2022 Chevy Equinox Problems and Top Complaints

A look at the 2022 Chevy Equinox and the issues that impacted last year's model

First introduced in 2005, the Chevy Equinox is Chevrolet’s answer in the compact crossover SUV class. It’s been consistently popular despite safety concerns and resultant complaints.

For years we’ve kept track of specific problems. Complaints made by consumers to the United States Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and other bodies highlight these.

There are too many to mention here, but we single out powertrain and electrical malfunctions and defects in our article, 2021 Chevy Equinox Problems. The fact that there have been complaints about the powertrain (and many other components) every year since Equinox was launched is of particular concern.

Recalls for every year from 2018-2021, 2010-2013, and 2005 all include powertrain issues.

Of course, not everyone will buy a lemon, but if you are one of the unlucky ones, Lemberg Law can help you get compensation or a settlement, depending on the circumstances.

Our class action investigation into Chevy Equinox engine and turbo issues is ongoing. It stems from multiple complaints about reduced engine power and the turbo unit becoming disconnected from the throttle body.

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What’s New for 2022?

According to the manufacturer, General Motors (GM), the “refreshed 2022 Chevrolet Equinox focuses on styling and safety

There is one completely new model, the RS. They list all the new features, including the RS, in a press release.

  • The brand new Equinox RS comes with black exterior accents that include 19-inch Dark Android wheels. The interior is also black with dramatic red stitching and a specific shift knob.
  • All 2022 models feature a new grille design, new front and rear fascias, new LED headlamps, and new LED daytime driving lights.
  • Exterior colors offered are Blue Glow Metallic, Seaglass Blue Metallic, Iron Gray Metallic, and Cherry Red Tintcoat (which costs extra.) None of last year’s colors is available.
  • The Premier model offers the option of a black grille with chrome inserts. Other Premier options include a 19-inch wheel design, a logo-projection liftgate, and specific interior trim finishes with French stitching.
  • All LS and LT models have new interior trims.
  • Outside heated, power-adjustable mirrors that incorporate turn-signal indicators.
  • Available Front and Rear Park Assist as well as Automatic Parking Assist.
  • Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability.

What’s the fuel economy for the 2022 Chevrolet Equinox?

There is only one gasoline engine choice for the 2022 models, a 1.5-liter, turbo 1-4 (170 HP). Four-wheel drive (FWD) is standard, but all-wheel drive (AWD) is available.

The up-level 2.0 turbo engine is no longer available. The fuel tank capacity for the FWD models is about 56 liters and about 59 liters for the AWD.

The U.S. Department of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy’s fuel economy website has one basic estimate, that indicates you will get 26 MPG in the city and 31 MPG on the highway. If you drive in the city and on highways you can expect to run at about 28 MPG.

The model they specify is the standard 4-cylinder, 1.5-liter, automatic 6-speed Equinox FWD.

What are the Trim Packages & Pricing for the 2022 Equinox?

The so-called refreshed Equinox was scheduled for release in 2021. But, due to various complications related to COVID-19, the changes are only available now, for the 2022 models.

There are four 2022 Equinox trim levels on offer, the LS, LT, new RS, and Premier. The base L model is now discontinued, and the lowest manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) is $2,000 more than last year’s model.

Starting MSRPs are though lower than last year’s prices:

  • LS $26,995
  • LT $28,095
  • RS $31,295
  • Premier $32,195

What Technology does the 2022 Equinox Have?

The new Chevrolet Equinox features some great technology. Chevy Safety Assist is standard and it includes several invaluable driver-assistance features:

  • Lane Keep Assist
  • Lane Departure warning
  • Following Distance Indicator
  • Automatic Emergency Braking
  • Forward Collision Alert
  • Front Pedestrian Braking
  • IntelliBeam headlamps that feature automatic high beams

You’ll also get Automatic Parking Assist, Front Park Assist, and Rear Park Assist, all of which are new. HD Surround Vision, a camera-based Adaptive Cruise Control, Safety Alert Seat, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and a Lane Change Alert with a Side Blind Zone Alert are also available.

Chevrolet’s infotainment system comes standard with a 7-inch diameter color touchscreen on LS, LT, and RS. Premier features an 8-inch diameter system that is also an option on LT, RS, and Premier. There is also a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot and built-in Amazon Alexa capability

Common Problems from Last Year’s Model

As noted above, in an earlier article, we highlighted defective electrical systems, malfunctioning powertrains, and issues with technology, including advanced safety features. Other issues relate to steering, exterior lighting, and tires.

Even though there were relatively few complaints to the NHTSA in 2021, the same components feature in complaints year after year!

There were 5 recalls in 2018, 4 in 2019, 3 in 2020, and 2 in 2021. Whether they continue to decrease in numbers and components affected remains to be seen.

Recalls:

The first recall was in December 2020 after Chevrolet realized that incorrect bolts were used to attach seat belts in some vehicles. Potentially, 470 units may be affected, including the 2021 Equinox.

If seat belt assemblies aren’t attached to vehicles correctly, the device may not restrain the occupant in a crash. This increases the risk of injury.

GM was to notify owners and dealers were told to replace the bolts free.

The second recall in August 2021 was because the tread of tires was separating. Their report states that the tires may have been manufactured without enough of the curative agent. Tread separation can lead to loss of vehicle control, which can increase the risk of a crash.

A total of 9,597 Chevrolet Equinox 2021-2022 and GMC Terrain vehicles were affected. GMC was to inform owners in August that their tires could be replaced free by dealers.

Complaints:

There were 6 complaints relating to:

  1. Service brakes
  2. Exterior lighting
  3. Powertrain (2)
  4. Steering
  5. An unknown issue that appears to be electrical and/or technical

One of the two powertrain issues resulted in a minor accident in which no one was injured.

What to Expect From Your 2022 Chevy Equinox – Will You Buy a Lemon?

It’s impossible to answer this question, except to say that some people will buy an Equinox lemon. If you do buy a lemon, you don’t have to be stuck with it. Legally, depending on individual circumstances, you have rights. We will advise whether you are eligible for a cash refund, return, or a buyback.

Call our Helpline so we can assess your Equinox problems and let you know what we can do to help. The law makes Chevrolet foot the bill.

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Brian Jones

About the Author:

Brian Jones spent more than 20 years working as an ASE Certified Master Tech and Parts Specialist at multiple dealerships. Brian has become an authority in the industry, traveling across the country to consult for car dealerships and contributing his expertise as a writer for several major automotive publications. In his spare time, Brian enjoys working on pickup trucks, muscle cars, Jeeps and anything related to motorsports.

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1 COMMENT
  • Sarah

    I have a Equinox 2022 that I am leasing and have had multiple issues involving breaks, electrical and possible drive train. I have it “serviced” each time an issue arises. One service visit was 2.5 weeks long and I still have the same brake issue. I call and ask if there is a fix for any of the issues and have had no resolve. The dealership has offered to switch my leased vehicle to another lease.for double the price because that was “all they had”. I feel I am getting no resolve for any issue and gaslighted into thinking everything is fixed and working properly. Do I have options?

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