2018 Chevrolet Equinox

Rating7.2

Ranked #11 in Compact Suv

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Starting MSRP 

$23,580 - $30,800

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Key Spec of 2018 Chevrolet Equinox
fuel economy

26/28/32

fuel type

Regular Unleaded

horsepower

170 hp @ 5600 rpm

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

2018 Chevrolet Equinox Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: January 7, 2022

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Nathan Dyer 

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The Chevrolet Equinox is a popular crossover SUV from the American automobile brand and has been on sale since 2004. The vehicle was initially introduced as a mid-size crossover but enters into its third-generation model along with entering into the highly competitive compact crossover segment for 2018 MY. GM also offered a performance-specced trim of the Equinox for the 2008 and 2009 model years but was discontinued later. The SUV is aimed to offer excellent practicality within the cities and can double up as a decent highway cruiser as well.

2018 Chevrolet Equinox Latest Updates

  • Jan' 6, 2022 : Chevrolet Teased The Upcoming 2024 Equinox EV At CES, Will Cost Around $30,000 Read More »
  • Dec' 10, 2021 : 2022 Chevrolet Equinox Released Starting At $25,800, Adds More Features And RS Trim Read More »

ProsConsWhat's New

Comfortable ride quality

Cramped cargo hold

Completely redesigned

A spacious and well-equipped cabin

Base 1.5-liter engine lacks performance

Commendable fuel economy

Intuitive and user-friendly MyLink infotainment interface

Over All Rating

7.2

Out of 10

Pricing and Features6.00
Features8.00
Engine and Performance6.90
Fuel Economy7.90
Interior7.60
Exterior6.90
Safety7.50
Competition7.00
Notable Rankings

#11 in Compact Suv

#13 in Suv


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Trims

L$23,580 onwards

  • 7-Inch touchscreen infotainment display
  • Automatic headlights
  • Chevrolet'S Teen Driver watchdog modes
  • Driver information display
  • Keyless entry and ignition
  • Led daytime running lights
  • Rearview camera
  • Six-Speaker audio system

LS$25,600 onwards

  • Digital compass
  • Rear floor mats

LT$26,800 onwards

  • Auxiliary rear-seat release levers
  • Eight-Way power driver seat
  • Leather-Wrapped shift knob
  • Rear privacy glass
  • Xenon headlights

Premier$30,800 onwards

  • Ambient interior lighting
  • Auto-Dimming mirrors
  • Chrome exterior trim
  • Driver-Seat memory settings
  • Hands-Free liftgate
  • Led headlights and taillights
  • Roof rails

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2018 Chevrolet Equinox45
Price Drop, $1000
Previous Price: $1699524 Jun 2022

2018 Chevrolet Equinox LT

LT 4dr SUV AWD (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

$15,995
Est. $217/mo
Excellent Deal
$4,832 Below market
RMV: $20,827
Jersey City, NJ
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2019 Chevrolet Equinox32
Price Drop, $805
Previous Price: $1954921 Jun 2022

2019 Chevrolet Equinox LT

LT 4dr SUV AWD (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

$18,744
Est. $254/mo
Excellent Deal
$5,628 Below market
RMV: $24,372
Medford, NY
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2019 Chevrolet Equinox10

2019 Chevrolet Equinox LT

LT 4dr SUV AWD (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

$19,700
Est. $267/mo
Excellent Deal
$5,788 Below market
RMV: $25,488
Cedar Falls, IA
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2018 Chevrolet Equinox32
Price Rise, $213
Previous Price: $1198701 Jun 2022

2018 Chevrolet Equinox LT

LT 4dr SUV (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

$12,200
Est. $165/mo
Excellent Deal
$3,583 Below market
RMV: $15,783
Green Bay, WI
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2018 Chevrolet Equinox6
Price Drop, $182
Previous Price: $1634317 Jun 2022

2018 Chevrolet Equinox LT

LT 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A)

$16,161
Est. $219/mo
Excellent Deal
$4,717 Below market
RMV: $20,878
Chelsea, MI
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2018 Chevrolet Equinox31
Price Drop, $500
Previous Price: $1550021 Jun 2022

2018 Chevrolet Equinox LT

LT 4dr SUV AWD (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

$15,000
Est. $203/mo
Excellent Deal
$4,383 Below market
RMV: $19,383
Grafton, WV
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2018 Chevrolet Equinox24
Price Drop, $2000
Previous Price: $1999501 Jun 2022

2018 Chevrolet Equinox LT

LT 4dr SUV (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

$17,995
Est. $244/mo
Excellent Deal
$5,209 Below market
RMV: $23,204
Maysville, KY
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2019 Chevrolet Equinox6
Price Drop, $3008
Previous Price: $1999417 Jun 2022

2019 Chevrolet Equinox LS

LS 4dr SUV (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

$16,986
Est. $230/mo
Excellent Deal
$4,917 Below market
RMV: $21,903
Memphis, TN
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2018 Chevrolet Equinox7
Price Drop, $138
Previous Price: $1688803 Jun 2022

2018 Chevrolet Equinox LT

LT 4dr SUV AWD (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

$16,750
Est. $227/mo
Excellent Deal
$4,768 Below market
RMV: $21,518
Paola, KS
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Colors and Styles

2018 Chevrolet Equinox in Cajun Red Tintcoat color
Cajun Red Tintcoat

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

The Chevrolet Equinox gets a major redesign along with a generation upgrade for 2018 MY as mentioned earlier. Now, the vehicle is built on an updated GM D2XX platform which it shares with the Buick Envision and the GMC Terrain. The SUV is powered by a 1.5-liter turbo four-pot motor that offers a decent fuel economy. Starting at a price of $23,580, the Equinox competes against the Hyundai Santa Fe, Kia Sorento, and the Subaru Forester.


Features
8.0/10

The 2018 Chevrolet Equinox is available in a total of four well-equipped trim levels starting with the base L trim. The price of the base trim starts at $ 23,580 and it comes with the base 1.5-liter engine along with the 6-speed transmission and a standard FWD layout. Despite all the basics, the trim offers a handsome list of interior features along with some exterior ones such as LED DRLs, engine start-stop system, a rearview camera, heating function for the mirrors, a keyless entry and ignition system, a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system running MyLink user interface, OnStar, and height-adjustable front seats among other features. The LS trim doesn’t add a lot of features atop the base L’s features yet it unlocks the options of availing the AWD layout along with various exterior color options. The range-topping Premier trim gets the two most popular and feature-loaded trims, the Sun and Infotainment package along with the Confidence and Convenience package as standard.

Trims

L

LS

LT

Premier

MSRP (FWD)

$ 23,580

$ 26,505

$ 27,745

$31,785

MSRP (AWD)

N/A

$ 28,255

$ 29,495

$ 35,430

Features

LED DRLs and automatic headlamp units

Adds the following features to L:

Adds to LS:

Adds to LT:

 

17-inch alloy wheels

Rear floor mats

Privacy glass for the rear windows

Sun & Infotainment package and Confidence and Convenience package are standard

 

Engine start-stop system

Spare tire

Xenon headlamps

LED headlamp and tail lamp units

 

Rearview camera

Digital compass

8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat

18-inch wheels

 

Heated mirrors

 

Satellite radio

Hands-free tailgate

Ambient interior lighting

Which trim should you buy?

The LS trim is the best option for the ones looking at the base L trim. The LT is suitable for buyers looking to have a good experience with the vehicle without shelling out much.

Engine and Performance
6.9/10

The 2018 Chevrolet Equinox is powered by a standard 1.5-liter LYX turbocharged I-4 engine with a power output of 170 horsepower and 203 lb-ft of torque. The power figures are decent for the class yet they’re just about adequate for the vehicle within the city limits. The performance of the motor is adequate for city driving while highway cruises are best done in a relaxed manner. Pushing the motor hard stresses it and under a full load, it runs out of steam. The drivetrain comes in an FWD layout by default and the default transmission is a 6-speed automatic unit. Like the engine, the transmission disappoints with its dull nature and rather slow shifts. The acceleration times of the vehicle are also decent for the segment with 0-60mph coming up within 8.4 seconds while the standing quarter-miles takes 16.3 seconds.

Models

2018 Chevrolet Equinox

2018 Hyundai Santa Fe

2018 Kia Sorento

2018 Subaru Forester

MSRP

23,800

$25,750

$26,290

$24,295

Engine 

1.5L Turbocharged Inline Four-Cylinder

2.4L Inline Four-Cylinder

2.4L Inline Four-Cylinder

2.5L Flat Four-Cylinder

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

AWD

Transmission

6-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

CVT

Power 

170 hp @ 5,600 RPM

185 hp @ 6,000 RPM

185 hp @ 6,000 RPM

182 hp @ 5,800 RPM

Torque

203 lb-ft @ 2,000 RPM

178 lb-ft @ 4,000 RPM

178 lb-ft @ 4,000 RPM

176 lb-ft @ 4,400 RPM

0-60 MPH (seconds)

8.4

8.6

8.8 

9.5

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

16.3

16.5

16.8

17.3

Top Speed (MPH)

115

125

130

130

The Hyundai Santa Fe is powered by a 2.4-liter naturally aspirated gasoline engine that delivers a maximum of 185 horsepower that is more than what the Equinox offers. However, its torque output is lower than the Equinox at 178 lb-ft and its acceleration times are slightly more than the latter as well. However, the Santa Fe has a higher top speed of 125 mph as opposed to the Equinox’s 115 mph. The Kia Sorento has the same engine and transmission as the Santa Fe hence its power figures are identical too. The Subaru Forester gets a unique 2.5-liter naturally aspirated H-4 motor that delivers 182 horsepower and 176 lb-ft of torque. The Forester is the slowest accelerating vehicle among the rivals on the list.

How well does the Chevrolet Equinox handle?

Handling is not the strongest point of the Equinox and it handles like any other crossover SUVs out there. The ride quality is surprisingly impressive and the vehicle can tackle bad patches of roads easily while retaining the cushiony ride quality. The steering is a bit too light at lower speeds, making maneuverability within the cities a breeze while it weighs up decently at high speeds. Around the corners and twisty roads, the SUV might surprise you with its above-average grip from the tires and its capability to tackle the corners. The longer than average turning radius can be a turn-off for buyers who are looking to use the Equinox strictly as a city vehicle.

Braking performance

Compact crossover SUVs don’t require huge and powerful braking hardware such as their full-size counterparts yet a majority of the vehicles in the segment do come with some decent setups along with commendable braking performances as well. The 2018 Chevrolet Equinox is fitted with 11.8-inch front rotors and 11.3-inch rear rotors. The feedback from the brakes is respectable and you can rely on them even while cruising at triple-digit speeds out on the highways. The bite from the brakes is neither too sharp nor too lazy. With a 115 ft stopping distance from 60-0 mph, the Equinox ranks among the top-performing SUVs in the segment.

Models

2018 Chevrolet Equinox

2018 Hyundai Santa Fe

2018 Kia Sorento

2018 Subaru Forester

Brake Rotors: Front (inches)

11.8

12.6

12.6

11.6

Brake Rotors: Rear (inches)

11.3

12.0

12.0

11.2

Curb Weight (lbs)

3,274

3,591

3,810

3,449

60-0 MPH (feet)

115

118

122

115

The Hyundai Santa Fe comes with sizable 12.6-inch front brake rotors and 12.0-inch rear rotors to handle the braking duties. With the setup, the SUV comes to a dead stop within 118 ft, a commendable result considering its curb weight. The Kia Sorento gets the same braking hardware from the Santa Fe yet its heftier curb weight results in a longer stopping distance of 122 ft. The Subaru Forester matches up to the Equinox with its 115 ft stopping distance and it also comes with almost similar-sized brake rotors to the latter as well.

Fuel Economy
7.9/10

Modern compact crossover SUVs are known for their impressive fuel efficiency and the 2018 Equinox is a brilliant example. When equipped with the base 1.5-liter turbo four-pot motor, the vehicle returns an average of 26mpg within the city limits, 32mpg out on the highways, and combined mileage of 28mpg. Even though the vehicle is equipped with a smaller than average 14.9-gallon gasoline tank, its excellent mpg ratings allow it to offer some striking driving range figures.

Models

2018 Chevrolet Equinox

2018 Hyundai Santa Fe

2018 Kia Sorento

2018 Subaru Forester

MPG (City)

26

22

22

26

MPG (Highway)

32

29

29

33

MPG (Combined)

28

25

25

29

Fuel Tank Capacity (gal)

14.9

18.8

18.8

16.6

Range (City / Highway / Combined) (miles)

387 / 477 / 417

414 / 545 / 470

414 / 545 / 470

432 / 548 / 481

Both the Hyundai Santa Fe and the Kia Sorento are mechanically similar, hence their fuel economy ratings are identical too along with the driving range numbers as well. The Subaru Forester comes out as the most fuel-efficient offering here with marginally higher highway and combined mpg numbers than the Equinox and some overwhelming driving range figures such as 432 miles of city range.

Interior
7.6/10

The interior of the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox is fresh and stylish since it received a major design upgrade for this MY. The dashboard design is quite practical with the infotainment display nicely tucked in between the vertical-shaped air-con vents. There are some minimal buttons and a couple of rotary knobs for the air-con controls. The center stack is slim with the gear selector stick and a sizable cup holder. There is an abundance of exposed plastic surfaces yet the robust build and the nice texture of the surfaces make up for it. The front seats are comfortable for long drives and spending long hours on them while the rear seats offer a decent amount of comfort too. The cargo capacity is decent at 29 cu-ft.

Models

2018 Chevrolet Equinox

2018 Hyundai Santa Fe

2018 Kia Sorento

2018 Subaru Forester

Seating Capacity

5

5

7

5

Front Row (Head / Shoulder / Leg) (in)

40.0 / 57.2 / 40.9

41.2 / 59.1 / 44.1

39.5 / 59.1 / 44.1

41.2 / 58.2 / 43.3

Second Row (Head / Shoulder / Leg) (in)

38.5 / 55.5 / 39.9

39.2 / 58.3 / 40.9

39.3 / 58.0 / 39.4

39.6 / 57.2 / 39.4

Third Row (Head / Shoulder / Leg) (in)

NA

NA

36.3 / 52.8 / 31.7

NA

Cargo capacity (cu-ft)

29.9

35.9

11.3

31.1

The Hyundai Santa Fe’s cabin looks at par and equally intriguing when compared side by side with the updated cabin of the Equinox. The stylish dashboard design along with the steering wheel draws all the attention yet, the dashboard is quite button-heavy, especially in the middle. The infotainment screen is also smaller than what the Equinox gets. The Kia Sorento offers a more sober and professional interior than its mechanical twin, the Santa Fe. Despite being button-heavy, the placement and arrangement of the buttons along with the center stack makes for a premium appeal while the list of features and the comfort levels are a tad better than what the Equinox puts on the table.

Some standout interior features are:

  • Perforated leather upholstery
  • 8-way power-adjustable seats 
  • Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Heated mirrors

What’s there to keep you entertained?

Apart from the updated design of the interior, the infotainment system of the SUV has been updated thoroughly and now it comes with a standard 7-inch touchscreen display running the MyLink user interface underneath. OnStar is also there that offers standard Bluetooth connectivity along with 4G LTE capability and a Wi-Fi hotspot. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay along with a USB port and a 6-speaker audio system are standard.

Some infotainment features are:

  • MyLink user interface
  • A 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment display
  • Bluetooth and USB tethering
  • Apple CarPlay and Android auto
  • SiriusXM satellite radio 
  • 4G LTE and WiFi hotspot
  • Rear seat entertainment package(optional)
Exterior
6.9/10

The 2018 Chevrolet Equinox exterior design now looks quite striking with a touch of sportiness to appeal to the younger buyers as well. The front end now gets a two-part grille design that is finished in chrome while the headlamp units together with the stylish LED DRLs uplift the aforementioned sporty appeal of the vehicle. The lower part of the vehicle gets black plastic cladding to induce a sense of ruggedness and its 7.6-inch ground clearance does some justice to it. The side profile of the SUV is simple while from the rear, it looks quite appealing too courtesy of its tailgate design and the taillamp design.

Models

2018 Chevrolet Equinox

2018 Hyundai Santa Fe

2018 Kia Sorento

2018 Subaru Forester

Curb Weight (lbs)

3,274

3,591

3,810

3,449

Length (inches)

183.1

187.8

189.0

182.1

Width (inches)

72.6

74.4

74.4

71.5

Height (inches)

65.4

66.1

66.3

67.5

Ground Clearance (inches

7.6

7.3

7.3

8.7

Wheelbase (inches)

107.3

108.9

109.4

105.1

The Hyundai Santa Fe has a “big SUV” feel, especially due to its rear-end design while the front-end design looks quite toned down in comparison to the Equinox. The side profile of the Santa Fe gets slightly more styling than the Equinox. The Kia Sorento looks way better than the Santa Fe and even surpasses the Equinox in terms of road presence and design brilliance. The Subaru Forester still continues with an age-old design language yet, its shortest wheelbase and exceptional ground clearance make it the most practical option here.

Some standout exterior features are:

  • LED DRLs
  • Active aero shutters
  • Automatic headlamps
  • Rear power hands-free tailgate
  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Chrome-tipped exhausts
Safety
7.5/10

Chevrolet has never joked around when it came to the safety of its vehicles and the updated Equinox also continues with the same traits. The SUV got a perfect 5-star rating from the NHTSA and a top “Good” rating from the IIHS as well. The disappointing bit about the safety of the vehicle is its safety techs since almost all the advanced techs are offered as optional extras while the standard features are just the basics such as ABS, EBD, traction control, and a rearview camera.

Some important safety features of the Equinox are:

  • A rearview camera
  • Rear-seat reminder
  • Teen Driver
  • A blind spot monitoring system(optional)
  • Rear cross-traffic alert(optional)
  • Rear parking sensors(optional)
  • Low-speed forward collision warning with brake assist(optional)
Competition
7.0/10

Chevrolet Equinox vs Hyundai Santa Fe

The Hyundai Santa Fe has started to show its age and needs an update in terms of both interior and exterior design, especially if pitched against the updated Equinox here. Practicality-wise, the Santa Fe is better than the Equinox owing to its generous cargo capacity and excellent headroom for the front and rear passengers. In terms of performance, the Santa Fe is almost evenly matched to the Equinox.

Chevrolet Equinox vs Kia Sorento

The Kia Sorento is the mechanical twin of the Santa Fe and gets identical power and mpg numbers. However, it does come with a striking exterior design, a well-built and premium cabin, along with a decent list of features. It also trails the Equinox closely with all of its strengths in place.

Chevrolet Equinox vs Subaru Forester

The Subaru Forester is one of the most dated offerings in the segment and is still kicking majorly due to its unique motor and the exceptional symmetrical AWD drivetrain. On the inside too, the vehicle offers a more spacious and comfortable cabin than the Equinox however, it falls behind in terms of design and equipment.

Final Verdict

The 2018 Chevrolet Equinox comes with an all-new approach to the market with its bold design and attractive performance stats with the optional powertrains. By default, it might not appeal to the enthusiasts much in terms of its performance yet it is a near-perfect city companion. In terms of comfort and practicality, it is way better than what its immediate and outdated rivals have to offer. Overall, the Equinox is the best option in the segment if you’re looking for a reliable and friendly compact crossover for your daily needs.

Features

vehicle bio
base price

$30800

body style

4dr SUV

engine type
displacement

91 cu in

horse power

170 hp @ 5600 rpm

torque

203 lb.-ft. @ 2000 rpm

transmission

6-Speed Automatic

dimensions
length

183 in

wheelbase

107 in

width

73 in

curb weight

3350 lbs

Height

65 in

Ground Clearance

7 lbs

capacity
passenger volume

90 cu ft

cargo volume

63.5 cu ft

passenger capacity

5 Seats

fuel economy
city/combined/highway

26/28/32 mpg

highway range

476.8 mi

warranty
basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.


Chevrolet Equinox 5 year Cost To Own


Cash Price(MSRP)
$26,240
5 Year Cost To Own
$44,609
Total 5 year Cost To Own -  $44,609
Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4Year 5total
Depreciation$7,608$1,490$1,369$1,627$1,554$13,648
Insurance$1,294$1,364$1,444$1,443$1,591$7,136
Fuel$1,656$1,757$1,833$1,815$1,926$8,987
Maintenance$536$777$691$2,040$2,026$6,070
Repairs$43$-47$202$364$533$1,095
Financing Interest$1,610$1,362$1,029$606$264$4,871
Taxes and Fees$2,210$214$125$110$143$2,802
Total Cost-To-Own$14,957$6,917$6,693$8,005$8,037$44,609
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