Chevrolet Equinox 2022 Review | Updated but still harmless

There’s no shortage of options in the compact SUV space, and the 2022 Chevrolet Equinox is honestly getting lost in the scrum. It’s a bland vehicle with little to excite or offend from the curb. Most of its key elements like passenger space, fuel economy, power and more are just average, and few really set it apart from the rest. Prior to the mid-cycle refresh of the Equinox, it offered the odd diesel engine option and even had a 2.0-liter turbo option which made it one of the most powerful vehicles in its segment. Both were dropped on the previous year’s model, so your only option now is the unattractive (but efficient) 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine.

On the plus side, the Equinox offers many of the expected features and tech items you might be looking for in this segment. The infotainment system is easy to use, and plenty of driver assistance systems are available if you so desire. If blending into the background is your goal, Equinox won’t disappoint. Even the RS and Premier trims don’t stand out or attract extra attention. We ultimately recommend that you look elsewhere in your compact crossover quest before choosing the Equinox.

Interior & Technology | Passenger & Cargo Space | Performance & Fuel Economy

How does it feel to drive | Price & Features | Damage Rating & Safety Features

What’s new for 2022?

Before we get into what’s new, note that all of the following were originally scheduled to release (and be revealed for) the 2021 model year Equinox. Due to the pandemic, GM is pushing the update back a year.

That said, 2022 is a big year for the Equinox, as it’s a mid-cycle refresh of the model. It gets new front and rear fascia, new headlights, taillights and new RS trim. The RS is the sportiest, adding plenty of black exterior trim, dark-painted 19-inch alloy wheels, the RS logo all over and red interior stitching.

On the tech front, Chevy added wireless Apple CarPlay and wireless Android Auto. Plus, now it has heated, power-adjustable side mirrors and more safety technology available. New interior trim is used for the LS and LT models, plus the Premier gets minor changes both inside and out to separate it further from the other trims.

What’s the interior and technology like in the Equinox car?

In its simplest form, the Equinox is convenient but rarely styled. Climb the trim ladder to RS (above) or Premier and the interior feels more premium. The red accents on the RS give it a bit of personality, and the two-tone leather seating option offered on the Premier trim is attractive and pleasant to the touch. It may be a step up from, say, the Ford Escape, but most of its other competitors provide a richer and more inviting atmosphere.

Android Auto wireless and Apple CarPlay wireless integration are both standard on the base LS trim, and it plays on the 7-inch infotainment system. You can upgrade to an 8-inch screen from the LT and above if you want more real estate. Chevy’s infotainment system is fairly easy to use as a general rule, and the Equinox is no exception. Where the interior starts to feel old is when you look at the boring center pile and the sea of ​​unattractive black plastic. There’s nothing here outwardly offensive, but it’s the embodiment of boredom. Many other compact crossovers outperform the Equinox, but if basic is what you want, basic is what you’ll get here.

How big is the Equinox?

The Equinox belongs to the compact crossover family, compared to segment sales leaders such as the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V. It’s comparable to this model, making it especially useful for small families, but still easy to handle in urban environments.

You get reasonable headroom both with and without a sunroof, and rear seat passengers will also be very comfortable, thanks to the ample legroom (39.9 inches). On the other hand, the Equinox offers the practicality of a big car, with just under 30 cubic feet of cargo capacity behind the second row, or nearly 64 cubes with the rear seats laid flat. This is much less than the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4 and Hyundai Tucson, and also south of the Subaru Forester and Nissan Rogue. It’s still a very practical space with a usable form, but know that the others are better.

What are the fuel economy and performance specifications of the Equinox?

The base engine (and only one for now) is a turbocharged, 1.5-liter inline-four that makes 170 horsepower and 203 pound-feet of torque. It is on par with other entry-level machines in this segment. The 1.5 liter engine is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, a combo of 26 mpg city, 31 highway and 28 mpg combined with standard front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive lowers that figure to 25/30/27 mpg.

There are no strong engine upgrades available, or hybrid options.

What’s the Equinox like?

The Equinox is a fairly agile handler for high crossovers. Even with the large wheels of Premier or RS trim and thinner tire sidewalls, others in the segment are more attractive and responsive to drive, but for a family car, the chassis reacts fairly quickly when changing directions and is stable through sweeping corners. Steering is the biggest let down. It’s quite sensitive and precise everywhere except just off-centre, but very numb and without feedback. This is very disappointing because the Chevy Blazer is a standout member his segment in terms of driving dynamics. The ride quality is strong enough to inspire confidence, but ultimately leans more towards comfort, which is the best.

The Equinox’s small four-cylinder is a bit anemic when you’re trying to hit highway speeds, and it’s not a pleasant sound at full speed. Low-end torque abounds to hit speeds around town, but acceleration isn’t exactly what this car stands for. That can be said for the base engine of many rivals. Really, the shame here is that there aren’t any more powerful engine upgrades available, or hybrids. Most competitors offer one or the other.

It’s important that we touch on the Equinox’s unusual (and optional) all-wheel-drive system. Most AWD cars use a system in which the front wheels are powered all the time, and when skidding, some of the available power is channeled automatically through the center clutch (whether clutch pack or differential) to the rear wheels. The Chevy Equinox AWD system can only transfer power backwards when powered on, making it a part-time system. This means the driver must choose to turn it on when conditions permit, managing the possibility of forgetting to do so and forfeiting the benefits of AWD when it is needed most. Now, this system does offer the promise of increased fuel consumption, but the Equinox’s fuel economy is far from being class-leading.

What other Chevy Equinox reviews can I read?

2018 Chevrolet Equinox First Mover

Our first take from behind the wheel of the 1.5 liter Equinox.

2018 Chevrolet Equinox 2.0T First Mover

We return to the 2.0 liter Equinox sample for comparison purposes.

How much does the 2022 Equinox cost and what features are available?

The Chevrolet Equinox LS starts at $26,995 (including destination) with a 1.5-liter engine and front-wheel drive. Standard equipment for the Equinox includes 17-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, manual liftgate, heated/power side mirrors, keyless entry, push-button start, upholstery, manual climate control, 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, six-speaker audio system and rear-seat USB charging port.

You’ll want the RS trim – $31,295 – if a sportier exterior look is important to you, and the Premier – $32,145 – to have as many extras as standard. The only downside to the relatively pleasant base price of the Equinox trim is all the money in the package and the options you might want to spend. Even Premier lacks a lot of the equipment you might expect to include. Fully charged, you are looking at a crossover that is approaching or reaching the $40,000 mark. And that’s with a weak 1.5 liter turbo.

Here’s a full breakdown and pricing for the 2022 Equinox lineup, but you can find a full breakdown of the features, specs and local pricing of this trim level here. automatic blog.

This is the base price for the FWD model. Just add $1,600 to get the AWD price.

  • LS: $26,995
  • LT: $28,095
  • LT: $31,295
  • Prime: $32.195

What are the Equinox safety ratings and driver assistance features?

Standard safety equipment for the 2022 Chevrolet Equinox includes forward collision warning with pedestrian detection and automatic emergency braking, following distance indicator in the cluster, lane guard assistance, lane departure warning, rear seat reminder and automatic high beam. This type and amount of content is now typical for the segment and the industry in general.

The Driver Confidence II package adds several additional features, including rear parking sensors and blind-spot and rear cross-traffic warning systems. Additional packages for higher trim models add adaptive cruise control, automatic parking assist, and a 360-degree camera.

The 2022 Equinox did not receive any awards from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS). However, he received a “Good” rating in every crash test except for the side impact, where he received a “Medium” score. On the government side, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration gave the Equinox 2022 an overall five-star crash test rating. The only test that didn’t score a perfect 5 stars was the rollover test, where it was awarded 4 stars instead. That’s typical for crossover SUVs.

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