The 2018 Chevrolet Equinox: What the critics say
The folks at Chevrolet “didn’t necessarily need to redesign the Equinox,” given how many of the compact SUVs are sold every year. Still, “we’re thankful they did.” The overhauled model has shed 400 pounds and dropped 5 inches of total length without sacrificing legroom or cargo space. Though the new Equinox doesn’t match Mazda’s CX-5 in driving performance, it now rates as one of the segment leaders— “quiet, nice to drive,” and with styling that’s “pleasant in a neutral way.”
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Thanks to a more rigid chassis and an “expertly damped” suspension, the new Equinox exhibits “remarkably little body roll” and “soaks up bumps with nary a quiver through the cabin.” Only the sluggish six-speed transmission is a disappointment. Because safety tech and other common amenities don’t come standard, the new Equinox also isn’t a standout value. That said, the 2018 “represents such a big step forward” that it’s become a real contender.
Fortunately, a more robust power train, with a nine-speed automatic, will soon become available. The 252-hp rating on that model’s engine “handily trumps” the numbers Honda, Nissan, and Toyota put up, and a fuel-efficient turbodiesel joins the Equinox lineup in September. Those beefier power trains “look very promising indeed.” ■