Sometimes drivers require a specific set of qualities that you won't find in your average sedan. SUVs are built to be the ideal choice for any driver who needs a wide-open cabin, excellent performance, and an impressive slate of safety features. In the case of the 2022 Chevy Equinox, this is exactly what you'll get. We're no strangers to the Chevy Equinox as it's been actively produced since the mid-2000s and remains Chevy's most popular SUV, but nothing stays still in the automotive industry for long, and Equinox has been treated to a wealth of enhancements over the years. This year's Equinox includes new features over its predecessor, and there are some changes to note, including the addition of a new trim level, power-adjustable mirrors with a heating function, and the inclusion of Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The 2022 Chevy Equinox can be found with a starting price of $25,800, and this base model is no joke in regards to value.* LS is the base Equinox trim, and there are many reasons as to why this trim may satisfy a majority of its drivers. Firstly, this Equinox trim, along with every following trim, now includes Chevy Safety Assist standard, which adds advanced safety features that aren't always found in competing vehicles. This is then complemented by popular features such as Teen Driver, which is one of the best tools for teaching younger drivers how to operate a vehicle. Trims that follow LS such as LT and RS will add a dash of luxury to the mix with power-adjustable heated seats, a power liftgate for easy access to your trunk, and more.
Chevy simplified the performance profile of the Equinox, starting with last year's model when the available powertrain configurations were reduced to just one. To the dismay of some, the more powerful engine was the one to get shelved, but the remaining powertrain still performs quite well. The powertrain that you'll find inside of the 2022 Equinox consists of a turbocharged 1.5L four-cylinder engine that comes paired to a 6-speed automatic transmission. Small, yet powerful and efficient, this turbocharged engine can produce 170 hp and 203 lb-ft of torque, making it well-suited for everyday travel and providing a towing capacity of 1,500 lbs. Another benefit that not having another available engine has is increasing the base model's appeal, which means that more customers can be satisfied at a lower price.
Powerful and Efficient
With the engine inside the 2022 Equinox being turbocharged, this comes with additional benefits because of its smaller size and fuel efficiency. As is usually the case with powertrains, the fuel economy ratings that your Equinox receives will slightly differ between the FWD and AWD models, but not by much. Equinox models with FWD earned EPA-estimated ratings of 26 MPG city and 31 MPG highway, while AWD models are rated for 25 MPG mpg city and 30 MPG highway. When it comes to SUVs, fuel efficiency is something to consider as poor efficiency can lead to a pricier vehicle over time. As a daily commuter, the 2022 Equinox will save you a considerable amount of money in the long run.
The interior of the 2022 Equinox is one of the main selling points of the automobile as a whole. This is true in regards to everything from tech-orientated features to the build quality and spaciousness of its cabin. Starting with the dimensions of the cabin itself, this year's Equinox will seat five passengers, and as is usually the case with SUVs, the rear-row of seats will be a tad less open. However, this vehicle has been complemented by a host of critics for providing a less cramped rear-row of seats than other vehicles in its class. Adults will still sit comfortably in the back as the measurements are quite similar.
Opting for an Equinox without a sunroof will also increase the headroom in the front and back rows. Passengers sitting in the front row of the Equinox will have 40 inches of headroom and 40.9 inches of legroom, and passengers in the back row will have 38.2 inches of headroom and 39.9 inches of legroom. The spaciousness of the cabin also means you'll have an outstanding amount of cargo space that you can use freely with a minimum of 29.9 cu.ft. of space when every seat is in use. Many times, the best SUVs are noted for their incredible cargo space, and the Equinox does not disappoint with 63.9 cu.ft. at its best, which is certainly decent for a compact SUV.
The comfort of the driver and each passenger was something that Chevy has put plenty of focus on for the 2022 Equinox. Drivers who purchase the Premier trim will have the option of replacing their 4-way manual driver's seat with an 8-way power-adjustable driver's seat, and the front-seat passenger can be treated to one of these as well. Dual-zone automatic climate control can also be integrated into the Equinox, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel can be accompanied by leather-trimmed seats.
Technology is a part of the experience that has received much research and development over the years, and the 2022 Equinox is both the most technologically impressive and most connected model year yet. Like last year, an infotainment center is included with every trim, starting with a 7-inch screen that can be upgraded to an 8-inch variant. This system is compatible with Bluetooth for audio playback from your smartphone without a wire, and the cord has also been cut for the new implementation of Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Last year's implementation of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto still required a USB connection, but the 2022 Equinox goes ahead and even grants the base model with this exciting feature. Phone calls, text messages, directions, and more can all be accessed through these two features. Many of the functions that you're able to utilize don't even require you to take your eyes off the road or your hands off of the wheel thanks to voice-activated commands.
Chevy is well known for supplying vehicles that more customers can rely on, thanks to many advanced safety features. Where other manufacturers will nickel and dime you along the way to get some of these highlighted features, Chevy implements them as standard with the inclusion of Chevy Safety Assist. This package of safety features includes all different kinds to help you stay safe during a majority of everyday driving scenarios, from city commuting to highway travel.
One of these features is Automatic Emergency Braking, and thanks to its inclusion, your Equinox will know to apply the brakes in a dangerous situation, such as when approaching another driver too quickly. Not only will you have this helping hand for stopping your vehicle against vehicle collisions, but pedestrians will also be safe with a highly similar feature called Front Pedestrian Braking. Of course, these features can't guarantee absolute security against these accidents, and some driver intervention is still required. Fortunately, the 2022 Equinox also includes a Forward Collision Alert, which will activate before Automatic Emergency Braking, giving the driver enough time to apply the brakes themselves.
Other included features for the 2022 Equinox include the Following Distance Indicator, which will show you an estimated time frame between yourself and a vehicle in front of you based on data regarding distance and speed. To increase your visibility at night, IntelliBeam Automatic Highbeams are included to alleviate your duties of manually adjusting your headlights. These are designed to turn on and off depending on current road conditions and visibility.
Highway travel can sometimes be the most dangerous, and one of the reasons for this is the attention required to change lanes. Lane Departure Warning is included as part of Chevy Safety Assist, and this is an alert system that warns drivers that they're unintentionally departing their lane. Lane Keep Assist is another included feature that is activated when the vehicle begins changing lanes without the driver's control, and slight corrections to your vehicle's steering will place you back right where you need to be, in your intended lane.