Chevy Introduced a Smart New Trim Level for the 2022 Equinox
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Hold your horses (or in this case, cars) before you give the 2021 Chevrolet Equinox any applause. Chevy announced an all-new updated Equinox model for 2022, featuring an elegant new trim, but is it enough to warrant paying more for the newer version?
The 2022 Chevy Equinox got a few key updates.
2022 Chevy Equinox: newer, shiner, worthier?
In the world of compact SUVs, there’s no doubt a ton of competition. There’s the Toyota RAV4, the Nissan Rogue, and the Ford Escape, just to name a few.
To keep Chevy at the front of car buyers’ minds, the company decided to update the Equinox for 2022.
The 2022 Equinox has been treated to a style and tech refresh. It was originally planned as a 2021 model-year refresh, but because of the COVID-19 pandemic it was pushed back.
Say hello to a fresh front and rear styling and a new grille look. It also comes with brand new LED headlights and daytime running lights.
For car buyers who want something that looks sleek and appealing but isn’t too expensive, there’s now a new trim: Equinox RS. It slots neatly between the LT and the top-tier Premier models.
The RS trim enhances the Equinox by adding darker elements to it, including: a black exterior trim, dark 19-inch wheels, a black interior with sharp red stitching, and also a unique shift knob.
Technology and power train
Technology-wise, the Equinox RS shares the standard 7-inch touchscreen with the LS and LT trims. The Premier option has a minor upgrade by having an 8-inch touchscreen.
All trims come equipped with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Safety features from 2021 have also carried over to 2022. All trims come as standard: a rear vision camera, automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, front pedestrian braking, and lane keep assist.
Front/rear park assist and automatic parking assist are also available as options. All Chevy Equinox models are available with either front- or all-wheel drive.
Engine-wise, however, there’s not much of a difference from the 2021 model.
The powertrain remains the same, with a 170-hp, turbocharged 1.5 liter four-cylinder. It’s mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.
Supposedly, Chevrolet plans on offering a new and unrelated turbo 2.0 liter for its 2022 car. However, such an option doesn’t seem to be available yet.
Prices for the 2022 Chevy Equinox
Cars.com recently revealed that the starting price for the 2022 Chevy Equinox will be $26,995 for the Equinox LS.
Compared to the 2021 version, the 2022 model has lost its basic L trim. That’s why at a minimum, the 2022 Equinox costs at least $2,000 more.
A redeeming point comes in the fact that the 2022 LS trim is $600 cheaper than the 2021 LS trim. The new RS trim for the 2022 model is priced from $31,295.
The top-of-the-shelf Premier model is priced from $32,195, which is $500 cheaper than the 2021 Premier trim.
At the end of the day, if you find the RS trim and new look preferable to the 2021 Equinox, you can count this update as a win for you!
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