ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Chevrolet’s redesign of its compact Equinox crossover for the 2018 model year brought a much-improved entry into one of autodom’s most contentious segments.
Fortunately, General Motors’ bow-tie division has done excellent work, bringing to the fray a handsome, slightly smaller CUV with athletic handling characteristics, a potent optional turbocharged engine, and a spacious and attractive cabin.
The 2019 Equinox offers excellent passenger space for both front- and rear-seat riders in its comfortable and eye-catching interior, but cargo space comes up a bit shy compared with some of its adversaries. A nice feature, though, is an underfloor compartment beneath the rear cargo area, handy to secure smaller items out of sight.
The cabin’s styling certainly looks sharp, particularly in higher-end two-tone models like our Premier-level tester, but much of the dash, door panels and console are crafted from hard plastics. To sustain the semi-upscale ambiance, you should look but you better not touch. At least the interior materials seem tightly assembled and should prove durable.