2019 Honda HR-V vs. 2019 Toyota Rav4 Hybrid

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the HR-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, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes and lane departure warning systems.

Reliability

The engine in the HR-V has a single overhead cam for simplicity. The engine in the Rav4 Hybrid has dual overhead cams, which add to the number of moving parts and the complexity of the cylinder heads.

Brakes and Stopping

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

 

HR-V

Rav4 Hybrid

 

60 to 0 MPH

125 feet

143 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

The HR-V’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Rav4 Hybrid LE/XLE’s standard 65 series tires. The HR-V’s tires are lower profile than the Rav4 Hybrid XSE/Limited’s 60 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

The HR-V has variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Rav4 Hybrid doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

The HR-V EX-L AWD handles at .84 G’s, while the Rav4 Hybrid XSE pulls only .75 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The HR-V EX executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Rav4 Hybrid XSE (27.8 seconds @ .61 average G’s vs. 28.4 seconds @ .61 average G’s).

Chassis

The Honda HR-V may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 650 to 800 pounds less than the Toyota Rav4 Hybrid.

The HR-V is 10.5 inches shorter than the Rav4 Hybrid, making the HR-V easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The HR-V Sport/EX/EX-L/Touring 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.

Passenger Space

The HR-V has .2 inches more front legroom and 1.5 inches more rear legroom than the Rav4 Hybrid.

Cargo Capacity

The HR-V’s liftgate lifts up in one piece, completely out of the way of loading and unloading, while sheltering the cargo loading area. The Rav4 Hybrid’s swing out door blocks loading from the driver’s side.

Ergonomics

The HR-V Touring’s standard GPS navigation system has a real-time traffic update feature that plots alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service not available in all areas.) The Rav4 Hybrid’s available navigation system doesn’t offer real-time traffic updates.

Model Availability

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

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends the Honda HR-V, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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