2011 Chevrolet
Equinox LT
vs. 2011 Toyota
RAV4 Limited

2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT

9.7

starting from

$24,970

Reasons to buy the Chevrolet Equinox LT

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Safer for passengers in the rear in side collisions
5 stars
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Less safe for the front passenger in head-on collisions
4 stars
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Fantastic range on the highway
602 miles
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Fantastic highway fuel efficiency
32 mpg
2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited

9.7

starting from

$26,275

Reasons to buy the Toyota RAV4 Limited

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Average cargo space
73.0 ft3
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Safer for the driver in side collisions
5 stars
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Has 3 rows of seats
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More passenger seats
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Luxury Features 8.4 vs 10.0
2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT Winner: Equinox LT
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  • Almost the same
Performance 10.0 vs 9.0
2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited Winner: RAV4 Limited
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  • The RAV4 Limited needs more than 10% less space to turn, 34.8 ft vs 40.0 ft
  • The RAV4 Limited's power-to-weight ratio is around 10% better, providing a sportier ride, 19.2 lb/hp vs 20.8 lb/hp
Practicality 10.0 vs 9.2
2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited Winner: RAV4 Limited
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  • Room for 2 more people, 7 vs 5
  • The RAV4 Limited has 2 more cupholders, 10 vs 8
  • Almost the same, 56.4 ft3 vs 54.4 ft3
Entertainment System 9.4 vs 10.0
2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT Winner: Equinox LT
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  • The Equinox LT's stereo compensates for road noise as you speed up
  • Almost the same
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs 9.6
2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited Winner: RAV4 Limited
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  • The RAV4 Limited has 1.5x less risk of serious injury, 5 stars vs 4 stars
Cost 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Both very efficient in the city
  • Inexpensive
  • Shorter basic warranty
Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
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Road Tests - vs 10.0
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  • Both have pokey 1/4 mile times
  • Both have sluggish 0-60 times
Overall 9.7 vs 9.7

Luxury Features

Toyota
RAV4 Limited
2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited
2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT Chevrolet
Equinox LT
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Not Available vs Standard Conveniently adjust your seat with the Equinox LT's power seats; not available on the RAV4 Limited
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Optional vs Optional Both offer an upgrade to leather

Performance

Toyota
RAV4 Limited
2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited
2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT Chevrolet
Equinox LT
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Horsepower 179 HP @ 6,000 RPM vs 182 HP @ 6,700 RPM Underpowered
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Number of gears 4 vs 6 The Equinox LT has more gears, but the RAV4 Limited has very few
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Automatic transmission Both only offer an automatic transmission, unlike most in this class
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers paddle shifters
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor for increased power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 19.2 lb/hp vs 20.8 lb/hp Both {better} and {worse} are sluggish relative to their competitors
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Drivetrain type two-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 34.8 ft vs 40.0 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Practicality

Toyota
RAV4 Limited
2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited
2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT Chevrolet
Equinox LT
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Passengers 7 vs 5 The RAV4 Limited has lots of passenger seats and the Equinox LT is OK, too
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Cargo space 73.0 ft3 vs 63.7 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 56.4 ft3 vs 54.4 ft3 Both average size front seats
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Base payload capacity 991 lb vs 1,190 lb Average towing capacity
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folding rear seats Standard vs Standard Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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navigation system Optional vs Optional Both offer an upgrade to a navigation system
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Cupholders 10 vs 8 Both have lots of cupholders
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Entertainment System

Toyota
RAV4 Limited
2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited
2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT Chevrolet
Equinox LT
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Number of speakers 6 vs 6 Average number of speakers
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs Yes The Equinox LT's stereo cranks the volume to compensate for road noise, but the RAV4 Limited does not
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Optional vs Not Available Like your tunes? In the RAV4 Limited, you can upgrade to satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Yes Both have an audio-in jack so you can plug in your own MP3 player to the stereo
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Has subwoofer No vs No Neither has a subwoofer; audio won't have that deep thumping bass sound
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entertainment system Not Available vs Optional It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the Equinox LT; but it's not available at all on the RAV4 Limited

Crash Test Ratings

Toyota
RAV4 Limited
2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited
2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT Chevrolet
Equinox LT
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs 4 stars Good protection, only 10% to 20% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
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Front driver crash test 4 stars vs 5 stars The better is 2.1x safer than the RAV4 Limited
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Driver side crash test 5 stars vs 4 stars The RAV4 Limited is 1.5x safer than the Equinox LT

Cost

Toyota
RAV4 Limited
2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited
2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT Chevrolet
Equinox LT
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MSRP $26,275 vs $24,970 Inexpensive
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In-city gas mileage 22 mpg vs 22 mpg Both very efficient in the city
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 36,000 mile Shorter basic warranty
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 3 year Shorter-lasting basic warranty

Safety Features

Toyota
RAV4 Limited
2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited
2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT Chevrolet
Equinox LT
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Yes Both have electronic stability control
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Airbags 5 vs 5 OK number of airbags
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system None vs OnStar

Road Tests

Toyota
RAV4 Limited
2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited
2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT Chevrolet
Equinox LT
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0-60 mph 10.0 seconds vs 10.7 seconds Both have sluggish 0-60 times
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Braking distance at 60mph 130 ft vs 138 ft The RAV4 Limited has above average braking ability for this class of vehicle, but the Equinox LT is just OK
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1/4 mile 17.5 s s @ 82.0 mph mph vs 18.0 s s @ 80.0 mph mph Both have pokey 1/4 mile times
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Lateral acceleration 0.76 g vs 0.76 g Both have unremarkable cornering abilities
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Top speed Unknown vs 112 mph

Other Vehicles to Consider

2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS Equinox LT vs Traverse LS
2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2012 GMC Acadia SLE Equinox LT vs Acadia SLE
2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2011 Nissan Rogue SV Equinox LT vs Rogue SV
2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2011 Ford Explorer Limited Equinox LT vs Explorer Limited
2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited Equinox LT vs Outback 2.5i Limited
2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2011 Toyota Highlander SE RAV4 Limited vs Highlander SE
2011 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2011 Toyota Camry LE RAV4 Sport vs Camry LE
2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2011 Ford Edge Limited RAV4 Limited vs Edge Limited
2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2011 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 4Motion RAV4 Limited vs Tiguan SE 4Motion
2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2011 Lexus RX 350 RAV4 Limited vs RX 350

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