Comparison: 2017 Honda HR-V vs 2017 Toyota RAV4

Review: 2017 Honda HR-V vs 2017 Toyota RAV4

When shopping for a new crossover SUV, it’s smart to look beyond the styling and features to factors that will make a big impact on total cost of ownership in the long run.

Richmond area drivers often ask us how the 2017 Honda HR-V differs from the 2017 Toyota RAV4. While the Toyota comes with a wide variety of available features, Honda has an edge in fuel economy and resale. Read our one-to-one comparison for more details: 

Performance and Fuel Economy

Honda HR-V

The 2017 HR-V is powered by a 1.8-liter inline-4 engine that makes 141 horsepower and 127 lb-ft of torque, with the choice between a crisp 6-speed manual transmission or a smooth shifting continuously variable automatic transmission. It has standard front-wheel drive and automatic models have the option for all-wheel drive.

While the HR-V has a modest amount of horsepower, you may not care when you realize how much it will save you at the pump. According to EPA estimates, manual models get 25 MPG city and 33 MPG highway, while automatic front-wheel drive models get 28 MPG city and 34 MPG highway and the all-wheel drive version gets 27 MPG city and 31 MPG highway*. Kelley Blue Book reports that the 2017 HR-V is number two in its class for fuel economy**.

Toyota RAV4

The 2017 RAV4 bests the HR-V in power, with a 2.5-liter inline-4 engine that makes 176 horsepower and 172 lb-ft of torque. It has a 6-speed automatic transmission and comes with the option for all-wheel drive.

Virginia drivers who choose the RAV4 may pay for it at the pump, however. Front-wheel drive models get an EPA-estimated 23 MPG city and 29 MPG highway, while all-wheel drive models get 22 MPG city and 28 MPG highway. KBB puts the RAV4 at number 14 in its class for fuel economy.

Awards and Ratings

Honda HR-V

The Honda crossover won KBB’s 2017 Best Resale Value award*** and was also named one of its 12 Best Family Cars for 2017**.

Toyota RAV4

The RAV4 failed to make it onto any of KBB’s 2017 Awards lists.


Pricing

Both the 2017 HR-V and the 2017 RAV4 come with 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranties and 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranties. In addition to looking at long-term costs of each model, you should consider added costs of comfort and tech features. The RAV4 comes with many options, but upper trims can easily add $10,000 to the base MSRP.

Honda HR-V

Starting at $19,465****

Toyota RAV4

Starting at $24,410 MSRP


*2017 EPA MILEAGE BASED ON 2017 EPA MILEAGE RATINGS. USE FOR COMPARISON PURPOSES ONLY. YOUR ACTUAL MILEAGE WILL VARY, DEPENDING ON HOW YOU DRIVE AND MAINTAIN YOUR VEHICLE, DRIVING CONDITIONS, BATTERY PACK AGE/CONDITION (HYBRID MODELS ONLY) AND OTHER FACTORS.

**For more information, visit Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com. Kelley Blue Book is a registered trademark of Kelley Blue Book Co., Inc. The 2017 Honda H-RV was named one of KBB's 12 Best Family Cars for 2017 for the two-row SUV category.

***Vehicle’s projected resale value is specific to the 2017 model year. The 2017 Honda H-RV won in the Subcompact SUV category. For more information, visit Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com. Kelley Blue Book is a registered trademark of Kelley Blue Book Co., Inc. B

****Prices shown are Honda Suggested Retail Prices only and do not include taxes, license or a destination and handling charge. Actual vehicle/accessory costs, labor and installation vary. Dealers set their own prices. Please consult your selected dealer.


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