“That is it. The second of reality,” I assumed as I pressed the beginning button of the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox. The day earlier than, I arrange the Teen Driver system to observe my behind the wheel antics. It was now time to view my report card.

Ahead collision avoidance braking: zero. ABS Energetic: zero. Go me! Look how secure I’m! Besides I had 48 Overspeed Warnings, 28 Ahead Collision Alerts and (sorry, Mother) 154 Tailgating Alerts.

In my protection, I had set the velocity warning to go off at 60 mph, and far of my driving was executed within the infamous site visitors of the San Francisco Bay Space, the place tailgating is the norm. Nonetheless, simply because everybody else does it, would not make it proper. Teen Driver is a great tool for fogeys to observe their youngsters’ driving and assist them type good habits that can final a lifetime. So go forward, toss over these keys. You will get every kind of knowledge to carry towards your child for future admonishments. 

Wanting good, Equinox!


The 2018 Chevrolet Equinox slots in between the small Trax crossover and the three-row SUV Traverse. It has been efficiently redesigned for the 2018 mannequin 12 months, dropping the vaguely cross-eyed entrance finish in favor of a glossy headlight meeting and a reworked grille. The rear misplaced the clunky taillights in lieu of a extra sporty rear fascia. Heck, there’s even a spoiler of kinds above the rear window. The Equinox is 400 kilos lighter this 12 months as nicely, nevertheless it nonetheless retains principally the identical footprint as 2017. It is a terrific achievement for Chevrolet, however this weight reduction merely equates its preventing weight with rivals just like the Honda CR-V and Nissan Rogue.

Chevrolet included enhancements below the hood as nicely, and has three turbocharged choices. My take a look at mannequin got here with the bottom 1.5-liter 4 cylinder engine, placing out 170 horsepower, fairly common for the category, and 203 pound-feet of torque. A 1.6-liter turbo diesel with 137 horsepower and 240 pound-feet of torque can be had, in addition to a 2.Zero-liter turbo with 252 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. That places it on equal footing with the two.Zero-liter EcoBoost 4 cylinder engine within the Ford Escape.

Driving ahead

Consider it or not, the Equinox would not do too badly within the turns. It is surprisingly spry when the pavement turns twisty, helped by the optionally available all-wheel-drive setup. Many different producers disconnect the rear axle mechanically when the pc senses the car would not want all-wheel drive, like when driving straight. The Equinox leaves it as much as the driving force. A contact of a button sends energy to all 4 wheels.

The six-speed computerized transmission is a welcome change from most producer’s constantly variable transmissions. As an alternative of a droney, buzzy sound and really feel, the usual computerized shifts easily, although it wants a little bit of encouragement to downshift for passing or popping out of a flip.

The Equinox with all-wheel drive and the 1.5-liter engine will get an EPA gas ranking of 24 miles per gallon within the metropolis and 30 miles per gallon on the freeway. That is proper inline with the Hyundai Tuscon and the Toyota RAV4, a bit higher than the Ford Escape however a couple of notches beneath Honda’s CR-V. Throughout my week with the Equinox I noticed a mean gas consumption of 25.7 miles per gallon.

My solely grievance from behind the wheel is the throttle lag within the 1.5-liter. Press on the fuel and the engine and turbocharger take a very good second to answer the enter, making it powerful to speed up out of corners or out of a sticky scenario. It is not a deal breaker however the laptop could possibly be programmed for a extra responsive proper pedal. 

Those that need somewhat extra pep of their step will respect the bigger 2.Zero-liter turbocharged energy plant. Acceleration is improved and there’s no turbo lag to wade via. The bigger motor is paired with a nine-speed computerized transmission. Shifts are clean nevertheless it does search round only a tad on the freeway, searching for that coveted best-possible mpg.

Cruising across the arduous approach

Talking of buzzkill, adaptive cruise management shouldn’t be out there on any trim line. And you will have to pay further for many superior security options, if they’re even provided in any respect. Whereas Chevrolet provides the decrease L and LS trims with a backup digicam, it would not embrace any superior digicam and radar-based security parts like ahead collision alert and computerized braking, both commonplace or as choices.

The midrange LT trim solely provides blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert as a part of the $1,945 consolation and comfort package deal. That additionally brings alongside a couple of extras like an influence elevate gate (which may open absolutely or simply to 75 p.c on the contact of a button) and dual-zone local weather management. 

The highest-end Premier trim will get blind spot monitoring and rear-cross site visitors alert commonplace, however low velocity collision alert and braking, lane departure warning and lane preserve help in addition to encompass view cameras and a haptic seat are a part of the $1,895 Consolation and Comfort II package deal. If you have not felt GM’s vibrating seat, put together your self. Waver only a bit over the left lane line and the left aspect of the seat offers a pointy buzz. Chances are you’ll be a bit delay, nevertheless it certain will get your consideration.

A lot of the competitors out-does Chevrolet by way of commonplace superior security programs and driver’s aids. Toyota Security Sense is commonplace throughout all trim ranges of the RAV4 and contains lane departure alert and mitigation, adaptive cruise management and pre-collision braking. The Honda CR-V has lane departure alert and mitigation, adaptive cruise management and blind spot monitoring commonplace on all however the lowest trim stage.

The intuitive MyLink infotainment system is among the finest in the marketplace right now, particularly when displayed on the out there Eight-inch touchscreen. Each Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are commonplace, as is a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot. The hotspot is simple to hook up with, however take into account, it is only a strategy to get the web to your units. In case your cellphone is out of a service space, chances are high the automotive will not be getting a sign both.

Spy time

As talked about earlier, the Teen Driver expertise is an effective way to observe the habits of youthful, much less skilled drivers within the household. When a younger driver begins the Equinox with the designated key, Teen Driver is not going to play any audio till all occupants are buckled in and it will not enable the driving force to disable any security settings. Later, the guardian or different accountable celebration can entry the report card with a PIN quantity to see how the child is doing. It is a expertise I’d have hated as a young person, however as a grumpy grownup I find it irresistible. 

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My Teen Driver Report card. 

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In relation to cargo house, the Equinox is true in the midst of the category. With the rear seats folded up there may be practically 30 cubic ft of house. Fold these infants down and that house expands to 63.5 cubes. It would not have as a lot room because the Honda CR-V nevertheless it dwarfs the tiny Mazda CX-5.

How I might spec it

I’d spec the Equinox with the mid-LT trim and shell out $1,995 for the Solar and Infotainment package deal. This provides the Eight-inch touchscreen, heated entrance seats and blind spot monitoring. I’d additionally look forward to the introduction of the bigger, 2.Zero-liter engine, however no phrase from Chevrolet as to when that may occur.

The 2018 Chevrolet Equinox begins at $23,580, however keep in mind, the one superior security function you get with that base mannequin is a backup digicam. My high of the road Premier AWD tester begins at $34,435, however add in a $three,300 package deal for the sunroof, 19-inch wheels, navigation and Bose HD radio, plus vacation spot, and that jumps to $39,Zero45. It’s a high quality crossover with a snug inside and loads of usable tech options, however these searching for the choice of adaptive cruise management and different driver’s aids as commonplace gear shall be disillusioned.

Editor’s observe: This evaluate has been up to date with our impressions of the Chevrolet Equinox outfitted with its out there 2-liter engine.


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