2019 Toyota Rav4 Hybrid vs. 2019 Chevrolet Equinox

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Toyota Rav4 Hybrid are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Chevrolet Equinox doesn’t offer height-adjustable front seat belts.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Rav4 Hybrid (except LE) offers optional Rear Cross-Traffic Braking that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Equinox doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the Rav4 Hybrid. But it costs extra on the Equinox.

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

Warranty

The Rav4 Hybrid’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Equinox’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Rav4 Hybrid for 2 years and 25000 miles. Toyota will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Chevrolet only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the Equinox.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 7 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chevrolet is ranked fourth.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. Chevrolet is ranked 23rd.

Engine

The Rav4 Hybrid’s 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid produces 49 more horsepower (219 vs. 170) than the Equinox’s standard 1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Toyota Rav4 Hybrid is faster than the Chevrolet Equinox 1.5 turbo 4 cyl.:

 

Rav4 Hybrid

Equinox

Zero to 60 MPH

7.5 sec

9.2 sec

Quarter Mile

15.6 sec

16.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

90.4 MPH

81.2 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Rav4 Hybrid gets better fuel mileage than the Equinox:

 

 

 

MPG

Rav4 Hybrid

 

AWD

2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. Hybrid

41 city/37 hwy

Equinox

 

FWD

1.6 turbo 4 cyl. diesel

28 city/39 hwy

 

 

1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

26 city/32 hwy

 

 

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

22 city/29 hwy

 

AWD

1.6 turbo 4 cyl. diesel

28 city/38 hwy

 

 

1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

25 city/30 hwy

 

 

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

22 city/28 hwy

Regenerative brakes improve the Rav4 Hybrid’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Equinox doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Toyota Rav4 Hybrid uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Equinox with the 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. engine requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Transmission

The Rav4 Hybrid has a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no “steps” between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The Equinox doesn’t offer a CVT.

Brakes and Stopping

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

 

Rav4 Hybrid

Equinox

Front Rotors

12 inches

11.8 inches

Suspension and Handling

The Rav4 Hybrid has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Rav4 Hybrid flat and controlled during cornering. The Equinox’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Rav4 Hybrid is .8 inches wider in the front and 1.5 inches wider in the rear than on the Equinox.

For better maneuverability, the Rav4 Hybrid’s turning circle is 1.3 feet tighter than the Equinox’s (36.1 feet vs. 37.4 feet). The Rav4 Hybrid’s turning circle is 5.5 feet tighter than the Equinox w/19” wheels’ (36.1 feet vs. 41.6 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Rav4 Hybrid has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Equinox (8.1 vs. 7.9 inches), allowing the Rav4 Hybrid to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Passenger Space

The Rav4 Hybrid has .1 inches more front legroom, .1 inches more front hip room, .6 inches more front shoulder room, 1 inch more rear headroom and .9 inches more rear shoulder room than the Equinox.

Cargo Capacity

The Rav4 Hybrid has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Equinox with its rear seat up (37.6 vs. 29.9 cubic feet). The Rav4 Hybrid has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Equinox with its rear seat folded (69.8 vs. 63.5 cubic feet).

Towing

The Rav4 Hybrid’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Equinox’s (1750 vs. 1500 pounds).

Ergonomics

The Rav4 Hybrid’s front and rear power windows all open or close 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 Equinox’s passenger windows don’t close automatically.

The Rav4 Hybrid XLE/XSE/Limited’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Equinox’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Rav4 Hybrid Limited offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Equinox doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The Rav4 Hybrid has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning costs extra on the Equinox.

Recommendations

The Toyota Rav4 outsold the Chevrolet Equinox by 28% during 2018.

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