Chevrolet has introduced an all-new 2018 Equinox, a five-passenger compact crossover made in Canada. Compared to the previous years model, it is lighter, leaner, and more responsive. I took the Equinox out around the city, the subburbs, zooming along the highways, and into the middle of nowhere. I packed the car with my friends to explore the Othello Tunnels just outside of Hope.
From the side, it is a bit boxy, but it help maximize the height of the vehicle and trunk space. There are some slight curves on the side panel of the car and the share of the windows to create an illusion of a sleeker look. It’s hard to see in the white, but it shows more in the other colours.
The hands-free power liftgate is an awesome feature too. When you have your hands full, use the simple motion of your foot to open the trunk. A gentle motion is all you need. Great if you have your hands full with while grocery shopping.
The interior was very roomy and everyone had ample amount of space. No complaints from any passenger. If you’re tall, you’ll have no problem at all.
The backseats can fold flat with a pull of a lever to increase the size of the cargo area to move large objects.
The sun roof was very large and let in a good amount of light. We occasionally closed it if it got too sunny. Heated seats and a remote starter are standard on all trims of the Equinox.
In the back seats, you have adjustable air vents, an outlet and USB ports. Great features to give control back to the passengers and also charge their phones.
Technology is increasingly becoming very important when considering purchasing a vehicle. As a smartphone user, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are crucial for me personally. It helps keep some preferences through your phone and makes the dashboard easier to use. Another great feature about Chevrolet vehicles is the OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot that it can provide your passengers access to wifi on their devices. Imagine a car ride where your kids will be entertaining themselves rather than screaming their heads off.
You can charge your phones through the USB ports or their is wireless charging for some devices.
The Premier trim includes such features like dual-zone automatic climate control, keyless entry, power windows, door locks and liftgate, power heated outside mirrors, rear park assist, rear cross-traffic alert, blind-zone alert and rear-view camera. Definitely no shortage of technology packed in the Equinox. My favourite feature is the surround vision, so it’s easier to park your car virtually anywhere that fits. You get a bird’s eye view of the vehicle due to the system that’s made up of 4 cameras – the standard rear vision camera, a forward-looking camera in the front grille and two on the sides of the vehicle. I didn’t have any more anxiety parking in smaller spots. I had a lot of fun showing off the tech features to my friends onboard.
There are 3 engines to choose from including a fuel-efficient diesel. Their’s definitely some customization you can do to make it work for you. I found the ride smooth over most road surfaces. You can also engage AWD with a touch of a button to improve traction on icy or snowy roads.
As I was driving in the city and on the highway, the engine was smooth and lively. No problem on inclines or declines.
It was very fuel efficient and didn’t burn through gas like crazy.
I really enjoyed the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox, it is packed full of technology to keep you safe, the ride is smooth and comfortable, and has good fuel economy. If you are looking for a compact crossover, give this a try and see how it compares. I personally loved it.