A diesel SUV that sneaks up on you with power and design

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2018 Chevrolet 
Equinox AWD 
Premier Diesel
• Small SUV, AWD
• 1.6L turbo diesel DOHC 4 cylinder engine
• 6-speed automatic transmission
• Teen Driver
• Lane keep assist with lane departure warning
• Ventilated front seats, heated front and rear seats
• Bose premium 7-speaker system
• Rear cross traffic alert, with side blind zone alert
• 5 Year/100k Powertrain Limited Warranty & Roadside Assistance. 3 Year/36k Bumper to Bumper
• 32 mpg (28/38 city/hwy)
MSRP: Around $40.5k, pictured, with dealer-installed options
As always, check with dealer for details

As a kid, it was nearly impossible for me to wait until I got home to open a new toy. It didn’t matter if it had one piece or 200, I wanted to poke around in the box and play with it. I can’t kid myself (if you’ll forgive the pun), I’d still do it were it not for needing to be a safe driver.
So driving the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox AWD Diesel from Ed Bozarth Chevrolet Buick that was so new it still had the wrapper on the seat, it was all I could do to avoid unwrapping it more…
Thankfully, there was plenty to play with.  The real toy here was the 1.6 liter turbo diesel four-cylinder engine. Yes, indeed, a diesel engine in a small SUV.
Joel Soria, sales consultant at Ed Bozarth Chevrolet Buick, said that the “biggest benefit is going to be in the mileage, with the Equinox getting 38 miles per gallon on the highway,” (which comes in at 8 more than the Equinox’s non-diesel 1.5 liter model).
The number’s impressive, given that it matches or exceeds some small car ratings (at least from a few years ago).
The diesel’s effectiveness doesn’t diminish there, either. The torque offered gives it a boost to towing capacity as well.
We can be honest and admit that most people won’t be buying this small-knocking-on-mid-size SUV for towing, though, so what is the Equinox like on the road?
Well, a lot like it is on the parking lot, except it moves a lot faster.  The turbo diesel gives it some fun seat-pressing power when you put the pedal down.  I took it up Little Park Road (while dodging mid-day cyclists), and ended up having a lot of fun. It climbed easy, was light and fun to maneuver and very quiet.
Since my Mom has grown interested in smaller SUVs, I took her along, and I think her viewpoint on quite a few of the features is worth noting.
She liked the look and the leather seating, but took special notice of the larger doors that make it easier to get in and out of.  As someone who perpetually runs her phone out of battery, she was pleased with the wireless charging pad under the climate controls, which charged her zero-percent phone to 14 in about a half an hour (though your results may vary). She also liked the quiet engine, with most of her experience with diesel being older, louder, full-sized trucks.
She really liked the blind-spot warnings, which detect objects and vehicles that might otherwise be hidden from the mirrors and alert the driver, even when things are oncoming.  The lane keeping assist would be another boost, because it frees time up for her as a passenger, since she doesn’t have to tell me to watch my lanes anymore (that little effect works both ways, when I’m a passenger).
The rear cargo area was easily accessible, with completely fold-flat rear seats. When I pointed out how easy it was to open, and how easy to fold the seats down with levers near the back opening, she liked it even more: “I don’t have to walk all the way around and struggle with them!”
Easy riding, easy driving and easy on the gas, the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox AWD Diesel is available now at Ed Bozarth Chevrolet Buick. Come give it a look and a listen to enjoy a quiet, powerful and fun vehicle with smart technology and design.

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