Deciding between the 2021 Chevrolet Equinox and Toyota RAV4 — two compact crossovers with solid reputations for modern comfort and a reliable ride — isn’t easy. But our comparison guide can help. Check it out to learn more about each model.
Fairest Price: 2021 Chevrolet Equinox
Want an excellent new crossover at a fair price? The Equinox, with a starting MSRP of $23,800, is perfect. Since it costs less, it has the potential to give you a lower monthly payment than the RAV4, which starts at $26,250. And, as we’ll see, the Equinox gives you your money’s worth and more, with an impressive range of standard tech and comfort features.
Smooth, Comfortable Ride: 2021 Chevrolet Equinox
The Equinox also has the edge when it comes to ride quality. You’ll love how this Chevy crossover feels on the road: smooth, controlled, and comfortable. The suspension will also impress you with its ability to soak up bumps, keeping you from feeling jilted.
When you’re driving the RAV4, you’ll also appreciate its suspension tuning, which offers a fair balance of sportiness and ride comfort. But you might not appreciate the RAV4 seats quite as much, especially the seat bottoms, which can feel flat after a few hours on the road.
Best Tech Lineup: 2021 Chevrolet Equinox
When it comes to tech features, it’s tough to beat a Chevy. The Equinox is no exception, serving up a long list of standard features, including a 7-inch touch-screen infotainment interface, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity, and a variety of driver safety aids. The standard forward collision mitigation system can warn you of a potential accident and potentially apply the brakes on your behalf.
Although the Toyota RAV4 actually comes with a similar tech setup — including a 7-inch infotainment touch screen and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration — its versions of these features aren’t quite as user-friendly. The touch-screen interface, for example, sometimes hesitates to do what you want. On the other hand, the RAV4 also comes standard with high-tech safety aids, including lane-keeping assist and forward collision mitigation systems.
Thriftiest Ride: 2021 Toyota RAV4
With a full tank of gas, the RAV4 will take you the furthest. The RAV4 earns up to 30 mpg combined (28 city/35 highway mpg). There are also hybrid and plug-in hybrid RAV4 models available to help you maximize your fuel budget. The former offers 40 mpg combined (41/38 mpg) and the latter gives you 94 MPGe.
The gas-powered Equinox is almost as thrifty as the gas-powered RAV4, with EPA ratings of up to 28 mpg combined (26/31 mpg).
The 2021 Toyota RAV4 is a great choice, but the 2021 Chevrolet Equinox just happens to be an even better one. Whether you’re spending hours commuting every day or running errands around town, you’ll love its street-smart tech lineup and smooth, comfortable performance. Better yet, the Equinox gives you the better deal on a new model, so you can save money and choose the best crossover for your daily drive at the same time.