The Chevrolet Equinox is an impressive contender in the compact crossover/SUV segment. It exists on a shared platform with the GMC Terrain and Buick Envision.
The Equinox has one engine, a 1.5L turbocharged 4-cylinder that makes an impressive 170 horsepower and 203 lb. ft., attached to a 6-speed automatic transmission it delivers 30 mpg on the highway. Front-wheel drive is the standard drivetrain, but all-wheel drive is available.
Storage areas are abundant and include an oversized glovebox, a closed storage bin in the instrument panel above the center stack and a closed storage bin under the center armrest that is large enough for a laptop computer.
Standard equipment on all trims includes 17-inch painted aluminum wheels, Stabilitrak stability control, traction control, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes, ten air bags, an anti-theft system, an XM satellite radio-ready system, iPod and MP3 capability, Full automatic LED headlights, Bluetooth and OnStar with 4G LTE and Wi-Fi hotspot readiness. Power windows, door locks, remote keyless entry, a tilt and telescoping steering wheel, as well as power mirrors and automatic headlamps round out the generous standards list.
Optional equipment on the LS trim includes deep-tinted glass, remote start, 8-way driver power seat and a leather wrapped steering wheel.
The LT trim features HID headlights, steering wheel audio controls, a remote starter system and a power sunroof as optional equipment. A blind spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert is also available. The LT includes premium cloth 8-way power driver seat and deep-tinted windows.
The RS includes power liftgate, roof rails, LED brake lights, 19-inch black aluminum wheels, heated front seats, dual zone automatic climate control, keyfob remote engine start, front and rear parking sensors, and leather steering wheel.
The top-of-the-line Premier trim includes tilt down power mirrors, motion activated power liftgate, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, heated front seats, leather front and rear seats, 2 position memory for driver seat and exterior mirrors, wireless charging, ambient lighting, 8-inch infotainment, and Bose speaker system. With all this standard equipment, the Premier can also be outfitted with a navigation system, a power sunroof and 18-inch machine aluminum wheels.
There are packages available for all trims, these are some: Driver convenience, Confidence & Convenience, LS convenience, ?Hit the Road', RS leather, Infotainment, Advanced Safety, Confidence & Convenience II, and Driver Confidence II.
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The Chevrolet Equinox gets a few changes for the 2022 model year, refreshed headlights and grille design with updated front and rear bumpers. The Equinox family adds the RS trim with black 19-inch wheels and blackout exterior finishes for a sportier look. Also, Chevrolet has dropped the turbocharged 2.0 L 4-cyl engine heading into the new year.
Starting at around $27,000, the 2022 Chevy Equinox rivals Honda's CR-V and the Ford Escape. The interior features a 7-inch screen infotainment system, high tech Bluetooth connectivity features and sophisticated, classy appearance touches to make it look much more expensive than it is. The standard safety options are automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection and lane keeping assist. With the available turbocharged power under the hood, the Equinox makes for an attractive family and cargo hauler.