Honda CR-V vs Toyota Rav4

The leading change in compact SUVs today is thanks to the Toyota RAV4 and the Honda CR-V. In today’s world, both the CR-V and the RAV4 are able to fit a wide variety of lifestyles, accommodating several different needs, whether you’re a working parent or adventurous explorer. But the question of which one has a slight advantage over the other is still present. Taking out personal bias and looking solely at facts, which vehicle is the better one to purchase?

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Space

When it comes to exterior measurements, both vehicles stretch roughly 73 inches wide and 180 inches long so while their appearance differs, their dimensions are near mirror images of each other. They also both have 2 rows of seats and enough space for 5 people. However, the outside can only say so much. On the inside the Honda makes much better use of its space that the Toyota does with its spacious rear seats, greater amount of legroom and comfortable padding. Furthermore, the near 90-degree rear door mobility makes the movement of getting in and out of the back seat that much smoother. Additionally, it’s much easier to load cargo into the CR-V due to its load floor having a lower liftover height in comparison to the RAV4. Despite that, the Toyota isn’t out of the game yet. While the RAV4’s interior is slightly more cramped, the quality of the materials and beautiful interior will make you forget all about feeling squished.

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Performance

The RAV4 has a larger and more powerful engine producing 203 horsepower against the CR-V’s 190 however when it comes to acceleration, the CR-V’s strong acceleration and composed handling outperformed the RAV4 reaching 60mph in 7.4 seconds compared to the RAV4’s 8.1 seconds. When it comes to fuel economy however, Toyota achieved 32mpg compared to the Honda’s 29mpg making the RAV4 engine that much more efficient. Both SUVs go down the road smoothly and ride comfortably firmly, with competent and responsive handling. The CR-V’s steering feels lighter than the RAV4’s however the both these vehicles generate excessive noise and are loud, especially compared to rivals.

Infotainment System

When it comes to the infotainment system, the CR-V’s touchscreen lags behind the RAV4’s in responsiveness and appearance. While the Toyota’s Entune touchscreen is visually appealing, faster at responding and has easy to navigate menus, the CR-V’s 7.0-inch HondaLink touchscreen is outdated in comparison with its slower response rate and lack of a tuning knob. However, when it comes to compatibility, the Honda wins the game. The CR-V offers both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring while the Toyota will only cooperate with the iPhone.

The Toyota and the Honda, competitors since the beginning of time. The RAV4 and CR-V are so neck in neck however we’d have to conclude that the CR-V has a slight advantage over the RAV4 with its speedy acceleration and spacious backseat however both vehicles are at the top of it’s class.

“The 2019 Honda CR-V is a Triple Threat: it packs a host of high-tech equipment, impressive fuel economy, and copious cargo space.”

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