It is hard to choose the best vehicle in this class since the crossover craze started and it is one of the most popular segments. Both 2016 Toyota RAV4 and 2016 Honda CR-V are among the best choices and these two models are also competing with Ford Escape and Nissan Rogue, but since they come with much better sale figures we want to help our readers to decide which crossover comes with the best offer, historically more significant RAV4 or one of the best-selling vehicles in the world these days CR-V.
Honda model comes with some nice and clear crossover image. It offers wide and tall windshield that gives the drivers much clearer image on what’s going on in front, and it increases this vehicle’s safety. It also went upscale in the last few model years with adding some extra chrome parts to its exterior design. RV4 also went upscale, it lost some of its prime SUV features and became a typical family crossover. One of the main changes on this vehicle’s exterior is the elimination of the rear bumper spare tire, this allows the new model to have a swing door in the back. New door also allows owners to load and unload cargo easily. So both crossovers become more family oriented and upscale, although Toyota’s model changed its exterior styling more drastically than its Honda rival.
Just like before the 2016 Toyota RAV4 camos with some nice interior styling that is offered with less hard plastic and more soft touch surfaces every year. Even its base version comes with some contrasts when it comes to interior colors, which is not the usual thing to see in the least expensive trim level. It delivers plenty of legroom and cargo space, but with no leather upholstery, instead there’s the substitute called SofTex and its little bit better than the faux leather.
2016 Toyota RAV4 Vs 2016 Honda CR-V
Main competitor the 2016 Honda CR-V does have a leather upholstery, and its interior looks little bit more luxurious than the one from its rival. It comes with new audio display, center console and some better textures on the dashboard and door trims, but interior styling is definitely not the thing that will decide the winner of 2016 Toyota RAV4 vs 2016 Honda CR-V comparison. In the case of interior we need to give a slight advantage to the RAV4 but it is a close call.
Honda’s model comes with only one engine option. It is the 2.4 liter inline four cylinder engine that is able to produce 185 horsepower and 181 pound feet of torque. With front wheel drive it is able to reach 27 mpg in the city conditions and 34 on the highway while the all-wheel drive fuel economy comes with one less mpg in both conditions.
Toyota’s model comes with the similar engine, but it is less powerful than the one seen in CR-V. Its 2.5 liter inline four cylinder is able to produce only 176 horsepower and 172 pound feet of torque. On top of this RAV4 definitely lost in this segment since it also comes with worse fuel efficiency of 24 mpg in city conditions and 31 on the highway for the front wheel drive versions and critically low 22 and 29 mpg for the all-wheel drive version. One of the things that could bring overall victory to the 2016 Toyota RAV4 is the fact that this model was delivered in EV version and that for 2016th model we will be also getting hybrid vehicle. Even we still do not have any details about hybrid powertrain we are sure that it will significantly improve fuel economy of this vehicle, development of this powertrain will be backed up with great amount of experience Toyota has with development of hybrid systems for Prius and similar vehicles.
CR-V Vs RAV4
When it comes to price Honda’s model is a little bit cheaper, with $24,250 MSRP comparing to the $24,500 for the RAV4. To add all-wheel drive to your CR-V you will need to give additional $1,250 and to do the same with Toyota’s model it will cost you $1,400 more. With better performance, fuel efficiency and a slightly lower price Honda’s model is definitely ahead of its rival when it comes to the 2016 Toyota RAV4 vs 2016 Honda CR-V comparison.