Chevy is rolling out the official highway fuel economy number for its diesel-powered 2018 Equinox due out this fall. And it’s looking good if you don’t like gas stations.
The details on the all-new 2018 model came out a year ago. Chevrolet gave the front-wheel drive diesel Equinox an estimate of 40-highway mpg at the time. Turns out that number is right on the money with an official EPA estimate of 39-highway mpg. The rating means it can go up to 577-miles before refueling. That’s enough to go from Chicago to Memphis or Boston to Richmond. Chevy says it also makes the FWD diesel Equinox the highway mileage leader in its class against competitors like the Rav4 and Nissan Rogue hybrids.
Diesel fuels a 1.6-liter turbo engine. In terms of handling, torque makes a bigger difference than horsepower with diesel. The Equinox packs the nice punch of 240 lb-ft of torque.
The 2018 Equinox diesel arrives this fall starting from $31,435. The 2018 regular gas Equinox went on sale earlier this year with a $24,475 MSRP for the base L trim with front-wheel drive.
All-wheel drive is available on all trims and Chevy says it maintains good fuel economy by assessing when the rear axle needs to engage. The Equinox also went through a 10 percent weight reduction dropping a total of 400 pounds which helps with fuel economy Chevy keeps the cabin size and cargo room the same.
Available safety tech includes Teen Driver, Safety Alert Seat, Surround Vision, Forward Collision Alert with Following Distance Indicator, Rear Seat Reminder, Blind Zone Alert, and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.
The Equinox is Chevy’s second best seller only outsold by the Silverado pickup.
You can check out our recent review of the 2018 Equinox here and watch the video below.