Toyota RAV4 vs Honda CR-V
A midsize SUV like the Toyota RAV4 or Honda CR-V is a reliable choice for everyone from families to commuters. So, which one of these trusted SUVs is right for you?
Ron Hibbard Toyota helps drivers near Nashville, Gallatin, and Madison decide with this Toyota RAV4 vs. Honda CR-V comparison. Contact us today to learn more!
Toyota RAV4 vs Honda CR-V: Performance
The Toyota RAV4 runs on a 2.5L 4-cylinder engine that gets up to 203 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. This powertrain gets efficient production thanks to its Dual Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i).
It’s able to use that power to help you tow up to 1,500 pounds. Your SUV will know precisely when to shift to manage that extra cargo, too. The engine works alongside an 8-speed Electronically Controlled Automatic Transmission with intelligence (ECT-i).
The Honda CR-V also has a towing capacity of 1,500 pounds, but it can’t muster as much power or manage it as efficiently. There are two available engines. Both work with a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). The most powerful option is a 1.5L 4-cylinder engine that gets just 190 horsepower and 179 lb-ft of torque.
While these SUVs can tow the same amount of cargo, the RAV4 can do so more efficiently. It gets an EPA-estimated 26 MPG city and 35 MPG highway.[i] The CR-V isn’t able to achieve the fuel economy on long trips. It can only get up an EPA-estimated 26 MPG city and 32 MPG highway.[ii]
Toyota RAV4 vs Honda CR-V: Safety
The Toyota model keeps you safe and protected with eight standard airbags. This advanced airbag system includes driver and front passenger front and seat-mounted side airbags, a driver knee airbag, a front passenger seat-cushion airbag, and front and rear roll-sensing Side Curtain Airbags.
While the Honda also has side curtain airbags, it only has six airbags and can’t protect as many areas throughout the interior.
The Toyota RAV4 builds on its airbag system by giving you lots of driver assistance features to help prevent accidents before they can occur. The Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.0 system comes standard on every trim level and includes features like:
- Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection
- Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control
- Lane Departure with Steering Assist
- Lane Tracing Assist
- Automatic High Beams
- Road Sign Assist
While the CR-V offers several of the same features, its driver assistance package, Honda Sensing®, does not come standard on its base trim.
Both SUVs also feature a backup camera. This turns the screen on your dashboard into a window to what’s behind you. On top of showing you what’s behind your SUV, the projected path display helps you determine what path you’re on.
Each SUV also offers a Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert to let you know when other cars are heading your way, but are still out of sight when you’re backing up or changing lanes.
The RAV4 takes your awareness to another level though with an Intelligent Clearance Sonar with Rear Cross-Traffic Braking system. This available feature detects pedestrians around your SUV and warns you when some one walks in your path. It can even reduce engine power and apply the brakes.
The Honda SUV doesn’t offer the same kind of coverage when you’re driving through town. Again, many of its driver assistance features are not even available until the higher trim levels.
Toyota RAV4 vs Honda CR-V: Infotainment System
During your drive, the Toyota RAV4 gives you lots of convenient technology. The Entune™ 3.0 infotainment system provides you with a high definition screen on top of your dashboard that controls everything from music to navigation.
The standard screen is seven inches across, but you can upgrade to a larger 8-inch screen. Both will provide you with clear maps for your navigation, Bluetooth® compatibility for hands-free calls and streaming music, and standard Apple CarPlay™.
The CR-V has a much smaller screen. The standard infotainment system does not feature a touchscreen. It only has a 5-inch LCD screen. Even its available 7-inch touchscreen looks small tucked into the center of its large dashboard. While it also has a Bluetooth® compatible system, Apple CarPlay™ is not standard on its base trim.
Toyota RAV4 vs Honda CR-V: Capability
The Toyota option has a dependable drivetrain whether you’re heading out on the highway or conquering some trails. It offers Dynamic Torque Vectoring All-Wheel Drive with Rear Driveline Disconnect. This helps you corner and maintain traction around turns even in slick conditions.
You can also manually adjust the drivetrain to match what you’re driving on. The Multi-Terrain Select dial on your console allows you to switch among four modes:
- Mud and Sand
- Rock and Dirt
While the Honda does offer all-wheel drive, it doesn’t feature a terrain selection system. It does provide you with traction control, but it doesn’t offer any feature to help you turn on a dime in the snow or rain.
The Toyota RAV4 is also ready to help you get up and over potholes or obstacles on the trail with its 8.6-inch ground clearance. In the CR-V, you won’t be able to clear as many obstacles. Its ground clearance tops out at 8.2 inches.
Test Drive a Midsize SUV
Visit Ron Hibbard Toyota to test drive the Toyota RAV4. It delivers a safe, capable, and entertaining ride to drivers near Nashville, Gallatin, and Madison. To learn more about this Toyota RAV4 vs. Honda CR-V comparison, contact us or visit our dealership.
[i] 2019 preliminary mpg estimates determined by Toyota. EPA estimates not available at time of posting. Actual mileage will vary.
[ii] 26 city/32 highway/28 combined mpg rating for 2WD LX trims. 25 city/31 highway/27 combined mpg rating for AWD LX trims. 28 city/34 highway/30 combined mpg rating for 2WD EX, EX-L & Touring trims. 27 city/33 highway/29 combined mpg rating for AWD EX, EX-L & Touring trims. Based on 2019 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.