A blue 2022 Chevy Equinox is shown from the front driving on an open road.

A Battle of Audiophile Options

How does one properly compare two vehicles? There are always the usual topics that industry critics and insiders use to judge the merits and flaws of the various offerings from different manufacturers within the automotive industry. Safety, performance, fuel consumption, comfort, storage…the list is almost as limitless as the number of trim levels of certain vehicles. However, there’s a certain type of driver that almost never gets their just due in these comparison pieces—the audiophile. The person whose greatest jolt is rolling their windows down and cranking their stereo system up to 11—or sometimes higher. That changes today, as we’ll be comparing the infotainment choices and audio options in the 2022 Chevy Equinox vs 2022 Honda CR-V. Which one has the superior infotainment system? Which one is better for holding communion with your inner rock star? We’re about to find out by comparing the two. The audience is listening…

Chevy Infotainment 3

The 2022 Chevy Equinox is outfitted with a 7-inch or 8-inch infotainment screen that acts as the gateway to all the goodies that the Chevy Infotainment 3 system has to offer. From several of your driver-assist features, entertainment options, navigation, and more, we’re about to explore the various advantages that the various Chevy systems can offer you in terms of making your commute a little bit easier.

Chevy Infotainment 3 Features

The introductory package in the 2022 Equinox is anything but basic or stripped down, and even if you decide to stick with this option only, you’ll have plenty of advantages for the road ahead.

7″ Display Screen: Infotainment screens anchor the interior of many of today’s vehicles, and the Equinox is no exception. This is mission control, the beacon that allows you to access the fine-tuned apps and features that makes your commute more enjoyable.

SiriusXM, AM/FM Radio, Apple & Android Compatible: These days, people have a wide variety of methods to get their favorite tunes and transport them wherever they go. No matter what your preferred method of entertainment might be, you’ll be given a platform of compatibility.

Teen Driver Technology: One of the best features that Chevy provides with its fleet is the Teen Driver program. Allowing you to teach and reinforce the effective driving habits to the next generation, you’ll be able to control the stereo volume and keep an eye on their driving patterns via a report card.

Bluetooth Streaming for Two Devices: If you have a device that can connect via Bluetooth, or even two of them, you can stream from your infotainment system. Now that’s convenient.

Chevy Infotainment 3 Plus

If you’ve decided to upgrade your infotainment experience, the next step up for the 2022 Equinox includes all the options from the previous option, plus these exciting bonuses.

High-Definition Rear View Camera: A must-have feature if you live in an area with a lot of pedestrians; this will make sure that you know what’s behind you when backing up.

Cloud Connectivity: Just as technology has grown more innovative and immersive in the past few years, protection of your privacy is of the utmost importance. This feature guarantees safety and personalization. Which is great for peace of mind.

8″ Screen: Aside from more features, the Plus package comes with a larger screen that’s in high definition for better clarity.

The Infotainment 3 Plus system can even be upgraded with built-in navigation. This ensures that you can always reach your destination, even if cell service gets spotty.

Bose Premium Audio System

Chevy has partnered with Bose Audio to outfit your Equinox with an available sound system that offers just as many advantages as the Chevy Infotainment 3 system but with improved sound quality.

7-Speaker System: To relax on your journey or rock out even harder. Whichever you prefer.
Active Sound Management: Electronic harmonic cancellation technology cancels out engine noise to make the quality of your entertainment more immersive than ever.

The Bose system is an option on both the Premier and RS trims of the 2022 Equinox. Lower trims receive a standard six-speaker audio system, that, while crisp, can’t quite compare to the premium option.

The black interior of a 2022 Honda CR-V Touring shows the steering wheel and infotainment screen.

Hondalink and the 2022 Honda CR-V

The Honda CR-V is considered by a great many people to be one of the best options for a compact SUV. Making its debut for the 1997 model year, the CR-V has received continuous rave reviews from consumers and industry insiders alike. For the past several years, Hondalink, one of the industry’s most advanced features, has allowed drivers to stay connected with their vehicle with a mobile app. Technology is wonderful, isn’t it?

Standard Features for Superior Quality of Life

We’ll start this examination by viewing some of the basic features that Honda makes standard on the 2022 CR-V.

Vehicle Guides: No longer do you have to carry around a bulky owner’s manual in the glove box of your Honda. A full guide is now available with the click of an app.

Service Appointments Scheduling: routine maintenance is sometimes easy to forget, and it’s understandable considering how busy life can become. Now, you can easily make arrangements with your local Honda dealership for expert service in a fraction of the time.

Recall Notifications: One of the best alerts for the concerned consumer. Not everyone pays attention to every manufacturer recall that gets announced. With Hondalink, you’ll know immediately so that you can take the appropriate action.

Roadside Assistance: Life can be unexpected and come at you quite quickly. With roadside assistance through the Hondalink app, you’ll be able to get jump starts, lockout assistance, and much, much more.

Bonus Features for More Peace of Mind Than Ever Before

Honda’s dedication to its customers doesn’t end there. For more peace of mind than ever before, you’ll have these features at your disposal.

Automatic Collision Notification: Maintaining composure after a collision is difficult. Should one occur, a response agent will contact you immediately and arrange for help to be dispatched.

Personal Data Wipe: Because so many of us live our lives through our phones, Hondalink can initiate a wipe of information to keep your personal matters as private as possible.

The black interior of a 2022 Chevy Equinox shows the steering wheel and infotainment screen during a 2022 Chevy Equinox vs 2022 Honda CR-V comparison.

A Stereo System Without Compare

The technology advantages of owning a Honda CR-V extend beyond Hondalink. For those who want to keep the noises of your commute limited to entertainment. For maximum enjoyment, consider the available nine-speaker system with 330 watts of earth-shaking power, although you will have to upgrade to the top Touring trim to get it. The lower trims of the 2022 CR-V offer either a 180-watt six-speaker system or a 160-watt four-speaker system.

Our Final Verdict

We certainly hope you’ve enjoyed us comparing these infotainment systems to one another. And unlike some of the other comparisons that we’ve conducted in the past, we can’t determine a clear winner based on the evidence and research we’ve gathered. Choosing which system is superior isn’t so much our aim this time around. Much like finding a vehicle that best suits your needs, it’s a matter of subjective taste. If you ask us, the real winner of this assessment and comparison is you, the consumer. By having more information available at your disposal, you can make an informed choice about which system will be better suited for your needs. Buckle up, stay safe, and enjoy the commute!