road trippers will miss the availability of active cruise control, too.

What's New for 2018

The 2018 Chevrolet Equinox is all-new this year. Based on an all-new architecture, it's smaller than its predecessor, but still offers about the same interior space. The 1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder is supplemented by a more powerful 2.0-liter turbo, and a fuel-sipping 1.6-liter diesel.

Driving It Driving Impressions

For now, the only engine available in the 2018 Equinox is the 1.5-liter turbo, with 170 horsepower. Good news is that it's a more than satisfactory powerplant for the Equinox. With a 6-speed automatic driving either the front wheels or all four wheels, the little turbo handily gets the Equinox going, even on the hilly roads around the border between the Carolinas. At stops, Chevrolet has practically perfected its idle-stop feature to the point that we don't mind there's no "off" switch. There's a surprising bite to the suspension around town, not uncomfortable, but enough that you're rewarded when you test the cornering ability of the Equinox. The powerful 2.0-liter engine isn't let down by the chassis, delivers strong passing torque on the highway, and is rated to tow an impressive 3,500 pounds. The new Equinox is quiet as well, making it easy to enjoy a conversation or just listen to the audio system. In parking lots, the around-view camera considerably aids maneuverability.

Favorite Features

Yes, we love diesels for their torque and fuel economy. And we love powerful, turbocharged 4-cylinders because...well, they're quick. While no Porsche Macan, the Equinox has good enough handling chops that we wanted more power than the 1.5-liter turbo offered. Luckily, there's 252-horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque available with the Equinox's new 2.0-liter four.

We're diesel fans, and are especially glad Chevrolet has committed to small 4-cylinder diesels right as they're becoming a rarity in the marketplace. With the new 1.6-liter diesel connected to its 6-speed automatic, the new Equinox can gather as much as 39 mpg on the highway.

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