Comparing the Honda CR-V and the Toyota Rav4
Since the ‘90s, the Honda CR-V and the Toyota Rav4 have offered similar builds, similar features, similar prices, even similar names when you break down the acronyms (Compact Recreational Vehicle vs. Recreational Activity Vehicle: 4 wheel drive). More than two decades later, both vehicles are onto their fifth generation models and are still competing with each other neck-and-neck. But, in every race, no matter how close, there is always a winner. For 2018, we take an in-depth look at the features of the CR-V and the Rav4, to find out who has the edge and should wear the rightful crown of “king of compact crossover SUVs!”
Honda CR-V LX 4dr FWD
Toyota Rav4 LE FWD
|Price (Starting MSRP)||$27,290||$27,750|
|Engine||1.5-litre turbo i4 (190 hp, 179 lb.-ft. torque)||2.5-litre i4 (176 hp, 172 lb.-ft. torque)|
|Fuel Economy (L/100km)||8.4 city, 7 highway, 7.8 combined||10 city, 7.8 highway, 9 combined|
|Interior Cargo Volume (L)||1,110||1,090|
|Towing Capacity (kg)||680||680|
|Infotainment||Standard 7-inch Touchscreen Display Audio System with HondaLink Next Generation, Apple Carplay and Android Auto||Standard 6.1-inch Touchscreen Display Audio System with Bluetooth®, Steering Wheel Controls and SIRI Eyes Free|
|Safety||Five-star overall rating (NHTSA) testing||Five-star overall rating (NHTSA) testing|
|Warranty||Three-year/57,936 km limited and a five-year/96,560 km powertrain warranty||Three-year/57,936 km limited and a five-year/96,560 km powertrain warranty|
On paper, the CR-V and Rav4 are quite similar. However, past the surface level, we’ve identified significant areas in which the CR-V edges out the Rav4.
Though both vehicles come standard with front-wheel drive, with an optional all-wheel drive, and have engines that yield a similar horsepower and torque, the CR-V’s turbo offers slightly more pep than the Rav4. Paired with the CR-V’s more sophisticated and responsive CVT transmission, Honda offers a smoother, more refined ride.
Honda’s tech includes most of the Rav4 offers, plus Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Rav4 misses out on points here for not including the popular pairing services (though not all is lost, because it still includes Bluetooth technology). The CR-V also has an active cruise system that follows the vehicle in front and lets the CR-V come to a complete stop in traffic. Another point goes to the CR-V for the inclusion of Honda’s Lane Watch system, the system provides a more comprehensive view of your blind spots using a camera to look into parts of the road you can’t typically see in most vehicles.
With superior ratings in the highway, city and combined categories, the CR-V edges out the Rav4 in fuel economy. However, If you’re willing to go spend an additional $7,000 on a Rav4 Hybrid LE+, you come closer to the ratings of the CR-V with 6.9L/100km city, 7.8 highway, and 7.3 combined ratings, but with lesser performance stats.
Though both vehicles are near identical in length, width and height, we like the CR-V’s more masculine front-end and stance. The CR-V’s 18-inch wheels fill out the wheel well more so than the Rav4’s 17-inch, and with the CR-V’s extra two full inches of ground clearance, successfully navigating offroad seems like more of a reality.
However similar the CR-V and Rav4 are on paper, the Honda CR-V has the edge in quintessential categories and therefore is our “king of compact crossover SUVs!” With five trim levels to choose from, there’s plenty of options for drivers down at Honda Red Deer. Come see why the CR-V is the 2018 Motor Trend SUV of the year!