2019 Toyota Rav4 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 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 (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 Terrain doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

Both the Rav4 and the Terrain 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 Terrain’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. GMC only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the Terrain.

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’ 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 GMC vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 53 more problems per 100 vehicles, GMC is ranked 22nd.

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’s 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 33 more horsepower (203 vs. 170) than the Terrain’s standard 1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

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

 

 

 

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

Terrain

 

FWD

1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

26 city/30 hwy

 

 

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

22 city/28 hwy

 

AWD

1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

24 city/28 hwy

 

 

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

21 city/26 hwy

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

Brakes and Stopping

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

 

Rav4

Terrain

Front Rotors

12 inches

11.8 inches

The Rav4 stops shorter than the Terrain:

 

Rav4

Terrain

 

60 to 0 MPH

126 feet

130 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 Terrain’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

The Rav4 Adventure handles at .81 G’s, while the Terrain Denali AWD pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Rav4 LE/XLE’s turning circle is 1.3 feet tighter than the Terrain w/17” wheels’ (36.1 feet vs. 37.4 feet). The Rav4 XLE Premium/Adventure/Limited’s turning circle is 4.2 feet tighter than the Terrain w/19” wheels’ (37.4 feet vs. 41.6 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Rav4 LE/XLE has a 1.5 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Terrain SLE (8.4 vs. 6.9 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 Terrain SLT/Denali (8.6 vs. 7.9 inches).

Passenger Space

The Rav4 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 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 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).

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 Terrain’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 Terrain’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The Rav4’s available GPS navigation system has a real-time traffic update feature that plots alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service not available in all areas.) The Terrain’s available navigation system doesn’t offer real-time traffic updates.

Recommendations

The Toyota Rav4 outsold the GMC Terrain by almost four to one during 2018.

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