If you’re seeking a compact crossover that feels more like a mid-size SUV, look no further than the 2022 Chevy Equinox. It’s one of the best-selling vehicles in its class, and not just because of its expansive interior cabin and generous 63.9 cubic feet of cargo space. People flock to the Equinox for its affordable price tag.
Starting at just over $25,000, the Equinox features a stylish exterior with a newly-redesigned front end, giving it a refined curb appeal that belies its entry-level price tag. All-new for 2022, the RS trim outfits the Equinox in dramatic exterior black accenting and special jet black seating with red trim that pops, offering buyers a little extra spice and a way to stand out.
A variety of standard driver-assist safety features headline the Equinox’s practical attributes, giving families and safety-focused buyers a compelling reason to take a closer look. Features like Forward Collision Alert and Lane Keep Assist work to keep drivers safer during common driving situations – like changing lanes – where the risk of an accident increases.
If you’re in the market for a smaller crossover but aren’t willing to compromise on space, check out the 2022 Chevy Equinox lineup. Affordability, safety, and technology combine in this popular category of sales leader.
The 2022 Chevy Equinox is available in four different trims, each offering a generous list of standard comfort and convenience features. New for 2022 is the sporty RS trim, along with an upgraded grille design for the entire lineup that features modern LED headlights and daytime driving lights. It’s available in eight different exterior colors, including a muted Seaglass Blue Metallic and a bold Cherry Red.
One look at the Equinox, and the word that comes to mind is sculpted. It catches the light via sleek body panels with enough sharp transitions to convey an edgy curb appeal, but not so much that it loses its timelessness. The Equinox gives off more refined, elegant style cues, leaving out any hint of vague trendiness, which serves it well in a segment that’s full of boxy, futuristic choices that are likely to fall out of fashion quickly.
The LS trim offers the best option for bargain shoppers, thanks to its mid-$20,000 price tag. The LS features standard Chevrolet Safety Assist, a suite of driver-assist systems, as well as Teen Driver technology, a system that lets parents monitor teen driving habits from a distance and set boundary limits. The system also features a buckle-to-drive reminder and radio volume limiters to keep new drivers safer.
The Equinox LS comes standard with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, an included feature not typically seen on entry trim level models in this segment. While many competing vehicles offer smartphone integration as standard equipment, it’s not common to see the wireless connectivity feature on an entry-level vehicle.
The Equinox LT represents a gradual price increase of just over $1,000 and includes all the features found on the LS, along with LED Daytime Running Lights, an 8-way power driver’s seat, and a color driver information display. An Advanced Safety Package is available, which adds Adaptive Cruise Control, outside heated mirrors, and HD Surround Vision.
Choosing the LT trim opens a gateway to several optional features, including the opportunity to upgrade the standard 7-inch touchscreen to a more robust 8-inch HD version that runs on Chevy’s Infotainment 3 Plus System. This feature and others are available by way of a handful of comfort and convenience package extras that aren’t available on the base LS.
Brand new to the Equinox lineup for 2022, the RS steps over the $30,000 mark and is all about bold, sporty upgrades. It features a special grille design, black badging, and exterior trim accents, as well as trim-exclusive 19-inch black wheels. The RS also includes a rear power liftgate, heated front seats, and front and rear park assist.
Other luxury appointments found on this trim include a leather-wrapped steering wheel and dual-zone automatic climate control. The standard Driver Convenience Package adds a remote start feature, dual-zone climate control, and a power programmable liftgate. If you want the sportiest Equinox, this is the trim for you.
At the top end of the trim range sits the Equinox Premier. Designed with luxury in mind, the Premier offers leather-appointed heated seats with a driver memory feature, 18-inch aluminum wheels, and the Chevrolet Infotainment 3 Plus System accessed via a dash-mounted 8-inch touchscreen. An HD rear vision camera and a heated steering wheel are also standard.
Add the available Confidence & Convenience II Package and equip your Premier with an HD Surround Vision camera system that provides a bird’s eye view around the entire vehicle. You'll also get Adaptive Cruise Control, an 8-way power passenger seat, heated rear seats, and heated/ventilated front seats. Automatic Parking Assist is also included in this package.
The 2022 Equinox is powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that generates 170 horsepower and 203 lb-ft of torque, plenty of power for its max tow rating of 1,500 pounds. The engine is coupled with a 6-speed automatic transmission for smooth shifting and availability of torque at lower gears (which helps with acceleration).
Even with all that power, the Equinox still offers fuel economy ratings of up to 26 MPG city and 31 MPG highway. Comparatively, it’s more fuel-efficient than many other compact crossovers, and since the Equinox comes with a 15.6-gallon fuel tank, road trippers can expect well over 450 miles of range on a single tank of gas.
All Equinox trims are available in either front-wheel drive or switchable all-wheel drive configurations. Chevy’s extensive suite of driver-assist systems is also standard across the entire lineup and includes:
The Driver Confidence II Package comes standard on the RS and Premier and is optional on the LS and LT. This package adds Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert. A Safety Alert Seat is standard on the Premier and works by vibrating the driver’s seat bottom cushion if the driver-assist sensors detect a crash risk.
What’s the big headline on the feature-rich Equinox? Technology, and lots of it. The Chevrolet Infotainment System lets you connect and integrate your smartphone to dial in features like navigation, music streaming, and voice texting while you’re on the go. Never miss a call or text, and even connect with Amazon Alexa smart home devices for added convenience.
The Equinox LS, LT, and RS come equipped with a 7-inch touchscreen. If you elect to purchase a Premier, you’ll receive an upgraded 8-inch screen. Also available on the LT, RS, and Premier is an 8-inch infotainment touchscreen system with connected Navigation. The Equinox also offers a 4G LTE Wi-Fi Hotspot that buyers can activate with a data plan.
One of several compelling reasons to choose the Equinox over other SUVs is its ample cabin and cargo space: more space than is typical for a compact SUV. The cabin’s 60/40 split-bench seat makes configuring the cabin for a variety of passengers and gear is easy. With a few simple adjustments, the Equinox can accommodate up to 63.9 cubic feet of cargo space.
The Equinox also features a hidden storage compartment underneath the rear cargo area, which is great for stowing sports gear or valuables out of sight and keeping the main cargo area free for other items. The available hands-free power liftgate makes loading and unloading painless, especially when your hands are full. A generously sized center console provides additional in-cabin storage.
On the inside, the Equinox works for both the driver and passengers. It’s spacious and offers plenty of extras, like ample USB charging ports and an available Wi-Fi hotspot, to keep everyone busy and connected. Overall passenger volume sits at 103.5 cubic feet, which is especially generous for a compact SUV. There’s 40.9 inches of legroom in the front and nearly as much – 39.9 inches to be exact – in the rear.