2022 Chevy Equinox Problems and Top Complaints

Brake, fuel system, and engine problems are among the top complaint issues received by the NHTSA from vehicle owners

By Brian Jones | Updated on

By Brian Jones | Updated on

First introduced in 2005, the Chevrolet Equinox is Chevrolet’s answer in the compact crossover SUV class. It’s been consistently popular despite safety concerns and resultant complaints. Complaints include recurring brake problems, a faulty fuel system, and serious issues with the engine. There are also two recalls for the 2022 Equinox, one of which also relates to the previous year model.

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Most Common Problems with the 2022 Chevy Equinox

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

In our article highlighting complaints about the 2021 model, we noted that there were relatively few made directly to the NHTSA. But it is clear that many of the same components feature in these complaints year after year! One of these relates to tires.

In August 2021, General Motors (GM) issued a recall for a total of 9,597 Chevrolet Equinox 2021-2022 and GMC Terrain vehicles. This was due to the tread of tires 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.

Ironically despite the recall, 2022 owners haven’t complained about the issue. But they have complained about seven components and systems. These are the engine, seat belts, brakes, forward collision avoidance, lane departure, the fuel/propulsion system, and vehicle speed control.

We highlight a few of the problems and complaints below.

Problems with the Brakes

Brake problems are varied. An owner from Ohio complains that “Since day one, rear disc brake pads rubbing on rotors at all speeds.” This was confirmed by the dealership, but they don’t have a fix for the problem.

Another problem is reported by a Florida owner who says the “Brakes lost all fluid.”

The result of this was “a loss of function for related systems including adaptive cruise control, auto emergency braking. Limited braking capability put my wife and I in danger. The car was less than a week old at the time.”

There was no problem regarding repairs. “The dealer repaired it immediately on Monday morning,” attributing the problem to a loose brake line. But, “the warning lights and e-mail messages came in after the failure.”

Problems with the Fuel System

Problems relating to the fuel/propulsion system are also varied. An owner from Michigan complains that the front of the gas tank was punctured by road debris because there is no shielding on the gas tank.

“The complete contents of the tank emptied onto the highway in under 5 minutes. The same debris also hit the muffler but only scratched it, proving a metal shield would have protected the gas tank.”

An owner from Texas states that the Equinox lost acceleration and then “died” while driving on the highway. Two days later, the dealership found that the fuel pump wouldn’t change speeds because of an internal fault. They replace the fuel pump. But a day later, “the engine died again on (the) highway after losing acceleration.”

The driver had trouble starting the vehicle, and when it did start up, “it died again when trying to put (it) into drive.” This is exactly what happened initially. The owner suspects a defective fuel pump.

At the time of the complaint, the Equinox was at a Chevy dealership. The outcome has not been recorded with the NHTSA.

Problems with the Engine

An owner from Indiana was driving on a 45 mph, four-lane road when the Equinox engine “completely failed.” The vehicle had only 200 miles on the clock three days after purchase.

There was an alert message on the dash: Engine Failure/Failed/Reduced Power. Then the car lost speed, all power, and came to a stop. There were curbs on both sides of the road and no median or shoulder. This meant the car was stranded in the right lane with continuous traffic approaching from behind. They all had to change lanes to avoid an accident.

“My safety and the safety of others were at risk… This could have been catastrophic if I’d been on an interstate or in many other situations.

Later, the owner “discovered an email from OnStar Diagnostics that was time stamped at the very time I experienced the incident, 8:02am.”

The email states “An issue with the Engine and Transmission System in your 2022 Chevrolet Equinox has been detected. Please service your vehicle immediately.”

In addition, Chevrolet Equinox engine and turbo issues have been reported as well. It stems from multiple complaints about reduced engine power and the turbo unit becoming disconnected from the throttle body.

Problems with Lane Departure

There is only one complaint about lane departure. But we mention it because it relates to the driver-assistance features that GM highlights in its promotional information. In addition to the Lane Departure warning and Lane Keep Assist, there is an optional Lane Change Alert with a Side Blind Zone Alert.

The complaint is from an owner in Michigan who states that a “driver side blind spot would wrongfully detect a vehicle in the blind spot when there was no other vehicle around. In certain cases it would leave a huge uncertainty whether you could or not change lanes to (the) left or make a left turn safely.”

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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. 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.

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

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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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  • Angel T

    I have at 2022 Chevy Equinox LT and the brakes grinding when reversing and now my infotainment screen is glitching as if it’s going out. It’s brand new. Only had it since March. Brakes have been grinding for awhile.

  • Jennifer B

    I have a 2022 equinox with 4k miles on it. Brakes been grinding since 1 week old and low miles. Just had it at shop and all looks “ok, it’s a known issue but there’s no fix” So I’m supposed to drive around with brakes grinding all the time now and wait for a fix?! It’s an issue on 21&22 models so I don’t see a fix coming soon. Brand new car with issues again. . Also my radio was going crazy, wouldn’t turn off was changing the channel and volume itself. Never buying a Chevy again!

  • 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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