Comparison: 2018 CR-V vs. RAV4 Friendly Honda

600 × 335November 2018 Drivers in upstate New York who are looking for a compact SUV can’t skip over the Honda CR-V or the Toyota RAV4. These two vehicles are two of the oldest compact SUVs on the market and continue to remain incredibly popular with drivers. Both vehicles have similar starting prices but we think the Honda CR-V offers drivers much more value. Read on to learn about some of the key differences that put the CR-V in front of the very popular RAV4. Performance Honda CR-V The Honda CR-V was completely redesigned for 2017, where the RAV4 hasn’t been fully redesigned since 2013. While there isn’t currently a hybrid option for the CR-V, drivers do have two engine options to choose from. The 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine comes standard on LX models and makes 184 horsepower and 180 pound-feed for torque. This engine will get you 28 mpg combined with front-wheel drive and 27 mpg if you opt for the all-wheel drive model. The EX, EX-L, and Touring models come standard with a turbocharged 1.5-liter engine that earns 30 mpg combined with front-wheel drive and 29 combined with all-wheel drive. Toyota RAV4 The Toyota RAV4 is only available with one engine – a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine that puts out 176 horsepower and 172 pound-feet of torque. The front-wheel drive RAV4 earns 26 mpg combined and the all-wheel drive model earns either 24 or 25 mpg combined. There is a Hybrid option available and that puts out 194 horsepower and 206 pound-feet of torque and has slightly better fuel economy as it’s estimated at 32 mpg combined. Comfort & Technology Honda CR-V The Honda CR-V has tons of space inside for both your passengers and your cargo. You can easily fit four adults and the CR-V has more cargo space than the RAV4. In your new CR-V you’ll have heated seats, a heated steering wheel, a digital instrument cluster, power seats, and a rearview camera with three different angels. One of our other favorite things about the CR-V is that it’s well-designed and uses high quality materials. The LX models offer a 5-inch touchscreen where the EX models (and higher) offer a 7-inch touchscreen. All models offer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities which brings all of the creature comforts from your smartphone to your car. Toyota RAV4 While the interior of the RAV4 is also of high quality construction, the design feels busy and the materials aren’t as luxurious as those found in the CR-V. The RAV4 also offers heated seats, power seats, and a heated steering wheel, but does not offer the modern digital instrument cluster. Overall, both vehicles are good options in the compact SUV segment but the fact that the CR-V was very recently fully redesigned definitely gives the CR-V the advantage in this comparison. The tech and interior design of the CR-V feels more modern than the RAV4 and you’ll be getting better fuel economy. If these are features that you care about, and you should care about them, give us a call today at Friendly Honda in Poughkeepsie and we’ll set you up with your new Honda CR-V!
Categories: Comparison
Tags: 2019, Honda, 2019 CR-V