Though it's not quite at the top of the sales pyramid for its segment, the Chevrolet Equinox has benefited from American consumers' wholehearted embrace of crossovers, with sales of nearly 2 million units since its launch in 2009. It's now the second best-selling model for Chevy after the Silverado pickup. Chevrolet introduced an all-new third-generation version of its flagship crossover for 2018, giving it a sleeker, more sculpted exterior look that's more in line with other Chevrolet car models and shaving 400 pounds off the vehicle's total weight, a 10 percent reduction. Coupled with its efficient trio of newly turbocharged engines, that adds up to impressive gains in fuel economy (more on that later). There's also new technology including a Safety Alert seat, surround-view cameras, low-speed automatic braking and forward collision warning. It comes with a standard 1.5-liter turbocharged engine that loses 12 horsepower from the outgoing engine but tacks on 31 more pound-feet of torque. There's also an available 1.6-liter turbo diesel engine, both mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Upgrading to a 2.0-liter borrowed from the Buick Envision brings a nine-speed automatic. The standard engine is available in front- or all-wheel-drive. This buyer's guide aims to help you make an educated decision about whether or not to buy the 2018 Chevy Equinox. We'll include safety and reliability ratings, engine specs, horsepower, fuel economy ratings and pricing, and we'll conclude with a summary of Autoblog's most recent test-drive of the Equinox. Is the Chevy Equinox safe? The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gives the 2018 Chevy Equinox an overall four-star safety rating out of five possible stars for protecting the driver and passengers against injury. NHTSA gives the Equinox five stars for frontal crash protection and four of five stars for both side crash and rollover crash protection. Meanwhile, the Equinox earns "good" ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in almost every category — driver- and passenger-side small overlap crashes, moderate front overlap, side crashes, roof strength, and head restraint and seats. It gets a "superior" mark in front crash protection, with optional equipment, but it gets a "marginal" mark for headlights, one of IIHS' newer areas of focus, and an "acceptable" rating for child seat anchor ease of use. Ratings may differ for Equinoxes from other model years, so be sure to visit the NHTSA and IIHS websites to review ratings on the specific vehicle you're researching. Is the Chevy Equinox reliable? J.D. Power's most recent ratings for initial quality centered on the 2017 Equinox, which was part of the previous generation. It gave the Equinox four out of five possible stars — "better than most" — for overall quality, three stars — "about average" — for overall performance and design, and five stars — "among the best" — for predicted reliability. A quick note here that Autoblog has voiced some concerns with the way J.D. Power weighs serious and less-serious reliability issues, which you can read about here. According to NHTSA, there was one recall …
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|MPG||28 City / 38 Hwy|
|Transmission||6-spd auto w/OD|
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