The new exterior design of the 2022 Chevy Equinox is eye-catching, from the front-end detailing to the way the light catches on the swerve of the side walls. This is one of Chevy’s most popular vehicles and a top-selling small SUV with excellent handling and interior comfort to make daily driving a pleasure. Plentiful standard technology will keep all your passengers entertained and connected, and available new features can deck out the 2022 Equinox with so much convenience you may wonder how you ever lived without all the simplicity modern tech provides.
For 2022, Chevy now offers a sporty trim level with the new RS model to entice buyers with spicier design details in black and red. Extra features have been added to the uppermost Premier trim for a heightened sense of refinement, and new LED headlights grace all trims for a more updated exterior look. The refreshed styling for both the interior and exterior ensures the 2022 Equinox remains a compelling choice for SUV buyers who are seeking a comfortable ride, the capability of available all-wheel drive, and cargo space that makes traveling easier. Most trims of the 2022 Equinox come standard with front-wheel drive and are powered by a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine paired to a six-speed automatic transmission. With this engine, the 2022 Equinox can tow up to 3,500 pounds when properly equipped.
Seating for five can be adjusted for versatile cargo capacity with the 60/40 split rear seat, so you can accommodate your passengers and cargo in multiple arrangements. Automatic start and stop is a standard feature to save on fuel, but this year Chevy includes a disengage button for those who prefer not to use it. Also standard is an electronic parking brake which can be engaged by the driver with a button or automatically engaged when the Equinox senses it is on an incline. Chevy continues to offer its Chevy Safety Assist suite of driver-assist features for the 2022 Equinox and adds to the safety technology available for upper trims.
With new fascia on the front end, the Equinox updates its exterior style to match modern appeal. For buyers who want more personality in their SUV, the 2022 Equinox delivers a softer edge to the boldness of SUV design with more curves than hard corners. In the front end, the hood shape cuts across the top of the grille facing to connect the standard LED headlights and daytime running lights in a single line. Unlike cladding on most SUVs, the Equinox clads the lower side walls in another straight line, balancing the sculpted wave in the sidewall of the doors. Even standing still, the Equinox appears to be in motion. Black exterior details sharpen the look of any paint color, and standard 17-inch aluminum wheels add contrast to the overall appearance.
Conveniences like heated exterior mirrors and automatic high beams are standard for all 2022 Equinox trims, and the acoustic laminated windshield with solar protection keeps the interior quieter and cooler. Molded assist steps can be added to any trim to make entry easier, or the panoramic sunroof is optional for all but the entry-level trim to brighten the interior. Upper trims can add a powered, programmable liftgate that allows access to the rear cargo area with the press of a button, and the top Premier trim comes standard with a hands-free gesture liftgate that opens when you place your foot beneath the tailgate where the logo appears on the ground.
Driving the 2022 Equinox should satisfy drivers seeking a well-mannered ride that provides insulation from road noise and bumps. Handling is confident, steering is precise, and the ride height offers a good view of what’s ahead. Parking should be relatively easy due to its smaller size for SUVs, and in upper trims, buyers can utilize the front and rear parking assist feature to make parking simpler. The standard rearview camera does make backing up safer, and the available HD Surround View feature gives the driver a full view around the entire Equinox to assist in parking duty. Buyers who expect to spend most of their time driving on pavement will find the 2022 Equinox to be a good fit for managing inclement weather in comfort and safety.
Comfortable, supportive seating welcomes passengers into the 2022 Equinox with a spacious interior in both front and rear. The driver’s seat has eight-way powered functions available across all trims, with standard manual adjustment for the entry-level, and with the Premium trim, the driver’s seat has two memory settings available. Heated front and rear seats are available on select trims, and ventilated front seats are optional for the Premium trim. Leather seats further elevate the style of the interior for upper trims. Keyless entry and push-button ignition mean you can leave your key in your purse or pocket and be on the road without having to search for your keys, and remote start can be added in upper trims or through connected services.
Once you get on the road, active noise cancellation further insulates the cabin from road noise for a quieter ride in addition to the acoustic windshield, all standard equipment for the 2022 Equinox. Technology for Equinox buyers is robust across the board, and buyers gain a generous set of features even at the entry-level. Perhaps the most enticing is the wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which comes with every Equinox, followed by standard Bluetooth streaming and voice command pass-through functions, all accessed via the standard seven-inch touchscreen in the center stack. A three-month all-access subscription to Sirius XM is also standard, and upper trims gain a larger eight-inch touchscreen with options like built-in navigation and cloud access to personalize vehicle settings.
Amazon Alexa service is available for buyers who already utilize this service at home, which can link to your 2022 Equinox to gain features like remote starting or locking your SUV, as well as providing reminders. Chevy Connected access is standard and can offer this same type of service, along with much more, for a subscription. Chevy provides certain free services without having to purchase a subscription, which can be accessed remotely through the MyChevy app on your smartphone.
For example, access to the Marketplace allows you to search for participating restaurants, gas stations, and stores across the country to allow in-vehicle purchases. This makes stopping on road trips or on the way home quicker when you can order and pay ahead. Maintenance reminders and vehicle diagnostics are also some of the free features provided through connected services.
Chevy provides the 2022 Equinox with a comprehensive system of safety features for all trim levels, starting with the standard Chevy Safety Assist suite of driver-assist technology. A generous set of tech features keeps your Equinox safer on any roadway, with preventative tech like Front Pedestrian Braking or Forward Collision Alert and Automatic Emergency Braking. Such features can save lives by offering braking and steering assistance to avoid or mitigate an impact. The Lane Keep Assist feature can help make highway driving less fatiguing, and Lane Departure Warning issues an alert to the driver if you accidentally drift. With the Following Distance Indicator, your Equinox can warn you when you’re too close to other vehicles to safely stop in a hurry.
In addition to all these standard features, Chevy also gives 2022 Equinox buyers complimentary OnStar services with the Security and Safety package. If an accident can’t be avoided, OnStar will automatically call for emergency assistance and send help, even if passengers don’t respond. In times when you need roadside assistance for a blown tire or breakdown, OnStar is there. Turn-by-turn navigation and stolen vehicle assistance are also part of the package, making this service a valuable feature of owning a new Equinox.
Families love the Equinox for its safety, which also includes standard Rear Seat Reminder and Teen Driver, both of which are there to keep your kids safe, so parents have peace of mind. Ranging into the upper trims offers buyers options like Front and Rear Park Assist or Rear Cross Traffic Alert to help you with reversing out of your driveway. Adaptive Cruise Control is also optional, and buyers can opt for the Safety Alert Seat, so warnings are not just heard but felt for extra insurance on the road.