2018 Chevrolet Equinox First Drive: All turbo, all-new compact SUV improves across the board

Legacy is a powerful thing, and at times it can threaten to smother the equally mighty maxim that moving ever forward is the only way to stay above water in the ultra-competitive automotive industry. Chevrolet, faced with the need to redesign its strong-selling compact SUV – the Equinox – refused to be dragged down by the temptation to simply keep riding a popular horse until it collapsed, foaming and spent, into its grave. Instead, the company realized that the future favors the bold, and elected to invest heavily in a completely new and dramatically different 2018 Chevrolet Equinox.

Keep in mind that Chevrolet has been careful not to adjust the edges of the envelope when it comes to the Equinox’s mission statement, as the previous model’s passenger room and footprint were competitive when compared against contemporaries like the Toyota RAV4 and the Mazda CX-5. Where things felt more than a little old-school? Under the hood, with the SUV of old offering the choice between naturally-aspirated four-cylinder and V6 engines. Cabin furnishings, too, spoke of a time when plain, hard-wearing plastics were the order of the day for budget-conscious families.

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