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The release of two updated SUVs will offer buyers an exciting pair of new options for the compact segment. Chevy has refreshed the 2022 Equinox on its midcycle for the current generation, and the 2022 Hyundai Tucson just received a redesign to revamp its style. Competition in the compact SUV segment is thick with rivals, particularly the heavy hitters like Toyota and Honda, but each year the Equinox holds its own as a fan favorite. With the refresh, Chevy shifts its trim levels and makes changes to its exterior styling, while Hyundai reveals a whole new look for the Tucson in a risky move. In a comparison between the 2022 Chevy Equinox vs 2022 Hyundai Tucson, you have a refined, consistent SUV in the Equinox compared with the Tucson taking chances with big changes.
Despite the refreshed and revamped designs, both the Equinox and Tucson still deliver the expected features buyers want in an SUV. Both SUVs have roomy interiors with seating for five, plus generous cargo space that can be expanded with rear folding seats. Clever storage options like a removable cargo floor offer space to tuck valuables out of sight, and both SUVs have levers in the cargo area to release the rear seats to fold flat. Comforts like heated seats, powered accessories, and a hands-free liftgate can be found in the offerings of the trim levels for the 2022 Equinox and Tucson, and a sporty trim option is available for both models.
In terms of capability, the 2022 Equinox and 2022 Tucson are both powered by four-cylinder engines and come standard with front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is available across both lineups, along with larger wheel sizes and upgraded designs. Towing small trailers is possible even with these four-cylinder engines, and optional roof racks expand the potential for cargo storage. While the new Tucson offers driving modes, it does not offer the option for turning off all-wheel drive to save on gas, which may account for its less efficient fuel consumption with all-wheel drive in comparison with the Equinox.
Approaching the refreshed 2022 Equinox, buyers familiar with last year’s model will notice detailed differences in the front fascia and grille. New slim LED headlight and daytime running lights match the lines of the grille for a clean aesthetic that has an upscale look, though it takes on a sportier appeal. The rear fascia for the Equinox is also updated for the LED brake lights and a fresher upscale chrome sill plate below the liftgate. City dwellers or buyers seeking a compact SUV to fit into tighter spaces will appreciate the more compact exterior size of the 2022 Equinox in comparison with the larger 2022 Tucson.
When taking in the exterior of the 2022 Tucson, the redesigned styling leans toward a blocky, aggressive appearance. The front fascia incorporates a new grille and headlight design, which resembles stacked blocks in keeping with the sharper lines of the body, a look that results in something similar to a grid pattern on the front end. At the rear, sharp, arrowhead taillights mimic the lines of the rear window shaping, and cross-hatching in the bumper continues the theme of lines found all over the new Tucson. While this design is bold, it may not be for everyone, and its larger dimensions for length, width, and height are not as friendly to city driving and parking as the 2022 Equinox.
Driving these SUVs is certain to deliver a different feel as well. Chevy has held fast to the comfortable, smooth ride quality of the 2022 Equinox to offer buyers a road-oriented SUV that works well for daily driving. Its quiet interior with active noise cancellation makes it a soothing environment for family drives, and because the all-wheel drive can be turned off when it isn’t needed, buyers can save on fuel while still having all-weather performance. The 2022 Tucson is hoping to attract a crowd more interested in mild off-road performance with its new drive modes, but it does so by sacrificing ride quality for daily driving on the road. A stiffer suspension means bumps translate into the cabin for a more jarring ride. All-wheel drive for the Tucson means fuel efficiency is only 24 mpg in the city and 29 on the highway, where the Equinox achieves slightly better efficiency at 25 mpg city and 30 mpg highway.
At first glance, the 2022 Tucson interior redesign has an attractive, minimal style that will appeal to modern buyers. However, looking deeper into this design may reveal concerns with how well the design functions for daily driving. New designs can take time to tweak from year to year before the manufacturer hammers out details that buyers don’t enjoy, and the infotainment in the new Tucson may be one of those design tweaks. The minimal design of the touchscreen means there are no physical buttons to access the pages or control the volume - a feature that Chevy offers buyers of the 2022 Equinox. Because the infotainment system is integral to accessing many operating systems and settings, buyers may find daily interaction with the Tucson touchscreen frustrating without the option for physical buttons or dials.
Inside the 2022 Equinox, the interior continues to maintain softer curves in its cohesive shaping of vents, buttons, and clusters of controls in the center stack. Tapered shapes dominate the command center, and Chevy offers upgrades to the upholstery in each trim to increase the upscale appeal of the Equinox interior. Though the interior of the Hyundai has its own attractive style, buyers will need to purchase an upper trim level to upgrade seating. Device charging in the 2022 Equinox was kept in mind for all trims with a standard four USB ports - two in front and two in the rear - unlike the Tucson, which only comes standard with two in the front. Standard seating for both SUVs starts with a six-way manual driver’s seat, though the 2022 Equinox offers the option to upgrade to an eight-way power-adjustable seat with lumbar control at the entry-level, an option not found on the 2022 Tucson.
Both SUVs will come standard with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth, and steering wheel-mounted controls for easier use of tech while driving. In the Equinox, buyers will have standard SiriusXM satellite radio access, while Tucson buyers will have standard HD radio - a difference that may boil down to buyer preference. Generally, both SUVs have fairly comprehensive technology for phone connectivity, but buyers interested in spending less will find entry-level options for charging are better in the 2022 Equinox, along with the better options for interaction with the infotainment and upgraded seat comfort.
Each year driver-assist safety features become more prevalent in newer models, and the 2022 Equinox refresh sees a number of additions to its safety options. Standard safety features are now generous across the lineup, starting with a suite of six features that include auto emergency braking, front pedestrian braking, and lane keep assist with lane departure warning. Several other automated safety features support the driver with features like Stabilitrak stability and traction control or IntelliBeam automatic high beams that will dim for oncoming traffic. Parents have often favored the Equinox as a family vehicle over the years because having Teen Driver allows parents to set limits on speed and volume and monitor driving habits to keep their younger drivers safer when they can’t be there.
For the 2022 Tucson, several standard safety features match the Equinox with similar driver-assist inclusions like forward collision avoidance, lane keeping assist, and lane following assist. Stability and traction control are also standard, as are automatic high beams, though the only family-friendly feature in the Tucson is a rear occupant alert in contrast to Chevy’s Teen Driver. Another difference for the Tucson is the driver attention warning feature, which has been reviewed for being both too sensitive and for delivering incorrect commands while driving. As it stands, this feature may frustrate drivers with unnecessary or incorrect warnings.
Though the standard safety features for the 2022 Tucson are comparable to the 2022 Equinox, Chevy offers buyers the option to add more safety features to the entry-level trim if desired. Such features include lane change alert with side blind zone alert, rear cross traffic alert, and rear park assist. Chevy also gives buyers access to OnStar services at every trim level, and several free services are available to all buyers through Chevy’s connected services. Unfortunately, Hyundai Tucson buyers will not have connected service access until the second trim level, and there are no options to add service to the entry-level trim. No extra safety features can be added to entry-level Tucson buyers, either. In terms of safety, the Equinox is the better buy, especially for families with teens learning to drive.