2020 Honda CR-V vs Toyota RAV4
When you’re in the market for a new SUV, you’ve got tons of options. With so many available SUVs to choose from for hitting the roads of Cerritos, Buena Park, and Long Beach, how do you know which one is right for you? To offer some help in the arena, the pros at Norm Reeves Honda Superstore Cerritos are here to help.
Below, we took two of the most popular models available and put them to the test. In our 2020 Honda CR-V vs. Toyota RAV4 comparison, you’ll be able to see the differences of each vehicle, allowing you to select the one that best meets your needs. Let’s get started!
Honda CR-V vs Toyota RAV4 Engine Performance & Efficiency
Despite their similar size and the fact that they’re in the same automotive class, they each have different engines. The Honda CR-V includes a 1.5L 4-cylinder turbo engine paired with a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), while the Toyota RAV4 features a 2.5L 4-cylinder engine that’s mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission.
Although both vehicles are able to generate at least 190 horsepower, they differ in fuel efficiency. The Honda CR-V’s 2WD LX, EX, EX-L, and Touring trims get EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings of up to 28 city/34 highway/30 combined MPG.1 The RAV4 comes close with an EPA-estimated 27 city MPG, showing you that although the difference is slight, it’ll be longer between fill-ups with the Honda CR-V.
2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid vs Toyota RAV4 Hybrid
Speaking of efficiency, we’re excited to announce that both these crossovers come in hybrid versions. Which is better for you—the 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid or the 2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid? Let’s find out together.
They both do extraordinarily well in the fuel economy department—but what did you expect? They’re hybrids, after all. For example, the 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid hits EPA-estimated numbers like 40 city/35 highway/38 combined MPG with its LX, EX, EX-L, and Touring trims.2 That’s all while maintaining 212 total system horsepower, giving you a little kick along with all that efficiency.
This is one category where Toyota matches up well—their 2020 RAV4 Hybrid is just as efficient and powerful as the 2020 CR-V Hybrid. Check out the rest of the Honda’s details here:
Two-Motor Hybrid Powertrain. On the CR-V Hybrid, the powertrain that’s responsible for such specs is the combination of a 2.0L DOHC i-VTECÒ Atkinson-cycle engine, an electric motor, and an e-CVT transmission. The RAV4 Hybrid’s powertrain has similar valvetrain tech, which Toyota calls Dual Variable Valve Timing with Intelligence (Dual VVT-i).
Hybrid Driver Information Interface. You can monitor your powertrain’s performance and output through either Honda’s state-of-the-art Hybrid Driver Information Interface or its Display Audio touchscreen. On Toyota’s hybrid crossover, comparable tech would be the 7-inch digital Multi-Information Display (MID).
ECON, Sport, and EV Drive Modes. The 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid gives you maximum control over your driving experience by letting you switch between these three modes. EV Drive Mode even lets you rely solely upon its electric motor to power your ride if the conditions are right. The 2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid offers similar drive modes, including Sport, ECO, Normal, Trail, and EV Modes.
All-Wheel Drive. Speaking of drive modes, all-wheel drive comes standard on both hybrid SUVs.
Regenerative Braking. Last, but certainly not least, the CR-V Hybrid is so intensely focused on efficiency that it even takes advantage of your braking, harnessing that energy to help out in its efforts to charge its high-voltage battery. You can even control the degree to which this feature is active, increasing or decreasing its effect via steering wheel-mounted deceleration selectors. Thankfully, regenerative braking is also integrated into the RAV4 Hybrid’s Electronically Controlled Braking (ECB) system. That’s a big relief.
Interior Space – Which Is Bigger?
Though both SUVs can hold up to five people inside, there are some differences when it comes to interior space. The 2020 RAV4 is equipped with 98.9 cubic feet of passenger room. This includes a spacious front row with 37.7 inches of headroom (without a moonroof) and 41 inches of legroom.
On the other hand, the Honda CR-V offers more room for everyone to get comfortable. With an expansive interior volume of 105.9 cubic feet—and with 40.1 inches of headroom and 41.3 inches of legroom in the front row—both you and your guests can stretch out even more.
Additionally, the cargo area behind the rear rows of the 2020 CR-V also beats out the RAV4: 39.2 cubic feet to 37.6 cubic feet, respectively.
CR-V vs RAV4 – Overall Convenience
To make your drives as easy as pie, these two models come equipped with a suite of convenience features. Both come with smartphone integration, allowing you to access your phone while on the road. Both vehicles come with plenty of media options too. However, the Honda CR-V includes Pandora® compatibility, which provides you with access to thousands of customizable radio stations.
RAV4 vs CR-V – Have You Decided?
After Norm Reeves Honda Superstore Cerritos has shown you some differences between these two SUVs, which one will better suit you? We truly believe you’re going to love being behind the wheel of the CR-V and want to prove that to you today! To schedule a test drive in the Cerritos, Buena Park, and Long Beach, California, areas, contact us today!
- 28 city/34 highway/30 combined MPG rating for 2WD trims. 27 city/32 highway/29 combined MPG rating for AWD trims. Based on 2020 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.
- 40 city/35 highway/38 combined MPG rating. Based on 2020 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery-pack age/condition, and other factors.