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Cheaper by the Diesel: 2018 Chevrolet Equinox Diesel Priced at $31,435, Nears 40 MPG

While America enjoys more varieties of crossovers and SUVs than there are Sears washing machines, just six currently offer a diesel engine. Come this fall, it’ll be eight, when Chevrolet and GMC dealers stock the only brand-new diesel utes with a base price below $ 35,000.

When ordered with the 1.6-liter turbo-diesel inline-four, the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox starts at $ 31,435 for the front-wheel-drive LT and delivers an EPA-estimated 28-mpg city/39-mpg highway rating. Heated front seats with eight-way power for the driver, a 7.0-inch touchscreen, 17-inch wheels, xenon headlights, remote start, dual-zone climate control, and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert all come standard.

For $ 33,185, stepping up to the Premier trim level brings LED headlights, 18-inch wheels, a power liftgate, wireless device charging, and an 8.0-inch touchscreen. All-wheel drive is available for $ 1750 on either trim level and reduces highway fuel economy by 1 mpg. The diesel is not available in the base L or LS trims, and the upcharge for this high-compression engine is expectedly high. Compared to the gasoline 1.5-liter turbo four, the diesel commands a premium of $ 3740 on LT trims and $ 2195 on the Premier. Compared with the gasoline 2.0-liter turbo four, the LT diesel costs $ 1345 more, but surprisingly, the diesel costs $ 600 less than the 2.0-liter on the Premier trim.

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Long-term fuel savings should put a dent on those prices. Compared with the front-wheel-drive Equinox with the gasoline 1.5-liter turbo four, the diesel bumps city mileage by 2 mpg and highway mileage by 7 mpg, according to EPA ratings. The diesel betters the AWD Equinox with that same engine by 4 mpg and 8 mpg, respectively. Official numbers for the 2018 GMC Terrain aren’t available, but they should track closely with those of the Equinox.

Chevrolet had promised 40 mpg on the highway from the 137-hp, 240 lb-ft diesel when we first drove the new Equinox in March. The automaker might have done better to pair it with the 2017 Cruze diesel’s nine-speed automatic instead of the older six-speed shared with the 1.5-liter gasoline engine. Its numbers are still better than the highway ratings on gasoline-electric AWD hybrid versions of the Toyota RAV4 (30 mpg) and the Nissan Rogue (34 mpg), although, unsurprisingly, both top the Equinox in city driving.

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Volkswagen’s emissions scandal has upset the diesel crossover market with certification delays and complete pullouts from the U.S. market. Currently, only the Land Rover Discovery Td6, the Range Rover Sport Td6, the Range Rover Td6, the Jaguar F-Pace 20d, the BMW X5 xDrive35d, and the Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel (which was only recently approved by the Environmental Protection Agency) are on sale here. And all of those are far more expensive, thirstier choices.

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