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2018 Chevrolet Equinox Sheds the Pounds but Keeps the Spunk


Published: Monday, October 23, 2017 | 11:38 PM

2018chevroletequinox475Coming into 2018 the Chevrolet Equinox Premier 2.0T gets a complete refresh. It is 4.7 inches shorter and has lost hundreds of pounds of fuel-eating fat. But passengers won’t suffer, the interior space of the Equinox remains basically unchanged.

The competition in the compact crossover segment is fierce. Crossovers have surpassed family sedans in sales. They are now the go-to car for small families and couples. They offer storage space, passenger comfort but not always speed. With the new 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, the Chevy Equinox gives the car the get up and go it needs to comfortably drive on SoCal’s freeways.

The 2018 Chevrolet Equinox is a compact crossover that come in two trim level with two different engines LT and Premier and 1.5-liter Turbo and 2.0-liter Turbo. There is also a diesel version. This review will focus on the Premier 2.0T level.

The Premier includes LED head- and tail lamps, leather trim, driver and front passenger seats with both heat and ventilation, a heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, proximity entry, and remote starting. Chevy’s OnStar system includes a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, the MyLink is accessed through an 8 inch touchscreen that includes Bluetooth, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay connectivity.

For parents with teen drivers, there is a teen-driver system that allows parents to set speed warnings and maximum audio volume. The Premier also comes equipped with forward-collision warning, lane-departure warning, lane-keeping assist, automated low-speed braking, blind-spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert, rear park assist, and a rearview camera with perimeter views.

2018ChevroletEquinoxintAn optional Sun, Sound, and Navigation package is available and my test vehicle was equipped with it. This option adds a power sunroof, 19-inch bright-finished aluminum wheels, navigation, seven-speaker Bose audio system, HD radio, and a lot of safety features like forward collision alert, lane keep assist, and following distance indicator.

The larger 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-banger delivered 252 horses and 260 pound-feet of torque. A nine-speed automatic is paired with this engine for swift and gentle gear changes. Expect to get 22/city, 29/highway, and 25/combined mpg.

The interior is definitely up-market with plenty of leather and shiny metal to offset some of the hard plastics used. Front seats are firm but comfortable and head and leg room is ample. The back seat will accommodate three smaller or two adult-sized beings.

There are plenty of nooks and crannies for storing all the electronics we carry around these days. The back will hold 29.9 cubic feet with the back seats up and 63.5 cubic feet with them down.

The ride quality on the Equinox is excellent, all but the worst potholes will be smoothed out. The cabin is quiet enough for you to enjoy that Bose seven-speaker sound system. Cornering is nimble and acceleration is quick.

Want a compact crossover with a little panache? Give the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox Premier 2.0T a test drive.

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