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Compare the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox vs. 2018 GMC Terrain

2018 Chevrolet Equinox


2018 GMC Terrain


Starting MSRP

170 hp


170 hp
203 lb-ft


203 lb-ft

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Compact crossovers are popular with the budget-minded shopper, but they are also favored by those who want something big enough to haul the family around town without the hassles of parking in tiny spaces. The Chevrolet Equinox fits into this segment nicely with its smallish dimensions yet large and roomy interior. The only problem with this model has been the reluctance of the folks at Chevrolet to give it any recent refreshing. That has changed with the new 2018 version.

The GMC Terrain has also suffered from a lack of styling refreshments until this year. The new 2018 model still borrows much from the Equinox design but gets a few new upgrades that may appeal to shoppers. However, even though it's designated as a compact, shoppers will notice that it's larger, doesn't get the same fuel efficiency as the Equinox, and costs a lot more to begin with if an uplevel trim is chosen.

Efficient Design

The 2018 Chevrolet Equinox is actually a bit smaller than the model it replaces, but it's very difficult to believe this once the vehicle has been given a close inspection. It's still just as roomy as ever, and tall passengers will have no trouble getting comfortable in the outboard rear seats. The vehicle is also lighter thanks to some clever design refinements and a few changes to more lightweight materials. It isn't as flashy and luxurious on the inside as some of its rivals, but that's reflected in the sticker price, and the sticker price is the model's best selling point. The 2018 GMC Terrain is slightly larger, and although it too has a roomy interior, the dimensions and corresponding comfort level are merely on par with the Equinox. The 2018 Terrain has, unfortunately, been scaled down a bit in the rear, so cargo capacity is slightly less than on the 2017 model.

Performance and Fuel Efficiency

The 2018 Chevrolet Equinox still comes with the choice of three different turbocharged engines. The 1.5L engine makes a total of 170 horsepower, and although that doesn't sound like much, it's plenty given the vehicle's small size and weight. The larger gasoline engine is a turbocharged 2.0L that delivers a total of 252 horsepower. For the fuel-efficient crowd, there's also the 1.6L diesel engine that promises around 40 mpg on the highway, something that no other compact crossover can beat. The 2018 GMC Terrain can be purchased with the same trio of engines as the Equinox, but because of the greater mass that needs to be moved, fuel efficiency will suffer slightly. The vehicle's dimensions, boxy build, and suspension system make for a comfortable ride, but problems develop when the Terrain takes the sharp turns.

Value for the Money

The 2018 Chevrolet Equinox is one of the least expensive crossovers on the market, but buyers still get a lot for their money. Standard features on the base trim include automatic headlights, LED daytime running lights, keyless entry, a driver information display, and Bluetooth. OnStar is also included with its Wi-Fi hotspot. The uplevel trims aren't all that more expensive and pile on such goodies as auxiliary rear-seat release levers, satellite radio, and a power liftgate. The 2018 GMC Terrain offers more in the way of luxury, examples of which are comfort-oriented suspension, an eight-way power driver's seat, and plush interior upholstery, but buyers will not like the significant price increase in order to get these niceties.

Chevrolet And GMC aren't exactly rivals but rather friendly competitors when it comes to similar models in the same vehicle segment. In fact, the 2018 Terrain borrows a lot of equipment and frame design from the Equinox. We invite you to check out both vehicles, and to contact our dealership to inquire about the latest inventory delivery on the new 2018 Chevrolet Equinox. Take it for a test drive and see how it favorably compares to the GMC Terrain.

MSRP excludes destination, taxes, title and registration fees. Starting at MSRP refers to the base model, optional equipment not included. Pricing and offers may change at any time without notification. To get full pricing details, see your dealer.

All figures are EPA estimates. Actual mileage may vary.

Current Inventory

There are currently no 2018 Chevrolet Equinox 4x4 LT 4dr SUV w/1LT for Sale in inventory


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