Honda CR-V Vs. Toyota RAV4: America's Two-Best Selling SUVs And Here's The Winner

May 05, 2017 05:00 PM EDT | Anthony Hunter

Two of the best-selling SUVs in America, the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4, have dominated the compact-SUV segment over the past several years. Here's a quick review of both cars.

The Honda CR-V is considered America's best-selling crossover SUV. It achieved seven years of sales gains at the company and starts at $24,000.

The Toyota Rav4 is just one step behind the CR-V in terms of sales of crossover SUVs. The automaker sold 352,169 RAV4s last year, that's an 11.6 percent increase in sales. The Rav4 has a starting price of $24,350.

When it comes to specs, the Honda CR-V is equipped with a powerful LED lights and chrome trimmings giving the car a refreshed look. It measures 180.6 inches long with a 104.7-inch wheelbase.

The RAV4 is a bit boring. Not with its looks, but there's nothing about it to stand out. It measures 183.5-inches long and 104.7-inch wheelbase. It just doesn't look boxier than the CR-V.

On the inside, the Honda CR-V comes with a futuristic cockpit. Drivers can take calls, active the cruise control without moving the hands from the steering wheel, and can even control the music. On the RAV, the setup is easier to use. Only a few buttons are on the wheel and don't look refined as the CR-V, but it's much easier to use while driving.

When it comes to the layout, the CR-V is better. All settings are located in a neat sidebar while the RAV4's settings are directly on the screen. Nevertheless, it's still easy to find everything and both cars offer Sirius XM radio.

In addition, the RAV4 doesn't have Apple CarPlay which makes the CR-V the winner in the infotainment category. But for customers who don't really need the Apply CarPlay or Android Auto features, the RAV4 would be the best choice.

When it comes to performance, the Honda CR-V is powered by a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and a continuously variable transmission. The engine can produce 190 hp and 179 lb-ft of torque. The RAV4, on the other hand, comes with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and it's mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. It has less power compared to the CR-V producing only 176 hp and 172 lb-ft of torque.

Down to the verdict, the Honda CR-V is clearly the winner. The car has a better driving experience which is what matters the most when buying a vehicle for big families and can take on longer road trips.

The difference between the two cars is that the CR-V can provide the true crossover experience by offering plenty of space and at the same time, its fun to drive. However, the CR-V and RAV4 both standout in terms of safety tech.


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