In a battle of sport utility vehicle heavyweights, we put the 2020 RAV4 up against a formidable foe – the 2020 Honda CR-V. In the public eye, both Honda and Toyota are known for high quality and reliability. Let’s dig a little deeper, though.
In reviewing the popular trim level RAV4 XLE versus its basically equivalent CR-V EX grade, I found several points in favor of RAV4. Let us see if your thoughts agree with mine.
Gas mileage 2020 RAV4 vs 2020 CR-V
One of the main factors a potential customer may look at is how much and how often they will have to fill up at the pump. RAV4 has the edge over CR-V with front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive, and in hybrid fuel efficiency as well.
The 2020 RAV4 XLE FWD offers drivers 28 city / 35 highway / 30 combined, while 2020 CR-V EX FWD provides 28 city / 34 highway / 30 combined. All-wheel drive for RAV4 XLE is 27 city / 33 highway / 29 combined and CR-V EX AWD is 27 city / 32 highway / 29 combined.
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For bonus measure, we can also compare hybrid models. The extremlely popular RAV4 Hybrid offers drivers 41 city / 38 highway / 40 combined, compared to CR-V Hybrid’s 40 city / 35 highway / 38 combined.
RAV4 vs CR-V Horsepower
Normally I would have put each vehicle’s horsepower ratings first in my comparison. However, it is interesting to note that 2020 RAV4 beats 2020 CR-V in power while still giving families better gas mileage in the process.
A 2020 CR-V utilizes an in-line 4-cylinder engine with turbocharger. This produces 190 horsepower and 179 lb.-ft. torque, according to Honda.com. In comparison, the 2020 Toyota RAV4 delivers 203 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. torque with its 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine, citing Toyota.com.
It might be important to talk hybrids too. RAV4 Hybrid produces 219 total system horsepower versus 2020 CR-V Hybrid that has 212 total system horsepower. Gas ratings highly favor RAV4 while still providing more power than CR-V.
Infotainment 2020 RAV4 vs 2020 CR-V
We are looking at RAV4 XLE and CR-V EX specifically, but there are a couple other interesting notes with other trim levels.
In order to have popular applications Apple CarPlay and Android Auto in your 2020 CR-V, you will need to make sure you buy at least the EX trim level. According to Honda.com, their base entry LX grade does not feature either of these “must-haves.”
A 2020 RAV4 offers both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay across the board on all levels. In fact, every trim of RAV4 also includes Wi-Fi hotspot connect and Amazon Alexa connectivity.
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Although both CR-V EX and RAV4 XLE feature 7-inch multimedia screens, I had to deduct points for Honda’s base entry system. A 2020 CR-V LX gives drivers an antiquated 5-inch screen. RAV4 LE has standard 7-inch screen.
RAV4 XLE vs CR-V EX Pricing
This one here is close enough to not call an advantage either way. RAV4 XLE FWD has a factory MSRP of $27,245 compared to CR-V EX FWD at $27,560.
An all-wheel drive option is similar. RAV4 XLE AWD starts at $28,545 and CR-V EX AWD is $29,060.
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Other notes of interest to consider. The RAV4 XLE offers passengers 5 USB ports, while CR-V EX has 3.
RAV4 provides 8 airbags compared to 6 in the CR-V.
You may also find the RAV4 XLE multi-terrain select helpful while driving on uneven or slippery conditions. It allows drivers to select various levels of traction to handle more challenging terrain such as mud and sand, rock and dirt and snowy conditions.
Time for your thoughts on CR-V vs RAV4
Do you own either the Honda CR-V or Toyota RAV4? If so, what things do you like and dislike about them?
Do you feel my ratings categories are practical or not really at all? What categories do you find useful when comparing vehicles in the same class?
Thanks for reading everyone. See you next story when I show off several cool gadgets you may need to see in the 2020 RAV4.
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