A contest that will likely go on for decades to come is the comparison between the Honda CR-V and the Toyota RAV4. Each model has sold well for many years, and each one has legions of fans behind it. It’s a rivalry almost thirty years in the making now, and it shows no signs of stopping as each automaker innovates and challenges the other.
The competition between the CR-V and the RAV4 hasn’t lasted this long because they are identical vehicles, however. Although they belong to the same class size, are both built by Japanese automakers, and share the same general shape, it is the differences that drive their popularity. Review the chart that follows to learn more about their differences and why so many people will choose the Honda CR-V in 2021.
2021 Honda CR-V
2021 Toyota RAV4
|1.5L 4-Cylinder Turbo||Engine||2.5L 4-Cylinder|
|190 Horsepower and 179 lb-ft of Torque||Horsepower and Torque||203 Horsepower and 184 lb-ft of Torque|
|145.1 (LX), 142.1 (EX-L), 140.5 (Touring) Cubic Feet||EPA Interior Volume (Sampled by Trim)||136.4 Cubic Feet (LE, XLE Premium, and Limited) |
|75.8 Cubic Feet||Maximum Cargo Capacity||69.8 Cubic Feet|
One thing worth noting about the difference in horsepower and torque between the two models is that the 2021 Honda CR-V generally receives more praise for its handling and acceleration than the RAV4 despite having technically lower specs. That means, when it comes to practical performance, the CR-V tends to win out for many drivers.
Another important note is that although the EPA Interior Volume varies by trim for the CR-V, it remains more spacious than the RAV4. EPA Interior Volume relates more directly to roominess for passengers, but cargo capacity is universally more generous with the CR-V.
Other attributes like interior technology and safety technology are comparable, and a lot more up to personal interpretation, but the CR-V doesn’t back down when it comes to utility. What could be more important for a compact crossover Sport Utility Vehicle?