We’ve had around two months to digest what what we think of the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox, and there’s a lot to like. There’s also a bit of criticism that perhaps you also empathize with. After reading, let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
What We Like
- Focus On Intended Function: Evolutionary improvements and a more compact size will make the new 2018 Chevrolet Equinox a winner in most circles, set to deliver what consumers deem most valuable to them. These qualities include technology, safety and efficiency. The 2018 Equinox aims to be abundant in all three.
- Diesel Powertrain: the biggest surprise is perhaps Chevrolet’s intent to launch the 2018 Equinox with a 1.6L diesel engine shared with the new Chevrolet Cruze. It’s expected that the 2018 Equinox Diesel will feature 136 hp at 3,500 to 4,000 rpm and 236 lb-ft of torque at 2,000 rpm, while providing an estimated 40 mpg on the highway. Hopefully it’s not too expensive.
- Streamlined Positioning: No longer is the Chevrolet Equinox a “tweener” crossover SUV slotted between two segments. While highly successful, Chevrolet saw it more strategic for the Equinox to shrink itself in order to fit exactly into the C-segment of crossovers, helping contribute to a 400-lb weight loss. This will inevitably leave room for a methodically-positioned midsize crossover to slot above it, likely the size of the 2017 GMC Acadia.
What We Dislike
- Genericore Design: Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and we have beheld the following conclusion: The design of the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox, while clean and modern, could also be mistaken for something Japanese or Korean. Granted, this vehicle is bound to sell all over the world, including China, but there seems to be less and less American flair coming out of the Chevy design studio as the years go on. Only because Chevrolet is an American brand is there some expectation for the bold designs it’s been known for. Yet, perhaps it’s better than some gimmicky taillight design and calling it “Corvette-inspired.”
- None Too Daring: At times, the 2018 Equinox comes off as far too clinical – an overarching theme of our criticisms. Though we’re coming from a place where we consider an automobile to be an expression of oneself, whereas most Equinox buyers simply view the vehicle as a necessity. An appliance. There’s nothing super-groundbreaking at the moment that’s going to make the industry worry.
- No Hybrid Version: For whatever reason, Chevrolet chose to implement a diesel engine over a hybrid engine for the 2018 Equinox. We wager that a hybridized model isn’t too far down the road, so we’ll eagerly wait and watch in the meantime.