Equinox Vs. 2018 Dodge Journey Comparison for Forest Park, IL
This year, the 2018 Equinox finally gets the complete revamp it needs to stay a viable choice. Chevrolet got it right with the design of the new 2018 Equinox. Chevrolet presents the new 2018 Equinox in four levels of trim, with a selection of three engines, and two different gearboxes that send the power to the front or all four wheels. The new SUV is lighter, condensed in size, more aggressively styled, better appointed across the range and is overall a more capable vehicle.
The 2018 Dodge Journey returns this year with only two engine choices, a few new standard features, and a streamlined lineup that now has only four varieties of trim. The Journey is a somewhat overlooked member of the Dodge family. But, even so, Dodge did not change much from last year?s models for the 2018 Dodge Journey.
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Infotainment Like No Other!
The 2018 Chevy Equinox has a 7.0-inch “MyLink” infotainment system on all models as standard has; Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, 4G LTE wi-fi, steering wheel volume switches, cruise control, keyless push-button ignition, and the usual collection of power equipment. The 2018 Dodge Journey’s primary infotainment module has a relatively small 4.3-inch touchscreen with only AM/FM radio, an auxiliary audio jack, and a USB port. An upgraded option on the system with this size screen adds MP3 compatibility, SiriusXM radio, and a compact disc player.
For the 2018 Equinox, Chevy focused on passenger comfort more than they did in previous years. Up front, the seating quality relies heavily on the upholstery. The denim-like cloth fabric seats feel markedly comfier than previous models. In the back, leg and headroom are adequate, and there is plenty of space for two large adults. The cargo space behind the rear suffers slightly from the overall length of the vehicle, but it is still generous (more so when the rear seats are folded down). The quality of the interior in the 2018 Dodge Journey is sparse and leaning towards bland. The seating is relatively comfortable both in the front and rear seats. Headroom in the rearmost seats is touch and go, and taller passengers will find it somewhat difficult to sit comfortably. The cabin is not overly styled, but everything in there is functional and easy to reach.
The above average engine is the 2018 Chevy Equinox’s performing highpoint. The 1.5-liter engine is good for just over 170 horsepower. The turbocharged engine with the smooth-shifting 9-speed automatic transmission has a power that is far more accessible and quieter than the naturally aspirated 1.5-liter engine.
The 2018 Dodge Journey transmissions and its entry-level engine are left behind from the start. A dreary 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine is putting out 173 horsepower to the road when the drive to the front wheels is selected. It transfers power forward through a 4-speed transmission, a leftover from a different generation. Not only is the engine noisy, but it is also not enough to persuade this 4,000-pound vehicle to any performance.
The 2018 Equinox fares well in the fuel economy ratings. It gets 26 miles per gallon in city, 32 mpg out on the highway, and 28 mpg combined. Add the all-wheel-drive option, and it produces similar results of 24 mpg in city, 30 mpg on the open road, and 26 mpg combined. The diesel engine 2018 Equinox with FWD rated at 28 mpg city driving, 39 mpg highway driving, and 32 mpg combined. AWD models lower those numbers only slightly to 28 mpg in city, 38 mpg on highway, and 32 mpg combined.
The 2018 Dodge Journey V-6 powered model’s fuel economy is 17 miles per gallon in city, 25 mpg on highway, and 19 mpg combined. AWD models are a little thirstier at 16 mpg in city, 19 mpg on highway, and 24 mpg combined. The dated gearing ratios of the four and six-speed automatic transmissions make for the woeful numbers.
Exterior Design Features
The 2018 Equinox has a sleek, stylish body with an air of aggression about it – from the styled front grille to the large taillights at the rear. Other noticeable features are chrome mirror caps and chromed inserts in the front grille. The LT model is equipped with body-matching color mirror caps, whereas the L and LS models mirror caps are plain black.
The 2018 Dodge Journey is the denim jeans of the automobile world. It does get the job done, but stylish it is not. The base model 2018 Dodge Journey is decidedly shabby with its un-tinted glass and its steel wheels dressed in plastic hubcaps.
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Why should you purchase your new 2018 Equinox from us? Our unmatched service and vast Chevrolet inventory on the lot sets us apart as the preferred dealer in Forest Park, IL. Our sales team will assist you along the entire journey; from your first test drive to the day you drive your new vehicle off the lot.
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