2018 Chevrolet Equinox vs 2016-2017: 3rd vs 2nd generation differences

The 2018 Chevrolet Equinox doesn’t look that different to the second-gen car, but the changes are quite dramatic. See them in this side-by-side comparison.

2018 Chevrolet Equinox - front, red3rd gen
MY2016 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ Front 3/42nd gen F/L
The third-generation Equinox rides on a new platform (D2XX), which is shared with the GMC Terrain and Buick Envision. The new Equinox is smaller and lighter than the old car (see dimensions below).
2018 Chevrolet Equinox - rear3rd gen
MY2016 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ Rear 3/42nd gen F/L
Despite the new underpinnings, the styling is evolutionary, with GM taking away the blistered wheel arches and smoothing everything out, so the new Equinox is
2018 Chevrolet Equinox - interior, front seats, dashboard, orange leather3rd gen
MY2016 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ Interior2nd gen F/L
The second-generation Equinox was launched back in 2009, and the interior and infotainment electronics were really beginning to show their age. The 2018 Equinox features a dash that's eerily similar to the one in the Cruze, and has the latest GM infotainment setup with support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
2018 Chevrolet Equinox - headlamps, grille3rd gen
MY2016 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ Headlamp2nd gen F/L
The dual-port grille inserted onto the 2016 Equinox facelift never quite fit the old car. That design looks alright with the new model, seeing as the rest of design has been fashioned around it. Under the bonnet, the old 4-cylinder and V6 engines are out, replaced by the lone 1.5-litre 4-cylinder turbo in the US.

Dimensions (vs second-generation)

Length: 4,652mm (-118mm) | 183.1 inches (-4.7 inches)
Width: 1,843mm (-1mm) | 72.6 inches (-0.1 inches)
Height: 1,661mm (-23mm) | 65.1 inches (-1.2 inches)
Wheelbase: 2,725mm (-132mm) | 107.3 inches (-5.2 inches)

Weight: 1,509kg (-~180kg) | 3,327 lb(-~400 lb)
Trunk space (behind rear seats): 846L | 29.9 cu ft
Trunk space (rear seats down): 1,798L | 63.5 cu ft

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Derek Fung

Derek Fung

Editor-at-large — Derek has a lifelong love for all things automotive, from the dullest Camry to record shattering Bugattis. Prior to starting up Between the Axles he was a reviewer for CNET Australia and the founding editor of its Car Technology channel. [Read more]