We finally know the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox LT Diesel has a beginning MSRP of $31,495. That’s according to CarsDirect, which snagged some dealer order guides early and spilled the beans. If you want to add all-wheel drive, the price increases $1,750.
For that price, Chevy estimates you’ll be seeing about 32 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway. Not too shabby.
If you want more luxury, Chevy also has the Premier Diesel model, which starts at $33,930.
Of course, the question on everyone’s mind is how well will any new diesel vehicles sell? The alternative fuel comes with a lot of baggage these day, thanks in part to Dieselgate, and now ongoing investigations into Daimler, Fiat Chrysler, and others.
Mazda’s gambling that enough shoppers will be interested in an efficient diesel crossover. It will release the 2018 Mazda CX-5 diesel later this year. The Chevy meets EPA emissions requirements, and the Mazda should as well. If anything, new diesels are under more government scrutiny than ever, which should ensure they’re not polluting like slobs.
So if you want compact car fuel-economy in an SUV, you’ll have two options to consider.