The new Chevrolet Equinox is hitting the streets with a refreshed face and updated tech. However, the 2022 Chevy Equinox also just dropped a few engine options, making your choices a bit more limited.
What’s new for the 2022 Chevy Equinox?
We’ve been waiting for the new Chevy Equinox to arrive for a while, and it’s finally here after facing pandemic-related delays. According to The Car Connection, the 2022 Chevy Equinox has near front and rear ends with LED headlights and LED daytime running lights. It also has a more aggressive gloss black grille.
You can opt for the available 19-inch dark android wheels, black side rails, black bow ties, and black badging for a sportier look. Additional upgrades include more premium interior materials such as black upholstery with red contrast stitching, French stitching, and a high black gloss finish on the center console.
The interior sports a new, more practical layout. It feels less cluttered, and the 7.0-inch touchscreen looks great. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come standard. We can’t wait to see how the HD Surround Vision Camera System looks.
New standard features include lane-keeping assistance, lane departure warning, a rear vision camera, following distance indicator, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, forward collision warning, and IntelliBeam headlamps.
Which Chevy Equinox features are going away?
The 2022 Chevy Equinox is dropping the bare-bones base models such as the Chevy Equinox L. The base models lacked many convenience and safety features that rivals like the Honda CR-V and Subaru Forester provide as standard options.
You can also say goodbye to the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that provides 252 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. This comes after the 1.6-liter four-cylinder diesel engine was dropped on the 2020 models.
Now each of the four Chevy Equinox trim levels will be powered by the 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 170 hp and 203 lb-ft of torque. It’s paired with an automatic six-speed transmission, and you can add all-wheel drive for about $1,600.
You can get started in the Equinox LS for about $26,995. This price includes the $1,195 destination fee and costs $600 less than the 2020 LS model, and serves as the new base model. But it is $2,000 more than the 2020 base model.
What are the Chevy Equinox’s features like?
According to Car and Driver, the 1.5-liter base engine may feel a little sluggish, but it has responsive handling with direct steering. The ride can be a little harsh, but the Equinox is easy to drive overall. The 2022 Chevy Equinox could have the same EPA-estimated fuel economy with the ability to get up to 26 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway.
The cabin provides spacious and comfortable seats. Some rivals offer more cargo space in the rear, but you can still fit an impressive amount of cargo. The center console and other storage areas could be improved.
Optional safety features include camera-based adaptive cruise control, front and rear parking assistance, rear cross-traffic alert, and lane change alert with side blind zone alert. The new models will arrive this summer.