Comparison: 2017 Honda CR-V vs 2017 Toyota RAV4

Comparison: 2017 Honda CR-V vs 2017 Toyota RAV4

Richmond area drivers who need a crossover SUV that meets family vehicle standards come to Honda first, because they know that it’s the No. 1 automaker for safety, comfort, and convenience.

When comparing the 2017 Honda CR-V to the 2017 Toyota RAV4, you may note that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration rated the Honda crossover more highly But that’s not the only difference between these two best-selling small SUVs.

Read on to find out which crossover comes out on top, then visit our South Chesterfield location for a test drive of the all-new CR-V.

Performance and Efficiency

Honda CR-V

The fully updated 2017 CR-V features two powerful, fuel-efficient powertrain options. The base engine is a 2.4-liter inline-4 that makes 184 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque. Honda also offers a brand new 1.5-liter turbocharged engine that makes 190 horsepower and 179 lb-ft of torque. Both engines have a continuously variable automatic transmission and come available with all-wheel drive.

According to EPA estimates, the regular engine with front-wheel drive gets 26 MPG city and 32 MPG highway, while the AWD model gets 25 MPG city and 31 MPG highway. The turbocharged FWD engine gets 28 MPG city and 34 MPG highway, and the AWD model gets 27 MPG city and 33 MPG highway.

Toyota RAV4

The 2017 RAV4 comes with just one gasoline engine, a 2.5-liter inline-4 that makes 176 horsepower and 172 lb-ft of torque. It comes standard with a 6-speed automatic transmission and is available with all-wheel drive.

Despite having less power than the CR-V, the RAV4 still can’t match Honda’s efficiency. The Toyota RAV4 FWD gets 23 MPG city and 29 MPG highway, while the AWD model gets 22 MPG city and 28 MPG highway*.

Comfort and Cargo

Honda CR-V

The all-new CR-V features two rows of seating for up to five passengers, and the cabin has been redesigned for comfort, convenience, and configurability. Plus, the class-leading crossover for cargo space got even bigger. The cabin features soft-touch surfaces and high-quality materials throughout, with available leather seating, driver’s seat memory, and heated front seat.

With the rear seats down, the 2017 CR-V touts 75.8 cubic feet of cargo space. When all seats are upright, there are 39.2 cubes behind the second row.

Toyota RAV4

The RAV4’s interior feels behind the times in terms of design, with hard plastic surfaces and standard cloth seating. Plus, it is not available with leather seating. You can choose heated SofTex front seats and driver’s seat memory, however.

The RAV4 gives you a maximum 73.4 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats down, and 38.4 cubes behind the second row.

Pricing

Honda CR-V

Starting at $24,045**

Toyota RAV4

Starting at $24,410 MSRP


‡Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s New Car Assessment Program  (www.safercar.gov). Model tested with standard side airbags (SAB). 2017 Honda CR-V with Honda Sensing ™ and specific headlights. 

*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.

**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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