If you’re in the market for a new five-seater SUV, then you’re undoubtedly thinking about the new Chevy Equinox for sale. And why wouldn’t you be? With its available AWD, 63.9 cubic feet of available cargo room, and an EPA-estimated 26/31 mpg1 (City/Highway), the Equinox gives you plenty of reasons to be excited.
But what if you’re still weighing your options? Maybe you haven’t seen how the Toyota RAV4 vs. Chevy Equinox compare. Let’s look at the differences in price, towing capacity, performance, and available features. After you see where this new Chevy SUV outperforms its chief rival from Toyota, you’ll be calling our dealership to schedule your test drive.
One of the first places car buyers look when deciding on the best new SUV for their needs is the sticker price. So how does pricing compare on these two vehicles? The 2021 Chevrolet Equinox arrives with a starting price of $23,800 MSRP,2 and is less expensive than the new Toyota RAV4 for sale with its more expensive starting price of $26,350 MSRP.3 Right away, the Equinox pulls ahead of the RAV4.
Now that you know the new Equinox is less expensive than the Toyota RAV4, you’re probably already starting to think about new Chevy Equinox lease deals. But which Equinox should you choose? Let’s look at some of the model highlights and specs to help you pick the SUV that meets your needs.
The new 2021 Chevy Equinox L comes standard with keyless open and start, 17-inch painted aluminum wheels and the Chevrolet Infotainment 3 system of entertainment features on a 7-inch color touch-screen. The new Toyota RAV4 also has 17-inch alloy wheels in the base model.
A notable way the new Equinox SUV separates itself from other vehicles in its class is by making the Chevy Safety Assist standard across the model lineup. Key safety features include Automatic Emergency Braking, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Alert, Front Pedestrian Braking, Following Distance Indicator, and IntelliBeam.
Moving into the Equinox LS, we find LED daytime running lamps, Apple CarPlay®, and Android Auto™ compatibility. The Equinox LS also boasts Teen Driver technology for those of you with a new driver in the house.
If you’re looking for a new SUV with high-intensity discharge headlamps for better visibility at night, a power driver’s seat, and available heated seats in the first row, then you’re looking for the Equinox LT.
The top-of-the-line Equinox Premier increases the luxury with its leather-appointed heated front seats, 18-inch bright aluminum wheels, and a hands-free power liftgate.
Now that you know more about the Toyota RAV4 vs. Chevy Equinox features, let’s look at the capability and towing differences between these two models.
When it comes to Toyota RAV4 vs. Chevy Equinox towing capacity, both vehicles are evenly matched and are capable of hauling up to 1,500 pounds when properly equipped. This is especially notable when you consider the Equinox is motivated by a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 203 pound-foot of torque.
The RAV4 is motivated by a larger 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that tows the same amount as the Equinox and puts out 184 pound-foot of torque, which is less than the Equinox. As you can see, the smaller engine in the 2021 Equinox for sale boasts a more efficient design than others out there.
We’ve looked at features, starting price, and figured out which SUV gives you a better value between the Toyota RAV4 vs. Chevy Equinox. Now, let’s look at what you get for your money when you slide behind the wheel.
The Chevy Equinox interior is decorated with highlights to make your daily commute and weekend getaways more comfortable. The Toyota RAV4 interior also offers many desirable comforts, but it’s the little things that separate the two vehicles and end up making the difference.
For instance, both new SUVs for sale offer a power driver’s seat, but the Chevy Equinox offers lumbar control. The Equinox also provides the luxury of leather seating surfaces, while the RAV4 features SofTex®-trimmed seats.
Yes, many of the new Toyota RAV4 trim models offer an available AWD option. The Toyota RAV4 LE, RAV4 XLE, and RAV4 XLE Premium configurations all feature an available AWD option. The benefit of AWD is that all four wheels receive power from the engine to accelerate the vehicle, which aids handling in slippery conditions and while cornering.
In February 2020, a recall was issued for 2019-2020 Toyota RAV4, and Toyota RAV4 Hybrid models equipped with the 2.5-liter engines because of a coolant leak, which could cause the engine to overheat, stall, or fail entirely. An engine failure can lead to costly repairs as well as potential accidents from a loss of power.
Professional maintenance and regular oil changes are key to getting the most miles out of your vehicle. When properly maintained, Chevrolet Equinox models are known for reaching between 150,000 and 200,000 miles or more on the odometers. Most drivers rack up between 10,000 and 15,000 miles every year. This means your new Chevrolet Equinox can last you 20 years or longer.
1EPA-estimated 26 MPG city/31 highway with 1.5L engine (FWD).
2The Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price excludes destination freight charge, tax, title, license, dealer fees and optional equipment. Click here to see all Chevrolet vehicles’ destination freight charges.
3MSRP excludes the Delivery, Processing, and Handling Fee of $995 for Cars (86, Avalon, Avalon HV, Camry, Camry HV, Corolla, Corolla HV, Corolla HB, Mirai, Prius, Prius Prime, Supra), $1,175 for SUV/Van/Small Trucks (4Runner, C-HR, Highlander, Highlander HV, RAV4, RAV4 HV, RAV4 Prime, Sienna, Tacoma, Venza), $1,365 for Large SUVs (Land Cruiser, Sequoia), and $1,595 for Large Truck (Tundra). (Historically, vehicle manufacturers and distributors have charged a separate fee for processing, handling and delivering vehicles to dealerships. Toyota’s charge for these services is called the “Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee” and is based on the value of the processing, handling and delivery services Toyota provides as well as Toyota’s overall pricing structure and may be subject to change at any time. Toyota may make a profit on the Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee.) Excludes taxes, license, title and available or regionally required equipment. The Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee in AL, AR, FL, GA, LA, MS, NC, OK, SC and TX will be higher. The published prices do not apply to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Actual dealer price will vary.