Chevrolet made it clear last month at the LA Auto Show that it will give the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V a run for their money. Literally. New pricing info for the redesigned 2018 Equinox slots the crossover right in between the two. Unfortunately for fans of the current model, it means a bit of a price hike.
The base L trim starts at $24,475. Just under the base RAV4’s $24,910 and above the CR-V’s $23,845. So if you’re checking out one of these models, you might want to wait and see if Chevy’s new offering suits you best. The CR-V is the best-selling crossover in America, following by the RAV4.
The next-generation adds over $1,000 dollars to the base price. With the hike comes with new safety tech and a 400 pound weight loss. Maximum cargo room stays the same at 63.5 cubic-feet. The interior though has been completely reworked. It offers new denim-style upholstery for unique flare.
The really big news here though is that the Equinox will offer a turbodiesel engine, a first in its segment. That gives it an edge over both the RAV4 and the CR-V since neither one offers diesel. The RAV4 does offers a hybrid version.
The new base 1.5-liter gasoline engine will be the first and only engine available with the early release in 2017. Later in the year the 2.0-liter and diesel options will join the lineup. Chevrolet is hoping the 1.6-liter turbo diesel will offer 40 highway mpg. All three engines pair with new nine-speed automatic transmission.
The 2018 Equinox will continue to offer the L, LS, LT, and Premier trims. All will offer available AWD. Pricing for each trim will be available with the dealership arrival. The Premier will likely tip just above the $30,000 mark with the rest of the trims falling in between.