Reviews

2018 Chevrolet Equinox Walk Around


Slimmed down in its 2018 form, the Equinox has adopted a more assertive aura. Up front, however, the fascia is likely to draw both favorable and negative responses. The minivan-like back end might not please everyone, either.

A chromed lower surround splits the integrated, one-piece grille. A subtle line extends rearward from the arch of the front wheel well, dividing within the front door. One branch melds into the rear wheel’s arch, while the other reaches back to the taillights. Rear pillars angle forward aggressively, while rear side windows wrap into the back glass.

Interior

The Equinox cabin comes across as clean-looking and attractive, but it lags behind major competitors in both style and quality of materials. Front seats are better than before, though snug.

Back-seat riders can expect spacious comfort, with ample room for heads and legs. Two adult occupants shouldn’t feel crowded, and three can fit – preferably for shorter journeys. Entry/exit isn’t difficult, because rear doors open sufficiently wide.

Both hard and soft-touch plastics abound, except in top Premium trim. That version expands its standard leather upholstery onto inserts within the dashboard and doors.

Available denim-style fabric upholstery delivers surprising comfort, if snugger than seats trimmed in leather. In size and heft, the leather-wrapped steering wheel is especially satisfying.

Despite the tall, expansive opening for loading cargo, available space is smaller than the previous Equinox provided. With seatbacks upright, volume is 29.9 cubic feet, versus 63.5 cubic feet when they’re folded flat.

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