The inside of the Chevrolet Equinox has been long due for a refresh and the 2018 generation update sees a likable shift in things. First and foremost, if you have ever been inside a previous generation Chevrolet Equinox, the overall layout might feel a bit eerily similar to the one it replaces. As with the exterior styling, the interiors are also more or less an evolution of the previous generation, which is in no way a bad thing as the quality, fit, and finish levels were always par for the class.
The once button cluttered dashboard has been cleaned up and most physical controls are now reserved only for the HVAC controls. The rest has been smartly integrated into the new and more intuitive infotainment system which we will talk about later in the review. So has the update really brought in that wow factor that now can take on the likes of rivals like the Honda CR-V, the Toyota RAV4, and the Mazda CX-5? So does it feel worth the minimum asking price of $23,580 now? Let’s find out.
Chevy has ditched lighter tones for this year for a more contrasty look. We are in absolute love with the polished metal inserts that go on the cabin that really takes the appeal to another level and thankfully are made available even from the lower variants so that you don’t feel cheaped out. Creature comfort 8-way power adjustable driver seats with memory and heating functions, wireless phone charger, electronic parking brake, dual-zone climate control, keyless push-button start, and simulated leather upholstery are some of the main interior features for this year. It does not take to get used to this SUV and we really love the fact that every control on the dash falls into hand without even needing a stretch from the seats.
Talking about actual driving comfort and space, the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox has always been one that offered it in tonnes. The front seats are high and wide enough, offering a variety of adjustments to find that perfect position. You might find the right knee rubbing against the center console at times, but apart from that everything is sorted at the front. The rear seats are also comfy and are surprisingly supportive, with a decent amount of legroom to play around with. The seats also have a two-step recline angle and you get a lower console with separate AC vents and USB ports for added comfort and convenience. You also get a center armrest by the, which has two cubbies on it so that you could hold your drinks.
2018 Chevrolet Equinox
2018 Honda CR-V
2018 Toyota RAV4
2018 Mazda CX-5
First Row (Head/shoulder/legroom)
Second Row (Head/shoulder/legroom)
The 2018 Chevrolet Equinox falls in the middle of the competition when it comes to cabin space. Though the proportions may look large, it is not any bigger than the Toyota RAV4. The Clever design of the Honda CR-V’s interior makes it feel the airiest here, but in use, the rear seat actually feels the tightest. The Mazda CX-5, focusing more on styling, is the least accommodating SUV here.
Some standout interior features of the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox include:
8-Way Power- heated front seats with memory functionality
Leather wrapped steering with tilt/telescopic adjustment
Wireless phone charger
Polished metal cabin inserts
Dual-zone climate control system
Full leather interior upholstery
How good is the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox’s infotainment system?
Chevrolet’s updated MyLink infotainment is one of the most talked about points on the new Equinox and it definitely is the best unit this SUV has been fitted with so far. Although the standard screen size remains at 7-inches, you also get an optional 8-inch screen as you go up the trim line. The speaker count for the standard system also stays the same at six, however, there is a noticeable increase in audio quality thanks to the new driving hardware on the head unit. Opt for the infotainment II package and you get equipped with a premium Bose 7-speaker audio system.
Compared to the old one it replaces, the new touch screen looks super crisp and bright while offering a user interface that is both slick and easy to navigate. Moreover, you get new features like standard Apple Carplay, Android Auto connectivity, and built-in 4G LTE connectivity with Wi-Fi-Hotspot making the SUV one of the best equipped in this department. You also get a birds-eye-view camera (first for this segment) with dynamic park lines making parking duties a whole lot easier. The only aspect that bothered us here is that, if you have the blinds moved from the sunroof, this slightly upward tilted screen catches a lot of glare on sunny days, affecting the screen’s usability and also hindering the driver’s vision.
Standout infotainment features available with the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox:
6-speaker performance audio system (7-speaker Bose system available)
Steering mounted Audi controls
What are the creature comfort features inside the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox?
If you are willing to pay the premium, the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox could be equipped with more or less everything you could expect from an SUV of this segment. A dual-zone climate control system, full-leather upholstery, heated front seats with power adjustment and memory functions for the driver side, a panoramic glass roof, a wireless phone charger so, and so forth. Availability of equipment was never a downside for the Equinox and the 2018 model year takes it to another level with a noticeably more likable cabin.
What is the cargo capacity on offer?
The trunk, well let’s say is decent at best on the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox. Though its external dimensions may suggest otherwise, the Equinox has always been at the bottom of the game in this department. The overall capacity with the second row in use is just under 30 cu.-ft. and the access to this space certainly needs to lift the luggage quite a bit high as the trunk floor is quite a bit high.
You could obviously flip down the rear seat to excavate almost 63.5 cu.-ft. of cargo area, which is also something we could classify as just decent. There are pull tabs or the cargo area to flip down the rear seats, which unfortunately is a feature that you will miss if you have chosen a lower trim.
2018 Chevrolet Equinox
2018 Honda CR-V
2018 Toyota RAV4
2018 Mazda CX-5
Cargo Capacity to the second row(cu.-ft)
One disappointing fact about the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox is that it's 29.9 cu.-ft. cargo area is the smallest in the competition, even compared to the compact Mazda CX-5. The Honda CR-V leads here with a huge 39.2 cu.-ft. trunk on offer followed by the Toyota RAV4 with its 38.4 cu.-ft. trunk. The 2018 Chevrolet Equinox also has the highest loading bay which makes loading heavy items a fair bit more difficult than the others.
What are the other storage spaces inside?
The only notable space inside the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox that we would tag usable would be the deep pocket under the front center armrest. The small space in front of the gear selector, well, finds it even hard to hold your phone in place in you are not so light with the right pedal. However, we found some decent space to hold small stuff that rand jingled around the cabin, below the trunk floor but was quick to realize even that was a feature that was reserved for the higher trim. Such a bummer.
So, is the interior of the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox luxurious and opulent enough?
With the much-needed update coming in this year, we could strongly say that the Chevrolet Equinox has brought back the game to the competition. Although the overall layout feels familiar, the quality had gone up by miles and the design does feel more in sync with current times. Space and comfort were never traits that the 2018 Equinox missed out on and it still remains the same for this year. Unfortunately, the cargo area remains far from what is desirable, especially when factoring in the overall size of this SUV. However, this is in no way a deal breaker, and those who are not that big a cargo hauler would find nothing wrong with the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox.