2019 Chevrolet Equinox vs. 2018 Toyota Rav4 Hybrid

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

Your buying experience includes...

business_centerProfessional Staff
account_balanceSimple Financing
local_gas_stationFull Tank of Gas
local_car_washFree Car Wash

Safety

For enhanced safety, the Chevrolet Equinox’s rear seat shoulder belts have child comfort guides to move the belt to properly fit children. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages children to buckle up. The Toyota Rav4 Hybrid doesn’t offer comfort guides on its rear seat belts.

In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Equinox are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The Rav4 Hybrid doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

The Equinox has standard OnStar®, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions, remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Rav4 Hybrid doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Equinox and the Rav4 Hybrid have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

The Equinox’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Rav4 Hybrid’s (6 vs. 5 years).

There are over 2 times as many Chevrolet dealers as there are Toyota dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Equinox’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are better in initial quality than Toyota vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 14 more problems per 100 vehicles, Toyota is ranked 17th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Toyota vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in reliability, above the industry average. With 3 more problems per 100 vehicles, Toyota is ranked 8th.

Engine

The Equinox’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 58 more horsepower (252 vs. 194) and 54 lbs.-ft. more torque (260 vs. 206) than the Rav4 Hybrid’s 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid.

The Equinox’s 1.6 turbo diesel produces 34 lbs.-ft. more torque (240 vs. 206) than the Rav4 Hybrid’s 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid.

As tested in Car and Driver the Chevrolet Equinox 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. is faster than the Toyota Rav4 Hybrid:

 

Equinox

Rav4 Hybrid

Zero to 60 MPH

6.6 sec

8.3 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

17.1 sec

23.7 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

7 sec

8.3 sec

Quarter Mile

15.1 sec

16.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

94 MPH

86 MPH

Top Speed

130 MPH

114 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Equinox 4 cyl. diesel AWD gets better highway fuel mileage than the Rav4 Hybrid (38 hwy vs. 30 hwy).

The Equinox has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Rav4 Hybrid doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Equinox’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Rav4 Hybrid:

 

Equinox 1.5T/Diesel

Equinox 2.0T

Rav4 Hybrid

Front Rotors

11.8 inches

12.6 inches

11.6 inches

Rear Rotors

11.3 inches

11.3 inches

11.1 inches

The Equinox stops much shorter than the Rav4 Hybrid:

 

Equinox

Rav4 Hybrid

 

70 to 0 MPH

161 feet

181 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

132 feet

135 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

141 feet

144 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

The Equinox Premier’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Rav4 Hybrid SE/Limited’s 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Equinox Premier offers optional 19-inch wheels. The Rav4 Hybrid’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

The Equinox has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Rav4 Hybrid doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Equinox’s wheelbase is 2.6 inches longer than on the Rav4 Hybrid (107.3 inches vs. 104.7 inches).

The Equinox Premier AWD handles at .86 G’s, while the Rav4 Hybrid Limited pulls only .76 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Equinox Premier executes Motor Trend’s “Figure-Eight” maneuver quicker than the Rav4 Hybrid Limited (27.7 seconds @ .61 average G’s vs. 28.1 seconds @ .59 average G’s).

Chassis

The Chevrolet Equinox may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 to 650 pounds less than the Toyota Rav4 Hybrid.

The front grille of the Equinox uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Rav4 Hybrid doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

The Equinox uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Rav4 Hybrid doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

As tested by Car and Driver while under full throttle, the interior of the Equinox LT AWD is quieter than the Rav4 Hybrid Limited (73 vs. 75 dB).

Passenger Space

The Equinox has 2.5 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Rav4 Hybrid (103.2 vs. 100.7).

The Equinox has 1.1 inches more front headroom, 2.5 inches more rear legroom, 2.8 inches more rear hip room and .1 inches more rear shoulder room than the Rav4 Hybrid.

The front step up height for the Equinox is 1.3 inches lower than the Rav4 Hybrid (17.2” vs. 18.5”). The Equinox’s rear step up height is .3 inches lower than the Rav4 Hybrid’s (17.5” vs. 17.8”).

Cargo Capacity

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Equinox LT/Premier’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Rav4 Hybrid doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

Towing

Maximum trailer towing in the Toyota Rav4 Hybrid is limited to 1750 pounds. The Equinox offers up to a 3500 lbs. towing capacity.

While the Rav4 Hybrid SE is not recommended to tow, any Equinox can tow a minimum of 1500 pounds.

Servicing Ease

The Equinox has a maintenance free battery for long life without checking the battery’s water level. The Rav4 Hybrid doesn’t have a maintenance free battery, so the water level in the battery’s cells must be checked often to prevent damage.

Ergonomics

The Equinox (except L/LS) offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Rav4 Hybrid doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Equinox Premier’s standard easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Rav4 Hybrid doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Equinox’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge – which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The Rav4 Hybrid does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The power windows standard on both the Equinox and the Rav4 Hybrid have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Equinox is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Rav4 Hybrid prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Equinox’s front and rear power windows all lower with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Rav4 Hybrid’s passenger windows don’t open automatically.

On a hot day the Equinox’s driver can lower all the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Rav4 Hybrid can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Equinox LS/LT/Premier’s available exterior keypad. The Rav4 Hybrid doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system.

The Equinox’s power mirror controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The Rav4 Hybrid’s power mirror controls are on the dash, hidden behind the steering wheel, where they are awkward to manipulate.

When the Equinox Premier is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Rav4 Hybrid’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

The Equinox Premier has standard automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Rav4 Hybrid offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

Both the Equinox and the Rav4 Hybrid offer available heated front seats. The Equinox Premier also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Rav4 Hybrid.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the Equinox Premier keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Rav4 Hybrid doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

On extremely cold winter days, the Equinox Premier’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The Rav4 Hybrid doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

Both the Equinox and the Rav4 Hybrid offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Equinox has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Rav4 Hybrid doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

The Equinox (except L/LS) offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Rav4 Hybrid doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Model Availability

The Equinox is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The Rav4 Hybrid doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Equinox owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Equinox will cost $5 to $1390 less than the Rav4 Hybrid over a five-year period.

© 1991-2018 Advanta-STAR Automotive Research. All rights reserved.

How much is your car worth?

Get the best value for your car from an Asbury dealership.

Featured Videos