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2018 Chevy Equinox: 5 Things Buyers Need to Know



The 2018 Chevy Equinox is an all-new crossover SUV from Chevrolet that builds on the well-founded Equinox platform with an all new look, upgraded technology options and lots of standard safety features.

After spending a day testing the 2018 Equinox on a closed course and comparing it to the competition we will help you with what you need to know before you go to a dealer to buy the 2018 Chevy Equinox.

Shoppers should compare the 2018 Equinox to the Honda CR-V, Ford Escape and Toyota Rav 4 if they looking in the same size and price range.

2018 Chevy Equinox Release Date

The 2018 Chevy Equinox release date is here, and coming late summer for the diesel option.

The 2018 Chevy Equinox release date is here, and coming late summer for the diesel option.

The 2018 Chevy Equinox release date is here for several models. The 2018 Diesel Equinox release date is late summer 2017. There is a very good chance that you will find the gas Equinox on dealer lots at this time. If you build a 2018 Equinox on Chevrolet you can find local stock of the new Equinox.

Chevy is not specific about the Diesel Equinox release date, which should offer up to 40 MPG highway. If interested in the Diesel, you can check out the gas model and likely get notified from a local dealer as soon as the 2018 Chevy Equinox Diesel release date arrives.

2018 Chevy Equinox Impressions

Watch the video above to hear our first impressions of the 2018 Equinox. We tested the new Equinox on a closed course at varying rates of speed and on simulated rough roads and came away impressed. This offers an overview of the new 2018 Equinox design and our thoughts on handling, technology, and safety.

Chevy includes 10 standard safety features that help driver confidence and safety.  The 2018 Equinox includes 4G LTE connectivity that allows you to connect a device to the car’s internet connection and that allows you to remote start, unlock or honk the horn from your smartphone. The infotainment system is very capable and includes support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

2018 Chevy Equinox Price

What you need to know about the 2018 Chevy Equinox pricing and options.

What you need to know about the 2018 Chevy Equinox pricing and options.

The 2018 Chevy Equinox starts at $24,525 for the entry-level model that includes keyless entry, push button start, Chevy My Link and a rear vision camera.

Chevrolet offers four trim levels with front wheel drive available on all trims and all wheel drive on the LS, LT, and Premier trim levels. Upgrading to all-wheel drive adds $3,680 to the price of the Equinox.

The 2018 Chevy Equinox LS is $26,455 and adds a spare tire, carpeted rear floor mats, a compass and you can add an optional Interior Protection Package and a keyless entry keypad.

At $27.695, the 2018 Equinox LT adds HID head lights, a power driver seat with lumbar, heated power-adjustable mirrors with body color and mechanical seat release levers for the rear seat. This trim level includes support for a roof rack and an optional Confidence & Convenience Package, plus a Sun & Infotainment Package.

The 2018 Equinox Premier is the top of the line Equinox model and starts at $31,735. This includes the LT features as well as the following features and options.

  • Leather heated seats with driver memory
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert
  • Hands free power liftgate
  • 18″ bright aluminum wheels
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control air conditioning
  • Chevrolet MyLink Radio with 8″ diagonal color-touch screen
  • USB ports in front console storage area, 2 with auxiliary input jack
  • USB charging-only ports for rear seat passengers
  • Inside rearview auto-dimming mirrors
  • 120-volt power outlet behind center console
  • Remote start
  • LED headlamps and taillamps
  • Luggage rack, side rails, roof-mounted
  • Outside heated power-adjustable and auto-dimming body-color manual-folding mirrors, with turn signal indicators, chrome mirror caps

We don’t know the exact 2018 Equinox Diesel price and options at this time. Expect to learn more this summer.

2018 Chevy Equinox Colors

There are a lot of 2018 Equinox colors, including this bright orange.

There are a lot of 2018 Equinox colors, including this bright orange.

There are 12 2018 Chevy Equinox colors, four of which are premium 2018 Equinox colors. Chevy offers three interior color options. Not all color options are available on all trim levels. If you opt for the 2018 Equinox Premier you unlock all the color options. Here are the standard Chevy Equinox colors;

  • Mosaic Black Metallic
  • Nightfall Gray Metallic
  • Pepperdust Metallic
  • Sandy Ridge Metallic
  • Satin Steel Metallic
  • Silver Ice Metallic
  • Storm Blue Metallic
  • Summit White

Four premium Equinox colors are available for an extra $395 to $995 and vary based on the trim level you choose. These are;

  • Cajun Red Tintcoat
  • Ivy Metallic
  • Orange Burst Metallic
  • Iridescent Pearl Tricoat

The Tricoat is only available on the Equinox LT and Premier trim levels and is a $995 upgrade.

Three interior color options are available, though the Equinox L and Equinox LS only come with one interior option. On the LT and Premier, you can choose from three different interior color combinations. The LT offers cloth seats while the premier is perforated leather.

2018 Chevy Equinox Special Editions

This is the 2018 Chevy Equinox Redline special edition.

This is the 2018 Chevy Equinox Redline special edition.

So far we only know about one 2018 Equinox special edition. The Redline Series is available on the 2018 Equinox LT with unique visual upgrades. This model is not available with the diesel engine or with a sunroof. Here’s what you get with the 2018 Equinox LT Redline;

  • Black Grille
  • 19 Inch Wheels
  • Black Mirror Caps
  • Black Window Trim
  • Black Bowties

The 2018 Equinox Redline special edition is available in October 2017. There is no specific Equinox Redline price yet, but it will at the least start at $27,695.

You Need These 10 Must Have Car Features: Find Out Why

Smart Cruise Control

Smart Cruise Control

Do you hate constantly adjusting your cruise control, or giving up on cruise control because of traffic or due to a driver in front of you who keeps changing speed? You need a smart cruise control system.

Smart cruise control goes by many different names. You may see it listed as Radar Cruise, Adaptive Cruise or Intelligent Cruise control. Whatever it is called, it will allow you to set your cruise control and then stay with the flow of slower traffic.

Here's why we love it and why you need it. You get on the highway and set the cruise at 76 miles per hour. You also set the distance you want kept between you and the car in front of you. There are typically three or four settings so you can be close or keep a lot of space. Now you simply steer and your car will go 76 mile per hour when traffic allows it or there is no one in front of you. When someone is in front of you going 73 mph, the car automatically slows down to keep you the distance you choose from that car. This is indispensable in traffic and on long road trips. 

Not all smart cruise control systems are the same. Some of work at all speeds, while others only work above a specific limit. Some systems can bring you to a complete stop in traffic and then restart without you needing to touch a pedal. 

You can find adaptive cruise control on cars as cheap as $18,500 like the Toyota Corolla, and as an option on many cars below $30,000. Even on pricier cars you may need a higher trim level or special package to get this feature. 

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