The Chevy Equinox has changed the market dynamics for crossover SUVs in the American market. The model has been rated highly for its on-road and off-road abilities and many people are purchasing the car to enjoy its unrivaled performance. The 2018 Chevrolet Equinox is currently the highest selling SUV in the American market, a statistic attributable to its unique features available on various trim levels. The model has recorded better sales as compared to its predecessor and Chevrolet expects that the sales will continue going up. The model is available in four trim levels: L, LS, LT, and Premier with each trim level enabling drivers to enjoy a different set of features. This article is a comparison of the features that buyers of the LS get versus those enjoyed by the people who buy LT trim level. The model is a combination of the latest technologies, comfort, and safety, attributes that give the driver and passenger the experience that they have been yearning for many years.

Standard features of the Chevy Equinox LS and LT

Although Equinox LS and LT trims have distinctive features, they have many features that are standard for both levels. In general, the 2018 Equinox offers buyers significant interior space with adequate headroom, legroom, and hip room for both the front and rear passengers. The model has a seating capacity of five passengers. In terms of cargo space, the model offers buyers a cargo space of 29.9 cu. ft. that can be extended to 63.5 cu. ft. if the rear seats are folded. Other standard features for the LS and LT trims include a keyless ignition, a 7.0-inch infotainment touchscreen display, a compact spare tire, power-adjustable heated side mirrors, power windows that have express-down for all sides, and an adjustable steering wheel with smartphone compatibility.


The 2018 Chevy Equinox LS trim is only available with the 1.5 L turbo engine while the LT trim is available in two engine models. The LT trim is powered either by a 2.0L turbo engine or by a 1.6L turbo diesel engine where the diesel engine has less power. The Equinox LS has a towing capacity of 1,500lbs while the LT offers a better towing capacity of 3,500 lbs. if properly maintained and equipped. The 1.5L turbocharged engine has a horsepower of 170 hp. with a torque of 203 lb.-ft while the 2.0 L turbocharged engine gives more power with a horsepower of 252 hp. and a torque of 260 lb.-ft. The 1.5L engine offers drivers better fuel economy as compared to the 2.0 L engine. The 1.5L engine records a fuel efficiency of 26 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway while the 2.0 L engine has a fuel efficiency of 22 mpg in the city and 29 mpg when driving on the highway.


The LS trim offers buyers four-way manually adjustable front seats while the LT trim comes fitted with 8-way power-adjustable seats. The LT trim’s infotainment package is a three-month subscription to SiriusXM® satellite radio while the LT trim features a Sun and Infotainment package that is accompanied with an 8-inch LCD touchscreen, extra USB ports, 120-V power outlet, and a power liftgate. To enjoy more luxury features, the LT is available in a Confidence and Convenience package that come with features such as a remote ignition, heated front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and advanced safety features like a rear park assist, a rear cross-traffic alert, and a side blind zone alert.


The LS trim level comes fitted with halogen headlights while the LT trim comes fitted with HID headlights for a sharper look. The LS trim comes with exterior heated power-adjustable mirrors while the LT trim feature exterior heated power-adjustable mirrors that can be folded manually. Moreover, the mirror caps come in a color similar to the car’s body color, thus enhancing the car’s style. The LT trim buyers get a deep-tinted rear glass option as standard while the option is not available for the LS trim level.

The article above discusses the key features that defined 2018 Chevrolet Equinox’s LS and LT trim levels. The article reveals that the LS trim offers more convenient features as compared to those offered by the LT trim level. The two trim levels have similar standard features but buyers who want more power can opt for the LT trim. Drivers who want better fuel economy, however, should choose the LS trim. The LT’s utility and high towing capacity make the trim convenient for buyers who want to purchase a utility crossover SUV while those looking for a family crossover SUV with average towing capacity can opt for the LS trim level.