New Chevrolet 2018 Reviews: The Traverse & Equinox Offer Numerous Enhancements

Weekend road-trip season is officially here for Arizonians. There’s nothing like the perfect autumn sunny weather to make us want to pack our kids into the car and have a spontaneous adventure. Fortunately, this year Chevrolet has given us a couple more reasons to get excited about long drives: The 2018 Chevrolet Traverse and Equinox, both of which boast some impressive family-friendly features. What’s more, Chevrolet has made some important updates to each of these popular vehicles.

What’s New for the 2018 Equinox

When choosing a great family vehicle (or general all-purpose commuter), consumers are perpetually caught between the conflicting need for both space and fuel efficiency. The Chevrolet Equinox has long been a good choice in this area thanks to its status as a compact crossover. However, while the Equinox has always balanced significant interior room with a compact exterior and excellent fuel economy, in the past it was considered a bit over-sized compared to its in-class competition. In 2018 Chevrolet decided to correct this minor issue, reducing the total length of the Equinox by 5 inches… All without sacrificing its impressive cargo volume, thanks to some clever design work.

Coupled with the Equinox’s new fuel efficient 1.5-liter 4-cylinder standard engine or the optional super-efficient diesel engine, this design tweak makes the 2018 model Chevrolet’s most fuel-efficient Equinox yet. (In fact, the diesel model of the Equinox is said to get an astonishing 40 miles per gallon on the highway.) Chevrolet has even introduced a special AWD system that’s capable of disconnecting the rear axle to improve fuel economy.

The 2018 Equinox has a number of noteworthy safety features as well. These include a Rear Seat Reminder that reminds you to check the back seat (for valuables, pets, etc.) before leaving the vehicle and a Teen Driver mode. Teen Driver mode helps make the Equinox safe for teens by allowing parents to give their teen a special key that limits the vehicle’s speed and the volume of the audio system. Teen Driver mode can also create reports detailing how far the vehicle was driven, how fast, which safety features were automatically activated, etc.

The 2018 Equinox also has an array of additional optional safety equipment, such as low-speed automatic braking, collision alerts, lane-departure warnings (with an onboard lane assistant), blind-spot monitoring, a surround-view camera system, and rear cross-traffic alert. The dash of the vehicle has also been lowered in 2018, giving the driver much better visibility.

In addition to safety and efficiency, the Equinox comes packed with in-vehicle entertainment (perfect for keeping the kids happy on long trips!) Chevrolet’s MyLink touchscreen system, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto compatibility all come standard with the Equinox. And, if you need even greater connectivity, you can get the optional OnStar 4G LTE with Wi-Fi, too.

Introducing The 2018 Traverse

For those looking for a bit more spaciousness and luxury than a compact crossover can provide, the 2018 Traverse is sure to fit the bill. This already-roomy 3-row crossover has received a significant size increase from Chevrolet this year—with a power boost and revamped styling to match. The 2018 Traverse is built around the same new platform utilized by the Cadillac XT5, GMC Acadia, and Buick Enclave (the C1XX) and features a number of striking design tweaks. In addition to having several different trim options and a more luxurious interior than previous models, the 2018 Traverse cuts a strong profile thanks to its more aggressive, truck-like front end.

This attitude is backed up by performance thanks to the 2018 Traverse’s new standard engine, a 3.6-liter V6 that offers an impressive 305 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque (all mated with GM’s freshly designed 9-speed automatic transmission system). The 2018 Traverse also features a stop-start system and reduced weight for better fuel economy (the 2018 model is approximately 362 pounds lighter than the 2017 version, despite its increased size). This powerful vehicle is capable of towing 5,000 pounds and has a 0-to-60 time of under 7 seconds—Meaning that this is no lumbering giant!

Like the Equinox, the Traverse is a mobile entertainment haven, with its multiple USB outlets, MyLink touchscreen system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities. The Traverse goes one step further, however, offering wireless phone charging and Wi-Fi hotspot connectivity as standard options. Combined with an astounding 98 cubic feet of storage space (with both seat rows folded down), this is one vehicle you’ll always feel comfortable and at home in.

Think you’ve found your next vehicle? Visit O’Rielly Chevrolet today to learn more.


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