Waiting for the 2022 Chevy Equinox Is a Gamble

There’s no questioning that the Chevrolet Equinox is an excellent SUV to consider. But you may want to question if the 2022 Chevy Equinox is worth waiting for or not. Let’s see if it’s going to be better than the current model. 

Is the 2022 Chevy Equinox worth waiting for? 

The 2022 Chevy Equinox parked in the city
2022 Chevy Equinox | Chevrolet

Maybe. The 2022 Chevy Equinox primarily has visual upgrades. The front head has been revised to look a little more modern with a sleeker grille and new headlights. The rear end also features a new look. 

The RS trim adds a sportier look but starts at around $31,295. For the 2022 model year, the base trim was dropped. So the Equinox now starts at about $26,995 while the 2021 Equinox begins at about $23,800. 

But the 2022 LS model is about $600 cheaper than the 2021 LS model. Also, the fully loaded primer trim starts around $32,195, which is a $500 decrease. So, it’s more expensive to get started in the 2022 model but cheaper to upgrade trim levels. 

Does the 2022 Equinox have more power? 

Unfortunately, the 2022 Chevy Equinox does not offer more power. It comes with the same standard 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine with 170 hp and 203 lb-ft of torque. It’s paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. 

There used to be a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine available with the 2018-2020 models, making used options more appealing. Also, Chevy mentioned that a new turbo option would come out for 2022. 

However, only the 1.5-liter engine is available with the 2022 model for now. Perhaps an updated, more powerful version will arrive later. To add all-wheel drive it costs about $1,600, which is a little steep. 

So, the ride quality of the 2022 Equinox should be similar to the 2021 model. Edmunds shared that the 2021 Chevy Equinox has a smooth ride, and it’s pretty comfortable. However, the acceleration is a little underwhelming, and the handling could be improved. 

The 2022 Chevy Equinox can tow up to 1,500 lbs. With the turbo engine, it would be able to tow up to 3,500 lbs. It gets an EPA-estimated 26 mpg in the city and up to 31 mpg on the highway, making it pretty fuel-efficient. 

Does the 2022 Equinox have new tech? 

2022 Chevy Equinox interior
2022 Chevy Equinox interior | Chevrolet

The 2022 Chevy Equinox doesn’t have that many tech updates to highlight. Like the 2021 model, a 7-inch infotainment system comes standard, but you can upgrade to an 8-inch unit. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come standard. 

With the Premier trim, you gain wireless phone charging. Navigation, a heated steering wheel, an extra USB port, and a seven-speaker Bose system are more optional features. Plus, the 2022 model includes automated parking. 

Standard safety features for the 2021 model include automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection and lane-keeping assistance with lane departure warning. Adaptive cruise control is available. 

The 2022 Equinox is out now, but unless you really like the new looks, there isn’t much incentive to upgrade. It might be better to keep an eye out for more options until the Equinox receives more upgrades.

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