The crossover SUV has captured the public’s imagination in a way we haven't seen since the debut of the original SUV in the 90s. The versatility offered by this platform seems to encapsulate everything consumers are looking for in a vehicle: the cargo space of a truck, the passenger room of a van, the handling and fuel economy of a car and the elevated view and drivetrain options of a full-size SUV. While some auto manufacturers are content to churn out slightly smaller versions of established models, some have approached the class from the ground up and reaped the rewards. Few vehicles encapsulate everything drivers seem to love about the crossover segment quite as well as the 2022 Chevy Equinox.
The Equinox has earned glowing reviews from drivers and critics alike for its ability to synthesize some of the most popular features on the market into one attractively styled package. The 2022 model year sees a refresh for Chevrolet’s flagship crossover SUVs. The mid-cycle refresh includes a number of striking design changes and the integration of some fun new tech features, trim levels, and color options. Let’s take a closer look at the long-awaited 2022 Equinox and see what surprises Chevy has in store this time around.
The 2022 Equinox includes an impressive host of standard safety features and even features an innovative new driving mode that will give parents of teen drivers some much-needed peace of mind. The Equinox comes equipped with a rearview camera, Forward Collision Warning, Automatic Emergency Braking, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, and Chevy’s IntelliBeam Auto High Beam Assist, all as part of the Chevy Safety Assist suite.
Optional safety features range from Front and Rear Park Assist and Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert to Adaptive Cruise Control and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. You can also get an HD Surround Vision camera system that stitches together video feeds from every angle to give drivers a helpful sense of their surroundings. The 2021 iteration of the Equinox earned Top Safety Pick honors from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety, boasting the highest possible ratings in vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention, so the 2022 model can be expected to earn similar ratings.
Teen Driver Mode is an intriguing new feature found on several recent Chevy models. Designed to give parents one less thing to worry about, this suite of safety and analytics tools will make sure your teen driver is on their best behavior even when they’re off on their own. The industry-first Buckle to Drive technology ensures the car won’t move until everyone is properly fastened. Likewise, the audio mute feature will pause your teen’s favorite playlist until they buckle up. Parents can also set audio and speed limits, speed warnings with audio and visual cues, as well as get a full rundown of any antics with the in-vehicle report card, which displays relevant information such as maximum speed, speeding warnings, following distance, and forward collision alerts.
As far as design is concerned, the Equinox carries over the same engine as last year's model. The 1.5-liter turbo produces 170 horsepower and 203 lb-ft of torque. It has respectable fuel economy ratings as well, getting 26 MPG in the city and 31 MPG on the highway with the front-wheel drive setup and 25 MPG city and 30 MPG highway with all-wheel drive. These figures stack up well against the segment’s average, with the four-cylinder engine providing decent pep for the price.
Chevy’s has further enhanced efficiency with its engine start/stop system, which reduces power when the engine is idling to save valuable fuel. In response to some driver feedback, the start/stop system can be disengaged at the push of a button on the 2022 Equinox, giving drivers more flexibility when it comes to customizing their driving experience.
The crossover’s cargo room truly sets the crossover apart in its segment. With nearly 64 cubic feet of cargo volume and 60/40 split-bench seats, the Equinox is a weekender’s dream, able to accommodate all the tents, coolers, sleeping bags, and cords of wood you’ll need to keep the campfire going well into the night. The Equinox also consistently ranks among the roomiest compact SUVs on the market, making it the ideal choice for larger families or those who tend to always have their rear seat folded flat to accommodate one project or another. The crossover has generous dimensions all-around, with a particularly roomy second row that will keep the kids from fighting and provide ample legroom for adults.
Chevy nixed the previously base-level L trim package for 2022, but it’s a fair trade-off as the model ads the stylish RS trim for this year. All models are built on the same 1.5-liter turbo four-cylinder engine churning out 170 horsepower through a six-speed automatic transmission, but there are still plenty of options to choose from with the LS, LT, and Premier all returning for the 2022 model year and the sporty new RS making its debut.
Starting at $25,800,* the LS represents the new base-level Equinox for 2022 and is available in all-wheel drive. While it includes a respectable number of features and the same refreshed styling as other trim packages, some drivers might well opt for the price bump to get to the LT level. The LT package sees the addition of bright LED daytime running lamps, SiriusXM radio tinted windows, eight-way power driver’s seats, and a 4.2-inch driver information screen.
A first for the Equinox, the RS trim is Chevy’s popular race-inspired makeover that originally debuted on the first and second generations of the legendary Chevrolet Camero. Short for “Rally Sport,” the RS trim gives the family-friendly crossover a bit of a streetwise edge with a number of aesthetic flourishes. The RS slots in just below the luxury-leaning Premier as the second-most expensive configuration for the 2022 model.
While the RS trim doesn’t see any improvement to overall performance, the attractive styling is sure to turn heads. The package features a moodier color scheme than its counterparts, opting for black accents throughout. These include 19-inch aluminum wheels painted in a Dark Android finish, Gloss Black mesh grille, side rails and window surround on the exterior and Jet Black seating, Black Ice chrome accents, and a black headliner. This Batmobile-ready color scheme is offset by arresting red accents throughout, including red interior stitching, and is capped off by a distinctive RS-branded shift knob.
At the top end of the spectrum, the Premier gives Chevy the opportunity to showcase some of the more cutting-edge tech features making their way into the crossover segment. Advanced safety features make all the headlines here, with Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and Front and Rear Park Assist standard.
The interior has a decidedly luxurious feel, featuring French stitching, leather seats, and an 8-inch touchscreen with a high-definition camera. It wouldn’t be a luxury trim without some fun creature features, and Chevy’s new hands-free power liftgate with projection logo takes care of that. When you approach the car, the liftgate will project the distinct Chevy logo on the pavement behind the vehicle, adding a novel bit of razzle-dazzle to your everyday life.