The 2018 New York Auto Show was all about consumer vehicles, and one of the major highlights of the show was the 2019 Toyota RAV4, and it looks ready to challenge Chevrolet’s hot-selling Equinox.
With the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox, Chevy positioned the crossover at the heart of the compact segment, which means the RAV4 is one of its most direct rivals. And the 2019 RAV4 comes equipped with rugged looks to help differentiate itself. It’s a trend we’re beginning to see in the industry at large, as consumers move to crossovers, automakers are doing their best to make them look more like rugged SUVs with more square profiles. We think the RAV4 pulls this off, though the rear design is pretty similar to the 2018 Equinox.
The front fascia is where the RAV4 gets most-rugged with a 4Runner-esque nose. It has a more brutish stance than the Equinox, which exudes a more family-friendly look in general.
Powering the RAV4 is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission, though Toyota did not disclose power or efficiency figures. The RAV4 Hybrid will also return.
In contrast, Chevrolet offers three engine options for its compact crossover: a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder and a 1.6-liter turbodiesel engine. The latter is the most direct rival to the RAV4 Hybrid and banks on fuel economy as its differentiator with 39 MPG highway.
We expect Chevrolet to show a handful of refreshed models very soon, but the Equinox likely won’t be one of them. Meanwhile, the current Equinox will have to fend off fresh new competition from Toyota.