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2022 Chevrolet Equinox Review: Fresh-Faced But Not Ready For Center Stage

Competing in one of the most popular segments in the USA, the 2022 Chevy Equinox will have to put up one heck of a fight to stand out. Luckily, it has just received a refresh for the new model year to give it a bit of an edge. Unfortunately, the updates did not include the return of the 2.0-liter four-pot, so the compact crossover is left with the weaker, albeit more economical, 1.5-liter turbo that didn't do much to help its case last year. This means that it has access to a mere 170 horsepower and 203 lb-ft of torque. The rest of the changes are mostly cosmetic, though that isn't a bad thing, as one of the biggest black marks against the previous model was its lackluster interior. Considering how its chief competitors - the Nissan Rogue, Mazda CX-5, and Kia Sorento - are upping their game, does the new Chevy Equinox bring enough to the table to win over its US consumers, even with a home-field advantage?

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2022 Chevrolet Equinox Changes: What’s The Difference vs The 2021 Chevrolet Equinox?

Much to the disappointment of gold bowtie fans, the Chevrolet Equinox is not seeing a return of the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. Instead, the mid-cycle refresh is focused purely on improving the quality of the vehicle. The Equinox now boasts a new front and rear fascia, as well as a more enticing grille design. This is rounded out with brand-new LED headlamps and daytime running lights. Both the base model and LT receive higher-quality interiors and the all-new RS model slots in above them. At the bottom of the lineup, the previous L model falls away, so the LS is the new entry-level variant. It sports aggressive black exterior trim, along with 19-inch Dark Android wheels and black interior inserts with red contrast stitching. The Premier still tops the range, and it gets a black grille with chrome inserts to announce itself, as well as a premium interior trim finish and a logo-projection liftgate. All models will have wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, heated exterior power-folding mirrors, and access to front and rear park assist and automatic parking assist. New exterior colors include Blue Glow Metallic, Seaglass Blue Metallic, Iron Gray Metallic, and the added-cost Cherry Red Tintcoat.

Pros and Cons

  • Good amount of passenger and cargo space
  • More impressive interior than before
  • Comfortable ride quality
  • Comprehensive infotainment and safety suites
  • No stronger engine options
  • Interior is still more durable than stylish
  • Mediocre fuel economy

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2022 Chevrolet Equinox Trims

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
LS
1.5L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
6-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$26,300
LT
1.5L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
6-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$27,400
RS
1.5L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
6-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$30,600
Premier
1.5L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
6-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$31,500
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2022 Equinox Exterior

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Dimensions

  • Length 183.1 in
  • Wheelbase 107.3 in
  • Height 65.4 in
  • Max Width 72.6 in
  • Front Width 62.2 in
  • Rear Width 62.2 in
  • Curb Weight 3,325.0 lbs

2022 Equinox Performance

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Engine and Transmission

  • Engine
    1.5L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
  • Transmission
    6-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrains
    AWD, FWD

Handling and Driving Impressions

You wouldn't be blamed for expecting rather lame driving from the Equinox, considering the feeble outputs of its four-pot powertrain. However, you'd be wrong. It handles remarkably well for its size, which just makes the lack of power all the more depressing. At lower speeds, where you're likely to spend most of your time, steering is light and responsive. This makes the compact crossover easy to maneuver in traffic or around busy parking lots.

If you have the patience to sit on the accelerator until you get up to a decent speed, this changes. The steering gains a bit of heft and feedback improves. If there was the ability to get a boost of power at these speeds when tackling curves and bends, it would actually be rather fun. The brakes are also up to the task, with a good pedal feel and a lot of stopping power.

Overall, ride comfort is impressive. The heavy weight of the Chevy almost seems to smooth over any bumps it encounters. The larger wheels of the Premier and especially the RS negatively impact this. Similarly, road and wind noise are not as well dampened as they could be.

2022 Equinox Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity
    5-seater
  • Front Leg Room 40.9 in
  • Front Head Room 40.0 in
  • Rear Leg Room 39.9 in
  • Rear Head Room 38.5 in

2022 Equinox Trunk and Cargo Space

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2022 Equinox Safety and Reliability

Warranty

  • Warranty Note:
    Preliminary 2022 Warranty \ 
  • Basic:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain Note:
    Qualified Fleet Purchases: 5 Years \ 100,000 Miles
  • Rust-Through:
    6 Years \ 100,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance Note:
    Qualified Fleet Purchases: 5 Years \ 100,000 Miles
  • Maintenance Note:
    1 Year \ 1 Visit

US NHTSA Crash Test Result

  • Overall Rating
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
  • Side Crash Rating
  • Rollover Rating

Verdict: Is the 2022 Chevrolet Equinox A Good SUV?

If you're not looking to make a splash or turn any heads, the Equinox is a perfectly suitable choice when it comes to a compact family SUV. It's certainly a safe one, with mostly good ratings from the NHTSA and IIHS, and loads of safety features even on the cheaper base models. The creature comforts are a bit limited, though, unless you're willing to spend more on one of the upper trims.

Passenger space is ample, both up front and in the back, but the cargo area could be larger, with some rivals offering quite a bit more room. And, while Chevrolet has done a good job of improving the overall quality of its vehicle, the Equinox is still not a very premium feeling car, especially considering it still costs more than the Honda CR-V and Mazda CX-5. The latter feels more refined by far. We can't fault the Chevy for its good comfort levels, though.

What we can complain about is the tired 1.5-liter engine. Yes, the automaker dropped the larger 2.0L option from the lineup because not many people were buying it, but having the choice was always nice. The smaller-capacity unit will never endow the compact SUV with any level of driving prowess, which is a shame because it has the potential to be a fun car. This list of hit-and-miss qualities is what condemns the Chevrolet Equinox to being a middling vehicle. It's not bad, definitely, but it's not great, either. Still, you probably won't regret buying one, though you may get the occasional pang of FOMO when you see someone dashing around in a CX-5 or packing half their household belongings into the back of a CR-V.

2022 Chevrolet Equinox Comparisons

Ford Escape Ford
Chevrolet Traverse
CompetitorHorsepowerMPGPrice (MSRP)
Chevrolet Equinox175 hp26/31 mpg$26,600
Ford Escape 181 hp28/34 mpg$27,185
Chevrolet Traverse 310 hp18/27 mpg$33,700

2022 Chevrolet Equinox vs Ford Escape

These two American rivals are more similar than they might like to admit. Both suffer from lackluster base powertrains and a reputation for middling quality, though Ford at least gives you the option of upgrading to a turbo four-pot. With its new face, the Equinox is able to contend with the edgier-looking Ford, and it also boasts an improved interior. However, the Escape has the better tech. The safety specs are almost identical, but the Escape has a much nicer infotainment interface. It also gets a larger trunk, which is one of the Chevy's biggest weaknesses. On top of all this, the Ford manages to get better fuel-economy figures with the smaller engine and FWD. This only improves if you opt for one of its hybrid configurations, which actually improves power outputs, too. The winner here is clear.

See Ford Escape Review

2022 Chevrolet Equinox vs Chevrolet Traverse

The question here is how much space do you actually need? The Traverse is a much larger vehicle than the Equinox, so passenger and cargo room are significantly higher. Behind the third-row seats it offers 23 cubic feet, which isn't too far behind the Equinox's base capacity, though fold down the rear seats and it easily bests the smaller crossover with 57.8 cubic feet. Naturally, this makes it heavier and in need of more power, which is provided by a competent V6 engine. This hurts fuel economy, but most buyers will find it a small price to pay. The upside is a much higher towing capacity of 5,000 lbs. This is because the Traverse just feels more polished overall. It has a nice infotainment setup and boasts an even more comprehensive safety suite than the Equinox. So long as you aren't strapped for cash, the larger Traverse is the better choice, but if you really don't need the space, the Equinox won't do you wrong.

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