The 2018 Chevrolet Equinox is a very important vehicle for the brand. The Equinox is not only one Chevrolet’s best-selling vehicles, but the third-generation of the crossover marks a substantial shift from its previous proportions. Now, the 2018 Equinox competes squarely against very cemented players in the compact crossover segment.
Unfortunately, Cars.com didn’t quite find a love affair with the all-new Equinox and placed it in fifth place out of seven contenders. The 2018 Equinox only beat out the recently-redesigned Jeep Compass and the aging Nissan Rogue. The Ford Escape, Mazda CX-5, Honda CR-V and Volkswagen Tiguan all outdid Chevy’s compact CUV.
Notably, a lot of criticism came from the Equinox’s value, or what judges said was a lack of. Many features that can be had on lower trims in competing CUVs were missing from a $34,000 Equinox. Interior quality also ranked the lowest of any crossover tested.
What was adored was the optional 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and the Equinox’s overall ride. Ditto for the abundance of electronics and connectivity with OnStar and 4G LTE Wi-Fi.