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4K Review: 2018 Chevrolet Equinox Quick Drive | Consumer Reports


The Chevrolet Equinox is now smaller and lighter, making it a true competitor in the small SUV segment. The Equinox also offers a new turbocharged four-cylinder engine and available active safety equipment.

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  1. A word to the wise……. stay away from G.M. Vehicles. I swear at least 30% of those are lemons right from the factory

  2. That interior screams CHEAPO all over. It's 2017 and the segment is very competitive. Can't believe Chevy is still putting out such garbage.

  3. I'm sure that there are people out there who will like the styling of this vehicle. I, however, will not be one of them.

  4. Price seems a little high. I think I'll stick with Ford and get the Escape. I like this design though just a little pricey.

  5. interior just does not compete against the better class mates. Exterior is very blah too, and the price …that will drop like a rock in a few months, what are they smoking ?

  6. The Equinox is not an SUV, It's a CUV. SUVs are body-on-frame construction. CUVs are uni-body construction.

    Consumer Reports, please educate your subscribers properly.

  7. Sadly I spoke to someone who had an opportunity to work in both, GM plant and Toyota plant, fact is that all auto manufacturers have adopted a Quantity over Quality approach to manufacture their vehicles. BMW 6 series is among most extreme setbacks, you just don't hear about it as much because not as many people are buying them. Any mass produced main stream vehicle today is designed to last the period of warranty, after that you are expected to buy new one. There is however difference in quality of the engines, Honda and Toyota almost always manages to register more mileage on an engine than North American vehicles, this is especially true for smaller 4cyl vehicles.

  8. The diesel makes things interesting. That would be what I would go for. This should be nicely equipped for 26 27k to be competitive in this segment. Unlike Honda and Toyota GM has a way of making you feel like a cheapskate unless you get the top of the line model. I bet the Diesel is only an option on the top level trim. I would want a base Equinox diesel with AWD and apple car play. Thats not going to happen. I bet that option list will push you to 34k.

  9. Not a bad car per say, but the pricing (especially considering its 1.5T engine) is best described as optimistic.

  10. Ok, it's $33,000. But does the CR-V EX come with the power tailgate, HUGE moonroof, Blind spot monitoring, heated seats, and rear cross traffic alert? Nope.

  11. Well, it definitely looks better than the previous model. I've driven the 2017 and it is not something you want to write home about. I drove the new CR-V last week and 'oh my, it is great'.

  12. The main assembly plant that builds this vehicle is located in Ingersoll, Ontario, Canada. Because of the well skilled and experienced workforce there, GM did something they never did before. Rather than stop production of old model, retool the plant and start production of new model, they decided to introduce production of new model while still building old one. As a result, significant number of 2018 models are required to be pulled off the assembly line at the very end and send to repair. This is due to the fact that a lot of equipment had to be modified (On the fly) to accommodate both vehicle models, and since they are build around different platform that makes it very challenging. 2009 – 2017 models were decent models providing you get rid of them before you hit 100k – 120k miles, after that the engines simply fall apart, not in all of them, but a lot of them. 2018 was engineered under pressure to introduce significant weight reduction, though too soon to know for sure, it is widely believed that new generation Equinox will be poorer quality, more fragile than its predecessor. If the way the launch of this new model has been going over the last few months is any indication of this vehicle's performance, GM may be in trouble and could have very well signed a death sentence on what was one of GM's top sellers in recent years.

  13. Why should I get rid of my 16 for this? I have a Black 2016 LTZ V6 AWD Equinox this thing is very slow compared to mine. The only reason that I would want to upgrade is for apple CarPlay otherwise I'll be keeping mine. And the 2.0 turbo only has 250 horsepower really? I have 300 horsepower on my 16.

  14. The simple fact is that the Equinox has been poorly designed and poorly built from the beginning. The current model is the successor to a major redesign in 2010 and that design has been plagued with engine and electrical problems from the beginning. There are a number of secret extended warranties on certain specific issues on these vehicles which GM uses to keep from having to implement a recall. The problem us that dealers are loathe to find vehicles eligible for these secret warranties and will refuse to even acknowledge they exist, unless the customer has the obtuse notification letter from GM, a copy of the relevant Technical Service Bulletin describing what is covered and how to fix it, and his lawyer on speed dial. Ask anyone whose Equinox has gone into Reduced Engine Power mode (i.e. max speed about 10 mph) while in the left lane on the interstate passing a heavy truck or just trying to get the car out of a busy intersection. To echo Ralph Nader, these vehicles, with their unreliable engines and electrical systems and arcane and expensivebelectrical problems from corroded wires and poor electrical grounds, are unsafe at any speed and ought to be recalled for safety issues. Ask GM how many 4 cylinder engines it has had to replace over the years due to shoddy, porous castings, plugged up EGR systems, stretched timing chains, bad variable valve timing actuators, blown rear oil seals due to internal overpressure, burned up pistons and ring sets, and failed internal lubrication that caused GM to develop its Dexos synthetic oil particularlynfor its smaller displacement engines, but without telling owners of the older models to up to the full synthetic Dexos specification oil to keep their engines from catastrophic failure.

  15. Sadly I believe in the 2018 models they have taken one step back, taking away a very important and safety driven feature in the OnStar modules…."Please know that many changes have been made to our white dot button feature. Within our 2018 model year vehicles, you are no longer able to store routes, store phone numbers, and other changes have also been made. We apologize if this has caused you any inconvenience. If you have additional questions, please let us know.
    Philip J.
    OnStar Customer Care"  I have been told these features (which were previously available on the earlier versions of OnStar) were removed in order to add the SHOP icon.

  16. As of today, November 14th, the diesel is out finally! It will come in LT and Premier trims only as an engine option. MPG is estimated for the AWD version to be EPA estimated city 28 mpg, 38 mpg highway and a cruising range of 592.8 miles. Engine specs is a 1.6 liter turbo diesel, double overhead cam, 4 in line, 137 HP (@3750 rpm) and 240 #/ft of torque (@ 2000 rpm). That's pretty good torque on the low end of the rpm band – a typical diesel trait. Pricing for the LT and Premier range from mid- $33,000 MSRP to almost $40,000 MSRP with all the bells and whistles. Chevy's annoying options package force you to buy a costly sunroof just to get advanced automated cruise control, more USB ports and a 120 Volt receptacle with built in inverter. But with cloths seats, no sunroof, you can get an AWD diesel Equinox LT with decent safety features for near $30,500 with rebates and incentives in the Northeast. By the way, the diesel also comes with that annoying start stop start technology. Tough on a battery with cranking a diesel on and off all the time.

  17. I can't help but feel CR is biased to Chevrolet. I test drove a premier. Tons of rock hard plastic. Hard seats. And it was NOT quiet. Lots of road noise. Loads of it. The price doesn't justify the quality. Or lack thereof.

    No doubt this will be a great deal in a used lot in a couple of years. But it's not worth people's hard earned dollars as a new purchase.

    For the price, you can score a new Lincoln MKC or even a gently preowned one with more options. Better warranty. Luxury car service with never having to worry about taking your car for service or maintenance.

  18. Not sure how CR negotiated, but we got a less expensive model (no sunroof, just FWD, and no premium color) for a sale price of $4900 off of MSRP. I'm impressed with the vehicle so far and think it's a great value, at least with the configuration & price we got.

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