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Compare the2024 Toyota Rav4VS 2024 Chevrolet Equinox

2024 Toyota Rav4
2024 Chevrolet Equinox

Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Toyota Rav4 have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Chevrolet Equinox doesn’t offer pretensioners for its rear seat belts.

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 seat belts.

The Toyota Rav4 has a standard driver’s side knee airbag mounted low on the dashboard. The knee airbag helps prevent the driver from sliding under the seatbelts or the main frontal airbag; this keeps the driver better positioned during a collision for maximum protection. A knee airbag also helps keep the legs from striking the dashboard, preventing knee and leg injuries in the case of a serious frontal collision. The Equinox doesn’t offer knee airbags.

The Rav4 has a standard Secondary Collision Brake, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Equinox doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Rav4 (except LE) offers an optional Parking Support Brake that uses rear sensors to monitor for objects to the rear and automatically applies the brakes to prevent a collision. The Equinox doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the Rav4 Adventure/Limited AWD/TRD Off-Road’s standard Downhill Assist Control allows you to creep down safely. The Equinox doesn’t offer Downhill Assist Control.

Both the Rav4 and Equinox offer Rear Cross Traffic Alert, but the Rav4 (except LE) has Parking Support Brake (automatically applies the brakes) to better prevent a collision when backing near traffic. The Equinox’s Rear Cross Traffic Alert doesn’t automatically brake.

The Rav4’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Equinox doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Rav4 and the Equinox have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front wheel drive, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, blind spot warning systems and around view monitors.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Toyota Rav4 is safer than the Chevrolet Equinox:

Rav4

Equinox

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

284

376

Chest Compression

.4 inches

.6 inches

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Toyota Rav4 is safer than the Chevrolet Equinox:

Rav4

Equinox

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

83

109

Chest Movement

.5 inches

1.1 inches

Abdominal Force

138 lbs.

195 lbs.

Hip Force

246 lbs.

357 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

146

288

Spine Acceleration

49 G’s

55 G’s

Hip Force

508 lbs.

630 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

299

377

Spine Acceleration

36 G’s

40 G’s

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Side impacts caused 23% of all road fatalities in 2018, down from 29% in 2003, when the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety introduced its side barrier test. In order to continue improving vehicle safety, the IIHS has started using a more severe side impact test: 37 MPH (up from 31 MPH), with a 4180-pound barrier (up from 3300 pounds). The results of this newly developed test demonstrates that the Toyota Rav4 is safer than the Equinox:

Rav4

Equinox

Overall Evaluation

ACCEPTABLE

MARGINAL

Structure

GOOD

GOOD

Driver Injury Measures

Head/Neck

GOOD

GOOD

Head Injury Criterion

120

131

Neck Tension

134 lbs.

290 lbs.

Neck Compression

67 lbs.

112 lbs.

Torso

GOOD

MARGINAL

Shoulder Deflection

.47 in

1.73 in

Shoulder Force

178 lbs.

312 lbs.

Torso Max Deflection

1.34 in

1.69 in

Torso Deflection Rate

7 MPH

8 MPH

Head Protection

GOOD

GOOD

Passenger Injury Measures

Head/Neck

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Head Injury Criterion

542

733

Neck Compression

223 lbs.

491 lbs.

Torso

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Shoulder Deflection

.94 in

1.65 in

Shoulder Force

290 lbs.

402 lbs.

Torso Max Deflection

.83 in

1.57 in

Pelvis

GOOD

GOOD

For its performance in IIHS driver-side and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, updated side impact, headlight, and daytime pedestrian crash prevention testing, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Rav4 the rating of “Top Safety Pick” for 2023, a rating granted to only 71 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Equinox last would have qualified as a “Top Safety Pick” in 2017.

Warranty

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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, tire rotations, air filter replacements, cabin filter replacement, brake fluid replacement, inspections, and any other required maintenance. Chevrolet only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the Equinox.

Reliability

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A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Rav4’s reliability 17 points higher than the Equinox.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2022 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 above average in long-term dependability. With 34 more problems per 100 vehicles in the first three years of ownership, Chevrolet is rated lower.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ January 2023 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota first in overall reliability. Chevrolet is ranked 20th.

Engine

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The Rav4’s 2.5 DOHC 4-cylinder produces 28 more horsepower (203 vs. 175) than the Equinox’s 1.5 turbo 4-cylinder.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Toyota Rav4 is faster than the Chevrolet Equinox:

Rav4

Equinox

Zero to 30 MPH

3.1 sec

3.7 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

8.3 sec

9.6 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

4.5 sec

6.2 sec

Quarter Mile

16.5 sec

17.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

88 MPH

82 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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

MPG

Rav4

FWD

XLE 2.5 DOHC 4-cyl.

27 city/34 hwy

LE/Limited 2.5 DOHC 4-cyl.

27 city/35 hwy

AWD

LE 2.5 DOHC 4-cyl.

27 city/34 hwy

XLE 2.5 DOHC 4-cyl.

27 city/33 hwy

Adventure/Limited 2.5 DOHC 4-cyl.

25 city/33 hwy

TRD Off-Road 2.5 DOHC 4-cyl.

25 city/32 hwy

Equinox

FWD

1.5 turbo 4-cyl.

26 city/31 hwy

AWD

1.5 turbo 4-cyl.

24 city/30 hwy

The Rav4 has a standard locking fuel door. The fuel filler door is not lockable on the Equinox. A locking fuel door helps prevent fuel theft and vandalism, such as sugar in the tank.

Transmission

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An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Toyota Rav4, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the Equinox.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Rav4’s 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

131 feet

135 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

140 feet

145 feet

Consumer Reports

Suspension and Handling

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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 TRD Off-Road executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1 seconds quicker than the Equinox LT AWD (27.1 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/TRD Off-Road’s turning circle is 4.2 feet tighter than the Equinox RS’ (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/Limited/Adventure/TRD Off-Road’s minimum ground clearance is .6 inch higher than on the Equinox w/18” Wheels (8.6 vs. 8 inches).

Passenger Space

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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

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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. 63.9 cubic feet).

The Rav4’s cargo area is larger than the Equinox’s in almost every dimension:

Rav4

Equinox

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

40”/73.4”

34.9”/67.4”

Max Width

59”

53.7”

Min Width

39.4”

40.7”

Height

36.6”

31”

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the Rav4. The Equinox doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Towing

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Maximum trailer towing in the Chevrolet Equinox is limited to 1500 pounds. The Rav4 4WD offers up to a 3500 lbs. towing capacity.

Ergonomics

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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.

If the windows are left open on the Rav4 the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. (This window function must be activated by your Toyota service department.) The driver of the Equinox can only close the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Rav4 XLE/Adventure/Limited/TRD Off-Road’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.

Economic Advantages

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Rav4 is less expensive to operate than the Equinox because it costs $318 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Rav4 than the Equinox, including $144 less for a water pump, $758 less for a muffler, $129 less for front brake pads, $180 less for fuel injection, $161 less for a fuel pump, $37 less for front struts and $211 less for a power steering pump.

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Consumer Reports® recommends both the Toyota Rav4 and the Chevrolet Equinox, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The Toyota Rav4 outsold the Chevrolet Equinox by 89% during 2022.

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