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Chevy and Honda are two of the most popular car brands in the United States. Both are widely known for their reliability, affordability, and their attention to detail focused on their passengers. It is no wonder if you are struggling to choose between their top-selling SUVs: the 2022 Chevy Equinox and the 2022 Honda CR-V. This is precisely why, here at McCluskey Chevrolet, we've put together a comparison between these two desirable models to help you determine which is more suitable for you.
The 2022 Chevy Equinox and the 2022 Honda CR-V are compact SUVs commonly seen venturing through the streets of Cincinnati and cruising down the highway. While you may not see too many of them hitting the trails, they are a favorable choice for families and commuters looking for an all-in-one vehicle. They offer style, convenience, flexible cabin space, and versatile performance, all at an affordable price. But as similar as these two models are, depending on your specific requirements, you'll find yourself leaning towards one over the other. Without further ado, let's take a look at the comparison of the 2022 Chevy Equinox vs 2022 Honda CR-V to get you into the driver's seat of your next SUV.
Compact vehicles are great for maneuvering through the narrow streets of Cincinnati or for parking in tight spaces at the grocery store. When you're looking for an SUV, the last thing you need is a vehicle too large for you to make those tight corners in the parking garage or drive through the city. Sure the extra interior space is nice, but it makes driving that much more complicated and less enjoyable. An SUV is supposed to be versatile, which is why smaller SUVs like the compact 2022 Chevy Equinox and 2022 Honda CR-V are perfect for handling both the open road and confined spaces.
Now, if we venture beyond size and how it affects the performance of these compact SUVs and take a look under their hoods, we'll find that both models are powered by a 1.5L turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The CR-V is available as a hybrid model, but it costs over $5,000 more, so we will only focus on the gasoline-powered models. The standard powertrains differ between these two models in their transmissions. The 2022 Chevy Equinox transfers the power of its engine to the wheels with a traditional six-speed automatic transmission, whereas the 2022 Honda CR-V uses a CVT (continuously variable transmission).
Since the CVT runs efficiently at all times with its pulley system instead of shifting through gears, we'll find that the CR-V produces slightly better fuel economy than the Equinox at the cost of a less responsive driving experience. The CR-V is estimated to get 30 MPG combined with front-wheel drive versus the 28 MPG combined of the front-wheel-drive Equinox. Even with the automatic transmission, the 2022 Chevy Equinox drives just as smoothly as the 2022 Honda CR-V. Plus, with the added strength of the automatic transmission, the Equinox can produce more power, with 203 lb-ft of torque versus the 179 lb-ft from the CR-V, making Chevy's model more capable than its competitor.
One of the benefits of buying an SUV is the versatility of its capabilities. Not only are you buying a passenger and commuter vehicle with great gas mileage like a sedan, but you're also getting a vehicle that can handle unexpected conditions on the road easier than a car, with the ability to tow like a truck when needed. When comparing models as similar as the 2022 Chevy Equinox and 2022 Honda CR-V, both of which are available with all-wheel drive and towing capabilities, you need to dig deeper into their capabilities to see how they differ from one another to determine which is better for your driving needs.
All-wheel drive makes traveling in inclement weather and unfavorable road conditions much easier and safer than front-wheel drive. If you're looking for control of your vehicle's performance to ensure you are getting the most optimal and efficient experience, no matter what the conditions may be, then all-wheel drive is what you need. Even better, with Chevy's Switchable All-Wheel Drive, you can turn the all-wheel-drive off in your Equinox when the road and weather conditions are favorable to ensure you're getting the best gas mileage at all times.
Although neither the 2022 Chevy Equinox nor the 2022 Honda CR-V can tow anywhere near what a large SUV or truck can handle, they sure can make camping a little easier by towing around a small camper. Both models are rated to handle up to 1,500 pounds, but with the extra torque and longer wheelbase of the Equinox, towing will be less stressful on your vehicle. Even just a little extra power can go a long way when towing, especially from a stop or up a hill. Not to mention, higher torque makes tackling off-road excursions a breeze also. In the end, it seems as though the 2022 Chevy Equinox, although similar in specifications, provides more versatility with its capabilities than the 2022 Honda CR-V.
Performance and capabilities are not the only features that you should be concerned about when looking for your next vehicle. A vehicle's exterior appearance is what catches your attention, its performance and capabilities are what draw you in, but the interior is what seals the deal. No matter how attractive or how powerful and capable the vehicle may be, none of it matters if you're uncomfortable and miserable behind the steering wheel. Let's get personal with the 2022 Chevy Equinox and 2022 Honda CR-V and compare what their interiors have to offer to provide you with an enjoyable ride no matter where the road takes you.
For compact SUVs, these two models have ample space to offer their passengers and whatever belongings they deem essential for the ride. Since the 2022 Honda CR-V is slightly larger, it is expected to provide more interior space overall than the 2022 Chevy Equinox. But with a total of 105.9 cubic feet of passenger volume compared to the 103.5 cubic feet in the Equinox, there's not much room to boast. Even the cargo space of the CR-V is only slightly larger, with a total of 75.8 cubic feet behind the front seats versus the 63.9 cubic feet behind the front row of the Equinox.
Where the 2022 Chevy Equinox flourishes in comparison to the 2022 Honda CR-V is with interior features and amenities. Along with having plenty of room for all of your passengers to stretch their legs and bring along their essentials, you need an interior that appeals to all of your other senses. Since Chevy has a reputation for making premium features attainable by all, it shouldn't be a surprise that even the base model Chevy Equinox LT, which starts with a lower MSRP than the base model Honda CR-V LX, provides a refined cabin space designed with comfort, technology, and convenience in mind.
Every 2022 Chevy Equinox comes equipped with Chevy Active Noise Cancellation to minimize road noise with the assistance of its standard six-speaker factory audio system. The 2022 Honda CR-V doesn't benefit from any noise reduction and only comes standard with a four-speaker audio system. The base model CR-V doesn't even come with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto capability, meaning you will be relying solely on Bluetooth connectivity to stream music and take hands-free calls. Seems old-fashioned don't you think? In fact, the base model CR-V doesn't even have a touchscreen, and even the top trim only has a 7-inch display––the same size as the base model Equinox.
As for comfort, with an 8-way power adjusting driver's seat with 2-way lumbar control available on even the base model, you're customizable comfort level driving the Equinox exceeds that of the CR-V. Although there are only four Equinox trims to choose from versus the five for the CR-V, for the interior to even compare with what the Equinox has to offer, you'd need to opt for the highest level 2022 Honda CR-V Touring. But beware, the top-level CR-V comes with a heftier price tag than the more appealing 2022 Chevy Equinox Premier.
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