When drivers need the storage and passenger volume of an SUV with the nimble handling of a sedan, they often look to SUV crossovers, and within that, they look to the 2022 Chevy Equinox LT. The Equinox line is one of the top-selling compact SUVs in the country and has been quite a standout vehicle for Chevrolet’s entire fleet. While many associate Chevy with large, utilitarian vehicles like full-size SUVs and pickup trucks, they showed that they knew their way around a compact and stylish car with the Equinox. It has a luxury appearance and interior features that make it feel pricier than it is.
Finding a car that looks sophisticated enough for professional environments, handles well enough for busy city streets, and boasts the spaciousness of an SUV isn’t always easy. But Chevy proved that it can be done with this compact SUV. The 2022 Equinox comes in four trims: the LS, LT, RS, and Premier. Each trim offers its unique perks, with the Premier donning a gorgeous exterior and some luxury interior upgrades and the LS being an impressively safe and easy-to-maneuver option. Today we’re looking specifically at the LT. It strikes a nice balance between the appealing low price of the LS and some of the more advanced features of the Premier.
Because compact SUVs are such popular family cars, let’s start with the safety features. Chevrolet consistently impresses by perfecting and expanding on its driver-assist package, which remains true in the 2022 Chevy Equinox LT. Most important safety features come standard on this vehicle, and there are many advanced features that are available to add.
It comes standard with automatic emergency braking along with a following distance indicator. Between these two features, the car will alert you when getting too close to other vehicles. When you fail to react in time, the car will automatically brake to prevent a collision. If you spend a lot of time on the freeway traveling at high speeds, these two features can reduce the chances of dangerous and costly accidents. The inclusion of the StabiliTrak electronic control system helps reduce the loss of traction on the wheels, ensuring you get a good grip on the road after many miles driven. Those who live in areas with the four seasons who must drive on slippery roads will highly benefit from this feature.
If you let any teen drivers use the car, you’ll appreciate the Teen Driver safety feature. This system limits certain features when a teen is behind the wheel, as well as activates other safety features to assist novice drivers. It additionally boasts an in-vehicle report card that can tell you how your young driver has been doing and help encourage good driving habits. Your teen might not love this for now, but they’ll thank you later when their clean driving record means lower insurance rates.
There are some other thoughtful features that enhance safety, like heated power outdoor mirrors that stop frost and ice from blocking your visibility and standard IntelliBeam, which automatically activates high beams in low light conditions and turns them off when it senses oncoming vehicles. The car also comes standard with OnStar so that in the event of an accident, you can quickly get help. These are just some of the safety features to look forward to in this car.
Drivers expect their SUVs to be comfortable on the inside and decked out with features that make for a fun drive. After all, these are your road trip cars and your carpool vehicles—they carry many passengers for many hours and need to keep everybody content.
Starting with what’s standard on the vehicle, it has an 8-way power driver seat, letting the one behind the wheel adjust their seat to the most comfortable position. This can greatly reduce body fatigue after long drives. It also has two 12-volt power outlets, which can be used for powering up devices like laptops, smartphones, and GPS units. The standard six-speaker audio system will deliver crisp sound for enjoying podcasts, music, and more on long drives. And thanks to excellent noise cancellation in the Equinox LT, you only have to hear the things you want, and nothing more.
The Equinox LT trim also has some available features and packages that enhance the driver and passenger experience, including its Driver Convenience II package. This comprehensive package gives the front seat passenger an 8-way power seat, just like the one the driver enjoys, so your co-pilot can be comfortable, too. It also offers ventilated driver and front passenger seats for excellent climate control on warm days.
The available infotainment system will also help keep everyone entertained during long trips. It has the Chevrolet Infotainment 3 Plus system, which has a massive HD touch screen, enhanced voice recognition for easy commands, in-vehicle apps, and even cloud-based personal profiles, remembering all of your preferred settings. That system also has a connected navigation system, helping you know where you’re going at all times, even when your smartphone’s navigation system lets you down. This package will also come with multiple USB ports for charging important devices, a 120-volt power outlet, and a heated steering wheel to keep the driver’s hands warm and cozy.
We know the 2022 Chevy Equinox LT can comfortably carry five passengers, but it’s also important to know whether or not it can carry all of their belongings. You'll be happy to know the Equinox gets high marks in the cargo category. First off, know that in addition to a manual liftgate that comes standard, it also has an available power programmable liftgate. This hands-free liftgate with a programmable height lets you safely and comfortably load up your belongings without having to manually open your trunk.
Moving into the passenger area of the SUV, you’ll find standard fold-flat rear seats with a 60/40 split feature, offering a variety of configurations for versatile cargo options. Plus, the levers are easy to find and operate on these foldable seats. You’ll enjoy 63.9 cubic feet of maximum cargo space in this SUV, which is more than enough space for everybody’s carry-ons.
As for smaller cargo spaces and details, the car boasts a standard overhead sunglass storage compartment for your shades and an available retractable cargo shade and vertical cargo net when you opt for the Cargo Package. The shade conceals your valuables, which is beneficial on road trips when you leave your packed car unattended.
For adventure enthusiasts who need to lug unconventional cargo, there are available roof-mounted side rails and roof rack cross rails for larger equipment and gear. These standard and available cargo features make this SUV equally suitable for daily city use and adventures off the beaten path.
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