Toyota RAV4 vs. Chevy Equinox
Toyota RAV4 (left) versus Chevrolet Equinox (right)

The New Toyota RAV Outperforms the New Chevy Equinox in Lake Charles, LA

Lots of people are driving crossovers these days because they're roomy, economical, and have a high seating position for a good view of the road. The Toyota RAV4 and the Chevrolet Equinox are both reliable compact SUVs with nice, tech-filled interiors. But here at Lake Charles Toyota, we think the RAV4 excels more at the attributes that are most important to drivers in Lake Charles, LA. Keep reading to see why.

Compare the New Toyota RAV4 with the New Chevy Equinox

  • The New Toyota RAV4 Has More Cargo Space: One of the things people value most about SUVs is that they have large cargo holds they can put camping supplies, tailgating provisions, or sports gear in. Even though the Chevy Equinox is almost 3 inches longer than the RAV4, the Toyota has more cargo room. People in Lake Charles will appreciate that the RAV4 has 37.5 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats up and 69.8 cubic feet with them down. The Equinox has only 29.9 cubic feet of room with the back seats up and 63.9 cubic of cargo room when they're folded down.
  • The New Toyota RAV4 Gets Better Gas Mileage: While both the Equinox and RAV4 are fuel-efficient, the RAV uses less gas on the highway. The Equinox gets 26 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway with its most efficient engine. But Lake Charles drivers who want to save at the gas pump on road trips will like that the RAV4 gets 26 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway.
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  • The New Toyota RAV4 Is Safer: The safety of you and your family is one of the most critical aspects of any vehicle. Both the Chevy Equinox and Toyota RAV4 are safe crossovers with numerous driver assistance features. However, the RAV4 earned a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, while the Equinox was just a Top Safety Pick.
  • The New Toyota RAV4 Has More Standard Horsepower: People in Lake Charles want an SUV with ample get-up-and-go for passing on the highway. The RAV4 comes with a peppy, 203-horsepower four-cylinder engine that makes it quick off the line. The Equinox's standard motor is a 170-horsepower four-cylinder engine that's competent, but not very exciting. If you want a faster Equinox, you'll have to pay more for a higher trim that offers a 252-horsepower motor.
  • The New Toyota RAV4 Has a Better Infotainment System: A good infotainment system makes long trips more entertaining. Both crossovers have good systems, but the RAV4's Entune infotainment system ranks among the best in the class, with an intuitive interface and a responsive touch screen. The Equinox's system is fairly user-friendly, but the sun's glare sometimes washes out the display, and some settings require several steps to adjust.
  • The New Toyota RAV4 Has a Nicer Interior: Both the RAV4 and Equinox feature modern, pleasing cabin designs, but drivers in Lake Charles will appreciate that the RAV4 features higher quality materials and finishes throughout. Meanwhile, the Equinox cuts some corners with hard plastics and other low-grade finishes.

Test Drive the New Toyota RAV4 at Lake Charles Toyota

The new Toyota RAV4 has the cargo space, fuel economy, and safety people in Lake Charles want in a compact SUV. Its even more fun to drive than the Equinox, with swifter acceleration and sharper handling. Lake Charles Toyota has a vast selection of new RAV4 models in stock. Come see us and test drive one today.


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