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2018 Chevrolet Equinox Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox was new.


Interior: 7.6

The interior of the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox features quality materials, with attractive and soft-touch plastics in lower trims and more soft-touch surfaces in upper trims. Seating and cargo room are sufficient as well. The standard infotainment system is easy to use, and there are many additional standard features.

  • "The interior similarly places function over form. It'll look familiar to anyone who's been in the most recent Chevrolet Malibu or Cruze, and it's useful and well organized, if a little staid. The topmost Premier trim level uses a nice mix of leather and soft-touch plastics, although cheaper materials creep in as you move down the price ladder into the less expensive LT model (L and LS trims are available, but Chevrolet didn't have any of those price leaders available for us to drive)." -- Car and Driver
  • "When we slowed down and drove like a regular Equinox buyer, we had time to enjoy the redesigned cabin. Like the exterior design, the inside is plucked from other Chevrolet models. This isn't a bad thing, as it does away with the rough plastic-fantastic Equinox interior of yore. Plastic is still used liberally, but there's a clear move toward softer touch and lower impact materials." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "Cabin materials are attractive overall, with stitched vinyl on the upper dash and patches where your elbows rest on the front and rear doors - a rarity in the latter area, where most competitors slap cheap plastic and call it a day." -- Cars.com


The Chevy Equinox seats five on standard cloth seating, with four-way manually adjustable front seats. Optional seating features include eight-way power-adjustable front seats, driver’s seat memory settings, leather seats, heated front seats, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a leather-wrapped shift knob, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a heated steering wheel.

There are two complete LATCH car-seat systems in the second row and a top tether anchor for the middle seat. The system hasn’t been evaluated yet for its ease of use.

The Equinox’s seats provide adequate comfort, though the front seats aren't as comfortable as those in outgoing models. However, the front seats still deliver good support. Headroom and legroom are good in the front and rear, but models with the sunroof have significantly less headroom for tall passengers.

  • "The seats in the LT are firm and supportive, though the side bolstering on the seatback might feel a little tight for a good number of drivers. Still, you won't be fighting to maintain a proper upright position directly behind the wheel when traversing tight corners. We preferred the extra bit of coziness the Premier trim's leather seats afforded." -- Autoblog
  • "But two days' driving confirmed one of our initial takeaways: The Equinox's new seats are a step backward. As compact SUVs go, the old Equinox had exceptionally big, comfy seats; these are, well, ordinary. Headroom and seat height are good across the board, but the optional panoramic moonroof annexes nearly 2 inches of headroom, front and rear. Get a car with this feature and tall passengers in back will have to slouch." -- Cars.com
  • "Chop out a healthy chunk of wheelbase and one might expect legroom to suffer. But somehow the Equinox has 39.7 inches of rear-seat legroom. That's a fraction of an inch less than the old one and just an inch short of the Honda CR-V. … The rear seat does recline, but the lever is located at the top of the seatback. So, there's really no way to make the seat more comfortable while you're sitting in it." -- Autoweek

Interior Features

Standard features in the Chevy Equinox include a six-speaker audio system, a USB port, Bluetooth, proximity key entry, push-button start, a 7-inch touch-screen infotainment system, a rearview camera, Chevy's Teen Driver system, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, voice command activation, and GM OnStar with 4G LTE and a Wi-Fi hot spot.

Optional features include dual-zone automatic climate control, remote start, satellite radio, HD Radio, navigation, a seven-speaker Bose premium sound system, high-intensity discharge headlights, LED headlights, a universal garage door opener, a panoramic sunroof, a multi-color instrument cluster screen, an 8-inch touch screen, additional USB ports, a 120-volt electrical outlet, a 360-degree camera, rear parking sensors, rear cross traffic alert, blind spot monitoring, a safety alert seat, automatic high beams, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, forward collision warning, and low-speed automatic emergency braking.

The Equinox’s refreshed infotainment setup has a clean and straightforward layout on the dash. Physical buttons easily control functions like volume and climate, and while some commands take several inputs to perform through the touch screen, it’s still easier to use than some competitors’ systems.

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  • "One of the first things that struck me when I entered the new Equinox was the restyled infotainment setup. Where last year's edition was essentially a wall of buttons, the updated model has a simple, clean design that's easier on the eyes without detracting from usability. … From a driving perspective, my favorite add-on is the information display screen in the gauge cluster, which, unlike most of its contemporaries, is horizontally oriented. Chevy doesn't give much lip service to this feature, which is becoming a standard offering throughout its lineup, but its lightyears ahead of its predecessor, which had the graphic abilities of an alarm clock and couldn't do much more than track speed and distance traveled. The new screen can control music, show navigation directions and even adjust advanced driver assistance settings." -- New York Daily News
  • "The infotainment and gauge cluster tech gets a much-needed overhaul as well, now utilizing the latest MyLink OS. To keep gadgets from running out of juice, there's an impressive choice of six USB outlets, split between the front and the rear of the car. You'll be happy for the extra outlets - each Equinox arrives standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "Audio systems differ depending on trim level - and thus, so might their layout - so this may only apply to the one in the Premier we drove. There's only a volume knob and a couple of physical buttons below the 8-inch touchscreen, with everything else being done through 'virtual' buttons on the screen. That often means drilling down through multiple layers to get where you want - something that tends to take more study and a longer look from the road - but it's not as complicated here as in some. Climate controls consist of rotary temperature and individual mode buttons (nice), but repetitive-step buttons for fan speed (not as nice)." -- Consumer Guide


The 2018 Chevy Equinox has 29.9 cubic feet of cargo space behind its second row and 63.5 cubic feet with the seats folded. The second row folds mostly flat, allowing for an open and usable cargo space. A power liftgate and a hands-free power liftgate are available.

  • "Cargo space is both large and versatile. Folding the rear seat backs - which can conveniently be done with levers on the seatbacks themselves and on the rear cargo wall (at least on our Premium test vehicle) - results in a long, flat load floor, and there's a huge amount of hidden storage beneath the floor." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Although the Equinox is a bit smaller on the outside, it hasn't lost any cargo capacity. With the rear seats folded up there is nearly 30 cubic feet of space. Fold those babies down and that space expands to 63.5 cubes. The seats don't fold perfectly flat, but it's pretty close and should do just fine for the ubiquitous run to Ikea or Home Depot." -- CNET
  • "Behind the rear seat, the Equinox offers 29.9 cubic feet of cargo room, a reduction of 1.5 cubic feet from the previous model but still enough to handle a pair of suitcases with plenty of room to spare. The 'kneeling' rear seat features a bottom set of cushions that jut forward to allow the seatback to fold flat, opening up 63.5 cubic feet for storage, putting it within range of all its top competitors but still solidly behind the top-selling Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, Nissan Rogue and Ford Escape." -- New York Daily News

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