Trucks & SUVs

Don’t Sleep on the 2018 Chevy Equinox

We get asked a lot about vehicles. Every day, we get texts, emails, and more. Yesterday, my sister asked me if the 2018 Chevy Equinox is a good option to consider as a used SUV. I haven’t spent a lot of time thinking about the Chevy Equinox but decided to dive in to provide a few answers. 

Is the 2018 Chevy Equinox a good SUV? 

Yes, the 2018 Chevy Equinox is a good SUV to consider because it’s spacious, safe, and has fun driving dynamics. The MSRP for a brand new Chevy Equinox begins at about $23,800. This is before the destination fees, and dealership markups have been added. 

The 2018 Chevy Equinox driving on the road
2018 Chevy Equinox | Chevy

Depending on your area, which used Chevy Equinox model is available, and its condition, you may be able to scoop one up for $17,000 to $23,000. Also, the 2018 Equinox is really good on fuel. It gets an EPA-estimated 28 mpg in the city and up to 39 mpg on the highway. 

According to Consumer Reports, the 2018 Equinox has a reliability rating of three out of five, which is average. It has a customer satisfaction rating of three out of five too. Owners are most pleased with how this SUV drives and how comfortable it is. 

How does the Chevy Equinox perform? 

The base engine for the 2018 Chevy Equinox is a 1.5-liter four-cylinder option with 170 hp and 203 lb-ft of torque. The 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder engine pumps out 252 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. The 1.6-liter four-cylinder diesel engine provides 137 hp and 240 lb-ft of torque. 

When properly equipped, the Chevy Equinox can tow up to 3,500 lbs. So it can tow travel trailers and smaller campers. Also, the Chevy Equinox can be equipped with all-wheel drive to tackle snow and other slippery conditions. 

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According to Edmunds, the 1.5-liter engine is a little sluggish, but the 2.0-liter option can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 6.4 seconds, which is faster than rivals. It has responsive steering, sporty handling around curves, and dependable brakes. 

The Equinox serves as a comfortable option for daily driving and road trips. It offers a smooth ride and absorbs bumps with ease. The cabin is pretty quiet, but wind and road noise can be noticed at higher speeds. Edmunds noted that it’s as quiet as the Honda CR-V. 

What are the Chevy Equinox features like? 

Edmunds noted that the climate control system could be a little stronger. The awkward vent placements in the front fail to distribute air well. The ventilated seats provide plenty of comfort, though. 

The 2018 Chevy Equinox has a spacious interior with a particle layout. However, lower-trim options have disappointing quality materials for the price. The sunroof makes it feel larger inside. 

2018 Chevy Equinox Interior
2018 Chevy Equinox Interior | Chevy

There are 29.9 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats, with up to 63.5 cubic feet of cargo space total. Plus, there are plenty of storage bins and trays to keep your items organized. The rubberized trays are great for holding your cellphone in place. 

The tech performs well. Sometimes the 7.0-inch touchscreen can be difficult to see due to glare from the sun. But it’s fast, responsive, and easy-to-use. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come standard. There are six USB ports for the entire family to enjoy. 

Optional convenience and safety features include a power liftgate, remote start, blind-spot monitoring, rear-cross traffic alert, remote start, wireless phone charging, active noise cancellation, and more.