Lexington Chevrolet Drivers Find A Worthy Family Vehicle In The 2018 Equinox
If you’re looking for a family-friendly compact crossover that has lots of room to store cargo, delivers excellent handling, gets great fuel economy and comes with a price tag that’s lower than most competing vehicles, we think you’ll love the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox. When you visit a dealer like the Lexington Chevrolet dealership, you’ll see why the Equinox so popular with customers.
The Equinox gets a redesign for 2018. The new Equinox is smaller than the outgoing model, and it shed a few pounds, too. The result is even better fuel economy than ever. Don’t worry, the interior is still very spacious. There’s lots of headroom and legroom, so passengers can stretch out and relax.
Equinox buyers can choose between three potent engines. All powerplants are more fuel efficient than last year, thanks to start-stop technology, which saves fuel by shutting down the engine when the vehicle is stopped (for example, at a traffic light). The 1.6-liter diesel engine returns an incredible 40 mpg on the highway.*
Car and Driver wrote: “Indeed, the new Equinox soaks up bumps with nary a quiver through the cabin. There's remarkably little body roll and the ride is expertly damped, with well-controlled wheel motions and no sensation of body float. Road and wind noise are impressively hushed, something that two of our favorite small crossovers, the CR-V and the Mazda CX-5, struggle with.”
The Equinox seats five passengers and comes in four trim levels, listed as L, LS, LT and Premier. All trims have standard front-wheel drive and buyers can take advantage of the optional all-wheel-drive system. Here’s how the engines stack up:
- The standard engine is a 1.5-liter four-cylinder that makes 170 horsepower and 203 lb.-ft. of torque, connected to a six-speed automatic transmission
- An optional turbocharged 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder powerplant generates 252 hp and 260 lb.-ft., teamed to a nine-speed automatic.
- An optional 1.6-liter diesel four-cylinder engine is good for 137 hp and 240 lb.-ft., mated to a six-speed automatic.
The base L trim comes with amenities like a rearview camera, keyless door locks and keyless ignition. Drivers will appreciate the infotainment system’s 7-inch touchscreen, while passengers will enjoy staying connected with Bluetooth, as well as standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Technology features include active noise cancellation, an electronic parking brake, an auxiliary input for the stereo system, a USB port and a Wi-Fi hotspot.
A total of 10 airbags and a stability control system keep the driver and passengers safe, while the Chevrolet Teen Driver system allows parents to set limits on the Equinox’s speed and audio volume while younger drivers are behind the wheel. A number of driver assistance features are available, adding another level of safety. The Equinox is extremely crashworthy; the 2019 Equinox received the highest rating of five stars overall in NHTSA crash testing.
*All vehicle mileage based on 2018 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.