The Toyota RAV4 vs the Chevrolet Equinox: Which Model is Better Suited for Your Unique Needs in St. Albans

The compact crossover segment is a competitive market to say the least. Drivers throughout the St. Albans area are afforded plenty of options in this segment so we here at Handy Toyota understand if you might be currently having a hard time selecting a model that suits your direct needs and lifestyle requirements. The capabilities, advanced safety features, ample cargo-carrying versatility, and impressive array of tech make the Toyota RAV4 an ideal choice for any Colchester adventurer and commuter. But how does the model compare to a close competitor, the Chevrolet Equinox?

An Inside Look at the Toyota RAV4

The Toyota RAV4 is an ever-capable people- and cargo-mover designed to handle a full spectrum of responsibilities and needs. Backed by the manufacturer's longstanding reputation for unrivaled levels of reliability and durability, the RAV4 is an excellent choice for drivers looking to tackle commuting and adventuring through rough winter conditions and pleasant summer driving alike in the South Burlington area.

  • The Toyota RAV4 offers a total of 10 trim options to select from
  • The RAV4 rides with the authority provided by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine capable of generating 203 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque
  • There are three unique driving modes to select from including SPORT, ECO, and NORMAL
  • While Front-Wheel-Drive is standard, the RAV4 offers All-Wheel-Drive, a feature many of our patrons from Essex Junction and beyond necessitate to weather the harsh winter conditions in Vermont
  • The RAV4 features a total of 69.8 cubic feet of cargo space with its second-row folded flat and 37.6 cubic feet with that same row left upright.
  • Inside the RAV4, the model is host to a seven-inch touchscreen system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

An Inside Look at the Chevrolet Equinox

The Chevrolet Equinox is an adventure-ready five-seater that can easily handle your family's needs. Whether you're headed to Stowe or Sugarbush for some skiing and riding or you're simply seeking a model to carry you throughout the greater St. Albans area without costing you too much at the pump -- the Equinox will deliver on all fronts.

  • The Equinox is offered in four trim models
  • There are two powertrain options to explore with the Equinox. The first of which is a 1.5-liter four-cylinder that produces 175 horsepower while the second is an available turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that generates 252 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque.
  • Like the Toyota RAV4, Front-Wheel-Drive is standard while the automaker's Switchable All-Wheel-Drive system is optional ono the LS, LT, and Premier models.
  • The Equinox also features flat-folding second-row seats in a 60/40-split configuration while bosting 63.9 cubic feet of room behind the rear row.
  • The Equinox is host to a seven-inch infotainment touchscreen with standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Comparing the Toyota RAV4 to the Chevrolet Equinox

The Toyota RAV4 takes the edge in the field of cargo-moving versatility with its ample interior space that can be configured to your liking. Furthermore, the RAV4 offers a wider array of trim models to explore which will grant shoppers the ability to find a vehicle that's better suited for their specific needs. The RAV4 can, however, be bested by the Equinox's highest available powertrain. Each model falls in equally in the field of standard tech.

Schedule a test drive in the new Toyota RAV4 at our Toyota dealership in St. Albans as soon as you can. Our sales staff will be happy to discuss the versatility and hardy go-anywhere nature of this iconic model.


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