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Toyota RAV4 vs Honda CR-V

Toyota RAV4 vs Honda CR-V
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Do you really know the difference between RAV4 & Honda CR-V? If not then lets talk about it.

 Both of these “Small Sport Utility Vehicles” are about the same size and offer value, space, and fuel economy.  For well under $30,000, you can drive a safe, stylish, and practical vehicle with a great reputation for quality. You can get either one with front wheel drive or all wheel drive, though the many safety and performance benefits of all wheel drive are well worth the small price premium. 

Motor Trend was so impressed with Honda’s improvements to the CR-V that they named it 2015 Sport Utility of the Year.  CR-V is the bestselling vehicle in its class.

Common Features

Standard Features:

  • Bluetooth phone connectivity
  • Steering wheel audio controls
  • Power windows, locks, mirrors
  • 3 year, 36,000 mile comprehensive warranty; 5/60 powertrain
  • 1,500 pound towing capacity

Standard Safety: 

  • Vehicle stability control to avoid skids; 
  • Brake override system;
  • Anti-lock brakes with brake assist;  

Similar Dimensions, but RAV4 is slightly bigger that CR-V: 

  • RAV4 is one inch wider.
  • RAV4 is two inches longer.
  • RAV4 is two inches taller.


Ground clearance

Both offer better clearance than a sedan but not as much as a Subaru or a larger sport utility vehicle. Honda packages its underside a little more neatly.


Differences RAV4  CR-V
Ground clearance
Both offer better clearance than a sedan but not as much as a Subaru or a larger sport utility vehicle.  Honda packages its underside a little more neatly.

Advantage:  CR-V

6.3 inches

6.8 inches

Cargo Space
RAV4 have slightly more volume.

Advantage:  RAV4

73 cubic feet (seats down)
38 cubic feet (seats up)



71 cubic feet (seats down)

35 cubic feet (seats up)

Passenger Volume
CR-V is ever so slightly roomier inside for people.

Slight Advantage:  CR-V

101 Cubic Feet
102 cubic feet

Standard engines
Honda offers a more sophisticated transmission.

Advantage:  CR-V

2.5 liter in-line four
cylinder with 176 horsepower

Six speed automatic

2.4 liter in-line four
cylinder with 185 horsepower

Continuously variable
automatic transmission

Fuel Economy
Honda powertrain delivers more horsepower and more miles per gallon.  RAV4 limps along with an outdated, traditional, geared transmission.


Advantage:  CR-V

AWD: 22 city, 29 hwy

AWD:  26 city,  33 hwy


Slight Advantage:  RAV4





Toyota also covers
oil changes for
two years or
25,000 miles.$27,500

Outward Visibility
Forward visibility is good in both, but rearward visibility is compromised by the narrow rear windows–especially in CR-V.  Fortunately, both come standard with back up camera, because you’ll need it.

Advantage:  RAV4



Optional Power
Both Toyota and Honda have a standard size moonroof.

Optional Driver-Assistive Technology
Available only on the Touring model, Honda’s system includes  pre-collision warning and braking, adaptive cruise control, blind spot detection/lane change assist, lane departure warning, and lane keeping assist which will turn your steering wheel to correct your lane departure.

Not offered on RAV4



“Honda Sensing”


Safety Tests
CR-V has six airbags; RAV4 has those six plus two extra front knee airbags.  Airbags do not necessarily correlate with overall safety.

RAV4 earns “Top Safety Pick” from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety but CR-V goes one better with the “Plus” designation because of the optional driver assistance technology.

RAV4 Test Results

CR-V Test Results




1 Comment
  1. jimmy hugo says

    I love that Toyota rav4 cos it’s easy for me to drive,its lighter,and because it has more space,and because I don’t have any car.

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