2019 Honda HR-V vs. 2019 Toyota Rav4

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Both the HR-V and the Rav4 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, 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.


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

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the HR-V FWD gets better fuel mileage than the Rav4 FWD (28 city/34 hwy vs. 26 city/35 hwy).


The HR-V has a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no “steps” between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The Rav4 doesn’t offer a CVT.

Brakes and Stopping

The HR-V stops shorter than the Rav4:





60 to 0 MPH

125 feet

134 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 LE/XLE’s standard 65 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 doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

The HR-V EX-L AWD handles at .84 G’s, while the Rav4 Limited pulls only .74 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The HR-V EX executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.1 seconds quicker than the Rav4 Limited (27.8 seconds @ .61 average G’s vs. 28.9 seconds @ .57 average G’s).


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

The HR-V is 10.5 inches shorter than the Rav4, 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 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.

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’s swing out door blocks loading from the driver’s side.


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

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