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#4733233 - 04/20/18 03:21 PM 2018 Chevy Equinox 1.5T mini-review
road_rascal Offline


Registered: 12/09/02
Posts: 838
Loc: Stillwater, MN
Right now at 3 weeks ownership and just under 1000 miles I'll give my $.02 on this SUV (like anyone cares). This is the FWD LT package with the sun/sound option.

Likes: So far pretty decent fuel economy for a larger vehicle. I drive fairly conservatively and I'm learning to hypermile a bit without irritating other drivers.
Road noise is minimal at highway speeds and the suspension handles Minnesota's awful roads well.
Has plenty enough power to get up to highway speeds on the onramps. Wife thinks it's fine, and her last car was a Saturn Aura XR 3.6.
Seats are comfortable (no leather), the drivers seat has multiple power adjustments (passenger seat doesn't) and the heated seat option works great.
Sound system is really nice and I'm getting the hang of using Android Auto. I mainly use Waze for navigation and Pandora for streaming music. The 8" touchscreen display is easy to see (except in bright sunlight) and reacts well to inputs.
Nice having multiple USB ports in the front and rear.
Rear seat comfort is good with plenty of space for passengers.
Rear cargo space is decent and the I like the fold flat rear seats with the seat releases in the back.
Stock horn is plenty loud and I don't think I'll be adding any extras (like I did with my Rav4).

Dislikes: Stop/Start function seems to have a mind of it's own. I finally figured out that it won't work until the engine is up to operating temps, if the vehicle is stopped on an incline or stopped with the wheels turned. Other than that it works well and I can usually time stoplights so right before green releasing the brake pedal the engine fires right up.
Transmission needs a lot of throttle for downshifts, although the Saturn had the same characteristics. So if you need to pass someone RIGHT NOW you pretty much have to firewall the gas pedal.
The switches for the sunroof and shade could be a little more pronounced- I have to look at the roof control panel to make sure I'm hitting the right one but I'm sure over time I'll figure it out so I don't have to take my eyes off the road.
The stock tires wander a bit over crowned roads but not too extreme, just a minor annoyance.

I have yet to crawl underneath and see how to change the oil/filter but reading other reports online it seems simple enough. Maybe someone can explain why this engine uses a spin on filter and my previous HHR 2.2 Ecotec used a cartridge type on the top.

Other than that I'm happy with the Nox and more importantly the wife's happy with it.


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#4733235 - 04/20/18 03:31 PM Re: 2018 Chevy Equinox 1.5T mini-review [Re: road_rascal]
KGMtech Offline


Registered: 10/17/14
Posts: 990
Loc: SW Ontario Canada
Impressive MPG numbers for such a new car.
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#4733242 - 04/20/18 03:44 PM Re: 2018 Chevy Equinox 1.5T mini-review [Re: road_rascal]
Lolvoguy Offline


Registered: 02/06/14
Posts: 2459
Loc: Canada
Few weeks ago I rented a 2018 Malibu with the same engine, and comparable mileage (very new).
It also returned amazing fuel economy!
If I had to buy a dd to handle traffic and that nonsense, that would be my choice!

Only downside was the acceleration, had me wishing I was in my Lex.
Sometimes it was downright frightening when attempting passes eek
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#4733253 - 04/20/18 03:54 PM Re: 2018 Chevy Equinox 1.5T mini-review [Re: road_rascal]
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Registered: 10/16/10
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The fuel economy does look good. OEMs have suggested they will be better able to take advantage of TGDI technology when they donít have to anticipate LSPI and enrich fuel richness acdordingly. Wonder if weíre seeing an example here with the adoption of LSPI-resistant dexos1Gen2 oils as required for the OPís Chevy?

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#4733332 - 04/20/18 05:11 PM Re: 2018 Chevy Equinox 1.5T mini-review [Re: road_rascal]
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Registered: 07/22/15
Posts: 3772
Loc: MD
Very impressive!!!!

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#4733345 - 04/20/18 05:25 PM Re: 2018 Chevy Equinox 1.5T mini-review [Re: road_rascal]
marine65 Offline


Registered: 11/27/14
Posts: 477
Loc: Denver
Why did you not get AWD in MN.?
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#4733348 - 04/20/18 05:29 PM Re: 2018 Chevy Equinox 1.5T mini-review [Re: marine65]
E365 Offline


Registered: 12/16/07
Posts: 477
Loc: USA
Originally Posted By: marine65
Why did you not get AWD in MN.?


Iím in Minnesota, and itís definitely not needed in the Twin Cities, in my opinion. The terrain is super-flat, we donít get a lot of snow, and the plowing system in the metro is probably the best in the world.


Edited by E365 (04/20/18 05:30 PM)
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#4733376 - 04/20/18 06:02 PM Re: 2018 Chevy Equinox 1.5T mini-review [Re: E365]
14Accent Offline


Registered: 08/03/17
Posts: 493
Loc: MN
Originally Posted By: E365
Originally Posted By: marine65
Why did you not get AWD in MN.?


Iím in Minnesota, and itís definitely not needed in the Twin Cities, in my opinion. The terrain is super-flat, we donít get a lot of snow, and the plowing system in the metro is probably the best in the world.


Except the last month and a half... or were you on vacation? grin

All kidding aside, nice ride! That's great MPG for a brand new compact SUV!
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#4733414 - 04/20/18 06:45 PM Re: 2018 Chevy Equinox 1.5T mini-review [Re: road_rascal]
road_rascal Offline


Registered: 12/09/02
Posts: 838
Loc: Stillwater, MN
Since my wife telecommutes most of the time we didn't feel that another 4WD/AWD was needed (the Rav4 is 4WD). I have to be at work when I'm the control room foreman so the Rav is handy when we get a ton of snow. I made it to work during the Halloween storm of '91 in Chrysler FWD K-car.
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#4733551 - 04/20/18 09:26 PM Re: 2018 Chevy Equinox 1.5T mini-review [Re: Lolvoguy]
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Registered: 09/26/14
Posts: 2076
Loc: US-WA
Originally Posted By: Lolvoguy


Only downside was the acceleration, had me wishing I was in my Lex.
Sometimes it was downright frightening when attempting passes eek

Lol, comparing a 305hp v6 with a turbocharged weedwhacker.
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#4733612 - 04/20/18 10:39 PM Re: 2018 Chevy Equinox 1.5T mini-review [Re: road_rascal]
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Registered: 02/23/09
Posts: 17034
Loc: Michigan
Very nice!
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#4733628 - 04/20/18 11:04 PM Re: 2018 Chevy Equinox 1.5T mini-review [Re: road_rascal]
Rand Offline


Registered: 08/20/03
Posts: 12818
Loc: NE,Ohio
For MPG comparison I drove a 2013 equinox with the 4 cylinder to niagara falls.. and back.

best section of road I think I averaged around 30.9mpg.
trip average doing 55-75mph was 28mpg.

This was a best case scenario.. warm enough to not need a/c or defrost.

I was doing 75mph in the 70 zones.. and running 5-10mph over in the 50-65mph zones.
all highway.
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#4745973 - 05/02/18 08:08 PM Re: 2018 Chevy Equinox 1.5T mini-review [Re: road_rascal]
road_rascal Offline


Registered: 12/09/02
Posts: 838
Loc: Stillwater, MN
Almost 1500 miles on the Nox and so far the fuel economy is holding up well. I reset the counters about 100 miles ago.


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#4746387 - 05/03/18 07:38 AM Re: 2018 Chevy Equinox 1.5T mini-review [Re: 14Accent]
Huie83 Offline


Registered: 02/19/09
Posts: 513
Loc: Minnesota
Originally Posted By: 14Accent
Originally Posted By: E365
Originally Posted By: marine65
Why did you not get AWD in MN.?


Iím in Minnesota, and itís definitely not needed in the Twin Cities, in my opinion. The terrain is super-flat, we donít get a lot of snow, and the plowing system in the metro is probably the best in the world.


Except the last month and a half... or were you on vacation? grin

All kidding aside, nice ride! That's great MPG for a brand new compact SUV!



MN Metro area resident here too. I'd agree, I stopped buying AWD vehicles and just put snow tires on in the winter. IMO, FWD with snows do just as well (if not better) and are less maintenance and initial investment. Usually better MPG too!


Edited by Huie83 (05/03/18 07:38 AM)

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#4746973 - 05/03/18 06:18 PM Re: 2018 Chevy Equinox 1.5T mini-review [Re: road_rascal]
Cujet Offline


Registered: 02/15/03
Posts: 7310
Loc: Jupiter, Florida
Thanks for the review. I do like the turbocharged engines and what they can do.
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