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2019 GMC Terrain vs 2019 Toyota RAV4

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2019 GMC Terrain VS 2019 Toyota RAV4
3 Available Engines 1
137-252 HP Horsepower 203 HP
203-260 lb-ft Torque 184 lb-ft
Yes Diesel Option No

If you were to write a history of the compact SUV, the Toyota RAV4 would be a good starting point. Conversely, if you were to write a history of the luxury 4X4, GMC would be a good starting point. Although they come from different traditions and automakers, many compact SUV customers will find themselves pitting the 2019 GMC Terrain vs 2019 Toyota RAV4. Will decades of work perfecting the compact SUV model help the RAV4 come out on top, or will the luxury trappings of the Terrain pull in drivers? We take a look at the facts and figures to see which SUV you should be parking in your driveway.

The Compact Class

When does a trend become a paradigm shift? This question may sound too philosophical for a site about compact SUVs, but context does matter here. When does something stop being a fad and turn into an ingrained part of an industry? It seems easy to point out fads. Tailfins, after flourishing in the late 1950s and early 1960s, were dead by 1970. We’ve hopefully seen the last of the wood cladding that most famously adorned Jeep and Buick products. Although currently en vogue, two-tone roofs and “floating roofs” with invisible c-pillars most certainly won’t stick around for too long. Paradigm shifts are much harder to spot.

SUVs have been both a trend and a paradigm shift. 2008 financial crisis and oil downcycle revealed big, gas sucking SUVs as merely a trend – GM’s Hummer brand only truly lived for 8 years. The recent SUV movement, however, is a paradigm shift. Instead of giant, full-size SUVs, automakers are flooding the market with compact and subcompact commuters. Customers don’t trade-in another SUV when they purchase these vehicles; instead, they are trading in their sedans. SUVs will soon take over the majority of dealer lots since SUVs are expected to make up 50% of all light-duty vehicle sales by 2020.

To say the least, the GMC Terrain and RAV4 are in a cut-throat market. Compact SUVs are the new mid-size sedans. Automakers are counting on these SUVs to be best-sellers and profit machines. Instead of Honda Accord vs Toyota Camry, or Ford Fusion vs Chevy Malibu, its Terrain vs RAV4 and Ford Escape vs Honda CRV. A slightly elevated seating position, 5 seats and cargo room in the hatch are now the name of the game. The RAV4 was one of the earliest compact SUVs, while the Terrain came in the first wave of compact SUVs earlier this decade. But who’s the king of the compacts?

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