Honda CR-V VS. Toyota RAV4

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Toyota RAV 4

The Honda CR-V received a redesign with the introduction of its sixth-generation model in 2023. Meanwhile, the fifth-generation RAV4, though approaching the end of its lifecycle, had a minor update in 2022 with refreshed styling and a few adjustments. This seemed like the perfect moment to revisit this enduring rivalry and determine our preferred choice between these well-established and popular SUVs.


Category 2024 Honda CR-V 2024 Toyota RAV4
Base Engine 1.5 L, 16-valve, Direct Injection, DOHC, i-VTEC  2.5 L, 4-Cylinder, DOHC, Dual Variable Valve Timing with Intelligence (VVT-i)
Upgraded Engine Options 3.5-litre, 24-valve, Direct Injection, SOHC, i-VTEC engine V6 2.5 L, 4-Cylinder, DOHC, Dual Variable Valve Timing with Intelligence (VVT-i), Hybrid Synergy Drive
Price Range $37,861 - $51,907 $39,584 - $50,584
Front Passenger Legroom 41.3/41 inches 41 inches
Cargo Space 39.3 cubic feet / 76.5 cubic feet* of cargo space (rear seats up/down) 37.6 cubic feet / 69.8 cubic feet* of cargo space (rear seats up/down)
Towing Capacity 1,000 lbs - 1,500 lbs 1,500 lbs - 3,500 lbs

Engine & Performance


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On the road, the CR-V and RAV4 exhibit comparable strengths and weaknesses. Both vehicles boast precise steering and a smooth ride, yet they are hampered by engines that generate considerable noise, vibration, and harshness during intense acceleration. The RAV4's naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine is particularly rough and noisy, whereas the CR-V's turbocharged four-cylinder offers more torque at lower RPMs, making it more responsive and less dependent on high revs.

A notable distinction lies in their transmissions: the CR-V uses a continuously variable automatic, while the RAV4 is equipped with a conventional eight-speed automatic. Despite this difference, their acceleration is quite similar, with the 190-horsepower Honda reaching 60 mph in 8.1 seconds and the 203-horsepower Toyota achieving the same in 8.3 seconds.

Interior & Cabin


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The CR-V’s recent comprehensive redesign gives its interior a fresh, modern look, in contrast to the RAV4’s more dated cabin. The Honda’s dashboard layout is straightforward, featuring an intuitive touchscreen and an array of knobs and buttons for audio and climate control. A honeycomb-texture trim adds a touch of flair, whereas the RAV4’s interior relies heavily on black plastics, with only a few rubberized knobs and orange accents providing some variety. The Toyota’s infotainment system also falls short, lacking a convenient home screen and the ability to display audio and navigation functions simultaneously.

When it comes to rear-seat comfort, the CR-V outshines the RAV4, offering more space and a better seating position for passengers. The Honda comfortably accommodates two or three passengers in the back, while the RAV4 feels more confined.

Pricing, Technology & Safety


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If cost is a major factor in your decision-making process, the Honda CR-V stands out as a more economical choice both in terms of the initial purchase price and long-term ownership costs compared to the Toyota RAV4.

The CR-V offers a Remote engine start, Honda Sensing Safety Technology, Heated front seats, and CVT or E-CVT transmission. The RAV4 Trail features a more aggressive grille, large over fenders, fog light surrounds, and a unique wheel design.

Both vehicles have premium add-ons when comparing the top-end models. The CR-V features a Bose sound system and features a 12-speaker option. Toyota has a partnership with JBL and the new RAV4 features an 11-speaker option standard on Limited models and available on the Hybrid XSE.


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Either SUV is a fantastic choice that offers amazing amenities, it just depends on your personal needs as a driver. Both vehicles rank in IIHS Safety Picks however the CR-V ranks higher as an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ while the RAV4 ranks as only a Top Safety Pick for the 2024 Small SUV. Both SUVs have Hybrid options with the ultimate savings at the pump while providing all of the other top-tier features some of which are only available in the top hybrid trim line. The CR-V has been a top-selling model of the segment for many years and there's a reason for it.