Kemna Automotive Group Compares 2018 Chevrolet EQUINOX VS 2017 Toyota Rav4 In IA

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2018 Chevrolet EQUINOX

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2018 Chevrolet EQUINOX

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2017 Toyota Rav4

Safety Comparison

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 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 doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

Compared to metal, the Equinox’s plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Toyota Rav4 has a metal gas tank.

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 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 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, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty Comparison

The Equinox’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Rav4’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 Comparison

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Equinox has a standard 700-amp battery. The Rav4’s standard 490-amp battery and largest (optional) 550 amp battery aren’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2017 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 7 more problems per 100 vehicles, Toyota is ranked 13th.

Engine Comparison

The Equinox’s standard 1.5 turbo 4 cyl. produces 31 lbs.-ft. more torque (203 vs. 172) than the Rav4’s 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. The Equinox’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 76 more horsepower (252 vs. 176) and 88 lbs.-ft. more torque (260 vs. 172) than the Rav4’s 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

The Equinox’s 1.6 turbo diesel produces 68 lbs.-ft. more torque (240 vs. 172) than the Rav4’s 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Chevrolet Equinox 1.5 Turbo is faster than the Toyota Rav4:

 

Equinox

Rav4

Zero to 60 MPH

9.2 sec

9.3 sec

Quarter Mile

16.9 sec

17 sec

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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

 

 

Equinox

Rav4

 

2WD

1.5 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

26 city/32 hwy

23 city/30 hwy

4 cyl./Auto

 

 

n/a

23 city/29 hwy

4 cyl. Limited/Auto

4WD

1.5 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

24 city/30 hwy

22 city/28 hwy

4 cyl./Auto

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Equinox’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Rav4 doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Equinox gas 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 that causes pollution. The Rav4 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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

 

Equinox 1.5T/Diesel

Equinox 2.0T

Rav4 LE

Rav4 XLE/SE/Limited/Platinum

Front Rotors

11.8 inches

12.6 inches

10.8 inches

11.7 inches

Rear Rotors

11.3 inches

11.3 inches

11.2 inches

11.2 inches

The Equinox stops much shorter than the Rav4:

 

Equinox

Rav4

 

70 to 0 MPH

161 feet

184 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

119 feet

128 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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 SE/Limited/Platinum’s 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Equinox Premier offers optional 19-inch wheels. The Rav4’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 doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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

The Equinox Premier AWD handles at .86 G’s, while the Rav4 SE 4WD pulls only .75 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Equinox Premier executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.3 seconds quicker than the Rav4 XLE (27.7 seconds @ .61 average G’s vs. 29 seconds @ .57 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

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 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 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Equinox has .2 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.

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

Cargo Capacity Comparison

Pulling a lever automatically lowers the Equinox’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Rav4 doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

Ergonomics Comparison

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 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 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 does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The power windows standard on both the Equinox and the Rav4 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 prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Equinox’s front and rear power windows all open fully with one touch of the switches and its driver’s window also automatically closes, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Rav4’s standard power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully. Only its driver’s window opens 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 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 doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system.

The Equinox’s variable intermittent wipers have an adjustable delay to allow the driver to choose a setting that best clears the windshield during light rain or mist. The Rav4 LE’s standard fixed intermittent wipers only have one fixed delay setting, so the driver will have to manually switch them between slow and intermittent.

The Equinox’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Toyota only offers heated mirrors on the Rav4 XLE/SE/Limited.

The Equinox’s power mirror controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The Rav4’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’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 offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

Both the Equinox and the Rav4 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.

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 doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

Both the Equinox and the Rav4 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 doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

The Equinox 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 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Equinox owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Equinox will cost $295 less than the Rav4 over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Equinox is less expensive to operate than the Rav4 because typical repairs cost much less on the Equinox than the Rav4, including $261 less for an alternator, $98 less for a starter, $36 less for fuel injection, $51 less for front struts and $1290 less for a timing belt/chain.

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