THE 2022 GMC TERRAIN VS. 2022 CHEVROLET EQUINOX

December 9th, 2021 by

If you’re thinking of buying a small SUV in Fort Worth, Texas, consider coming to Hiley Buick GMC of Fort Worth to view the 2022 GMC Terrain. This crossover is one of the best-selling SUV models from GMC because of its refined ride quality, excellent fuel efficiency, spacious seating, and generous feature content. However, it faces tough competition from the highly popular Chevrolet Equinox, with which it shares many similarities. Check out this comprehensive comparison between the two SUVs to determine which of them better suits your driving needs.

Trim Levels and Prices

For the 2022 model year, the GMC Terrain is available in four trim levels: the base SLE, SLT, AT4, and the range-topping Denali. The SLE has a starting manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $29,095, while the SLT costs at least $33,095. If you opt for the off-road-ready AT4, you have to fork out $35,195 or more. Finally, subject to late availability, the well-appointed Denali will set you back a minimum of $37,795.
The 2022 Chevrolet Equinox comes in four trims: the LS, LT, RS, and Premier. Base prices for this crossover are $25,800 for the entry-level LS, $26,900 for the LT, $30,100 for the sporty-looking RS, and $31,000 for the top-of-the-line Premier.

Exterior

On the outside, the GMC Terrain and the Chevrolet Equinox have almost identical dimensions. However, the Terrain is only 0.8 inches shorter and 0.2 inches narrower than its rival. As for styling, this SUV looks imposing with its bold stance and truck-like, upright front end. Its dominant grille and large C-shaped headlights contribute to a masculine and aggressive appearance, while its steeply raked windshield and downward-sloping roof-line add a touch of sportiness.
In contrast, the Chevrolet Equinox has a sleeker and more elegant design. It features plenty of gradual slopes and gentle curves that make it pleasing to the eye. In addition, a jet-like trim that separates the headlamps from the grille and a steeply raked C-pillar help this crossover stand out from the crowd.

Performance

The 2022 GMC Terrain and the 2022 Chevrolet Equinox share the same engine, a 1.5-liter turbo-four that generates 170 horsepower and 203 pound-feet of torque. Nonetheless, the Terrain comes equipped with a nine-speed automatic transmission, while the Equinox uses a six-speed automatic transmission. The extra gear count results in smoother acceleration. Both SUVs have a maximum towing capacity of 1,500 pounds.
Regardless of whether you opt for the GMC Terrain or Chevy Equinox, you’ll enjoy a smooth and comfortable ride in most situations. These two crossovers do a fantastic job absorbing bumps and road imperfections and remaining stable and surefooted around corners. They also come with solid brakes that contribute to a more confident driving experience. In addition, thanks to their relatively small dimensions and light, responsive steering, they’re a cinch to maneuver in congested traffic and parking lots, making them ideal for urban dwellers.

Fuel Economy

The Chevrolet Equinox has a slight advantage over the GMC Terrain in terms of fuel efficiency. It delivers 26/31 mpg (city/highway) with front-wheel drive and 25/30 mpg with all-wheel drive. In comparison, the GMC SUV returns 25/30 mpg with front-wheel drive and 25/28 mpg with all-wheel drive.

Interior

The 2022 GMC Terrain and the 2022 Chevrolet Equinox are both two-row SUVs with a seating capacity of five. These two crossovers offer similarly spacious and comfortable seating. Both the front and rear seats have enough legroom and headroom for even tall adults.
However, the GMC Terrain boasts a more aesthetically pleasing and refined cabin than the Chevy Equinox. Its interior features excellent fit and finish and an abundance of premium materials and soft-touch surfaces. The Denali trim approaches luxury territory with leather seats, attractive contrast stitching, and burnished aluminum trim accents. The Equinox also has a sturdy cabin with plenty of quality materials, but it doesn’t look and feel as upscale as the Terrain.

Cargo Space

The Chevrolet Equinox is a little more generous than the GMC Terrain when it comes to cargo capacity. It offers 29.9 cubic feet of storage space behind the back seats and 63.9 cubic feet with those seats folded down. The Terrain, on the other hand, has 29.6 cubic feet of space with the back seats upright and a maximum cargo capacity of 63.3 cubic feet. Few compact SUVs provide more storage room than these two models.

Infotainment Features

Both the 2022 GMC Terrain and 2022 Chevrolet Equinox are fitted with a long list of infotainment features to provide a tremendous in-vehicle experience. The Terrain comes standard with the GMC infotainment system, featuring fast responses, straightforward menus, and clear graphics. This system includes a 7-inch touch-screen display, a six-speaker audio system, four USB ports, a Wi-Fi hot spot, Bluetooth, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and Amazon Alexa.
The infotainment system of Equinox is also easy to use and highly responsive. It’s positioned high on the dashboard, making it easy to see and reach from the driver’s seat. The standard version of this system features a 7-inch touch-screen display, a six-speaker audio system, four USB ports, Bluetooth, satellite radio, HD radio, and wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

Safety Features

The GMC Terrain is equipped with a wide range of standard driver-assistance features to help you become more aware of your surroundings and avoid potential hazards while driving. These features include forward-collision alert, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, automatic high-beam headlamps, lane-keeping assistance, a following-distance indicator, lane-departure alert, a rearview camera, and teen-driver monitoring.

The Chevrolet Equinox comes with the same list of standard active safety features as the Terrain, but it doesn’t offer a following-distance indicator. However, it has a rear-seat alert, which helps prevent children or pets from being left behind or trapped in the vehicle. If you want to know whether the 2022 GMC Terrain is the right SUV for you, the best thing to do is stop by Hiley Buick GMC of Fort Worth for a test drive. Feel free to contact us if you need more information or want to make an appointment.

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