the Chevy Equinox has always been known for its impressive interior space, decent list of technologies and features, and for delivering a comfortable travel experience, which has made it one of the best-selling models in the compact SUV segment. With the arrival of the third generation Equinox, which was launched in 2018, Chevrolet has managed to improve it even further by offering an updated interior and exterior design, refined powertrains, superb build quality and much more. others.
Part of this third generation series, the 2022 Chevrolet Equinox continues the philosophy very well, while offering a slightly modified front and rear design, new RS trim and a long list of interior features and design updates. The more powerful 2-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine is also no longer available. With competition from Ford Escape, Subaru Forester and Honda CR-V, here are 10 things you need to know before buying the 2022 Chevrolet Equinox.
ten Poor performance and acceleration
This 2022 iteration is getting a minor facelift and some notable changes have been incorporated into the third generation Chevrolet Equinox. One of them is the removal of the more powerful 2-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine that was present in the outgoing 2021 model. Currently, the Equinox only comes with the 1.5-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine producing 170 hp and 203 lb-ft of torque.
This makes the 2022 Chevrolet Equinox one of the worst performers in the compact crossover segment, which will be a deal breaker for many buyers. Acceleration is quite sluggish and the car takes time to reach highway speeds. There’s no grunt to pass fast-paced freeway traffic, either. The 0-60 mph time of 8.7 seconds and quarter-mile time of 16.9 seconds are pretty poor for the segment.
9 Slow-shifting 6-speed automatic
In order to make it a frugal offering, Chevrolet has managed to tune the transmission so that the car runs at a very low rpm throughout its journey. As a result, shift times are very high.
Put your foot in from sixth gear and you’ll notice its long response time to kick. That 6-speed torque converter automatic transmission feels a bit silly, especially compared to the Ford Escape, and that also contributes to poor acceleration times. However, this automatic transmission is quite smooth in operation.
8 Very spacious
Even though the 2022 Chevrolet Equinox is not a driver’s car, passengers are going to enjoy the cabin experience. Being a compact 5-passenger crossover SUV, the Equinox offers decent head and legroom for front-seat occupants, like most of its rivals. The shoulder room is also adequate and they wouldn’t feel very claustrophobic.
The back seat more or less resembles the front seats. Even though the space isn’t as impressive as the Honda CR-V and Ford Escape, even the tallest passengers would find the back seat quite comfortable. The seat is reclined at the perfect angle, and the seat itself has good under-thigh support and a comfortable armrest. Cargo capacity is also top-notch, which is further surpassed by the 60/40 split rear seat.
7 Decent handling
The suspension of the 2022 Chevrolet Equinox turned out to be much better than that of its rivals. The front gets the McPherson strut and the rear comes with a four-link setup. The suspension is neither too stiff nor too soft, making it plantable on the highways as well as a hoot for cruising on twisty roads.
If you opt for versions equipped with full-time all-wheel drive, the 2022 Equinox handles beautifully without major understeer or body roll when cornering with a bit of gusto. The steering is not jittery and also offers impressive feel and feedback, making it the best steering setup in the segment.
6 Inner quality is mixed bag
Like most budget-priced Chevrolets, the 2022 Chevrolet Equinox retains average interior quality, fit and finish, especially when compared to the excellent Honda CR-V. Most of Equinox’s dash and door boards are covered in reasonably soft-touch plastics, which makes them look pretty good on first glance.
However, the lower parts of the dash and areas near the footwell are hard plastic, which bogs down the otherwise good cabin experience. Fit and finish fall short of the best of the bunch, which is noticeable in uneven panel gaps and fit issues. However, the switchgear seems very high-end. The same goes for the chunky leather-wrapped steering wheel.
5 Sleek exterior design
The exterior has changed a lot for this 2022 iteration, with an all-new front fascia and many other styling cues, all of which have helped the Equinox become a more masculine and good-looking car. The front gets a new LED headlight with perfectly integrated LED DRL, an updated grille and a more modern bumper.
Coming with eight exterior colors and the Hit The Road Package which includes a few exterior elements like roof rack rails and molded running boards, the 2022 Equinox manages to stand out a bit. The side profile is highlighted by the character lines, 18-inch alloy wheels and subtle fender flares. The rear gets an updated bumper and the striking LED taillight, both of which look pretty cool. The Equinox’s new RS trim is also lovely, with plenty of blacked-out bits.
4 Infotainment comes with full functionality
The 7-inch MyLink infotainment system comes standard with all trims of the 2022 Chevrolet Equinox and it’s one of the most intuitive and polished systems in the price bracket. The screen is quite bright and punchy, and the menu layout is very easy to navigate. Apart from that, there are also buttons and knobs that are neatly integrated into the center stack, making it easy for the driver to operate while driving. conduct.
As for the features offered, all the necessary connectivity and entertainment features like Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, SiriusXM radio, navigation, voice control, steering wheel audio control, USB ports, auxiliaries and Bluetooth are on board. Apart from that, there is also an optional 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system which is slightly better than the standard unit. Audio quality through the 6-speaker audio system also proved satisfactory.
3 Both interior and exterior get all the relevant features
When it comes to the features on offer, Chevrolet didn’t skimp too much. At a base MSRP of $30,545, even the base trim doesn’t look very spartan, like the Subaru Forester. The base LS version of the Equinox comes with a decent list of kits including active noise control, Bluetooth connectivity, touchscreen infotainment system, Chevy security assist, zero-entry and zero-start key, and many more.
However, if you opt for the premium Premier version, it is fully equipped with features such as heated seats, leather upholstery, automatic climate control system, 18-inch alloy wheels, Bose 6-speed audio system speakers, automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane keeping assist, lane departure warning and many more as standard. An impressive list of options and packages are also offered.
2 One of the safest compact SUVs
Like the outgoing 2021 model, this 2022 iteration has also proven to be a safe bet. With impressive build quality due to the high tensile steel construction coupled with all the safety and driver assistance features on offer, the 2022 Equinox managed to retain the overall 5 star crash safety rating. NHTSA testing.
The IIHS also gave a good rating in most subsections. When it comes to safety features, all the basics like ABS, airbags, StabiliTrak, OnStar and Chevrolet connected services, rear view camera and more are standard. Driver assist features like automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane keep assist with lane departure warning, and more are also standard.
1 Not the most frugal option
If you’re expecting the 2022 Chevrolet Equinox to top fuel efficiency numbers thanks to the tiny 1.5-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine mated to a slow-shifting automatic transmission, you’re going to be surprised. Even though it proved to be more economical than the older car’s more powerful 2-litre engine, it’s still not as frugal as segment rivals.
This compact crossover managed to give a city gas mileage of 26 mpg and a highway gas mileage of 31 mpg, which equates to a combined gas mileage of 28 mpg. With a fuel tank capacity of 14.9 gallons, it could go 462 miles on the highway on a full tank of fuel. However, all rivals like the Ford Escape, Subaru Forester and Honda CR-V produced better fuel efficiency numbers.
The Equinox finds it easy to stay on top of the most popular compact SUVs on the market.
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