In more than 30 years of working and playing in, around, and under cars, I can only remember two door slams that I thought were worth a mention.

The first is the Mercedes-Benz G-Class, and the second is the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox. If you’ve ever been so fortunate as to slam the door on a G wagon, you’re already familiar with that thunk. Bank vaults slam shut like a G, not the other way around.

As for the Equinox I spent the week with, let’s just say it wasn’t at the same level. In fact, it was about as far in the other direction as I’ve ever experienced. So my question was this: will the rest of the new ‘Nox win me over, or will the rest of the experience live up to that first impression?

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