The brand-new 2022 Hyundai Tucson meets the updated 2022 Chevrolet Equinox. Here’s how they compare.
2022 Hyundai Tucson
Above Average: Low starting price; long factory warranty; 3-year free scheduled maintenance.
Below Average: No volume or tuning knobs for the audio system; styling might not be for everyone; awkward pushbutton shifter.
Consensus: Underneath its wild sheet metal, the 2022 Hyundai Tucson has a spacious cabin and offers loads of high-end features. The Hybrid and Plug-In Hybrid variants add to Tucson’s appeal.
2022 Chevrolet Equinox
Above Average: User-friendly infotainment; roomy rear seat; tows up to 3,500 pounds.
Below Average: Cargo space; just one engine choice.
Consensus: The 2022 Chevrolet Equinox has plenty of room for five and a solid safety rating. A strong list of standard driver assists is a plus.
Tucson vs. Equinox: Contrasting Compacts
The Hyundai Tucson is freshly redesigned for 2022 and is larger, has eye-catching new styling, and features new tech. The Tucson is powered by a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder with 187 horsepower and an 8-speed automatic transmission in front- or all-wheel drive.
The Tucson Hybrid has 226 horsepower and standard AWD, and there’s also a Tucson Plug-In Hybrid as well. EPA combined fuel economy for the base engine is 29 mpg (FWD) and 26 mpg (AWD), with the Hybrid at 37 to 38 mpg. The PHEV, meanwhile, has an estimated 261 horsepower and offers 32 miles of electric range.
The wild new styling adorns a body that’s larger than before and rides on a longer wheelbase. Passenger space is generous and cargo space has increased as well. The interior boasts lots of available tech. An 8-inch touchscreen is standard, while a 10.25-inch unit with navigation is in upper trims, though its lack of volume and tuning knobs maybe be off-putting. A digital instrument cluster is available as well.
The Tucson is available in SE, SEL, SEL Convenience, N Line, SEL Premium, and Limited trim levels. The Hybrid trims are Blue, SEL Convenience, and Limited. Upper trims have a robust list of tech features such as adaptive cruise control, wireless charging, heated front, and rear seats. Also included are heated steering wheel, surround-view monitor, Hyundai’s blind-spot view monitor, Remote Park Assist, and Hyundai Digital Key.
The Chevrolet Equinox is the brand’s best-selling SUV. For 2022, it adds more standard driver-assist features and a new RS model but drops the base L trim level and the optional 2.0-liter engine. The sole powertrain is a 1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder with a 6-speed automatic and front- or all-wheel drive. The engine makes a modest 170 horsepower and 203 lb-ft of torque and delivers 26/31 mpg city/highway (FWD) and 25/30 mpg (AWD).
The Equinox offers comfortable accommodations for five, but cargo space is disappointing with 29.9 cubic feet behind the rear seats expanding to 63.9 cubic feet with the rear seatbacks folded.
The 2022 Equinox is sold in LS, LT, RS, and Premier trim levels. A 7-inch touchscreen is standard on most trims; the Premier gets an 8-inch unit with wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, which can be optioned on the LT and RS. The RS is new and gets dark-finished exterior trim and 19-inch wheels outside, and a black interior with red stitching inside.
All trims get forward-collision warning with pedestrian detection and automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, and lane departure warning. The RS and Premier have blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert, which are optional on the LT and LS. Other options include a surround-view camera, adaptive cruise control, and parking sensors.
Base engine output; fuel economy; exterior size.
2022 Hyundai Tucson Advantages
Available hybrid and plug-in hybrid; loads of tech features; luggage capacity; long warranty; free scheduled maintenance.
2022 Chevrolet Equinox Advantages
Lower starting price; wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto.
Which One Is Right for Me?
Shoppers seeking a hybrid or a plug-in hybrid will choose the all-new 2022 Hyundai Tucson, and even the regular version boasts far more tech as well as more cargo space.
Lower pricing and more conventional styling will make the 2022 Chevrolet Equinox more appealing to some buyers. The new RS trim adds a dash of style.
Ready to buy a Hyundai Tucson or Chevrolet Equinox? Shop for one on sale now near you.
|2022 Hyundai Tucson||2022 Chevrolet Equinox|
|Engine||2.4-liter I4||1.5-liter turbo I4|
|Horsepower||187 hp @ 6,100 rpm||170 hp @ 5,600 rpm|
|Torque||182 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm||203 lb-ft @ 2,000 rpm|
|Transmission||8-spd automatic||6-spd automatic|
|Fuel Economy||29 mpg (26 city/33 hwy)||28 mpg (26 city/31 hwy)|
|Also Available||Hybrid; PHEV; 6-spd automatic; AWD||AWD|
|Warranty||10 years/100,000 miles||3 years/36,000 miles|
|Powertrain Warranty||5 years/60,000 miles||5 years/60,000 miles|
|NHTSA Overall Safety||n/a||5 stars|
|Max Seating Capacity||5||5|
|Wheelbase||108.5 inches||107.3 inches|
|Overall Length||182.3 inches||183.1 inches|
|Width||73.4 inches||72.6 inches|
|Height||65.6 inches||65.4 inches|
|Turning Diameter||38.6 feet||37.4 feet|
|Headroom, Front||40.1 inches||40.0 inches|
|Headroom, Rear||39.5 inches||38.5 inches|
|Legroom, Front||41.4 inches||40.9 inches|
|Legroom, Rear||41.3 inches||39.7 inches|
|Shoulder Room, Front||57.6 inches||57.2 inches|
|Shoulder Room, Rear||56.0 inches||55.5 inches|
|EPA Passenger Volume||108.2 cubic feet||103 cubic feet|
|EPA Cargo Volume||38.7/80.3 cubic feet||29.9/63.9 cubic feet|