The 2022 Mazda CX5 and 2022 Chevrolet Equinox offer comfort, a new look and affordable prices in a compact SUV package. Here’s how they compare.
Mazda CX-5 2022
Mazda CX-5 2022 Price Starting from: $25,900 | Your Own Price or See listings near you
Above average: Elegant style; sharp handling; all-wheel drive is now standard; improved suspension; comfortable seating.
Below average: Smaller rear seats and less cargo space than other compact SUVs; there is no hybrid version.
Consensus: The Mazda CX-5 continues to climb the luxury ladder, adding, as expected, a bit to its MSRP along the way. The 2022 CX-5 has a more conservative yet premium look and now comes standard all-wheel drive.
2022 Chevrolet Equinox
2022 Chevrolet Equinox Initial Price: $25,800 | Your price now or See listings near you
Above average: Standard active security system; Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are now standard; sporty RS trim level added; spacious back seating area.
Below average: Less cargo capacity than rivals Honda, Toyota, and VW; one engine choice; no hybrid option.
Consensus: The Equinox is Chevrolet’s best-selling SUV and one of the most popular in the 2-row/5-passenger compact crossover segment. It lives in a somewhat competitive segment but has always managed to keep it up with a good-looking design, ample interior space, and comfortable street behavior.
CX-5 vs. Equinox: Classy Compact SUV
The Mazda CX-5 2022 compact SUV is updated in its entirety and adds additional content to sweeten the deal. The suspension now provides better handling. Overall driving quality has improved and Mazda now offers all-wheel drive as standard on all models.
Power for the 2022 Mazda CX-5 carries over from the previous year. The standard engine is a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter inline-4 that produces 187 horsepower and 186 lb-ft of torque. The CX-5 Turbo model uses a 2.5-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine that produces 227 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque on regular 87 octane gasoline. Using 93 octane fuel increases output to 250 horsepower and 320 lb-ft of torque.
Both engines are mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission connected to Mazda’s i-Activ AWD system. Behind the scenes, G-Vectoring Control Plus modulates engine torque and brake force for optimal stability in the same way as regular torque vectoring.
The CX-5’s interior retains the status quo of the 2021 model, with the base Sport trim getting a fabric interior. Climbing the trim ladder will find interiors in simulated leather, genuine leather, and rich Nappa leather in the Signature model, which also sports real wood trim.
A standard safety suite includes forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection, rear traffic warning, blind spot monitoring and fixed lane assistance.
The 2022 Chevrolet Equinox is the brand’s best-selling nameplate and sits right in the middle of the compact SUV segment. That means it’s competing with backers like the Honda CR-V, Ford Escape, and Toyota RAV4. Refreshed for 2022 with new front and rear fascia, as well as the availability of a sporty RS trim package, it will likely continue to be the bowtie brigade’s best seller.
The Equinox is powered by a 1.5-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine that produces 170 horsepower and 203 lb-ft of torque. Buyers can choose front-wheel or all-wheel drive (for an additional $1,600) which is delivered via a 6-speed automatic transmission. New this year: You can now disable the engine start/stop system at the touch of a button.
The sporty RS model receives an aggressive grille design, new taillights, 19-inch black alloy wheels and black badging. Inside are black seats, red stitching, and an RS shifter button. The high-end Premier models include gloss black chrome, LED headlights and logo projection from the tailgate.
Each new Chevrolet Equinox includes standard active safety features, including lane guard assistance, collision warning with automatic emergency braking, and IntelliBeam automatic headlights. Other safety and driving aids include blind-spot monitoring with rear traffic warning and parking sensors.
fuel economy; 4 cylinder engine; 6-speed automatic transmission; NHTSA 5 star security.
Advantages of Mazda CX5
Standard all-wheel drive; optional turbo engine; upscale interiors.
Advantages of the Chevrolet Equinox
More cargo volume; higher torque in the base model.
Which is Right for Me?
Mazda CX-5 2022 not only comes with standard all-wheel drive, but also offers a choice of engines including a powerful turbo option. It is stylish and attractive to drive.
The 2022 Chevrolet Equinox offers good cargo space and a slightly more powerful engine. The car is equipped with a wide range of standard drivers and safety assistance.
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|Mazda CX-5 2022||2022 Chevrolet Equinox|
|Machine||2.5 liter I4||1.5 liter turbo I4|
|Horsepower||187 hp @ 6,000 rpm||170 hp @ 5,600 rpm|
|torque||186 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm||203 lb-ft @ 2,000-4,000|
|Transmission||6 speed automatic with AWD||6 speed auto|
|Fuel Economy||28 mpg (25 city/31 hwy)||28 mpg (26 city/31 hwy)|
|Also available||2.5 liter turbo I4||AWD|
|Guarantee||3 years/36,000 miles||3 years/36,000 miles|
|Powertrain Warranty||4 years/50,000 miles||5 years/60,000 miles|
|NHTSA Safety Rating||5 stars||5 stars|
|Max Seating Capacity||5||5|
|Wheelbase||106.2 inches||107.3 inches|
|Overall length||179.1 inches||183.1 inches|
|Wide||72.5 inches||72.6 inches|
|Tall||65.4 inches||65.4 inches|
|Swivel diameter||36.0 feet||37.4 feet|
|Headroom, Front||39.7 inches||40.0 inch|
|Headroom, Rear||39 inches||38.5 inches|
|Legroom, Front||41 inches||40.9 inches|
|Legroom, Back||39.6 inches||39.9 inches|
|Shoulder Room, Front||57.1 inches||57.2 inches|
|Shoulder Room, Back||54.8 inches||55.5 inches|
|EPA Passenger Volume||103.6 cubic feet||103.5 cubic feet|
|Cargo volume||30.9/59.6 cubic feet||29.9/63.9 cubic feet|