Choice of three turbocharged engines; quiet ride; all-wheel drive available on all grades but L; flat cargo floor with rear seat folded; 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot capable
Too many hard plastic surfaces; driver-assist/safety technologies not available on lower grades
The 2018 Chevrolet Equinox is the crossover's third generation, and it's completely redesigned. See the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox models for sale near you
Choosing an Equinox engine option really depends on how you'll use it. For urban driving and highway cruising, the 1.5L turbo will do quite nicely. Ditto for the 1.6L turbo diesel that goes to the front of the class for open-road fuel economy. If having some fun trumps mileage concerns, the 2.0-liter will take care of that.
The Equinox's eight trim levels are based on the engines. The 1.5L has four grades, while the 2L and 1.6L turbo-diesel have two grades each.
L 1.5L Turbo ($24,525) is the most affordable model, offering a 1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, six airbags, air conditioning, Bluetooth connectivity, Teen Driver Mode, cruise control, full power accessories, remote keyless locks, active noise cancellation, rearview camera, tilt-telescopic steering wheel with redundant audio controls, auto on/off headlights, heated folding outboard mirrors, 17-inch aluminum wheels, OnStar 4G LTE with Wi-Fi hotspot, and MyLink 6-speaker audio system with 7-in touchscreen, USB port, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Chevy offers no factory options.
LS 1.5L Turbo ($26,455) increases the standard equipment on the L with rear carpet floor mats, a compact spare tire, jack and compass. Available options include keyless entry keypad, as well as a couple of weather-protection packages.
LT 1.5L Turbo ($27,695) adds to the LS gear with high-intensity discharge headlights, satellite radio capability, 8-way power adjustable driver's seat, second-row manual seat release levers in the cargo area, a leather-wrapped shift knob and deep-tinted rear glass. Options include Confidence and Convenience Package with remote start, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated outboard mirrors with integrated turn signals, blind spot monitoring, lane-change alert, rear cross-traffic alert, heated front seats and the Sun & Infotainment Package with a panoramic power sunroof, upgraded MyLink audio system with 8-in touchscreen, a 120V power outlet and dual USB data ports.
Premier 1.5L Turbo ($31,735) includes all the features and goodies in the option packages in the LT 1.5 and adds heated leather seats with memory, hands-free power liftgate, power-folding outboard mirrors, auto-dimming rearview mirror, remote start, LED headlights and taillights and roof-mounted luggage rack. A Driver Confidence and Convenience Package II offers a safety alert driver's seat, forward-collision warning, low-speed automatic braking, IntelliBeam headlights, birds-eye surround-vision cameras, 8-way power-adjustable front passenger seat, heated rear outboard seats and a ventilated driver's seat. An available Sun, Sound and Navigation Package includes a panoramic sunroof, MyLink with navigation, upgraded 7-speaker Bose audio system and 19-in aluminum wheels.
LT 2.0L Turbo ($30,090) builds on the LT 1.5 Turbo content with the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, 9-speed automatic transmission, 18-in bright aluminum wheels, chrome dual outlet exhaust and heated folding outboard mirrors. It offers the same option packages as the LT 1.5 Turbo.
Premier 2.0L Turbo ($34,530) is essentially the same standard content and option packages as the Premier 1.5L Turbo, but with the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine.
LT 1.6L Turbo Diesel ($31,435) basically has the same standard content and option packages as the LT 1.5L Turbo, but with the 1.6-liter turbo diesel. Plus, the Sun & Infotainment Package also includes the power liftgate.
Premier 1.6L Turbo Diesel ($33,930) reflects the standard equipment and option packages as the Premier 1.5L Turbo, but with the turbo diesel.
|Basic||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||5 Years/60,000 Miles Qualified Fleet Purchases|
|Corrosion||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Rust-Through||6 Years/100,000 Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||5 Years/60,000 Miles Qualified Fleet Purchases|
|Maintenance||2 Years/24,000 Miles 2 Visits|
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