Jacksonville Chevrolet Drivers Find Good Reason To Drive The 2018 Chevy Equinox
The 2018 Chevrolet Equinox is Chevy’s second highest-selling vehicle after the Silverado. There’s a good reason for this. The Equinox has all the features families look for in a compact SUV — it’s affordable, has outstanding driving dynamics, provides lots of space for cargo, and is very fuel efficient. The Equinox’s 2018 redesign is another reason the Equinox is popular at dealers like the Jacksonville Chevrolet dealership.
Compared with last year’s model, the new Chevy Equinox is slightly smaller and a bit lighter. These changes increase the Equinox’s fuel economy, but the cabin is still as roomy as ever, with plenty of headroom and legroom to keep the driver and passengers relaxed throughout the drive.
Drivers appreciate the choice of three powerful engines. Each comes with fuel-saving start-stop technology, which cuts power to the engine when the Equinox stops at a traffic light. The engines are more fuel efficient than last year, with the 1.6-liter diesel checking in at 40 mpg highway.*
Automotive journalists gave the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox high marks. Car and Driver wrote: “With the all-new, third-generation Equinox, GM finally seems to have figured out what matters in this contentious segment. Fully modern and right-size rather than oversize, this redesigned 2018 Equinox strikes us as the first Chevy crossover that could truly make inroads against the segment leaders.”
The 2018 Chevrolet Equinox seats five and is offered in L, LS, LT and Premier trim levels. Front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel is available. Powering the Equinox is a standard turbocharged 1.5-liter inline-four engine that produces 170 horsepower and 203 lb.-ft. of torque, paired with a six-speed automatic gearbox. Two other engines are optional. The available turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four develops 252 hp and 260 lb.-ft. of torque and is mated to a standard nine-speed automatic transmission. The available 1.6-liter diesel inline-four puts out 137 hp and 240 lb.-ft. of torque and is teamed to a six-speed automatic.
Drivers will appreciate the Chevrolet Equinox’s excellent ride quality. Handling is steady and poised, and the steering is sharp. Occupants won’t feel much body roll when the Equinox turns sharply. The driver and passenger will appreciate the smooth, quiet ride, which never feels bumpy, even when driving on uneven road surfaces.
The 2018 Chevrolet Equinox gets safety equipment that includes antilock disc brakes, a full complement of airbags, stability control, traction control and a rearview camera. The Equinox also comes with GM’s OnStar system, which includes automatic crash notification, an emergency assistance button, stolen vehicle assistance and remote door unlock.
Advanced safety features are offered on the upper trim levels as part of an options package. This includes rear parking sensors, rear cross traffic alert and blind spot monitoring. For even more safety technology, buyers can choose the Premier trim, which can add a safety alert seat, automatic high beams, a 360-degree camera, lane keep assist, forward collision warning with low-speed automatic emergency braking, and lane departure warning.
*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.