2019 Toyota Rav4 Hybrid vs. 2019 Honda CR-V

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Rav4 Hybrid (except LE) offers optional Rear Cross-Traffic Braking that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The CR-V doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the Rav4 Hybrid. But it costs extra on the CR-V.

The Rav4 Hybrid Limited offers an optional Bird’s Eye View Camera to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The CR-V only offers a rear monitor.

Both the Rav4 Hybrid and the CR-V 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 blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Rav4 Hybrid for 2 years and 25000 miles. Toyota will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Honda doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the CR-V.

There are over 18 percent more Toyota dealers than there are Honda dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Rav4 Hybrid’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are better in initial quality than Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota 17th in initial quality. With 6 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 23rd.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 38 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 16th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Honda vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. Honda is ranked 15th.

Engine

The Rav4 Hybrid’s 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid produces 35 more horsepower (219 vs. 184) than the CR-V LX’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. The Rav4 Hybrid’s 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid produces 29 more horsepower (219 vs. 190) than the CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s standard 1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

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

 

Rav4 Hybrid

CR-V LX

CR-V 1.5T

Zero to 60 MPH

7.5 sec

7.7 sec

8.6 sec

Quarter Mile

15.6 sec

16 sec

16.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

90.4 MPH

88.4 MPH

84.9 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Rav4 Hybrid gets better fuel mileage than the CR-V:

 

 

 

MPG

Rav4 Hybrid

 

AWD

2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. Hybrid

41 city/37 hwy

CR-V

 

FWD

1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

28 city/34 hwy

 

 

LX 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

26 city/32 hwy

 

AWD

1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

27 city/33 hwy

 

 

LX 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

25 city/31 hwy

Regenerative brakes improve the Rav4 Hybrid’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The CR-V doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Rav4 Hybrid’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The CR-V doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Rav4 Hybrid’s brake rotors are larger than those on the CR-V:

 

Rav4 Hybrid

CR-V

Front Rotors

12 inches

11.1 inches

Rear Rotors

11.1 inches

10.2 inches

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Rav4 Hybrid’s wheelbase is 1.2 inches longer than on the CR-V (105.9 inches vs. 104.7 inches).

For better maneuverability, the Rav4 Hybrid’s turning circle is 1.3 feet tighter than the CR-V’s (36.1 feet vs. 37.4 feet).

Passenger Space

The Rav4 Hybrid has .3 inches more rear headroom and .8 inches more rear shoulder room than the CR-V.

Towing

The Rav4 Hybrid’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the CR-V’s (1750 vs. 1500 pounds).

Ergonomics

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

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Rav4 Hybrid Limited offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The CR-V doesn’t offer cornering lights.

Both the Rav4 Hybrid and the CR-V offer available heated front seats. The Rav4 Hybrid Limited also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the CR-V.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the Rav4 Hybrid Limited keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The CR-V doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

On extremely cold winter days, the Rav4 Hybrid XLE/XSE/Limited’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The CR-V doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The Rav4 Hybrid has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning is only available on the CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Toyota Rav4 Hybrid XSE/Limited offers an optional wireless phone charging system (Qi) for the front seat. The CR-V doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Toyota Rav4 Hybrid XSE/Limited offers an optional wireless phone charging system (Qi) for the front seat. The CR-V doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

Recommendations

The Toyota Rav4 outsold the Honda CR-V by 13% during 2018.

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