2017 Toyota RAV4 vs 2017 Chevrolet Equinox

2016 Toyota Rav4 Red

Toyota RAV4

2017 Chevy Equinox Silver

Chevy Equinox

The 2017 Toyota RAV4 boasts a sleek exterior that turns heads throughout the Grayslake area, but don’t let its external beauty fool you. The RAV4 features a versatile and complex performance that is perfect for those weekend getaways to the great north. Take a look at this head-to-head match-up with the 2017 Chevrolet Equinox, and see for yourself how capable the RAV4 is with a test drive at Garber Fox Lake Toyota.


Featuring a 2.5L, 4-cylinder 16-valve DOHC engine, the new Toyota RAV4 offers drivers 176 horsepower and 172 lb-ft of torque. With its robust power and light body, the RAV4 drives with an energetic verve, and getting behind its wheel is an exciting experience. Its 104.7-inch wheelbase gives it a tight turning radius and affords the RAV4 incredibly precise handling. With available dynamic torque-control all-wheel drive, the Toyota can tackle any terrain with equal excitement, and a double-wishbone rear suspension with coil springs, trailing arms, stabilizer bars, and hydraulic shock absorbers allows the the RAV4 to deliver a comfortable, quiet, and athletic drive.

The 2017 Chevrolet Equinox features a 2.4L SIDI engine which delivers 182 horsepower, but with an extra 300-600 pounds compared to the RAV4, the Equinox cannot make use of its additional power. As a result, its labored ride seems more sluggish, and it lacks the sporty and energetic quality of the RAV4’s. The Equinox does feature a standard front-wheel drive, which makes for a confident and assured ride, but it lacks the adaptability and versatility of of the RAV4’s available all-wheel drivetrain. And with a 112.5-inch wheelbase, the Equinox features a significantly longer body, and this keeps it from handling with the same precision as its rival.


Now let’s see what features each vehicle has to offer Fox Lake drivers, starting with the 2017 RAV4:

  • 11-speaker JBL GreenEdge premium audio system
  • 7-inch high-resolution touchscreen
  • Integrated navigation
  • Entune app suite
  • Pre-collision system with pedestrian detection
  • Dynamic radar cruise control

Next, let us see what the 2017 Equinox has available:

  • 6-speaker audio system
  • 7-inch touchscreen
  • OnStar Guidance trial
  • USB port
  • Forward collision alert available on some models
  • Conventional cruise control

Choosing the Winning Crossover

The 2017 Chevrolet Equinox offers a competitive experience, but it cannot match the more balanced and well-rounded experience of the 2017 Toyota RAV4. With nearly identical power, and with greater ability to make use of that power, the RAV4’s size and suspension afford it a sporty and dynamic quality. And with a higher-quality and more comprehensive selection of interior features, the RAV4 is the winner of this match-up.

Learn More About the 2017 Toyota RAV4 at Garber Fox Lake Toyota

If you’re a driver in the Fox Lake area, you can learn more about the 2017 Toyota RAV4 and how it compares to the 2017 Chevrolet Equinox by contacting us online or by calling us at (847) 497-9094. You can also visit us at 75 S US-12 in Fox Lake, IL for a test drive today!