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At new-vehicle launches it’s always a bit suspicious when an automaker spends more time hyping the drive route or how scenic the lunch stop is than they do about the product they’re introducing. Are they trying to draw attention away from a substandard product?

Indeed, Chevrolet seemed proud of both the area roads and local cuisine we would experience in the Carolinas (yes, both of ‘em) when they invited AutoGuide.com down to Dixie for a taste of their completely overhauled 2018 Equinox.

Strangely, there was no technical lecture or in-depth walkaround of this new compact crossover; the only formal presentation we got was a marketing spiel that was relegated to the second day. Initially it seemed like Chevy was being a bit evasive about their latest crossover model.

But intended or not, this apparent caginess was completely unnecessary. The new Equinox is a solid product and something they have every right to be proud of.
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I looked at one today in fact. It's pretty well done actually. That being said "they" are nice when they they're new.
Gonna wait till the new Terrain Diesel shows up and give it a go.

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unless it has a strong turbo 4 cylinder or a 6 cylinder i would pass....the 4 cylinders NA motors in these things have to struggle (they sound like a motorcycle winding up under normal acceleration) to move itself. just too much mass for the size of the car. plus the earlier ones were very problematic with motor failures...that being said i personally wouldn't own one. my family knows 3 people that have owned these and all three would not purchase another one, all had some kind of motor issue and fought GM to get warranty on the faults.
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Agreed, the ecotech 2.4 was a total pig in the Equinox! I had the same engine in my Malibu and 14 less horse. The Malibu setup was way more powerful! GM gave us a 150,000 mile engine warranty. That engine would knock badly for about 3 seconds until the chain tensioner would finally pressurize with oil. That same engine would pollute the oil at about 2.5 K miles so bad it was black. I can run my 2.5 in Impala for 5.5k miles and it looks cleaner by far!

And yes the Nox is gone. Wife loves her 14 Silverado crew cab 4x4!

Don't get me wrong, the Equinox was a very good and reliable, we had it for 3 years with barely anything went wrong. But get the six especially the 3.6 should make that a rocket ship.

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Apparently all 3 engines choices are turbo now.
The 1.5 base the 2.0L and the 1.6 TDI
The 1.5 will be pretty anemic I think, but the other 2 should be pretty good. No V6's anymore in either these or the Terrain.
The 1.5 does not even enter the picture for me as it will not be available in the AWD version and that option will be a must if I were to consider one of these. The article has some fairly decent HP and Torque numbers cited for all 3 and it's 400 lbs lighter than the previous versions.
..............................We'll see.

The only one the dealership had so far is the entry level and it had not been PDI'd yet so I couldn't try it.

The above all being said the previous versions of both the Equinox and the Terrain are smoking deals right now. 6000.00+ off on a bunch they had there and the V6 awd is available on a lot of them. Sometimes I look at the previous Terrain and like it other times not so much. Same with the Equinox.

Both new versions look pretty nice however, but, I'm leaning towards the Terrain.

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i've heard a lot of people say they like the terrain because of the boxy look. i understand why they feel that way, it does have some nice looks, but i'm with you. some days it looks pretty good, other days i look at one and go meh..... now if that 2.0 is the same as in the malibu then it's a runner. my buddies dad has one in a 2013-ish malibu and it smokes the tires pretty good from what they say. the same friend has a 2012 impala and is talking about how well that 2.0 runs frequently lol. maybe GM finally wised up and got a motor into that car that is up to the task of moving the weight efficiently instead acting like an 80 pound chihuahua...
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Apparetnly it is the same engine as the Malibu as I watched a video on it that was shot at the Detroit auto show and the GM spokesman said that.
Also a 9 speed trans too but i think it goes with the smaller engine, probably to get it moving maybe.

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I completely agree that the non turbo 4-cylinder in past models was completely inadequate. And I also agree that seemingly without a great explanation, the same engine in several other models, that honestly don't weigh that much more, feel much more powerful and better Suited with the powertrain. My in-laws have a 4 cylinder 2012 Equinox and a 4 cylinder 2014 Impala LTZ....... the Impala is completely acceptable in my opinion while the Equinox is not..... I've never cared enough to learn whether they had the same engine or not. I just don't get that excited about non turbo fours.

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My 2000 impala was just at the dealership for a safety recall and they gave me one of these things as a loaner car. I mean it's pretty fun to drive a brand new car but the equinox, at least from my experience seems kinda under powered, like it takes it a little longer than it should to get up to speed. The one I had was a hybrid though. Also feels like the transmission is kinda clunky at times.

The other weird thing is that the AC would stop when I'd come to a stop, specifically when the engine turns off and the battery takes over. Then if you're at a stop for long enough and the engine kicks back in, the air starts blowing again..

So I'd say it's a cool car but I wouldn't buy one.
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My 2000 impala was just at the dealership for a safety recall and they gave me one of these things as a loaner car. I mean it's pretty fun to drive a brand new car but the equinox, at least from my experience seems kinda under powered, like it takes it a little longer than it should to get up to speed. The one I had was a hybrid though. Also feels like the transmission is kinda clunky at times.

The other weird thing is that the AC would stop when I'd come to a stop, specifically when the engine turns off and the battery takes over. Then if you're at a stop for long enough and the engine kicks back in, the air starts blowing again..

So I'd say it's a cool car but I wouldn't buy one.
ac pump is powered by the serpentine belt which is spun by the crank pulley. so when the motor stops the pump can't spin anymore, thus no more AC.

moral of the story, don't get a car that auto shuts off....super annoying for the miniscule savings per year of shutting off at stops...then factor in starter wear and other additional wear and tear from increased startups.
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