2019 Honda CR-V vs. 2018 Toyota Rav4 Hybrid

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring has standard HondaLink Assist, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Rav4 Hybrid doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the CR-V and the Rav4 Hybrid have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rear cross-path warning and driver alert monitors.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Honda CR-V is safer than the Toyota Rav4 Hybrid:

 

CR-V

Rav4 Hybrid

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

220

279

Neck Injury Risk

23%

35.8%

Neck Stress

194 lbs.

505 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

58/91 lbs.

502/540 lbs.

 

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

283

388

Neck Injury Risk

29%

37.3%

Neck Stress

124 lbs.

236 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

183/200 lbs.

396/219 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Honda CR-V is safer than the Toyota Rav4 Hybrid:

 

CR-V

Rav4 Hybrid

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

137

168

Chest Movement

.6 inches

.6 inches

Abdominal Force

130 G’s

163 G’s

Hip Force

354 lbs.

381 lbs.

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

125

189

Spine Acceleration

53 G’s

54 G’s

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

13 inches

15 inches

HIC

390

427

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates rated the CR-V third among compact suvs in their 2018 Initial Quality Study. The Rav4 Hybrid isn’t in the top three in its category.

Engine

As tested in Motor Trend the Honda CR-V is faster than the Toyota Rav4 Hybrid:

 

CR-V LX

CR-V 1.5T

Rav4 Hybrid

Zero to 60 MPH

7.7 sec

7.5 sec

8.2 sec

Quarter Mile

16 sec

15.8 sec

16.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

88.4 MPH

89 MPH

86.4 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

The CR-V has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Rav4 Hybrid doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping

The CR-V stops much shorter than the Rav4 Hybrid:

 

CR-V

Rav4 Hybrid

 

70 to 0 MPH

166 feet

181 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

115 feet

121 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the CR-V has larger tires than the Rav4 Hybrid (235/65R17 vs. 225/65R17).

Suspension and Handling

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the CR-V is 1.4 inches wider in the front and 2 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Rav4 Hybrid.

The CR-V Touring AWD handles at .82 G’s, while the Rav4 Hybrid Limited pulls only .76 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The CR-V LX executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Rav4 Hybrid Limited (27.7 seconds @ .62 average G’s vs. 28.1 seconds @ .59 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the CR-V has a 1.2 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Rav4 Hybrid (8.2 vs. 7 inches), allowing the CR-V to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The CR-V’s minimum ground clearance is .8 inch higher than on the Rav4 Hybrid SE (8.2 vs. 7.4 inches).

Chassis

The Honda CR-V may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 450 to 600 pounds less than the Toyota Rav4 Hybrid.

The front grille of the CR-V uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Rav4 Hybrid doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

The CR-V uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Rav4 Hybrid doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

As tested by Car and Driver while cruising at 70 MPH, the interior of the CR-V Touring AWD is quieter than the Rav4 Hybrid Limited (69 vs. 71 dB).

Passenger Space

The CR-V has 5.2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Rav4 Hybrid (105.9 vs. 100.7).

The CR-V has 1.2 inches more front headroom, .8 inches more front hip room, .6 inches more front shoulder room, .3 inches more rear headroom, 3.2 inches more rear legroom, .6 inches more rear hip room and .2 inches more rear shoulder room than the Rav4 Hybrid.

Cargo Capacity

The CR-V has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Rav4 Hybrid with its rear seat up (39.2 vs. 35.6 cubic feet). The CR-V has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Rav4 Hybrid with its rear seat folded (75.8 vs. 70.6 cubic feet).

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the CR-V’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Rav4 Hybrid doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the CR-V. The Rav4 Hybrid doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Towing

While the Rav4 Hybrid SE is not recommended to tow, any CR-V can tow a minimum of 1500 pounds.

Servicing Ease

The CR-V has a maintenance free battery for long life without checking the battery’s water level. The Rav4 Hybrid doesn’t have a maintenance free battery, so the water level in the battery’s cells must be checked often to prevent damage.

Ergonomics

The CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Rav4 Hybrid doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The CR-V EX-L/Touring’s standard easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Rav4 Hybrid doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s front power windows open fully with one touch of the switches, and the driver’s window also automatically closes, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Rav4 Hybrid’s passenger windows don’t open or close automatically.

If the windows are left open on the CR-V the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Rav4 Hybrid can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The CR-V Touring’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Rav4 Hybrid’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The CR-V’s power mirror controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The Rav4 Hybrid’s power mirror controls are on the dash, hidden behind the steering wheel, where they are awkward to manipulate.

Both the CR-V and the Rav4 Hybrid offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the CR-V has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Rav4 Hybrid doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

Model Availability

The CR-V is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The Rav4 Hybrid doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the CR-V owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the CR-V will cost $555 less than the Rav4 Hybrid over a five-year period.

Recommendations

The Honda CR-V has won recognition from these important consumer publications:

 

CR-V

Rav4 Hybrid

Consumer Reports® Recommends

TRUE

TRUE

Car Book “Best Bet”

TRUE

FALSE

J.D. Power and Associates rated the CR-V first among compact suvs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Rav4 Hybrid isn’t in the top three.

The CR-V was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Five/10Best Trucks” for 3 of the last 17 years. The Rav4 hasn’t been picked since 2008.

Motor Trend selected the CR-V as their 2018 Sport Utility of the Year. The Rav4 Hybrid has never been chosen.

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