Is the 2018 Subaru Crosstrek or the 2018 Chevrolet
Equinox a Better Buy?

2018 Subaru Crosstrek

2018 Subaru Crosstrek

2018 Chevrolet Equinox

2018 Chevrolet Equinox

If you're shopping in the crossover segment, you'll want to hear about the differences between the 2018 Subaru Crosstrek and the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox:

  • The starting trim of the Crosstrek costs $1,785* less than the Equinox in the base trim.

  • The Equinox comes standard with front-wheel drive, while the Crosstrek is outfitted with all-wheel drive.

  • The Crosstrek saves money on fuel when equipped with a continuously variable transmission.

Performance

The Crosstrek and the Equinox are both powered by four-cylinder engines, but the Crosstrek comes standard with symmetrical all-wheel drive. On slippery road surfaces, that offers the following:

  • Better traction in snow and rain

  • Stronger all-weather handling

  • Faster acceleration

Price

While the Equinox can be equipped with all-wheel drive, you'll have to pay extra. Considering the Equinox is already more expensive, it's a tough proposition. Let's see how each model compares in starting price:

  • 2018 Subaru Crosstrek 2.0i - $21,795 MSRP*

  • 2018 Chevrolet Equinox L - $23,580 MSRP

With all-wheel drive, the price of the Equinox jumps to $28,295 MSRP. Why pay that much more for the same level of capability? In addition, the base trim Equinox is lacking a standard limited-slip differential, another key component that helps you navigate slippery roads and rough trails outside of Grand Junction and Vail.

Efficiency Ratings

Another way the Crosstrek can help save you money is in fuel economy. Both models are offered with an automatic transmission, so let's see how they compare:

  • 2018 Subaru Crosstrek

    • Engine: 2.0L 4-Cylinder

    • Transmission: Lineartronic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT)

    • Fuel Economy (City): 27 mpg**

    • Fuel Economy (Highway): 33 mpg**

  • 2018 Chevrolet Equinox

    • Engine: 1.5L 4-Cylinder

    • Transmission: 6-Speed Automatic

    • Fuel Economy (City): 26 mpg

    • Fuel Economy (Highway): 32 mpg

*Manufacturer's suggested retail price does not include destination and delivery charges, tax, title and registration fees. Destination and delivery includes handling and inland freight fees and may vary in some states. Prices, specifications, options, features and models subject to change without notice.

**EPA-estimated fuel economy. Actual mileage may vary.

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