Compact crossovers like the all-new Chevy Equinox make up the fastest-growing segment for families; in fact, since 2015, crossovers surpassed the once-ubiquitous family sedan as the new vehicle choice of American car shoppers. For many families, it’s an easy decision to make: crossovers offer more seating and storage space than sedans, while also getting better gas mileage and less bulk than standard SUVs or minivans. So the decision is not whether to choose a crossover, but which make and model to bring home.
Today, follow us down the rabbit hole as our we take a closer look at the new 2018 Chevy Equinox and the three key reasons it is the best compact crossover for your family.
Improved Gas Mileage
The new Chevy Equinox is a complete design overhaul of the returning crossover class of 2018. It trimmed down its figure with a sleek design that cuts off 4.7 inches of length and makes do with a 5.2-inch shorter wheelbase. This adds up to about 350 pounds fewer of curb weight—all without sacrificing its celebrated roomy interior.
Why go smaller? To double-down on the greatest advantage crossovers have over standard SUVs: Improved gas mileage. The 2018 version of the Equinox returns 30 mpg or higher on the highway, which is a marked difference when comparing it side-by-side to others in its class.
The New GM Teen Driver System
The younger drivers in your family will need to get behind the wheel at some point. Luckily, the 2018 Chevy Equinox marks GM’s Teen Driver System as a standard software feature. This allows you, as parents, to set volume limits on the stereo, create speed-limit warnings to help new drivers drive safely and legally, and inspect your teen’s driving habits via the Equinox’s onboard Report Card feature. This Report Card includes full trip data, such as GPS location, driving speed, idle time, and even whether the style of driving led to activation of the Equinox’s traction or stability features. For parents who need to let teens behind the wheel of their brand-new family vehicle, the Teen Driver System provides some great peace of mind.
High Marks from the Top Automotive Reviewers
The 2018 Chevy Equinox is the best-received vehicle of any of Chevy’s crossover models by top auto publications (since they entered the space in 2004).
Car and Driver praised it for its newly slimmed-down design, quiet cabin, and roomy rear seat. But they were particularly excited for the nine-speed automatic transmission and 1.6-liter four-cylinder diesel options available across the lineup. Their opening headline says it best: “GM gets the small crossover right.” We couldn’t agree more.
Motortrend also loves the new Equinox. Their reviewers talked up the crossover’s improved fuel efficiency, foot-activated rear liftgate, and the sleek new exterior. At the price point, they noted that the Equinox is one of the market’s best values.
The 2018 Chevy Equinox pulls in praise for so many aspects of its design—high-tech software, soft-touch interiors, and a responsive ride are just a few admirable additions—that you’ll find it at or near the top in the crossover class for whatever your highest priority is.
Kansas City Drives McCarthy’s Equinoxes
The new 2018 Chevy Equinox is the result of a major overhaul that brings the past models down in size, with a quieter cabin and smoother ride to match. The newest GM software features are perfect improvements that help families (and teens) stay safe on the road, and its incredible gas mileage is nearly unrivaled by other crossovers. What’s not to love?
If you’re looking to test drive a new Equinox in Overland Park or near Kansas City, look no further than McCarthy/Morse Chevrolet. As one of the most established Chevy dealerships near Kansas City, we take great pride in our dedication to cultivating a long-term relationship with our Kansas City customers. Our car dealers will gladly find you the ideal vehicle for your needs, secure you the best car loans or lease terms possible, and have you driving off the lot in the finest new Chevy.
Browse our 2018 Equinox inventory or search through any of our other new Chevrolet models or used cars for sale, and you’re bound to find a set of wheels that won’t let you down. When you’re ready to get behind the wheel, contact us at (913) 440-0099 or visit our Overland Park Chevy dealership at 9201 Metcalf Ave, just a short drive away from Kansas City, Shawnee, and Leawood, KS. Our friendly and experienced team is here to lend a hand!
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