2019 Toyota Rav4 Hybrid vs. 2019 GMC Terrain

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 GMC Terrain 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 which use rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Terrain 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 Terrain.

Both the Rav4 Hybrid and the Terrain 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 Terrain’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are better in initial quality than GMC vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota 17th in initial quality. With 3 more problems per 100 vehicles, GMC is ranked 20th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than GMC vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 29 more problems per 100 vehicles, GMC is ranked 18th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than GMC vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. GMC is ranked 25th.

Engine

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

Fuel Economy and Range

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

 

 

 

MPG

Rav4 Hybrid

 

AWD

2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. Hybrid

41 city/37 hwy

Terrain

 

FWD

1.6 turbo 4 cyl. diesel

28 city/39 hwy

 

 

1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

26 city/30 hwy

 

 

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

22 city/28 hwy

 

AWD

1.6 turbo 4 cyl. diesel

28 city/38 hwy

 

 

1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

25 city/28 hwy

 

 

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

21 city/26 hwy

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Toyota Rav4 Hybrid uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Terrain 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 Terrain 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 Terrain:

 

Rav4 Hybrid

Terrain

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 Terrain’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 .7 inches wider in the front and 1.2 inches wider in the rear than on the Terrain.

For better maneuverability, the Rav4 Hybrid’s turning circle is 1.3 feet tighter than the Terrain w/17” wheels’ (36.1 feet vs. 37.4 feet). The Rav4 Hybrid’s turning circle is 5.5 feet tighter than the Terrain w/19” wheels’ (36.1 feet vs. 41.6 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Rav4 Hybrid has a 1.2 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Terrain SLE (8.1 vs. 6.9 inches), allowing the Rav4 Hybrid to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Rav4 Hybrid’s minimum ground clearance is .2 inch higher than on the Terrain SLT/Denali (8.1 vs. 7.9 inches).

Passenger Space

The Rav4 Hybrid has .1 inches more front legroom, .6 inches more front shoulder room, 1 inch more rear headroom and .8 inches more rear shoulder room than the Terrain.

Cargo Capacity

The Rav4 Hybrid has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Terrain with its rear seat up (37.6 vs. 29.6 cubic feet). The Rav4 Hybrid has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Terrain with its rear seat folded (69.8 vs. 63.3 cubic feet).

Towing

The Rav4 Hybrid’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Terrain’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 Terrain’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 Terrain’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 Terrain 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 Terrain and isn’t available on the Terrain SL.

The Rav4 Hybrid’s standard automatic temperature control maintains the temperature you set, automatically controlling fan speed, vents and temperature to maintain a consistent, comfortable environment. The Terrain SL doesn’t offer automatic air conditioning.

Recommendations

The Toyota Rav4 outsold the GMC Terrain by over four to one during the 2018 model year.

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