CHEVY'S UPDATED EQUINOX GETS TREATED TO EXTRA POWER AND A SMOOTH NINE-SPEED GEARBOX
Drive the 2018 Equinox like most of its owners will -- as a suburban commuter -- and you’ll be as pleased as can be. In fact, drive one back-to-back with the previous generation Equinox, and you’ll wonder how Chevy managed to sell almost 250,000 of the old buggers last year.
Chevy's finally dropped the 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder into the new Equinox after the popular crossover initially debuted with a 1.5-liter turbo. The power bump is substantial: Now making 252 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque, the 2.0-liter Equinox produces 82 hp and 57 lb-ft more than the 1.5-liter. The extra power scoots the Equinox around at a respectable pace for a grocery-getter, reaching 60 in a Chevy-estimated 7.2 seconds.
Front-wheel-drive models are straightforward enough, but all-wheel drive is integrated a bit differently here: Instead of automatically transferring power to the rear when the system senses it needs it, the Equinox remains in front-wheel-drive mode until a button by the gearshift is pressed, activating all-wheel drive. Once activated, it remains in all-wheel drive until it’s deselected, even after you shut the car off.
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