Tech Spec: 2018 Chevrolet Equinox

Chevrolet recently introduced an all-new 2018 Equinox.

The 2018 Equinox offers purposeful technology that helps keep passengers safe, comfortable and connected. The new Equinox has a richer, more detailed design featuring chrome trim on all models. The interior takes advantage of Equinox’s all-new architecture to offer a down-and-away instrument panel, while a low windshield base provides a commanding outward view. It also offers a comprehensive suite of available active safety technologies and adaptive crash-avoidance features that provide ease of use and peace of mind on the road.

Available advanced safety features to enhance driver awareness on the road include radar- and camera-based adaptive technologies that can provide alerts to potential crash threats, allowing the driver to react and make changes to avoid them, including: safety alert seat, surround vision, forward collision alert with following distance indicator, low-speed forward automatic braking, lane keep assist with lane departure warning, rear seat reminder, lane change alert with side blind zone alert and rear cross traffic alert.

The Equinox comes with a choice of three turbocharged engines – 1.5L turbo, 2.0L turbo or a 1.6L turbo-diesel, offering an estimated 40 mpg hwy. A new nine-speed automatic transmission is paired with the 2.0L turbo engine.

An available switchable AWD system enhances efficiency by disconnecting from the rear axle when not needed.

The 2018 Equinox is offered in L, LS, LT (1LT/1.5L, 2LT/2.0L and 3LT/diesel) and Premier (1LZ/1.5L, 2LZ/2.0L and 3LZ/diesel) trims.

An entry-level L 1.5L turbo Equinox carries a starting MSRP of $24,575. A top-of-the-line, fully loaded Premier 2.0L turbo AWD with a nine-speed automatic transmission will run a buyer just north of $40,400.

Servicing the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox

When the “Change Engine Oil Soon” message displays, the engine oil and filter should be changed within the next 600 miles (1,000 km). If driven under the best conditions, the engine oil life system may not indicate the need for vehicle service for up to a year. The engine oil and filter must be changed at least once a year, and the oil life system must be reset. On vehicles with diesel engines, it is recommended to drain the diesel fuel filter of water when the oil is changed or when the “Water in Fuel Contact Service” message displays.

STANDARD ROUTINE MAINTENANCE

Every 7,500 miles (12,000 km):

  • Rotate tires
  • Check engine oil level and oil life percentage; if needed, change engine oil and filter, and reset the oil life system
  • Check engine coolant level
  • Check windshield washer fluid level
  • Visually inspect windshield wiper blades for wear, cracking or contamination; replace worn or damaged wiper blades
  • Check tire inflation pressures
  • Inspect tire wear
  • Visually check for fluid leaks
  • Inspect engine air cleaner filter
  • Inspect brake system
  • Visually inspect steering, suspension and chassis components for damaged, loose or missing parts or signs of wear
  • Check restraint system
  • Visually inspect fuel system for damage or leaks
  • Visually inspect exhaust system and nearby heat shields for loose or damaged parts
  • Lubricate body components
  • Check starter switch
  • Check parking brake and automatic transmission park mechanism
  • Check accelerator pedal for damage, high effort or binding; replace, if needed
  • Visually inspect gas strut for signs of wear, cracks or other damage. Check the hold-open ability of the strut; if the hold-open ability is low, service the gas strut
  • Check tire sealant expiration date, if equipped
  • Inspect sunroof track and seal, if equipped
  • Drain diesel fuel filter of water (diesel only)

ADDITIONAL MAINTENANCE SERVICES – NORMAL

Every 22,500 miles (36,000 km) or every two years:

  • Replace passenger compartment air filter

Every 30,000 miles (48,000 km) or every two years – or as indicated by the driver information center:

  • Replace fuel filter (diesel engine only)

Every 45,000 miles (72,000 km):

  • Inspect evaporative control system; visually check all fuel and vapor lines and hoses for proper attachment, connection, routing and condition

Every 45,000 miles (72,000 km) or every four years:

  • Replace engine air cleaner filter

Every 60,000 miles (96,000 km):

  • Replace spark plugs
  • Inspect spark plug wires

Every 150,000 miles (240,000 km):

  • Replace rear axle fluid

Every 150,000 miles (240,000 km) or every five years, whichever comes first:

  • Drain and fill engine cooling system

Every 150,000 miles (240,000 km) or every 10 years, whichever comes first:

  • Visually inspect accessory drive belts. Inspect for fraying, excessive cracking or damage; replace, if needed

Every five years:

  • Replace brake fluid

ADDITIONAL MAINTENANCE SERVICES – SEVERE

Every 22,500 miles (36,000 km) or every two years:

  • Replace passenger compartment air filter

Every 30,000 miles (48,000 km) or every two years – or as indicated by the driver information center:

  • Replace fuel filter (diesel engine only)

Every 45,000 miles (72,000 km):

  • Inspect evaporative control system; visually check all fuel and vapor lines and hoses for proper attachment, connection, routing and condition
  • Change automatic transmission fluid

Every 45,000 miles (72,000 km) or every four years:

  • Replace engine air cleaner filter

Every 60,000 miles (96,000 km):

  • Replace spark plugs
  • Inspect spark plug wires

Every 75,000 miles (120,000 km):

  • Replace rear axle fluid

Every 150,000 miles (240,000 km) or every five years, whichever comes first:

  • Drain and fill engine cooling system

Every 150,000 miles (240,000 km) or every 10 years, whichever comes first:

  • Visually inspect accessory drive belts. Inspect for fraying, excessive cracking or damage; replace, if needed

Every five years:

  • Replace brake fluid

Fluids and Capacities

Engine Oil (diesel): dexos2 5W-30; capacity is 5.3 quarts (5.0 liters)
Engine Oil (gas): dexos1 0W-20; capacity with filter is 5.3 quarts (5.0 liters) – 1.5L AWD, 4.2 quarts (4.0 liters) – 1.5L FWD, 6.0 quarts (5.7 liters) – 2.0L AWD, 5.0 quarts (4.7 liters) – 2.0L FWD
Coolant: Dex-Cool; capacity is 7.0 quarts (6.6 liters) – 1.5L gas, 7.9 quarts (7.5 liters) – 1.6L diesel, 8.2 quarts (7.8 liters) – 2.0L gas
Brake Fluid: DOT 3