2017 Toyota RAV4 vs 2017 Chevy Equinox

Are you looking for a compact crossover that is tailor-made for family adventures? With an athletic style, potent powertrains, a cavernous interior and a wealth of standard features, the Toyota RAV4 sets the bar high for competitors. Learn more about the Toyota RAV4 compact crossover with this in-depth 2017 Toyota RAV4 vs 2017 Chevy Equinox comparison at J. Pauley Toyota.

Toyota RAV4 models are available in five trim levels - LE, XLE, SE, Limited and Platinum - that can be tailored to fit your specifications. A Toyota Entune infotainment system is a standard fixture in the Toyota RAV4 cabin that employs a 6.1-inch touchscreen display, Bluetooth connectivity, a six-speaker sound system and an integrated backup camera. Safety is an added highlight of the Toyota RAV4 with Toyota Safety Sense advanced safety systems that make the Toyota crossover an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ - an accolade that the Chevy Equinox cannot claim.

2017 Toyota RAV4 vs 2017 Chevy Equinox

2017 Toyota RAV4 VS 2017 Chevy Equinox
$24,910 Base MSRP $23,100
176-Horsepower 2.5-Liter Four-Cylinder Engine 182-Horsepower 2.4-Liter Four-Cylinder
38.4 Cubic Feet Cargo Space 31.5 Cubic Feet
Yes Available Hybrid No

2017 Toyota RAV4 Engine Options and Interior Specs

Price and affordability are key elements of this 2017 Toyota RAV4 vs 2017 Chevy Equinox comparison. With a starting price of just $24,910 and a smorgasbord of standard features, the Toyota RAV4 provides car buyers with tremendous value that the Chevy Equinox cannot match. Chevy Equinox editions start at $23,100, yet fall short in terms of performance, fuel economy and utility.

Five-passenger crossovers like the Toyota RAV4 and Chevy Equinox are tailor-made for the family on the go with fun-to-drive powertrains that deliver exemplary fuel-economy ratings and possess the capability to handle family adventures. Armed with a standard 176-horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that pairs with a six-speed automatic transmission, the Toyota RAV4 will achieve 23 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway.

Chevy Equinox models counter with a potent 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that is married to a six-speed automatic transmission that delivers humdrum fuel economy. Available Dynamic Torque Control All-Wheel Drive will amplify performance when you get behind the wheel of the Toyota RAV4 and are faced with poor weather and road conditions.

Each of the crossovers in this comparison provide an additional powertrain that puts focus on a different performance element. The Toyota RAV4 Hybrid manufactures a brilliant blend of power and efficiency with a 2.5-liter Atkinson cycle four-cylinder engine that is mated to a high-torque electric motor. Paired with a continuously variable transmission, the RAV4 Hybrid will make 194 horsepower in addition to 34 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. The Chevy Equinox puts more focus on power with a 306-horsepower 3.6-liter V-6 engine.

Another element that sets the Toyota RAV4 apart from its competition is a versatile and spacious interior. Toyota RAV4 models provide a low load floor with 38.4 cubic feet behind the rear seats that can expand to a cavernous 73.4 cubic feet with the seats laid flat. With just 31.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row and an available 63.7 cubic feet with the seats laid flat, the Chevy Equinox falls well short of the mark.

Orange 2017 Toyota RAV4 on the Highway
2017 Toyota RAV4 Interior Dashboard with Toyota Entune
Black 2017 Chevy Equinox Front End
2017 Chevy Equinox Seating