2022 Chevy Equinox vs Honda CRV

September 2nd, 2022 by

Burlington Chevrolet knows that compact SUVs can be some of the most practical vehicles today. They offer plenty of room for passengers and cargo while still being able to easily fit into a parking space or garage. These crossovers just make everyday life a little easier, and can do it while providing luxury, comfort, and convenience. Two top contenders in this category are the incredibly popular 2022 Chevy Equinox and the sporty Honda CR-V. Priced comparably, and with a lot of similarities, it can be difficult to choose between them. So, let’s take a deeper look into what makes each of these vehicles shine.

Quick Specs Comparison

  • MSRP Price: Chevy Equinox starting at $25,800 – Honda CR-V starting at $26,800
  • Seating Capacity: Chevy Equinox offers seating for 5 – Honda CR-V offers seating for 5
  • MPG: Chevy Equinox estimated 26/31 mpg City/Highway – Honda CR-V estimated 28/34 mpg City/Highway
  • Engine: Chevy Equinox has a turbocharged 4-cylinder 1.5-liter engine – Honda CR-V has a turbocharged 4-cylinder 1.5-liter engine
  • Horsepower: Chevy Equinox provides 170 HP – Honda CR-V provides 190 HP
  • Torque: Chevy Equinox is 203 lb-ft @ 2000-4000 RPM – Honda CR-V is 176 lb-ft @ 2000-5000 RPM
  • Cargo Space: Chevy Equinox holds 63.9 cubic feet of cargo space – Honda CR-V holds 75.8 cubic feet of cargo space
  • Towing: Chevy Equinox can tow up to 3,500 lbs. – Honda CR-V can tow up to 1,500 lbs.

Similarities and Differences in Mechanical Aspects

Chevy Equinox Off Roading

There are a lot of reasons why these two SUVs are comparable on paper. Both the Equinox and the CR-V will have you making about the same number of stops at the gas station with tanks and MPG being very similar in each. Looking at the mechanical factors of the two, most everything about their engines is very similar. Both are offered as FWD or AWD. Even the turning radius is virtually the same between the Equinox and the CR-V, so maneuvering is roughly equal. The Equinox has slightly less horsepower than the CR-V, however it delivers much higher torque which means it does a better job of sending the engine’s horsepower to each of the wheels than the CR-V does, so even that seems to balance out in a way.

Essentially, when you compare the two mechanically, they are both pretty capable of handling the job of day to day driving and can easily take you on many adventures as well.

Note that the Honda CR-V is also available as a hybrid system for some of their trims, however for this comparison with the Chevrolet Equinox we are strictly looking at the gas-only models of CR-V.

Similarities and Differences in Comfort and Convenience

Chevy Equinox Interior

When you think of the amount of time we spend in our vehicles these days, you absolutely need to give yourself the gift of picking an SUV that is as comfortable as possible.

The 2022 Equinox can help you find that little moment of peace and tranquility with its standard Active Noise Cancellation technology to block out the outside noises as well as unwanted powertrain noise to create a quiet interior. Heated front and rear seats, ventilated front seats, and a spacious and luxurious interior add to the feeling of comfort and help you enjoy the journey.

The 2022 CR-V has a bit less headroom than the Equinox, however it is still a good amount of room. Unfortunately, the CR-V does not offer the noise cancellation that the Equinox does, which can be a noticeable difference. A leather trimmed interior and faux wood trim details make the CR-V a very stylish and comfortable experience. Like the Equinox, heated front seats are an available option here as well, plus an optional heated steering wheel.

Technology Offered on the Equinox and CR-V

Chevy Equinox Technology

The 2022 Chevrolet Equinox is designed to not only make your driving experience safe and comfortable but also to exceed your expectations with the latest technologies. The Chevrolet Infotainment 3 Plus System with either a 7 or 8 inch color touchscreen provides you with an auxiliary input jack, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities to easily connect your smartphone straight to your vehicle. To add to the wow-factor, the Equinox offers standard 4G LTE onboard Wi-Fi for all trims, making it one of the best-connected crossovers on the market. Voice commands for the Infotainment System help keep your eyes on the road. You can even have Amazon Alexa built-in to your Infotainment System to allow you to easily add things to your shopping list, ask questions about the weather at your destination, and play your favorite playlist. Speaking of music, on the Premier and RS models of the Equinox you can upgrade to a Bose premium 7-speaker audio system to be positioned perfectly throughout the interior to provide you with a concert-like experience.

Unlike the Equinox, the CR-V’s base model does not come equipped with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto and is only equipped with a 5-inch color radio screen. However, once you get into the higher level trims, this is remedied by them being equipped with a 7-inch infotainment touchscreen and an optional wireless phone charger.

Safety Features

The 2022 Chevy Equinox and the 2022 Honda CR-V have each received 5 star Overall Safety Ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Although in individual tests, the CR-V did score slightly lower than the Equinox, particularly with front passenger side safety ratings.

Both SUVs offer suites of driver-assistance technology to help keep everyone safe. While, naturally, these technologies do not replace the need for safe driving habits, they can provide life-saving support in moments of crisis.

The Equinox comes with the Chevy Safety Assist package on all trims, including the following features:

  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Forward collision alert
  • Front pedestrian braking
  • Following distance indicator
  • Lane keep assist with lane departure warning
  • IntelliBeam
  • Rear cross traffic alert (optional)
  • Lane change alert with side blind zone alert (optional)
  • Rear park assist (optional)
  • HD surround vision (optional on the Premier trim)
  • Adaptive cruise control (optional on the Premier trim)
  • Automatic parking assist (optional on the Premier trim)

The CR-V is equipped with Honda Sensing technology which includes:

  • Collision mitigation braking system
  • Road departure mitigation system
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Lane keep assist
  • Forward collision warning
  • Lane departure warning
  • Automatic emergency braking

Exterior Design

Again, both the Equinox and CR-V are very similar in some of their exterior features. Obviously, the visual design of the CR-V is a bit more on the sporty side, although the Equinox has added the RS trim to include sporty features such as a blacked-out exterior trim and 19-inch wheels.

Both of these SUVs offer remote entry systems, keyless starting, and more. Additionally, they each offer apps to support their vehicles with maintenance reminders, remote start, Find My Car and more in the palm of your hand through your smartphone.

So…Chevy Equinox or the Honda CR-V?

Many aspects of the 2022 Chevy Equinox and the 2022 Honda CR-V are extremely similar, and either would be a wonderful addition to your lifestyle. The Equinox does provide more innovative technology features than the CR-V, and the driver-assistance technologies are more impressive as well. When you also factor in the lower price of the Equinox, it is hard to argue that it truly is the superior option. Call or visit Burlington Chevrolet to find out more and take a test drive!

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