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Equinox ready to duke it out with the competition

A 400-pound weight loss and a slick new design puts the next-generation Chevrolet Equinox on a par with other crossovers.

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Emme Hall
I love two-seater, RWD convertibles and own a 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata for pavement fun and a lifted 2001 Miata for pre-running. I race air-cooled Volkswagens in desert races like the Mint 400 and the Baja 1000. I have won the Rebelle Rally, seven-day navigational challenge, twice and I am the only driver to compete in an EV, the Rivian R1T.
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The 2018 Chevrolet Equinox has been redesigned to be 400 pounds lighter.

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While that's a huge amount of weight to lose, it just means the Equinox is now in the same weight class as rivals like the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4.

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The Equinox can be had with three engine options. Our test model has a 1.5-liter turbocharged engine, good for 170 horsepower and 203 pound-feet of torque. 

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A 1.6-liter diesel and 2.0-liter turbocharged four cylinder will soon be available. 

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Adaptive cruise control is not available on any trim line of the Equinox. (Insert sad trombone sound here.)

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The top-end Premier trim gets blind spot monitoring and rear-cross traffic alert standard.

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However, low speed collision alert and braking, lane departure warning and lane keep assist as well as surround view cameras and a haptic seat are part of the $1,895 Comfort and Convenience II package.

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The Equinox starts at $23,580 but our test model in the Premier trim adds up to $39,045.

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Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard on the MyLink infotainment system, as is a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot.

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Scroll through for more photos of the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox. 

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