2018 Chevy Equinox: Doing More With Less

2018 Chevy Equinox: Doing More With Less

Crossovers become more agile when they drop some weight. For the redesigned 2018 Equinox, shedding nearly 400 pounds —approximately 10 percent of its mass — pays dividends in a nimbler, more responsive and more refined driving experience. Combined with this weight loss, the all-new body was designed and optimized for top safety ratings.

“Think of it as core strength training,” said Jill Dennis, lead development engineer. “The new Equinox’s structure is leaner yet stronger, resulting in efficient performance that inspires confidence while also creating a more fun, safe and comfortable driving experience.”

An all-new, mass-efficient body structure is at the center of the Equinox’s trimmer curb weight and helps make the most of the available turbo engine options. The 1.5L turbo engine offers a great balance of fuel efficiency and performance. For those looking for more power, the 2.0L turbo engine offers 252 horsepower (188 kW) and can click off 0-to-60-mph sprints in an estimated 7.2 seconds. That’s the quickest among Equinox’s three engine choices. The 1.5L turbo engine option is available in dealers now, while the 2.0L turbo engine option hits dealer lots later this month.

Camaro or Mustang? Let’s have a discussion…

Camaro or Mustang? Let’s have a discussion…

It’s taken me what feels like a LONG time to come around and allow the Camaro’s new look grow on me. It’s not that I disliked it in the beginning – I just didn’t see much of a difference going from one generation to the next. Some car companies seem to stretch out a real, noticeable design for too long. Cadillac did it with the DeVille/DTS. Lexus did it with the LS460. New generations that you could bearly tell apart. And that’s how I felt about the sixth generation Camaro.

The thing is – pictures do not do the car justice. Seeing the car in person, most specifically on the road, makes all the difference. That’s not to say I now “see the light” and the sixth generation Camaro really is SO different – it isn’t. But it looks great. It’s a real head-turner and I like it MUCH better than the fifth generation – which I liked very much.

I’m more of a big, luxury car kind of guy and the Chevy Impala or Chevy SS would probably be a better fit for me. But it’s hard not to want a new Camaro SS or ZL1. The performance is, to me, just astonishing. Neither of these would be the fastest cars I’ve owned – but they’re pretty close to perfect right out of the showroom.