Honda CR-V vs Toyota RAV4 — Which one’s better?

Decisions, decisions, decisions. When shopping for a new vehicle there’s a lot to consider — fuel economy, seating capacity, safety features, cargo space, infotainment technology, and the list goes on. Drivers shopping in the popular compact SUV segment may find it even more difficult to make their decision because of the abundance of crossover SUVs on the market. So today let’s take a look at two of America’s most popular 2019 SUVs, the Honda CR-V Touring and the Toyota RAV4 Limited, and see who makes the better compact SUV—Honda or Toyota?

Size, Seating & Cargo

The Honda CR-V and the Toyota RAV4 are nearly identical in length, they both stretch approximately 73 inches wide and 180 inches long. Both SUVs also offer two rows of seating with ample space for up to five passengers. Plus, both crossovers can accommodate up to 10 carry-on suitcases in their cargo holds.

But…despite their similarities in size, the Honda CR-V simply feels more spacious inside. This has a lot to do with the CR-V’s wider bottom cushion, legroom, and comfortable padding. And although their cargo holds are similar in capacity, loading cargo into and taking cargo out of the CR-V is easier thanks to its 1.2-inches lower load floor.


The two SUVs start to part ways when it comes to interior features. The CR-V offers the driver a 7.0-inch HondaLink touchscreen, whereas the RAV4 includes an 8.0-inch Entune touchscreen. Although the RAV4’s touchscreen is larger in size it is only compatible with iPhones, whereas the CR-V offers both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Power & Fuel Economy

Although the RAV4 offers a larger, more powerful engine, 2.5-liter inline-four paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission capable of producing 203 horsepower, the Honda CR-V’s engine, a turbocharged 1.5-liter four paired to a continuously variable automatic transmission, outperforms the RAV4 in acceleration tests. The CR-V reaches 60 mph in 7.4 seconds compared to the RAV4 at 8.1 seconds.

When it comes to fuel economy, the CR-V outperforms again, achieving an EPA rating of 29/27/33 mph (combined/city/highway) compared to the RAV4’s 28/25/33 mpg EPA rating.*


Perhaps the most influential factor when buying a new vehicle is price, and here the CR-V wins again. The Honda CR-V Touring and the Toyota RAV4 Limited represent the top of their respective model lines, and despite their similarities the CR-V Touring trim is nearly 10% less expensive than the RAV4 Limited.

So when you look at everything in total—spacious interior, greater compatibility, better acceleration, and lower price—the Honda CR-V is a better buy than the Toyota RAV4. 

Still on the fence? Come to our Dublin, CA Honda dealership and take a look at a 2019 Honda CR-V in person. Buying a car is a big investment and the staff at Dublin Honda want to help people make the right decisions. Come meet with a member of our Dublin Honda sales team and we’ll review the Honda CR-V features in greater detail and set you up with a test drive.

As a leading supplier of Honda vehicles in the East Bay area, we love introducing California drivers to Hondas. So stop by the Dublin Honda showroom and take your CR-V test drive, today!

Till next time!

*Based on 2019 EPA mileage ratings. Used for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary.