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Hello Everyone,
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?
 

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No regrets here.
Perhaps in the future I will want the 2.0T (or its future equivalent).
Unlike my 2011 LT - the 2018 Premier is a very reliable car (so far), very nice to drive (even with a base 1.5T engine), full of potential to be enjoyed for years.
 

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Very happy with my 18. I ride a fair amount in a Rav4 and I like the Equinox better and it it a better car to drive.
 

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I have no experience with the Rav4, but I am very pleased with our '18 Equinox with 2.0L Turbo and Premier package. Comfort and convenience are excellent; ride and handling are very good as well. Performance and economy are well balanced--we average 28 mpg on trips that include Texas tollways with speed limits of 80 mph, and the 2.0 has plenty of oommmph without overworking the turbo. Would I do it again? In a heartbeat!!!! Granted, the Premier has seats that are somewhat different than the design and cushioning in the LT version, and those experiences I've had with the other seats have left me a bit uncomfortable. Personal preference, though.
 

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Yes would most probably pick the diesel again as it matches our mileage/economy/cleanliness/driving style (the 2019 rav4 hybrid has now narrowed the gap on higheay economy)....would most probably pick the premier this time though...the LT, as @c&wsinbad mentions, the seats are a bit uncomfortable (especially if you have physical issues).
I personally don't like recommending cars to people as everybody have their own needs and wants and it is a big investment...look for what matches you best.

The car is working well...3 oil changes so far but it is early days to talk about long term reliability.


Just a point to note: If you search the threads i believe you'll see a couple of people have left either they got a lemon or they traded it for some issues or the other e.g start/stop....those answering will be mostly satisfied...just selection effect.
 

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I like my 2019 Redline so far. It has the 2.0 which is very responsive, but premium fuel is recommended.

I personally feel the 1.5 engine, although a good engine, is marginal in power/performance when installed in the Equinox/Terrain. I have a Malibu with the 1.5, and the engine is a good fit for the Malibu.

My Redline model has 19" wheels/tires; they make the Equinox handle quite well at the expense of some ride harshness.

I cannot comment on the competition as I've never looked closely at any of them; I'm exclusively a Chevy/GM type of guy.

Would I buy another? Yes, but I would like to see some option package modifications to better build the vehicle I want. There's too much; if you want this, you have to get that; but if you want that, you can't get it with this.

 

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We have an '18 Equinox pool car at work. It is an LS model with the 1.5LT and it feels easily as peppy as the Rav4 with the advantage of much better torque. Where the Rav always seems busy downshifting, the Equinox stays in gear and pulls with the torque advantage it has. I really have no complaints with the 1.5LT. The 2.0LT would be nice but I don't want to be spending the extra money on premium fuel although I wouldn't turn down a good deal on one.
I also find the Equinox fits me better. Driving position is better, armrests are at the correct height (Rav4 is about 1" too low). The seats seem fine to me although I have read a few comments that some folks don't like them.
It isn't the biggest issue for me but the Chevy infotainment system is also better than the Toyota Entune system.
Honestly, every time I drive the pool car I come away thinking I much prefer it over my Rav.
 

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I don't own a current generation Nox, but I do have a 2016 with the V6 engine. As of now, I do plan to buy another next year. I have test driven the current 2.0T and liked it with the nine speed trans. When I first saw the new RAV4 I had to have one. But I have since driven one and wasn't impressed with the engine. Then I see on the RAV4 forum that there are complaints about the transmission clunking down to first gear and AWD disconnect problems. But even if they fixed those problems by next year, it would still have that engine, so I'm not a buyer. I do like the looks of the Adventure more than the Equinox, but that 2.0 turbo has my attention. I currently also own a Golf GTI with a 2.0 turbo which is a hoot to drive. So the turbo four cylinder in the Equinox is where I will most likely end up.
 

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For the most part I am satisfied with my 18' Terrain SLE 1.5T. My biggest gripe and current deal breaker is the transmission programming. For what ever reason GM chose to not allow the 9 speed auto on the 1.5T engine to go into 9th gear. The engine has tons of TQ so there is really no reason for this. That alone would be the only reason I would go with the diesel or the 2.0T. Otherwise the 1.5T is perfectly adequate and surprisingly peppy with the 9 .. or I mean 8 speed auto. If I was shopping an Equinox I would not even consider the 1.5T as it's only transmission option is the 6 speed auto. The 6 speed really neuters the engine and is clunky compared to the 9 speed that comes in the Terrain.

There are some infotainment issues that are pretty common on just about any new car. The GM twins aren't the best riding in the segment but they are better than the Honda or Toyota competition. I would rate the Rogue, Tiguan, Cherokee, and Escape better in ride quality. About the only other compact SUV I would consider is the Tiguan and the Cherokee Trailhawk. The Tiguan drives very much like the GM twins, is much bigger, and has an out the door price very comparable. The interior is kind of boring and cheap feeling, the looks are a little bland compared to the GM twins. The deal breaker for me on the Tiguan was the steering wheel position. It's oddly vertical with not enough travel to get comfortable. The Cherokee Trailhawk is butt ugly but has a very comfortable interior, nice option list, off road prowess, and is similarly priced. I ultimately skipped it for the poor fuel economy ratings.
 

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Hello Everyone,
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.

Tim
 

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While I've only had our 2018 Premier for about a week I'm pretty pleased with it.. I do think it's well worth it to buy the Premier model and the 2.0T which is what we bought... I agree that the 1.5 is a good power plant but, it's a bit wimpy for the Equinox, it does well in the Malibu which is what the Equinox replaced... My main selling point on the Premier was the leather seats, I find them a lot more comfortable than then LT seats...


For what it's worth the car is mostly for my wife, my current ride is a 2016 Silverado 4x4 5.3 V8.. While it won't overtake the pickup as my favorite car in the garage it's a really nice vehicle and I enjoy driving it..



Previous rides have been: 2016 Malibu, 2014 GMC Sierra, 2014 Mazda 6, 2011 Mazda 3, 2008 Mazda 3, 2008 Honda Civic, 1998 Ford Escort & 95 Ford Taurus..


We're both in our Mid 30s , no kids yet but, two big goofy dogs that fit nicely in the back of the equinox with a good seat cover of course..
 

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Well, the deal is done. I traded my Rav in on an Equinox. Cajun Red '18 Lt FWD with the driver confidence and convenience package. Should be picking it up on Thursday. I went with the 1.5T since it actually feels like a step up from the Rav and gets better fuel economy.
 

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Well, the deal is done. I traded my Rav in on an Equinox. Cajun Red '18 Lt FWD with the driver confidence and convenience package. Should be picking it up on Thursday. I went with the 1.5T since it actually feels like a step up from the Rav and gets better fuel economy.

On straight highway, I get about 35 MPG with my 1.5L AWD. You should be in the upper 30s. The engine is amazingly efficient.
 

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That is one of the reasons I went with the Nox. Better fuel economy than my Rav by at least a couple mpg. The Nox we have in our pool car lot has averaged 32 mpg in mixed driving although I'm sure it is biased to hwy miles.
The best average I have been getting from the rav is about 29mpg but usually closer to 27-28.
 
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