2022 Chevrolet Equinox RS AWD
Class: Compact Crossover SUV
Miles pushed: 219
Gasoline used: 8.6 gallons
|CG Report Card|
|Room and Consolation||B+|
|Energy and Efficiency||C+|
|Match and End||B-|
|Gasoline Economic system||B|
|Report-card grades are derived from a consensus of test-driver evaluations. All grades are versus different autos in the identical class. Worth grade is for particular trim stage evaluated, and should not mirror Client Information’s impressions of your complete mannequin lineup.|
|Large & Tall Consolation|
|Large & Tall consolation scores are for entrance seats solely. “Large” score primarily based on male tester weighing roughly 350 kilos, “Tall” score primarily based on 6’6″-tall male tester.|
|Engine Specs||170-hp 1.5-liter|
|Engine Sort||4-cylinder turbo|
Actual-world gasoline financial system: 25.5 mpg
Driving combine: 70% metropolis, 30% freeway
EPA-estimated gasoline financial system: 25/30/27 (mpg metropolis/freeway/mixed)
Gasoline sort: Common fuel
Base worth: $31,700 (not together with $1195 vacation spot cost)
Choices on check automobile: RS Leather-based Bundle ($1580), Iridescent Pearl Tricoat ($995), Infotainment Bundle ($895), Superior Security Bundle ($650)
Worth as examined: $37,015
The good: Beneficiant passenger room with simple entry and exit; nice highway manners
The nice: Straightforward-to-use obtainable infotainment system presents a number of helpful options
The not so good: Acceleration is middling, and a extra highly effective engine is not obtainable; cargo space isn’t as massive as many class opponents’; non-compulsory gear pumps up bottom-line costs
Of the a number of modifications that Chevrolet has made to freshen its Equinox compact crossover SUV for 2022, the one positive to be universally appreciated amongst consumers is a smaller quantity on the window sticker. Base costs within the barely revised lineup are $400 to $500 decrease than they have been for the ’21s. For instance, a front-wheel-drive LS that began at $27,495 with supply final yr now prices $26,995. Shoot as much as the excessive finish and the all-wheel-drive Premier that beforehand stickered for $34,195 has grow to be a $33,795 automobile.
The extra tangible adjustments to the Equinox include revised entrance and rear fasciae, a brand new grille, LED headlights and daytime operating lights, a shift to wi-fi Apple CarPlay/Android Auto functionality, new inside trim on LS and LT fashions, obtainable entrance and rear park help, and a button to disable the automated engine cease/begin system. Mannequin choices are a bit totally different: The previous base L trim, obtainable solely with entrance drive, is dropped however a sports-appearance RS is added. Client Information sampled one in all these newcomers, an AWD job that started at $32,895 however reached $37,015 with an choice load of leather-based upholstery, premium paint, and added infotainment and driver-assistance options.
The RS slots between the LT and Premier. As with all ’22 Equinoxes, it’s provided with front-wheel or, for an extra $1600, all-wheel drive. A lot of the standard-equipment gadgets that elevate it above the LT come out of the Confidence and Comfort and Confidence II packages, particularly dual-zone automated local weather management, distant beginning, heated entrance seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel, energy liftgate, entrance and rear park help, rear cross-traffic alert, and lane-change/blind-spot alert. As well as, the complement of latest lighting is accomplished with LED taillights, and only for enjoyable there’s a distinct blacked-out wave-pattern grille, black roof rails and badging, and 10-spoke 19-inch aluminum wheels with a end Chevy calls Darkish Android.
An RS Leather-based Bundle took the check truck a bit additional with Jet Black hides and crimson distinction stitching instead of black fabric on the seats. The choice generates a bit extra worth for its $1580 ask by tossing in a premium Bose audio system with seven audio system in addition to a pouch on the again of the driving force’s seat to match the one behind the passenger seat.
As in ’21, when Equinox backed right down to a single powerteam, there’s nothing however a turbocharged 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine beneath the hood, mated to a 6-speed automated transmission. If 170 horsepower and 203 lb-ft of torque sound considerably modest, the proof is within the driving. The Equinox is robust sufficient to get out of its personal method on the road and cruise the freeway with out exasperation however it’s not a stoplight rocket. No less than it’s pretty quiet, even when floored. The little mill additionally doesn’t all the time play effectively with the trans. In avenue driving we encountered some oddly timed shifts and slow-reaction adjustments that allowed the engine to rev futilely for a protracted second.
EPA fuel-economy estimates—25 mpg metropolis, 30 mpg freeway, and 27 mixed—aren’t fairly as excessive as these of some extra highly effective class rivals. Nevertheless, when this reviewer put 123 miles on the Equinox RS with 58 % city-type driving it returned an overachieving 27.9 mpg.
Steering response and really feel impart a superb sense of maneuverability and management to the driving force. The Equinox corners and makes lane adjustments with out nice drama. Journey is quiet and forcefully upset solely by greater floor imperfections, with good rebound management.
Even with the leather-based package deal the RS isn’t overly plush to the attention or to the contact. There’s a number of finely textured plastic within the cabin, and whereas the RS’s Black Ice chrome accents on the steering wheel and vents are applicable for the mannequin, they contribute to an total monotone look. The Infotainment 3 Plus system (with navigation) that was added to the check automobile allowed simple enter of audio presets and on the spot response to finger faucets on the 8-inch touchscreen. The local weather system advantages from handy dials for temperature settings and a keypad with a restricted variety of clearly marked perform buttons.
For the Equinox’s dimension, passengers will discover a number of room for his or her heads and legs in both row on snug and supportive seats. Three subadults might occupy the again seat, however the center one gained’t discover the seat again as snug or foot room as expansive behind the entrance console. Driver imaginative and prescient to the entrance and sides is pretty open, however rearward visibility suffers some because of the roof-pillar form. Cargo house with all seats up is a middling 29.9 cubic ft—a number of compact-SUV rivals supply more room. There’s a big lined bin beneath the load ground and the rear 60/40 seats fold flat to permit for as a lot as 63.9 cubic ft of cargo capability. Cabin storage for incidentals is dealt with by a roomy glove field, massive console field with a suspended tray for small gadgets, 4 door pockets, the seat pouches, and cup holders within the console and pull-down rear armrest.
A number of the different normal options within the RS are satellite tv for pc radio, OnStar driver-assistance service, 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, keyless entry and beginning, and GM’s Teen Driver monitoring system. The Infotainment Bundle provides a number of USB ports and a 120-volt energy outlet, and adaptive cruise management and a surround-vision digicam are elements of the Superior Security Bundle.
If added increments of refinement, energy, and/or potential gasoline financial system are paramount and a modest sum of money isn’t any object, consumers could want one in all our “Greatest Purchase” picks—Honda CR-V, Nissan Rogue, or Subaru Forester—to this Chevy. If the article is to have a roomy and properly geared up small SUV whereas nonetheless saving a couple of dollars, the Equinox can reply the decision.
2022 Chevrolet Equinox RS Gallery
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