I am looking at potentially trading in my '17 Rav4 for an '18 or new '19 Equinox. I know that might sound strange to some but I have driven an '18 Equinox back to back with my Rav and for the most part, the Chevy is superior. What I would like to hear about experiences from current '18 and newer Equinox owners and if they are happy with their SUVs and recommend it to others.
Areas that I find the '18+ Equinox better than the Rav:
1. road/wind/powertrain noise. Noticeably quieter than the Rav
2. general ergonomics for controls
3. Fuel Economy (referring to the base 1.5L)
4. Ride - it is close but the longer wheelbase of the Equinox puts it over the top.
5. Handling - Rav has light, lifeless steering
6. interior room and comfort for passengers.
8. available 8" infotainment screen
9. More driver information available- eg tire pressures.
Areas the Rav has the advantage:
1. rear cargo room
2. reliability - but I am not convinced based on my experience.
3. Simplicity - 2.5L non-turbo vs 1.5L direct injected Turbo
4. Comes with a lot of active safety - lane keep assist, emergency braking, adaptive cruise.
And that is about it. I have not been overly impressed with the Rav4. It suffers from some interior rattles, windows that rattle in the door if not fully up , hard plastic interior trim everywhere - some which look really cheap. The most visibly annoying item - hood flutters under all conditions, idle, over bumps, at speed..etc. The most significant issue was the transmission in cold weather. Would not move when put into drive or reverse and dealer did the typical ' no issues found ' routine. I also don't weight the safety items high since for the most part, it just makes you a lazy/less attentive driver.
So lay it on me, anybody have any regrets with their latest generation Equinox?
I had an '07 Rav4. Fine little car. Trans died at 225,000 miles. Replaced it with an '18 Terrain. My thoughts:
The terrain is WAY more comfortable. Much quieter and more "sedate" at highway speeds. I have many times found myself cruising at 90 when I wasnt paying attention. (whoops). The gas mileage is quite a bit better. I am obsessive about keeping track of fuel mileage. The Rav4 averaged 26.2 mpg in the time I owned it. The Terrain is averaging 31.1 mpg. My route to work is back roads at no more than 50mph so that really helps, but it was the same route I used in the Rav4. I have owned multiple turbocharged vehicles. I am not scared of longevity. Change your oil, run full synthetic and you'll be fine. The Rav4 was a model of reliability. In 11 years of ownership, the ONLY repair I had to make was replace the alternator. I think mechanically, the Terrain will match that, but electrically (and electronically) I have my doubts. Some of the electronics give me the impression that they were not thought out all the way.
As far as the safety equipment... I view this as a plus that the Terrain does not have them. I'm 52 and have been driving since I was 15, and I have yet to need or require "lane assist", or "adaptive cruise". I leave my phone in my pocket and I pay attention. My wife's Buick Cascada has all that crap. The "Frontal Collision Warning" is horrible, and we keep it turned off. The "Lane Assist" is likewise horribly annoying. I would have much rather had $3000 taken off the purchase price and had all that stuff left off the car, but that was not possible. Those features are 'standard'. Don't need them, don't want them. Still had to pay for them.
With some overlapping incentives that GM probably didn't intend to have, I practically stole mine SLE at around $18.7k out the door. The value is incredible. At over 21-22 grand (not to mention its 26K list price), I would have never even glanced at a Terrain, but at that price, it was a slam-dunk.
Give the same conditions, you bet I would buy another. Overall, I am much happier with the GMC at 1 year, than I was with the Rav4.