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Toyota RAV4 vs. Chevrolet Equinox

Compare repair costs, reliability, and owner reviews

Toyota RAV4

$428
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Chevrolet Equinox

$495
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Overall Reliability Rating

4
1
2
Group 4
Group 4
Excellent
The Toyota RAV4 Reliability Rating is 4.5 out of 5.0, which ranks it 11th out of 26 for compact SUVs. The average annual repair cost is $428 which means it has excellent ownership costs. The severity of repairs is low while frequency of those issues is average, so major issues are uncommon for the RAV4.
4
Group 4
Group 4
Above Average
The Chevrolet Equinox Reliability Rating is 4.0 out of 5.0, which ranks it 21st out of 26 for compact SUVs. The average annual repair cost is $495 which means it has lower than average ownership costs. The frequency of repairs is average, but when issues do arise, they have a higher chance of being severe than with other models.
Cost
Average annual repairs total
$428
inexpensive
expensive
$495
inexpensive
expensive
Frequency
Average annual repair shop visits
0.47
not often
very often
0.39
not often
very often
Severity
Percentage of annual repairs that are urgent
8%
not urgent
urgent
15%
not urgent
urgent

Overall Car Ratings & Details

5 star
(7)
4 star
(17)
3 star
(15)
2 star
(6)
1 star
(0)
The Toyota RAV4 ranks highest in heating and ranks lowest in drive train.
“I purchased my 2003 Rav 4 in 2006 with just over 30k miles. It had/has been maintained as recommended. It is a 5 speed manual transmission, which I have driven for more than 30 years of experience ...”
“I purchased my 2003 Rav 4 in 2006 with just over 30k miles. It had/has been maintained as recomme...”
5 star
(3)
4 star
(15)
3 star
(13)
2 star
(5)
1 star
(1)
The Chevrolet Equinox ranks highest in exhaust and ranks lowest in heating.
“Don’t buy an equinox. Our problems started 1 year after we bought it. In and out of the shop constantly for engine problems after 10,000 miles...had to have the engine replaced at 50,000. Also h...”
“Don’t buy an equinox. Our problems started 1 year after we bought it. In and out of the shop co...”

Vehicle Comparison Rundown

The Chevrolet Equinox and the Toyota RAV4 are compact two-row SUVs. Both of these vehicles seat five, and both of them are available with front-wheel drive as standard and all-wheel drive as an option.

The standard engines on the Chevrolet Equinox and the Toyota RAV4 are very close in terms of power. The Equinox’s standard engine has 170 horsepower. The RAV4 has a standard engine with 176 horsepower. But when it comes to power options, these two go in different directions. The Equinox offers both a diesel engine and a higher-powered gasoline engine with 252 horsepower. The RAV4 has a hybrid power option, with 194 total system horsepower.

When you look at cargo space in the Chevrolet Equinox and the Toyota RAV4, there’s a clear winner. The Equinox has 63.5 cubic feet of space with the rear seats folded. The RAV4 has 73.4 cubic feet behind the front row, a notable advantage.

There are many ways to decide which of these compact SUVs is right for you. Do you want a diesel or a high-powered engine? Buy the Equinox. Do you want more cargo space, or maybe a hybrid? Go with the RAV4.

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