Chevrolet has put together an impressive lineup of SUVs of all shapes and sizes. One of the most impressive models is also one of the smaller ones - the 2022 Chevy Equinox. This compact crossover packs quite a lot of features into its relatively small size, with plenty of room for up to five passengers, an exceptional powertrain with impressive fuel economy, and a great array of standard driver-assist features to help get you where you are going safely.
The Chevy Equinox has a whole new, refreshed look for 2022 with four cool new colors to choose from in addition to the standard ones. Chevrolet has also added a new grille design, as well as LED headlights and daytime running lights that not only look good but also improve driver visibility. The 2022 model also has the Chevy Infotainment 3 system with either a 7-inch or 8-inch color touchscreen. This not only provides you and your passengers with great entertainment through music streaming but also helps keep you connected through wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. This means that you will no longer have to fuss with finding the right USB cable for your device. The 2022 Chevy Equinox represents a perfect blend of performance, comfort, and safety in a sporty package at a very affordable price.
Despite being classed as a compact SUV, the 2022 Chevy Equinox is surprisingly roomy. In fact, there is over 103 cubic feet of passenger space inside of the Equinox. What’s more, Chevrolet has done an excellent job apportioning that space between this vehicle’s two rows. For example, you get 40.9 inches of legroom in the front row of the Equinox and 39.9 inches of legroom in the back. This is plenty of room so that all five passengers in the Equinox will be comfortable, even on long drives. This is sure to cut down on fights among your passengers over who gets to ride shotgun.
One big complaint many folks have about compact SUVs is that they either have plenty of cargo space or have a spacious passenger compartment, but not both. In this case, many crossovers end up becoming a compromise between people and belongings. Fortunately, you don’t have to make that tough choice with the 2022 Equinox. This model has plenty of room for your things as well as your passengers. The trunk on the Equinox holds 29.9 cubic feet of cargo. If you need more room, simply fold down the rear row of seats to free up a total of 63.9 cubic feet of space. The Equinox truly gives you the best of both worlds.
The 2022 Chevy Equinox comes in four different trim levels with a price that will fit into most budgets. The entry-level Equinox LS has a base MSRP of $25,800 and rides on 17-inch aluminum wheels.* The LT adds a power driver seat with lumbar support and a multi-color driver information center display, among other features.
The all-new Equinox RS model is designed for enhanced performance, with 19-inch dark android-painted aluminum wheels. It also features a rear power liftgate, front row heated seats, and front and rear park assist. The striking exterior of the Equinox RS has black Chevy bowtie emblems with a gloss black mesh grille and black ice surrounds. This color scheme is carried into the interior of the RS with jet black cloth seats with red accent stitching. The top trim on the 2022 Chevy Equinox is the Premier, which is designed for luxury with a leather interior and the Chevrolet Infotainment 3 Plus system on an 8-inch color touchscreen. This model rides on 18-inch machined-face aluminum wheels.
Each model of the 2022 Chevy Equinox comes equipped with a 1.5-liter turbocharged gas engine. This cast aluminum block engine utilizes direct fuel injection, variable valve timing, and automatic stop/start technology to improve performance, increase fuel economy, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It can produce 170 horsepower and generate 203 lb-ft of torque.
Chevy has chosen to pair the 1.5-liter engine with a Hydra-Matic six-speed automatic transmission. This is electronically controlled with overdrive for better fuel economy and a driver shift controller to give you greater command of your powertrain’s performance.
One of the most pleasant surprises on the 2022 Chevy Equinox is its ability to provide you with towing capability. If you need to tow a small trailer for a camper or recreational vehicle, you can get that power from the Equinox, which has been rated to tow up to 1,500 pounds.
Your passengers are sure to be impressed with the smooth ride of the 2022 Chevy Equinox. Unlike many other compact crossover models, the Equinox has been designed with a suspension that will hold the road while reducing interior noise and discomfort. The front suspension features independent MacPherson struts with specially tuned coil springs and a direct-acting stabilizer bar. This will help you traverse bumps and ruts easier without jolting your passengers. The rear suspension is a four-link independent setup that will keep things nice and smooth as well.
One of the most attractive features of the 2022 Chevy Equinox is its outstanding fuel economy. With the Equinox, you will spend more time driving and less time at the pump. The standard front-wheel drive Equinox will get you 26 miles per gallon in city driving, 31 miles per gallon on the highway, and 28 miles per gallon combined. If you prefer the added traction of the available switchable all-wheel drive on the Equinox, you should expect to get a fuel economy of 25 miles per gallon in the city, 30 miles per gallon in highway driving, and 27 miles per gallon combined.
The disparity in fuel economy between the front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive models is a result of the switchable function of the all-wheel drivetrain on the 2022 Equinox. When you are riding in rough terrain or inclement weather, the system will adjust how power is routed to the four wheels, providing maximum traction. Once the system senses that you are in the clear, it will switch back to front-wheel drive to improve fuel economy.
The 2022 Chevy Equinox has an electric power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering system that will help you with tight cornering and exceptional road handling. The Equinox features a tight 107.3-inch wheelbase, which should make parking extremely easy. The 8-inches of ground clearance will come in handy, especially if you have to deal with inclement weather. While you aren’t going to win many races in the 2022 Chevy Equinox, it does have enough acceleration to get you off the line in good time and will not present a problem when merging onto or off of a crowded highway.
The 2022 Chevy Equinox is one of the safest models in its class of compact crossover SUVs. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) runs crash tests on all new passenger vehicles and gave the Equinox a 5-star overall safety rating for 2021, putting it at the top for front, side, and rollover crash tests. Similarly, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), which also reviews every new passenger vehicle, named the Chevy Equinox a Top Safety Pick.
These excellent results from the NHTSA and IIHS are due in large part to Chevy’s dedication to vehicle safety. This is evidenced by the decision to make the Chevrolet Safety Assist suite of active driver assistance systems standard on all models of the 2022 Chevy Equinox.
Chevy Safety Assist starts with a standard rear vision camera that will make it easier to reverse your Equinox safely. Forward collision alert and automatic emergency braking will alert you if the system detects an imminent frontal collision based on your speed and the braking distance between you and the next vehicle. In addition, the system will automatically engage the brakes in an emergency to help bring your Equinox to a stop, either averting an impact or reducing the damage caused by a collision.
Front pedestrian braking works in a similar way, except it alerts you and engages the brakes if it detects a pedestrian in the path of your Equinox. Meanwhile, the following distance indicator will alert you if it detects that you are driving too close to the vehicle in front of you. The system also has features that can help you when changing lanes. Lane keep assist with lane departure warning will alert you if you drift over a line without first signaling. In addition, the system will use slight steering adjustments to keep you from drifting over the line.
The final standard feature on the Chevy Safety Assist suite of features is IntelliBeam auto high beam assist. If you have ever been driving late at night, it can become somewhat distracting to turn your car’s high beams on and off. IntelliBeam will do this for you, engaging the high beams as soon as the system detects that the light levels are too low for safe driving. It will then automatically turn them off when the outside light becomes brighter or if it detects another vehicle in front of you. This will ensure that you don’t distract the other driver.
The 2022 Chevy Equinox also comes with the Chevy Teen Driver system. Chevrolet knows that many parents buy an Equinox as the first car for the new driver in their family. Since you can’t always be there when your kids are driving, the Teen Driver system will be there for you. Not only does it help you set limits on the volume of the Chevy Infotainment 3 system and make it impossible for your kids to disengage the safety systems on the Equinox, but Teen Driver also acts as a chaperone, providing you with a post-trip report on your young driver’s performance.