2018 Chevy Equinox vs. 2018 GMC Terrain

The 2018 Chevy Equinox and GMC Terrain are similar in many respects. Both released by divisions of General Motors, each model is an entry into the highly competitive compact SUV market. This articles takes a look at some of the differences between the new Equinox and Terrain model to help you decide which is best for your needs.


Both models are much curvier than the boxy models they replace with all new panels and lighter weights. While they may be built on the same platform and share the same engine choices, the 2018 Terrain distinguishes itself from the Equinox visually. The Terrain has the GMC brand’s upright grille and C-shaped headlamps and taillights. It also features a sculpted hood and appealing interior touches.

Opt for the Terrain Denali trim and get more chrome detailing, a new color interior, bold wheel arches and nineteen inch wheels. GMC has done a good job of minimizing the thought that the Terrain is a rebadged Equinox.


Though price differences between GMC and Chevy models are sometimes large, that may not be the not the case with the Equinox and Terrain, at least for the base models. Chevrolet’s website lists the Equinox with a base MSRP of $23,580, while CNET.com estimates the Terrain will start around $24,070. Note: CNET bases their estimate on the current Terrain, so the 2018 Terrain’s base price may be a bit higher.

The Terrain will come in 4 different trim packages, which in turn will have different price points, some much higher than the base model’s. The same goes for the Equinox. Look for the Terrain Denali to approach the $40,000 price point.

Exterior Size

These two vehicles are almost identical in size. The 2018 Terrain is a bit smaller than its 2017 predecessor; its wheelbase will be 107.3 inches and its overall length will be 182.3 inches, according to Autoweek.com. Meanwhile, the Equinox will have a 107.3-inch wheelbase and an 183.1-inch overall length according to media release from Chevrolet. The 2018 Equinox is four inches short than the 2017 model.

While you would think this would compromise interior space, passenger volume increases in the 2018 models.

Engine Choices

The Terrain will have several engine options, including a 1.6-liter turbo-diesel and 1.5-liter and 2.0-liter turbocharged gas engines. Both gas engines will pair with 9-speed automatic transmissions, but the 2.0-liter version will be more powerful with 252 horsepower.

Chevrolet is marketing at least one version of the Equinox for its fuel efficiency: They estimate the 1.6-liter turbo-diesel version as being able to reach 40 MPG during highway driving. Like the Terrain, it also has gas engines in the sizes of 1.5-liter (marketed for its speed and efficiency combination) and 2.0-liter (marketed for its 3,500-pound towing capacity). Both models will come in packages that offer all-wheel drive.

Cargo and Other Features

The Terrain, with its rear seats down, sports 63.3 cubic feet in cargo space. The Equinox is minimally ahead in that regard, with 63.5 cubic feet. Both vehicles offer high-end technology options in certain packages, like 4G LTE Wi-Fi and navigation.


The Terrain and Equinox sport modern safety features. The Terrain has a 360-degree camera while the Equinox will have multiple cameras providing different angles of view. Both models will feature lane-assist technology and automatic braking combined with forward-collision warning.

Notably for families, the Terrain and Equinox both have teen driver technology. Such technology is designed to help young drivers stay safe and allow parents to monitor their driving habits.

The Equinox is expected to go on sale in the first quarter of the 2017, with the Terrain’s planned roll out in the summer of 2017. With appealing body styling, greater efficiency, updated interior finishes and technology the 2018 Equinox and 2018 Terrain look to be much stronger players in the class.

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