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Chevrolet Equinox 2017-2018 – обновленный американский кроссовер

Презентация 3 поколения компактного внедорожника прошла 22 сентября 2016 года в Соединенных штатах Америки. Изменения заметны не только во внешности компактного внедорожника, но и в его интерьере. Кроме того, были улучшены технические данные автомобиля и его оснащенность.

Шевроле Эквинокс в новом кузове 2017-2018 года

Внешний дизайн обновленного Шевроле Эквинокс

Экстерьер рестайлингового Equinox выдержан в стиле большинства последних новинок бренда. Он имеет массивную радиаторную решетку и некрупные фары головного освещения со светодиодными дневными ходовыми огнями и прожекторной системой дальнего света.

новый Эквинокс на презентации — вид спереди

Передний бампер кроссовера имеет внушительные размеры и дополнен крупным воздухозаборником, а также компактными противотуманными фарами с указателями поворотов. Задние габаритные фонари имеют современную оптику и оригинальную форму.

Новая модель Chevrolet Equinox — сзади

В целом силуэт автомобиля выглядит очень гармоничным и современным. Он может похвастаться широкими передними и задними дверями, что делает посадку и высадку очень удобными. Кроссовер обладает вместительным багажным отделением с удобной большой дверью.

обновленный кроссовер Equinox — сбоку

Интерьер Chevrolet Equinox 2017-2018

Интерьер обновленного автомобиля напоминает оформление салона популярного седана Шевроле Малибу и отвечает высоким требованиям современного водителя.

Это и невероятно комфортные сидения, и информативная приборная панель, и мультимедийная установка со множеством развлекательных функций, и удобное многофункциональное рулевое колесо компактного размера.

салон новинки

Расположение всех элементов управления и кнопок в интерьере эргономично и интуитивно понятно. Для отделки используются натуральные и искусственные материалы высокого качества. Для потенциальных покупателей доступен выбор одного из нескольких вариантов цветового оформления салона автомобиля.

Габаритные размеры Шевроле Эквинокс третьего поколения

По сравнению с предшественником, Equinox несколько уменьшился в размерах, за счет чего стал легче на 180 кг. Несмотря на это, автомобиль может похвастаться комфортным просторным салоном и вместительным багажным отделением. Размеры нового кузова Chevrolet Equinox 2017-2018 следующие:

  • длина – 4.652 м;
  • ширина – 1.843 м;
  • высота – 1.661 м;
  • колесная база – 2.725 м;
  • радиус колесных дисков – до 19 дюймов в зависимости от модификации.

Конкуренты Chevrolet Equinox в данном сегменте это Toyota RAV4 и Honda CR-V.

Объем багажника изменяется в зависимости от положения спинок сидений и составляет до 1800 литров.

При складывании спинок задних сидений, образуется ровный пол багажного отделения, что позволяет перевозить крупногабаритные предметы.

багажник Chevrolet Equinox 2017 года

Комплектация обновленного Chevrolet Equinox

Компактный кроссовер от Шевроле имеет несколько вариантов бензиновых и дизельных моторов и богатое оснащение. Среди стандартного и дополнительного оборудования можно выделить такие опции:

1. Головное устройство с функцией навигации, синхронизации с устройствами Apple и Android, Wi-Fi и другими, диагональ дисплея составляет 7 или 8 дюймов в зависимости от комплектации; 2. Камера заднего вида или система кругового обзора; 3. Система мониторинга слепых зон; 4. Функция контроля рядности движения и считывания дорожных знаков;

5. Мультифункциональное рулевое колесо и многие другие.

Технические характеристики Chevrolet Equinox 2017-2018

Для обновленного кроссовера доступны следующие варианты турбированных силовых агрегатов: · Дизельный 1,6 литра, 136 л.с.; · Бензиновый 1,5 литра, 170 л.с.; · Бензиновый 2,0 литра, 252 л.с.

Расход топлива в комбинированном цикле для различных двигателей составляет от 6 до 8,5 л/100 км.

Для самого мощного двигателя доступен 9-диапазонный автомат, остальные работают в паре с 6-ступенчатой автоматической трансмиссией. В качестве опции доступна система автоматически подключаемого полного привода.

Цена и начало продаж Chevrolet Equinox 2017-2018 модельного года

Обновленный кроссовер будет доступен для покупки в 115 странах мира. Начало продаж запланировано на первый квартал 2017 года. Стоимость компактного кроссовера, по предварительным данным, составит 22 тыс. долларов США за базовую комплектацию.

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2017 Chevrolet Equinox

The 2017 Chevrolet Equinox receives several small updates and changes that include a new exterior color, two new appearance packages, a new Premier trim level and a new fleet-only model.

We originally believed that the 2017 Chevy Equinox would usher in a completely overhauled (redesigned and re-engineered) version of the Equinox. However, we now believe that the all-new, third-gen Equinox will launch for the 2018 model year as the 2018 Chevy Equinox. The new model will ride on GM’s new D2 platform and have slightly smaller exterior dimensions than the 2010-2017 Equinox.

Updates And Changes

The 2017 Chevrolet Equinox deletes two exterior colors — Champagne Silver Metallic and Tungsten Metallic — while also deleting a set of 18-inch chrome-clad aluminum wheels. What’s more, the range-topping LTZ model is renamed to Premier as part of Chevy’s brand-wide initiative to replace LTZ with Premier.

New features include a new exterior color called Nightfall Gray Metallic. What’s more, a Sport Package and a Midnight Package are introduced exclusively on the 1LT trim level.

2017 Chevy Equinox Midnight Package contents:

  • Mosaic Black Metallic paint (GB8)
  • Jet Black perforated leather-appointed seats (AFL)
  • Memory settings for the driver seat and exterior mirrors (AAB)
  • 18-inch aluminum 5-spoke black slot painted wheels (RRS)
  • Black roof-rack cross bars (VQQ)
  • Black accented grille and rear fascia (LPO item)

2017 Chevy Equinox Sport Package contents:

  • Summit White paint (GAZ)
  • Jet Black perforated leather-appointed seats (AFL)
  • Memory settings for the driver seat and exterior mirrors (AAB)
  • 18-inch aluminum 5-spoke black slot painted wheels (RRS)
  • Black roof-rack cross bars (VQQ)
  • Black accented grille and rear fascia (LPO item)

There’s also a new fleet-only equipment group called 2FL that’s based on the 1LT trim.

RPO-Level Changes

Following are GM’s official RPO-level updates and changes to the 2017 Chevy Equinox:

Deletions

  • (GWT) Champagne Silver Metallic
  • (GXG) Tungsten Metallic
  • (RV8) Wheels, 18″ (45.7 cm) chrome-clad aluminum

New Features

  • (G7Q) Nightfall Gray Metallic
  • (PDR) Midnight Package
  • (PDT) Sport Package
  • (2FL) Fleet only equipment group (LT based)

Changes

Pictures

2017 Chevrolet Equinox pictures not available at this time. Please enjoy pictures of the 2016 Chevy Equinox, which looks identical to the 2017 model.

2016 Chevrolet Equinox

Exterior

The exterior design of the 201

Stay tuned for more information on the 2017 Equinox’s exterior design.

Body Styles

The 2017 Chevy Equinox is available exclusively as a four-door crossover.

Interior

This section coming soon.

Technology

This section coming soon.

Colors

This section coming soon.

Platform

The 2017 Equinox utilizes GM’s Theta platform.

Chassis

This section coming soon.

Powertrain

The 2017 Chevy Equinox offers a choice of two engines mated to a six-speed automatic transmissions, in either front-wheel-drive or all-wheel drive.

Engines

The 2017 Chevrolet Equinox is offered with two naturally-aspirated four-cylinder engines.

  • The Standard engine is the naturally-aspirated Ecotec 2.4L LEA inline 4-cylinder.
  • The up-level engine is the naturally-aspirated 3.6L LFX V-6.

Transmissions

The 2017 Chevrolet Equinox features a six-speed automatic transmission.

Drivetrain

The 2017 Chevrolet Equinox is offered in front-wheel-drive (standard) or all-wheel drive (optional).

Fuel Economy

We expect the 2017 Equinox to approach 40 MPG fuel economy on the highway.

Safety

We expect that the 2017 Equinox’s safety story begins with a new, stronger body structure that incorporates high-strength steel in key areas to enhance strength and crash protection by helping prevent intrusion into the passenger compartment.

We also expect the new Equinox to deliver a segment-leading 10 standard air bags, including frontal driver and passenger air bags, roof rail-mounted head curtain side air bags that help protect the front and outboard rear seating positions; seat-mounted side-impact air bags (front and rear); and front knee air bags.

In addition, we expect the 2017 Equinox to deliver advanced active-safety crash-avoidance features, including Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Lane Keep Assist and Forward Collision Alert.

Other safety features of the 2017 Chevy Equinox could include:

  • Front passenger seat occupant sensing system and rollover sensing and protection system
  • Collapsible pedal assembly to help protect against lower-extremity injuries
  • Three-point safety belts in all five seating positions, safety belt retractor pretensioners and lap pretensioners in the driver and front-passenger positions, and safety belt load limiters (with pretensioners) in the front safety belt retractors
  • LATCH child seat latching system in the rear seat
  • Tire pressure monitoring system, daytime running lamps
  • Automatic headlamps

Unveiling

We expect the 2017 Chevrolet Equinox to be shown during the 2016 auto show circuit.

Availability

The 2017 Chevy Equinox will become available in the third quarter of calendar year 2016.

Where

The 2017 Chevrolet Equinox will continue being available in North America, including the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

Production

The 2017 Chevrolet Equinox will continue being built at the following GM plants:

  • CAMI Ingersoll, Ontario, Canada
  • Oshawa Ontario, Canada
  • Spring Hill, Tennessee, United States of America

Trim Levels & Pricing

The 2017 Chevy Equinox features is available in the following trim levels:

  • L
  • LS
  • LT
  • 2FL (fleet-only)
  • Premier

Pricing has yet to be announced.

Competition

The 2017 Chevy Equinox will continue competing with the following compact crossover utility vehicles (CUVs):

  • GM’s own GMC Terrain
  • Ford Escape/Kuga
  • Jeep Cherokee
  • Nissan Rogue
  • Toyota RAV4
  • Honda CR-V
  • Hyundai Tucson
  • Kia Sportage
  • Volkswagen Tiguan
  • Mazda CX-5
  • Subaru Crosstrek

Specs

2017 Chevrolet Equinox specifications coming shortly.

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Chevrolet Equinox Reviews | Chevrolet Equinox Price, Photos, and Specs

Tested Model: 2018 Chevrolet Equinox Diesel AWD  · 2018 Chevrolet Equinox Shown

Its easy, carlike handling combined with SUV-like seating height and practicality make the Equinox an appealing choice. Chevy comes out swinging, as the Equinox's feature-rich options list offers all sorts of modern infotainment and driver-assistance features. It's in the hunt for fuel-efficiency street cred, too, with an optional turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that sips fuel with the best of them. A super-efficient turbo-diesel engine is also available. Unfortunately, the 1.5-liter four-cylinder standard engine makes the Equinox feel substantially underpowered, and acceleration is lukewarm at best. Chevy's decision to charge a hefty premium for high-value models and popular packages may drive shoppers to rival brands.

Highs: Great handling, fuel-efficient powertrain, spacious cabin. Lows: Slow acceleration, awkwardly angled infotainment display, can be downright expensive. Verdict: A well-rounded fighter, the Equinox needs more training before it can claim the title belt.

What's New for 2019?

Chevrolet has made a few changes to the Equinox lineup for 2019. Three new option packages are now offered, starting with the LS Convenience package and the LT Appearance package. The Lights and Bright package is also available on the LT model and adds 19-inch chrome wheels, LED head- and taillights, a chrome grille surround, and molded running boards. Four USB ports are now standard across the range and the backup camera has been upgraded with a higher-resolution lens. Pedestrian detection and adaptive cruise control both join the options list but are only available on the top-spec Premier model.

Chevrolet Equinox Pricing and Which One to Buy

  • L: $24,995
  • LS: $26,995
  • LT: $28,295
  • Premier: $32,195

We'd choose the midrange LT trim with front-wheel drive (all-wheel drive costs $1750 extra). We’d spend the extra $2500 for the 2.0T, but that may be hard to justify for someone who doesn’t care as much about performance. The LT adds a number of features that many will appreciate, such as a power-adjustable driver's seat with lumbar, heated exterior mirrors, and high-intensity-discharge (HID) headlamps. Chevrolet's packaging strategy makes it difficult for the Equinox to compete with rivals such as the Honda CR-V, which offers far more luxury, driver-assistance, and convenience features at this same price point. To match the CR-V on features and equipment, requires adding extra-cost option packages such as the Confidence and Convenience package and the Sun and Navigation package.

Engine, Transmission, and Performance

Likes: Gutsy optional 2.0T engine, athletic handling for a crossover, great steering. Dislikes: Lethargic 1.5T and diesel engines, harsh ride on large optional wheels.

Underpowered and frequently out of breath, the base turbo four-cylinder engine won't win any fans with its sluggish performance. The turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder makes 170 horsepower, and when paired with the optional (and heavier) all-wheel-drive system (front-wheel drive is standard), it takes a heavy foot to hustle the Equinox up to highway speeds. A larger, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder is optional and far better suited for the Equinox's weight. The standard six-speed automatic shifts seamlessly, and in the interest of fuel economy, the gearbox is reluctant to downshift when extra power is needed. A diesel four-cylinder is also offered and is very efficient, but it's also expensive and slow.

Agreeable and easy to drive, the Equinox handles competently, and its steering is accurate and direct. The ride is a bit harsh, particularly with the optional 19-inch wheels (17s or 18s are standard), and rougher stretches of road translate some unpleasantness into the cabin. Body roll is kept in check during cornering, and the stiff suspension yields a legitimately athletic crossover should you encounter a twisty back road.

Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

In the race for the best fuel economy, downsized engines are all the rage. Chevy's 1.5-liter turbo isn't speedy, but it does offer attractive EPA fuel-economy ratings. Honda's CR-V outpaces the Equinox in both acceleration and fuel efficiency. In the real world, EPA estimates aren't always so easy to achieve, and our all-wheel-drive Equinox proved thirstier than expected. It delivered just 28 of its rated 30 mpg on our 200-mile highway fuel-economy test loop while the CR-V managed 32 mpg. Ironically, the Equinox's larger turbocharged 2.0-liter turbo recorded 30 mpg in our testing and the diesel-powered version saw an incredible 43 mpg.

Interior, Infotainment, and Cargo

Likes: Handsomely styled interior, spacious for adults in both rows of seats, intuitive infotainment. Dislikes: Base model is stingy with equipment, not as spacious for cargo as some rivals, interior cubby storage is only average.

Made from durable materials and styled nicely, the Equinox's cabin should draw broad appeal. Both front- and rear-seat passengers should find themselves comfortable in the spacious interior, with enough luxuries to keep them content on longer trips. The cabin features plenty of cupholders, but most interior luxuries are offered as standard or optional equipment on higher trim levels; the base Equinox L is a price leader with very few features.

A 7.0-inch touchscreen (an 8.0-inch unit is optional) displays Chevrolet's MyLink infotainment interface atop the Equinox's dash; the system continues to impress with its ease of use and quick responses. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard, as are Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, USB connectivity, and an auxiliary input jack. Standard 4G LTE–powered onboard Wi-Fi makes the Equinox one of the best-connected crossovers.

Some rivals offer more space behind the rear seats, but we still managed to fit eight of our carry-on suitcases back there. Aside from a capacious center-console storage bin, the Equinox's cabin storage is merely average.

Safety and Driver-Assistance Features

The Equinox nabbed a five-star honor from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration but missed out on the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's Top Safety Pick accolades due to headlights that scored only Marginal in that agency's testing. For Equinox shoppers who place driver-assistance features at the top of their wish lists, there is good news and bad news. The good news is that automated emergency braking, automatic high-beam headlamps, and lane-keeping assist are all available features. The bad news is that they require shelling out the dough for the top-of-the-line Premier trim, and even then it'll add extra cost to the bottom line. Key safety features include:

  • Available automated emergency braking
  • Available lane-keeping assist
  • Available automatic high-beam headlamps

Warranty and Maintenance Coverage

Chevrolet's basic warranty package is just that—basic—but so are those of its competitors. The Kia Sportage and its corporate cousin the Hyundai Tuscon both offer longer protection plans. Chevy does provide a two-year complimentary scheduled maintenance plan, which is a nice perk.

  • Limited warranty covers 3 years or 36,000 miles
  • Powertrain warranty covers 5 years or 60,000 miles
  • Complimentary maintenance is covered for 2 years or 24,000 miles

Major redesigns occur every five years or so; not much changes in between. Dividing them into generations provides more meaningful distinctions in the shopping process.

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After years of living under a dark cloud in the United States, 2015 was shaping up to be the year affordable diesel-powered passenger vehicles would make a serious mark. Volkswagen, long a torchbearer for the technology in America, was reporting strong sales, Mazda was working to certify its Euro-market diesel, General Motors was readying its second-gen 2017 Chevrolet Cruze diesel, and several other manufacturers were, for the first time in decades, studying the viability of diesels for stateside duty. Then, as if on cue, the VW diesel scandal broke and it was back to square one.

But while VW was busy cleaning up its mess and Mazda continues to fiddle with its entry, the Chevrolet Cruze diesel hit the streets running clean. (EPA-compliant diesel vehicles also are available from BMW, Jaguar, and Land Rover, but they cost thousands more and attract a different demographic.) GM’s turbo-diesel 1.6-liter inline-four engine is now available in the dramatically improved, new-for-2018 Equinox compact crossover, too, so we snagged one to see if it’s a genuine fuel sipper with usable bottom-end grunt or just a clattery addition to the 1.5- and 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline engines already in the lineup.

Let’s get this out of the way up front: If you are standing next to the diesel Equinox when it fires up from a cold slumber, there’s no mistaking that a compression-ignition engine is under the hood. The cabin is substantially louder at idle—we measured 43 decibels in the diesel versus 39 in an Equinox 1.5T—but that additional hum isn’t obnoxious or off-putting. And as the engine warms to operating temperature, even its outside bark grows subdued, and the masses will be none the wiser to the absence of spark plugs under the hood.

While a 137-hp turbo-diesel engine may not immediately conjure the promise of performance, it does provide enough motivation for just about any type of situation you’re likely to encounter while behind the wheel of a compact SUV. That includes chirping the tires, albeit in its own special way: Putting your foot to the floor results in a lackadaisical step-off followed by a swell of torque that comes on and breaks the tires free while rolling at about 5 mph. All 240 lb-ft of torque are on board at a low 2000 rpm, and peak horsepower arrives at 3750 rpm; combined, they make the zone between 1800 and 4400 rpm fertile ground for harvesting acceleration. The six-speed automatic transmission is astutely tuned for the 1.6’s unique properties and makes no qualms about downshifting at the slightest provocation of the throttle to make the most of it. Whereas the Cruze diesel gets a nine-speed automatic, GM claims that transmission offered no fuel-economy benefits in the Equinox so it gets the carryover six-speed gearbox. Additionally, the diesel utilizes a taller 2.89:1 final-drive ratio whereas the nine-speed cars use either a 3.17, 3.50, or 3.87 final drive, depending on engine, transmission, and driveline combination.

Given the Chevy’s entertaining performance when booted around town, we were surprised by the less than impressive hard numbers: 9.4 seconds from zero to 60 mph and a quarter-mile time of 17.2 seconds with a trap speed of 80 mph. In real-world scenarios such as entering an interstate, that means keeping your foot to the floor for at least 10 seconds—or longer in states such as Michigan where posted speed limits vary from 70 to 75 mph and the flow of traffic generally exceeds them by a value of 10 to 20 percent or more. Once the size of the approaching vehicles in your rearview mirror begins to stabilize, however, maintaining the pace is easy. Set the cruise at 70, 80, or even 90 mph if you wish, and the Equinox is a willing accessory in your challenge to test the skills of the local constabulary. Interior noise at a steady 70 mph is a hushed 68 decibels, two quieter than the 1.5T and not too shabby for a vehicle with a compression-ignition engine.

While we doubt acceleration test numbers play into the decision-making process of most prospective Equinox diesel buyers, it is worth noting that the Equinox with the turbocharged 2.0-liter and all-wheel drive knocked off the zero-to-60-mph measure in 6.6 seconds and completed the quarter in 15.1 seconds at 94 mph; that’s 2.8 and 2.1 seconds quicker, a vast gulf of a performance difference. On the other hand, the turbocharged 1.5-liter with AWD barely ekes out a win over the diesel, posting times of 8.9 and 16.9 seconds at 83 mph, which fall within half a second of the diesel. Meanwhile, the Honda CR-V, one of our top picks in the segment, posted 7.6- and 16.0-second times. The difference with the diesel is that you are using all of the accelerator travel most of the time, whereas the gasoline engine can be operated with a bit more finesse. That the Equinox’s diesel four-cylinder takes these frequent full-throttle assaults so eagerly and stoically is its saving grace.

Braking numbers are similarly underwhelming. With a 182-foot stop from 70 mph, the diesel Equinox takes a full 15 feet longer than the 2.0-liter Equinox’s 167 feet and 21 feet more than the pretty impressive 161-foot braking distance posted by the 1.5-liter Equinox. Repeated stops revealed a firm, fade-free pedal at least, and the newly refined suspension keeps the 3769-pound car from nosediving or heading for the ditch.

It’s that same suspension tuning that enables the diesel Equinox to negotiate broken pavement without sending shock waves through the cabin yet still remain reasonably level during mildly aggressive directional changes as well as on long, sweeping freeway ramps. The compromise is effective and, combined with direct steering response, results in a vehicle more entertaining to drive than its middling 0.77 g of lateral grip would indicate. Indeed, the 0.85- and 0.86-g lateral-acceleration marks posted by the Equinox’s 2.0- and 1.5-liter gasoline brethren suggest the untapped potential of the chassis.

In cases like this, where similar vehicles post disparate braking and grip numbers, tire selection usually is the culprit. Our diesel Equinox wore 225/65R-17 Bridgestone Dueler H/L 422 all-seasons, while the 1.5-liter and 2.0-liter models were shod with 235/50R-19 Hankook Ventus S1 Noble2 all-season rubber. Upgrading to 19-inch wheels and tires on the diesel will cost you $1995, although we’d think twice before doing so as we definitely preferred the diesel’s much more forgiving ride quality on the 17s.

As is the case for most non-pickup-truck buyers, the decision of whether to go diesel ultimately comes down to dollars and cents. Chevy does a nice job of minimizing the guesswork by limiting the diesel model to the top two trims. Wearing a base price of $33,385, our 3LT AWD model included remote start, cloth seating, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, and aluminum wheels. The sole option was the literally named Sun & Infotainment package, which adds a sunroof, a power liftgate, an 8.0-inch touchscreen to replace the base 7.0-inch unit, a driver info display, a 120-volt AC power outlet, and two additional USB charging ports. Far from opulent, this $2245 package bundles the features most buyers require. All in, our Equinox diesel carried a $35,630 as-tested price. (Front-wheel-drive diesels start at $31,635; going diesel is a $3890 upcharge over a 1.5T and $1345 more than a 2.0T.)

But for serious dieselheads, purchase price is only the second or third most important number. It’s fuel efficiency that impresses this thrifty bunch, the allure of extracting every possible mile from each gallon of dino juice far outweighing the ante. In that metric it delivers in spades. EPA rated at an already impressive 38 mpg on the highway, our Equinox returned a solid 43 mpg in our 75-mph highway cruise test. That’s a full 15 mpg better than the 1.5-liter Equinox AWD posted in the same test. Combined with its 15.6-gallon fuel capacity, the only thing standing between you and 670 miles of highway travel is a catheter. (Curiously, front-wheel-drive models get a slightly smaller 14.9-gallon fuel tank.)

In addition, our observed 34-mpg combined figure not only beats the EPA’s estimate by 2 mpg but also puts a 13-mpg smackdown on the 1.5-liter Equinox’s observed 21 mpg. The 2.0-liter Equinox fared no better, managing just 22 mpg in our hands.

At this point, convention dictates that we point out that the cost of diesel fuel traditionally is 10 to 20 percent above that of bottom-shelf regular. But that argument is somewhat negated in this instance by the Equinox diesel’s dramatically superior fuel economy and the fact that the 2.0-liter model requires pricey premium fuel. Still, there are a lot of variables involved, and only you can determine if diesel Equinox ownership will ultimately pencil in your favor.

Then again, if you’re in the market for an appealing compact crossover and the thought of using the least amount of fuel as possible for every mile traveled gives you a thrill, the Equinox diesel is currently your best bet. In fact, the only thing that could screw up the Equinox’s lock on this subsegment is the arrival of the long-promised Mazda CX-5 diesel.

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VEHICLE TYPE: front-engine, all-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door hatchback

PRICE AS TESTED: $35,630 (base price: $33,385)

ENGINE TYPE: turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16-valve diesel inline-4, aluminum block and head, direct fuel injection

Displacement: 98 cu in, 1598 ccPower: 137 hp @ 3750 rpmTorque: 240 lb-ft @ 2000 rpm

TRANSMISSION: 6-speed automatic with manual shifting mode

DIMENSIONS:Wheelbase: 107.3 inLength: 183.1 inWidth: 72.6 in Height: 65.4 inPassenger volume: 99 cu ftCargo volume: 30 cu ftCurb weight: 3769 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS: Zero to 60 mph: 9.4 sec Zero to 100 mph: 30.8 sec Zero to 110 mph: 44.5 sec Rolling start, 5-60 mph: 9.9 sec Top gear, 30-50 mph: 4.5 sec Top gear, 50-70 mph: 6.7 sec Standing ¼-mile: 17.2 sec @ 80 mph Top speed (drag limited): 121 mph Braking, 70-0 mph: 182 ft Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad*: 0.77 g *stability-control-inhibited

C/D FUEL ECONOMY: Observed: 34 mpg 75-mph highway driving: 43 mpg Highway range: 670 mi

EPA FUEL ECONOMY: Combined/city/highway: 32/28/38 mpg

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