2019 Toyota Rav4 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 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 (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.

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

Warranty

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

Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Rav4 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’s 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 33 more horsepower (203 vs. 170) than the Equinox’s standard 1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

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

 

Rav4

Equinox

Zero to 60 MPH

8.2 sec

9.2 sec

Quarter Mile

16.4 sec

16.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

87 MPH

81.2 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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

 

 

 

MPG

Rav4

 

FWD

2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

26 city/35 hwy

 

AWD

LE 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

27 city/34 hwy

 

 

2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

25 city/33 hwy

Equinox

 

FWD

1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

26 city/32 hwy

 

 

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

22 city/29 hwy

 

AWD

1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

25 city/30 hwy

 

 

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

22 city/28 hwy

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Toyota Rav4 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.

Brakes and Stopping

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

 

Rav4

Equinox

Front Rotors

12 inches

11.8 inches

The Rav4 stops much shorter than the Equinox:

 

Rav4

Equinox

 

70 to 0 MPH

161 feet

182 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

126 feet

127 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling

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

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Rav4 is .5 inches wider in the front and 1.2 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Equinox.

The Rav4 Adventure handles at .84 G’s, while the Equinox LT AWD pulls only .77 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Rav4 Adventure executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Equinox LT AWD (27.5 seconds @ .62 average G’s vs. 28.1 seconds @ .59 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Rav4 LE/XLE’s turning circle is 1.3 feet tighter than the Equinox’s (36.1 feet vs. 37.4 feet). The Rav4 XLE Premium/Adventure/Limited’s turning circle is 4.2 feet tighter than the Equinox w/19” wheels’ (37.4 feet vs. 41.6 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Rav4 LE/XLE has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Equinox (8.4 vs. 7.9 inches), allowing the Rav4 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Rav4 XLE Premium/Adventure/Limited’s minimum ground clearance is .7 inch higher than on the Equinox (8.6 vs. 7.9 inches).

Passenger Space

The Rav4 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 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 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).

Ergonomics

The Rav4’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 XLE/XLE Premium/Adventure/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.

Recommendations

Motor Trend performed a comparison test in its April 2019 issue and they ranked the Toyota Rav4 Adventure four places higher than the Chevrolet Equinox LT AWD.

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

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