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2019 Toyota RAV4 vs 2019 Honda CR-V

Overview

In this RAV4 review, we compare it to the new Honda CR-V and show why the 2019 Toyota RAV4 is the choice for Edmonton buyers.

The 2019 Toyota RAV4 is all-new for this model year. Built on Toyota's New Global Architecture platform, the RAV4 now has a longer wheelbase, wider track, and more ground clearance. The new RAV4 in comparison to the outgoing model is also roomier inside and a better drive overall. This freshly designed SUV is also more fuel efficient and lighter in weight when compared to the previous generation RAV4.

The 2019 Honda CR-V was redesigned last year, offering excellent interior space and a smooth ride. Fuel economy is also very good with the CR-V. Also added are improvements to the Honda's safety and all-wheel drive traction systems.

Safety and Tech

Both the new RAV4 in review and the Honda CR-V have comparable advanced safety technologies on board, but only the RAV4 offers them as standard in all trim levels. The Honda only has them in upper-level trim points. The Toyota also includes a larger infotainment screen and some advanced driver assistance and convenience items that aren't in the Honda at all.

With both vehicles, safety takes a priority is plenty of advanced tech on-board. So how does the all-new 2019 Toyota RAV4 compare to the Honda CR-V?

Performance & Efficiency

Differences are more about numbers and details. Here is a breakdown:

2019 Toyota RAV4 Features 2019 Honda CR-V
2.5-litre 4-cyl Engine Size 1.5-litre turbocharged 4-cyl
203 Horsepower 190
8-Speed Automatic Tramsmission Cont. Variable Trans. (CVT)
7.8 l/100km / 7.8 l/100km Fuel Econ Avg (2WD / AWD) 7.8 l/100km / 8.0 l/100km
213.36mm or 218.44mm Ground Clearance 198mm or 208mm
1,064.7 litres Min Cargo (All Seats Up) 1,110 litres
1,976 litres Max Cargo (All Seats Down) 2,146 litres

 

Performance Features

As the chart shows, the CR-V and new RAV4 comparison puts the two very close to one another in overall specifications. The Toyota's larger engine, excellent fuel economy, and higher ground clearance are all good things. Those who enjoy driving will like the geared transmission, especially off the pavement, compared to the continuously variable transmission in the Honda. Finally, although the 2019 Toyota RAV4 might not quite stack up in total cargo volume, it does have a more accessible and flatter cargo floor in comparison.

Comparing infotainment in the 2019 RAV4 versus the 2019 CR-V shows that the Toyota comes with a larger touchscreen as standard equipment and more USB ports. Both the Toyota and Honda offer Apple CarPlay, but only the Honda has Android Auto. Only the RAV4 has a wireless phone charger option.  The 2019 Toyota RAV4 is available as a hybrid as well. Honda does not have a hybrid option for the CR-V. The Toyota RAV4 Hybrid offers up to 6.0 l/100km combined fuel efficiency plus higher power output totals for the engine-motor-transmission combination.

Verdict

With the new 2019 Toyota RAV4 having excellent drive appeal, an attractive new design, and a spacious, user-friendly cabin, it's a sure win. Those looking at a new 2019 Toyota RAV4 in Edmonton should stop in and see our inventory and aggressive new deals.