2020 RAV4 vs. CR-V Comparison

Crossovers offer the best features of a sedan without sacrificing key benefits of an SUV.

Starting from the beginning, the aim of the RAV4 was to mix the light off-road capability of an SUV with the on-road comfort of a car. Combining the best of both worlds, Toyota debuted the first crossover compact SUV in the USA, the RAV4, in North America in 1995 for the 1996 model year.

Honda unveiled the CR-V a year later in 1996 for the 1997 model year.

For similar starting prices, the RAV4 allows drivers to pick from more options. The base trim of both vehicles carry similar price tags: $25,050 for the CR-V LX and $25,950 for the RAV4 LE. However, drivers may prefer the customization options available on the RAV4 XSE Hybrid, Adventure, and TRD Off-Road trims, including a two-tone paint job.

RAV4 adventurers also get more in terms of compatibility. The base trim RAV4 LE includes a standard 7-in. touch-screen as well as Android Auto™️, Amazon Alexa, Apple CarPlay® compatibility, and a Sirius XM® 3-month All Access trial. The base trim CR-V LX comes standard with a smaller 5-in. color LCD screen and does not include Android Auto™️, Amazon Alexa, Apple CarPlay®, or SiriusXM®.

Before picking your next SUV, check out how these small SUVs (SSUVs) stack up in categories like interior features, performance, and reliability.

Publish Date: 06/26/2020

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Interior

Crossovers and SUVs offer benefits like great fuel economy and better ground clearance than most sedans. But these benefits don't come at the cost of exceptional interior features.

 

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Interior

  • RAV4 drivers get more standard connectivity options with Android Auto™️, Amazon Alexa, and Apple CarPlay® compatibility.
  • Both the RAV4 and CR-V offer keyless entry and brake hold indicators.
  • For more room in the back, the 2020 RAV4 LE Hybrid offers 4.4 cu. ft. more space than the 2020 CR-V LX Hybrid trim.
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Performance

When it comes to performance on an off-road SUV, drivers want fuel economy, power, and of course, off-road capabilities.

 

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Performance

  • Both the RAV4 and CR-V offer hybrid trims, however, the RAV4 LE beats out the CR-V with an EPA-estimated 41/38/40 (city/highway/combined) MPG.
  • For more power under the hood, the RAV4 gives you 203 HP and a 210 combined system net HP. The hybrid trims give you a 219 net combined system HP.
  • As the terrain changes, the RAV4 TRD Off-Road is designed to keep you going with modes for MUD & SAND, ROCK & DIRT, SNOW and NORMAL.
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Safety

Toyota vehicles adhere to Toyota’s “Quality, Durability, and Reliability” motto. The RAV4 is no different.

 

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Safety

  • All new Toyotas come with a suite of standard safety features called Toyota Safety Sense® 2.0 (TSS 2.0).
  • Both the RAV4 and CR-V won IIHS Top Safety Pick awards for 2020 model year vehicles.
  • Toyota has you covered whether you're stuck on the side of the road or need a tuneup with ToyotaCare for 2 years or 25,000 miles, whichever comes first, and Roadside Assistance for 2 years, unlimited mileage.
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Conclusion: RAV4 vs. CR-V

Still asking, "Why the RAV4"? Between the interior advantages, smart performance, and unparalleled standard safety features, the RAV4 outshines its competitor.

 

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Conclusion: RAV4 vs. CR-V

  • The hybrid version of the RAV4 EPA MPG estimates are better than the CR-V hybrid model option in the city and on the highway.
  • The 2020 RAV4 also comes with more standard features like TSS 2.0 and ToyotaCare.
  • Get better ground clearance and traction with the specially designed RAV4 TRD Off-Road trim.
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