How the CR-V beats the RAV4

The 2019 Honda CR-V and 2019 Toyota RAV4 are two of the best-selling vehicles in the United States, and for good reason: both are reliable and versatile SUVs suited for many different lifestyles, with spacious interiors, convenient cargo options, affordable price tags, and great resale value.

While the 2019 Toyota RAV4 features a larger touchscreen and an extra styling option with its optional rugged-looking Adventure trim, the 2019 Honda CR-V is the clear winner between these two vehicles in terms of value and comfort. The CR-V carries a lower MSRP at all comparable trim levels between the CR-V and RAV4. It also boasts significantly more passenger and cargo space, making better use of its interior volume although both vehicles have similar exterior dimensions.

The 2019 Toyota RAV4 has a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter inline-four with an eight speed automatic transmission, versus the Honda CR-V’s turbocharged 1.5-liter four mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission. Although the RAV4 should produce more horsepower than the CR-V, Car and Driver found that the Honda CR-V’s engine outperformed that of the Toyota RAV4 in acceleration testing, reaching 60 mph in 7.4 seconds compared to 8.1 seconds for the RAV4. The RAV4’s larger engine also produces more noise, with Car and Driver calling it “buzzy and intrusive.”

Although the 2019 Toyota RAV4 is undoubtedly an excellent SUV, it simply falls short in several areas where the 2019 Honda CR-V excels, such as passenger comfort, engine performance, and price point. It’s no wonder that Honda was named 2019’s Best SUV Brand by U.S. News and World Report, and that the CR-V was named Kelley Blue Book’s 2019 Best Buy in the Compact SUV category.

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“In this matchup, the Honda simply provides a better value and is our choice over the Toyota… The Honda provides more space, better engine performance, and plenty of features, all for less money than the Toyota. That’s a winning formula as much today as it was when the CR-V first hit the scene more than 20 years ago.”

– Car and Driver, 2019


US News and World


U.S. News and World Report

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Honda was named the 2019 Best SUV Brand by U.S. News and World Report* for the fourth year in a row in recognition of its outstanding combination of quality and value.

*Based on IHS Markit US total new vehicle registrations of Crossover Utility Vehicles from 2008 through July 2018.

Kelley Blue Book


Kelley Blue Book

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Leading its class for the fourth time, Kelley Blue Book’s* named the 2019 CR-V Best Buy of the Year among compact SUVs thanks to excellent safety features, superior room, and impressive fuel economy ratings.**

*BFor more information, visit Kelley Blue Book’s Kelley Blue Book is a registered trademark of Kelley Blue Book Co., Inc.
**26 city/32 highway/28 combined mpg rating for 2WD LX trims. 25 city/31 highway/27 combined mpg rating for AWD LX trims. 28 city/34 highway/30 combined mpg rating for 2WD EX, EX-L and Touring trims. 27 city/33 highway/29 combined mpg rating for AWD EX, EX-L and Touring trims. Based on 2019 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety


The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)

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The 2019 CR-V* has been awarded the coveted 2019 TOP SAFETY PICK rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in recognition of its crash-safety performance.

*Award applies to Touring trim.




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Honda cleaned up at the 2019 Edmunds Buyers Most Wanted Awards, with the CR-V earning the top spot in the Compact SUV segment.

*For more information, visit Kelley Blue Book’s Kelley Blue Book is a registered trademark of Kelley Blue Book Co., Inc.

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