Honda CR-V vs. Toyota RAV-4Honda CR-V vs. Toyota RAV-4 My 2017 RAV4 takes on a designate contemporary 2020 Honda CRV in a hybrid battle.

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  • I dangle a 2017 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid, and I love the crossover. However I no longer too lengthy within the past drove a contemporary 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid.
  • I in truth, in truth loved the CR-V Hybrid, now readily available within the US market.
  • Right here’s the ingredient: I continually luxuriate in Hondas better than Toyotas — they’re stress-free to pressure.
  • However I’ve fundamentally ended up procuring Toyotas, and I dangle I sprint to follow the RAV4, even though the CR-V is better.
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Readers presumably at this point that I’m a mountainous sufficient fan of hybrids that I dangle two: a 2011 Toyota Prius and a 2017 Toyota RAV4. I fancy the combo of relability and rate that these vehicles offer, and I also offered each of the as “certified pre-owned” vehicles, that scheme that I went thru a Toyota seller and acquired the peace of mind offered by a certification process, plus a guaranty.

Now, I intend to raise a former Tesla Model S the following time I’m available within the market, but I ended up with the RAV4 final year because I wished a contemporary vehicle in a bustle and already had a relationship with a nearby Toyota dealership.

Within the direction of the final six years, I’ve pushed more than my handsome allotment of Toyotas and Hondas, collectively with the RAV4 and CR-V. Every are needed to their makers’ US gross sales, as they’re entry-level items of wheels for a entire lot of oldsters. Except the 2020 model year, that you just would possibly no longer catch a CR-V hybrid within the US. You would now, and Honda let me borrow a smartly-geared up Touring successfully-organized that stickered at about $37,000.

I wasn’t planning to match it up again my RAV4, but for positive I reflexively did. Now not a handsome fight, as the CR-V used to be roughly designate contemporary, while the RAV4 is a weathered three year light.

However the fight went on. Right here’s how it went:

Last year, I offered a licensed pre-owned 2017 Toyota RAV4 hybrid. Right here is no longer my vehicle. This RAV4 is tantalizing and contemporary, while as we are going to glimpse in a moment, my RAV4 is rarely always in truth.

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Anyway, the contestants! On the left, my 2017 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid. On the handsome, a 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid.

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The RAV4 is up first!

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A disclaimer: I produce no longer review private vehicles, unless there’s one thing ancient about them (I produce no longer review rental vehicles both). Carmakers mortgage me “press vehicles” that are contemporary or rather contemporary, and which believe been maintained successfully. 

I impact handiest one exception, and that is the explanation for vehicles I dangle.

The vehicle has been around for the explanation that mid-1990s. My 2017 is from the fourth technology, and the Hybrid went on sale in 2013. I paid no longer up to $30,000 for one in a sad paint job (no longer my licensed, but that is what my seller had).

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My RAV4 benefitted from a mid-cycle dangle refresh for the 2016 model year and thereafter.

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My RAV4 got here with some fetching enable wheels, but they need to no longer the blingiest on the avenue.

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The RAV4 has continued some mishaps. Right here’s the unusual fender-bender, the restore of which is retaining up dazzling worthy.

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The left-rear flank took some wretchedness earlier this year.,

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And handsome outdated to I took photos for this comparison, the handsome entrance fender purchased clonked.

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Thank goodness for Gorilla Tape! Despite the truth that at this point, I’m running low!

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I believe the all-wheel-pressure XLE successfully-organized level, one notch above the inferior vehicle, the LE.

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Even as you happen to’d luxuriate in a contemporary XLE Hybrid from the fifth-gen, which debuted in 2018, that you just would possibly very successfully be having a matter at about $30,000. The tip-of-the-line Restricted Hybrid is nearly $37,000.

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As well to the Gorilla Tape, I’ve added numerous adornments to the outdoors. I have been an avid WMFU listener since 1990 — its a New Jersey-based mostly free-fabricate radio situation.

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The final dangle is rather sleeker than the older, boxy RAV4s.

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The integrated spoiler is speeding — and helps a tiny bit with the disadvantaged crossover aerodynamics.

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Cargo ability is big for the segment: 38 cubic feet with the 2d row up, 73 cubic feet with it down. My RAV4 also has a weatherproof duvet for the cargo withhold floor.

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If I believe to tote more cargo, my RAV4 has roof rails.

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The drivetrain uses a RAV4-version of Toyota’s now-aged Hybrid Synergy Force. It’s a 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine, making 194 horsepower with 206 pound-feet of torque. Right here is a parallel hybrid, even though it could possibly possibly fling at low speeds for transient intervals on battery energy and electrical motors on my own.

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The no longer-inconsiderable energy is piped thru the CVT transmission to the succesful AWD machine. I produce no longer believe scrupulous note, but I catch about 30-35 mpg on moderate.

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The RAV4 has three pressure modes. Once the battery has sufficient juice, the ute can scramble along in EV Mode with out the gasoline motor kicking on. Eco Mode maximizes gasoline-financial system at the expense of pep. Sport mode burns more gasoline, but it in truth also improves freeway passing and merging functionality. Still, the 0-60mph time is rarely always in truth subtle, at around eight seconds.

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The internal is a overall, sad cloth affair. Straight forward to luxuriate in.

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No complaints in regards to the leather-wrapped, multifunction guidance wheel.

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The instrument cluster is easy, with the dial on the left providing details about how worthy fee is being returned to the battery. The minute center show could well presumably moreover be customized.

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I debated between the RAV4 Hybrid and the bigger Highlander Hybrid, within the discontinue going for the RAV4. As or no longer it is turned out, the help seat has been expansive sufficient to transfer my three childhood on moderately a pair of times.

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The moonroof is of first rate size.

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I will no longer utter I’m inflamed for my RAV4’s inner, but it in truth is outwardly indestructible, and that is the explanation what you will need in a household hauler.

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I luxuriate in the straightforward format of the center stack. The local weather controls are straightforward and straightforward to operate in icy weather.

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The infotainment machine is rarely always in truth that huge, but it in truth gets the job performed. There is Bluetooth utility pairing, USB connectivity, and satellite radio. My XLE didn’t comprise a navigation kit, nonetheless.

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I have been extremely overjoyed with my RAV4 Hybrid. It hasn’t given me a lick of concern since I offered it a year within the past, and it sailed thru a Northeastern iciness.

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On to the 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid!

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Yes, certainly, it appears to be like worthy nicer than my RAV4! And no longer correct this capacity that of the smashing purple paint job and all-contemporary styling — and this capacity that of being washed!

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The CR-V is merely a sharper crossover. I customarily bear in mind Hondas to be more jazzily designed than Toyotas, even though the latter has improved of leisurely.

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The hybrid providing is a contemporary ingredient for the CR-V within the US.

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My test vehicle used to be the tip-spec Touring successfully-organized, which starts at correct over $36,000. We customarily catch the final note successfully-organized level of the vehicles that we review. Esteem my RAV4, this ute has all-wheel-pressure.

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Some handsome 19-inch enable wheels on this CR-V!

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The contemporary CR-V is snazzier than my RAV-4, but is it snazzier than the latest technology of the Toyota? To me, or no longer it is miles a shut call — a small edge to the contemporary RAV4, I could well presumably utter.

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The rear discontinue of the CR-V is form of busy. Display cloak the tail lights that lengthen previous the surface of the ute’s flanks. Flamboyant!

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Cargo spot is competitive with my RAV4: 33 cubic feet, going up to 69 cubic feet while you descend the rear seats. The carpeted cargo-withhold floor would be more challenging to neat than my RAV4’s.

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This CR-V also got here with roof rails.

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Now not like my RAV4, the CR-V’s expend gate used to be powered.

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As a long way the inner contest goes … successfully, there’s no contest. The top rate leather therapy, with heated seats, entirely blew away my more utilitarian RAV4.

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And the wood minute print added a reach-luxury vibe.

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Clearly, rear-seat legroom is in regards to the identical.

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The truth is, I dangle the moonroof used to be smaller within the CR-V.

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It’s a dang nice inner! I completely looked forward to jumping in!

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Hybrid Synergy Force vs. Earth Dreams Skills! The CR-V drivetrain uses a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine, making 212 horsepower with 175 pound-feet of torque. Mixed city/freeway MPG of 38 beats my RAV4’s 32.

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The RAV4 also has a CVT transmission, sending energy to the AWD machine.

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AND the CR-V has three pressure modes: Eco saves gasoline, Sport is stress-free, and EV permits for transient spurts of all-electrical operation.

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The paddles within the help of the leather-wrapped, multifunction guidance wheel believe watch over the depth of the regenerative braking. Now not a feature I believe on my RAV4 (which also has regen braking, correct no longer on quiz). The instrument cluster will be completely digital.

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The CR-V’s infotainment machine is worthy better than my RAV4’s. It runs on a within the same vogue scaled but worthy more responsive touchscreen, with crisper rendering.

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The CR-V also had a navigation kit. As for the basics, Bluetooth pairing and USB connectivity had been show, but …

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… so used to be wi-fi charging!

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OK, so the unsightly winner here is the 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid. However what about my buyer’s remorse?

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Effectively, I could well presumably no longer raise the CR-V Hybrid in 2019 because it wasn’t yet readily available within the US market. So the RAV-4 Hybrid used to be my preference. However if I had been selecting again at the present time, between a Honda hybrid compact ute and the Toyota, what would I dangle?

The classic Honda vs. Toyota battle, for me, continually comes down to sturdiness in opposition to using stress-free. Hondas are nearly continually more stress-free to pilot. However I know from experience that Toyotas will fling steadily, mostly concern free, and that Hondas, while extremely respectable, throw a couple of more complications at you.

In hybrid land, Toyota has also been gradually refining its tech for about two a long time, while Honda — no longer exactly a latecomer — has been at it for less time. Every gash tailpipe emissions.

So if I sprint at the side of what I know, I’m leaning Toyota. I need my private vehicles to be low designate to operate and to originate each crank.

Clearly, then I jump into the Honda CR-V hybrid and I utter to myself, “Zowie! This ingredient is big!” It’s seriously faster, the guidance affords a worthy more linked-to-the-wheels sensation, and the CVT transmission feels more brisk. The suspension tuning will be nice and crisp, when put next to the overly light demeanor of my RAV4. 

(By the capacity, I’ve sampled the lastest-gen RAV4, and or no longer it is miles the next driver than my vehicle, even though the non-hybrid version didn’t designate me on the engine or transmission fronts.)

How would the CR-V stack up in opposition to the RAV4 in crummy weather? My RAV4 has two electrical motors, one over the rear axle, and in my experience, even deep snow gifts few difficulties for the machine. The CR-V has correct one electrical motor, favoring a more aged AWD dangle that sends energy to the help wheels when wanted. That would possibly be a ingredient within the using dynamics, giving the CR-V its snappier persona. As for immoral-weather challenges, I could well presumably believe to catch the CR-V support in iciness for a handsome review.

Pricey reader, realize that this continually happens to me: I dig the Honda, raise the Toyota. If I had been a civilian and no longer a soldier within the ranks of the auto-writing navy, I would presumably lean Honda, in step with test drives.

However what when that you just would possibly very successfully be desirous to raise former? Is the RAV4 Hybrid, 2017 version, the next preference than the contemporary CR-V hybrid? 

I could well presumably believe to claim that while you do no longer mind giving up on some contemporary tech, the RAV4 is thoroughly compelling. On the other hand, my Toyota designate me about what a contemporary CR-V would, for a lower successfully-organized level. Clearly, I could well presumably exercise less now on the Toyota. So, in truth, all the difficulty is a conundrum.

The upshot is that you just would catch a nicer overall vehicle with the CR-V Hybrid, contemporary, and superior gasoline financial system. However you catch a neighborhood-it-and-fail to recollect vehicle with the RAV4 Hybrid, former. So I’m no longer ready to impress a trade. However what a world we dwell in! All people owes it to themself to sample the hybrid trims of these two stalwart compact crossovers.

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