2018 Toyota RAV4 vs. 2018 Chevy Equinox

Crossover SUVs are clearly the most popular class of vehicles currently available in the automotive industry. Models like the Toyota RAV4 continue to be chosen time and time again because these platforms are easy to handle, offer excellent flexibility and are incredibly fuel efficient. Because there are so many options available, it can be more than a little daunting for buyers to sort through the available information. In order to help buyers get their hands around what they have to choose from, the product experts at Spitzer Toyota have completed a high-level comparison of the 2018 Toyota RAV4 vs. 2018 Chevy Equinox. Both crossovers are among the most popular models for each respective brand, but the current RAV4 has a few tricks that could sway buyers to its side. Potential buyers can schedule a test drive with the 2018 Toyota RAV4 can set one up today by calling, 412-365-4281.

As was alluded to earlier, one of the main reasons the RAV4 and Equinox are so popular is the inherent flexibility offered by each model. In terms of outright usable interior space, the 2018 Toyota RAV4 stands out significantly more than its Chevy rival. Both the RAV4 and Equinox have an official seating capacity of five passengers, but the real difference becomes clear with those seats are folded away. When the interior of the 2018 RAV4 is properly configured, the Toyota crossover SUV has more than 73 cubic-feet of cargo volume to work with. Even with the rear seats deployed for passengers, more than 38 cubic-feet is available. By comparison, the 2018 Chevy Equinox has a maximum available cargo volume of 63.5 cubic-feet with the rear seat folded away. Leaving the seat in place allows for fewer than 30 cubic-feet. Additionally, the interior height of the 2018 RAV4 was praised by independent reviews.


2018 Toyota RAV4


2018 Chevy Equinox

2.5-L, 4-Cyl. Engine Turbo., 1.5-L, 4-Cyl.
176/172 Horsepower/Torque 170/203
Six-speed automatic Transmission Six-speed automatic
73.4 cu.-ft. Max. Cargo Space 63.5 cu.-ft.


Performance Specs

For the current model year, the 2018 Toyota RAV4 employs the same tried-and-true power plant that has appeared in previous versions. Under the hood of each 2018 RAV4 available in the Spitzer Toyota inventory is a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine. Most trims will be attached to a six-speed automatic transmission with some upper trims being available with a continuously variable transmission being used. Both powertrain versions will make 176 horsepower and 172 pound-feet of torque and be able to achieve the same Environmental Protection Agency fuel economy estimates of 23 miles per gallon in the city and up to 30 mpg on the highway. Entry-level models of the 2018 Equinox use a turbocharged, 1.5-liter, four-cylinder engine with a peak output of 170 horsepower.



A look outside the front window of the 2018 Toyota RAV4.
An interior photo showing one of the cargo configurations of the 2018 Toyota RAV4.
A head-on photo of the 2018 Toyota RAV4 Adventure driving through the woods.
An interior photo of driver's cockpit of the 2018 Toyota RAV4.

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