Comparing the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox and the 2018 Toyota RAV4

July 21st, 2018 by

Those in the market for a compact SUV will most likely be comparing two of the most popular models in the nation – the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox and the Toyota RAV4. A historical comparison is something of a problem for the Chevrolet Equinox since it has been completely redesigned for 2018. The 2018 Toyota RAV4 on the other hand, has undergone fewer changes but has added a new upgrade with the “Adventure” package option.

The features of these two machines abound and it can be a very tough comparison. However, we believe that the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox for sale in Oklahoma City edges out the 2018 Toyota RAV4 on a number of key metrics.

Sticker Price

2018 Chevrolet Equinox

Since the price tag is always a major consideration, it is noteworthy that the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox starts out with a lower base price of $23,800 compared to the RAV4’s base model starting at $24,660. Beyond that, given the particular trim and features, the Equinox tops out at around $37,230 where the RAV4 tops out at $36,400. Also noteworthy is that U.S. News and World Report declared the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox as the “winner” over the 2018 Toyota RAV4 concerning price in a head-to-head comparison. Since this price comparison can get somewhat blurred by particular trim levels and features, a fair comparison requires delving into more detail.

Engine Choices

The 2018 Chevrolet Equinox base L model starts out with front-wheel-drive only with a standard 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. It produces 170 horsepower, 203 pounds per foot of torque, and is connected to a six-speed automatic transmission.

Two other engine options are available starting with the powerful 2.0-liter turbocharged that produces 252 horsepower, 260 pound-feet of torque with a nine-speed automatic transmission. For the fuel conscious, a 1.6-liter diesel is available that pumps out 137 horsepower and 240 pounds per foot of torque with a six-speed automatic transmission.

By comparison, the 2018 RAV4 is rather lacking in options with only the four-cylinder 2.5-liter engine offering 176 horsepower and 172 pounds per foot of torque with a six-speed automatic transmission.
What this means in terms of performance is that it is virtually a tie between Equinox’s standard power plant and the RAV4’s only offering. Of course, this means there’s quite a step up in performance over the RAV4 with the Equinox’s optional turbo 2.0-liter.

Given the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox’s engine choices, the overall fuel combined economy for the 2018 Equinox is better overall than the 2018 Toyota RAV4’s, as reported in the U.S. News and World Report comparison.

Trim Levels and Features

The 2018 Chevrolet Equinox comes standard with a rearview camera, LED daytime running lights, automatic headlights, a fuel-saving stop-start system, heated mirrors, keyless ignition, keyless entry, tilt/telescoping steering wheel, height-adjustable front seats, Bluetooth, a USB port, OnStar, Wi-Fi hotspot support, Android support, and a seven-inch touchscreen with a six-speaker audio system all rolling on 17-inch alloy wheels.

Next in line is the LS trim level adding a digital compass, rear floor mats, more color choices and the possible addition of all-wheel drive.

The LT adds an eight-inch touchscreen, added USB ports, xenon headlights, a leather-wrapped shift knob, and an eight-way power driver seat. Tacking on the Confidence and Convenience package gives one a power liftgate, rear parking sensors, remote engine start, heated front seats, rear cross-traffic alert, dual-zone automatic climate control, and blind spot monitoring.

The flagship Premier includes all of the above with perforated leather upholstery, LED headlights, roof rails, fog lights, LED tail lights, auto-dimming mirrors, a hands-free liftgate, external chrome trim, ambient interior lighting, driver-seat memory settings, wireless device charging, and 18-inch wheels.

The 2018 RAV4 has the LE, XLE, Adventure, SE, Limited and Platinum trim levels. The LE comes standard with a rearview camera, adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, automatic high beams, rear privacy glass, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, a 60/40-split folding/reclining second-row seat, a height-adjustable driver seat, a 6.1-inch touchscreen interface, one USB port, Bluetooth, six-speaker sound system, CD player, auxiliary audio jack, and steel 17-inch wheels.

Next up, the XLE adds upgraded interior trim, bolstered front seats, heated front seats, a sunroof, fog lights, heated mirrors, two-zone climate control, a leather steering wheel, larger sun visors and 17-inch alloy wheels.

The Adventure trim level adds unique styling, higher ground clearance, fender flares, a 120-volt household-style cargo area outlet, a heated steering wheel, a windshield wiper de-icer, and off-road-ready 18-inch black alloy wheels.

The SE picks up where the Adventure leaves off with a sportier suspension, SofTex simulated leather upholstery, steering-wheel shift paddles, power driver seat, LED headlights, LED tail lights, LED daytime running lights, improved rearview camera, and 18-inch alloy wheels with a silver finish. The SE also significantly upgrades the electronics with the Connected Navigation package adding GPS, satellite radio, HD radio and the Entune Audio Plus audio system.

The Limited goes back to the XLE’s standard ground clearance, suspension, and styling, but adds other features. Among these added features are a seven-inch higher-resolution touchscreen, chrome exterior trim, an adjustable power liftgate, blind-spot/rear cross-traffic warning systems, the Connected Navigation package, Entune Premium Audio, keyless ignition, keyless entry, improved navigation software, and upgraded 18-inch wheels. The Platinum includes a 360-degree parking camera, heated steering wheel, a hands-free liftgate, an 11-speaker JBL audio system with integrated navigation, parking sensors, and improved exterior trim.

Adding it All Up

Considering all of the advanced features and trim levels available with the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox and 2018 Toyota RAV4, the comparison can be quite daunting. The number of safety, electronics, styling, comfort, and mechanical features available is astounding. Perhaps one is better off going back to the basics: power, economy, and quality. In terms of power, the Equinox easily edges out the RAV4 with more engine options and a base engine that is very similar to the only model available with the RAV4. The added engine options also translate to more options in terms of fuel economy, acceleration, and performance.

Referring back to the previously cited U.S. News and World Report comparison, the 2018 Equinox also edged out the 2018 RAV4 in interior features, overall interior quality and, in the end, it was declared an overall winner between the two. Couple this with their conclusion on cost and the flexibility offered in the Equinox’s options, one will surely find that the desired sweet spot in a compact SUV is the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox.

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