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2019 Toyota RAV4 vs 2019 Honda CR-V Quick Comparison

Do you know which compact sport utility vehicles are currently one and two in sales as of March 1st? The Toyota RAV4 and the Honda CR-V, respectively.

The 2019 Toyota RAV4 is all-new this year, but it has always been popular in Canada just like the Honda CR-V. Right off the bat, these are two of the most spacious compact SUVs you can buy. They are also fuel-efficient and packed with safety technology. On the road, they are quiet and comfortable.

In other words, they have everything most compact SUV buyers want from their vehicle. But which one is the right one for you? As usual, that depends on your needs.

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Which One Is More Enjoyable To Drive?

2019 Toyota RAV4
2019 Toyota RAV4 | Photo: Toyota

2019 Honda CR-V
2019 Honda CR-V Interior | Photo: Honda

Five years ago, Toyota decided they were no longer going to build “boring cars”. The “no boring cars” motto has been brought up a few times since then, and so far Toyota has been keeping to its promise. The Camry is more fun to drive, the Corolla Hatchback is fun to drive, and the new 2019 Toyota RAV4 is quite a bit more dynamic and sporty than the previous generation.

Powered by a potent 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with 203 horsepower, the RAV4 has more power out of the gate than any other compact SUV including the 2019 Honda CR-V. The latter has a 1.5-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder with 190 horsepower.

Interestingly, the Honda CR-V feels faster than the RAV4. The turbo engine plays a role there as it delivers its power sooner in the rev band meaning a quicker reaction time. For the average driver, that means that it picks up with less hesitation and reacts faster to our right pedal inputs.

Overall, however, the 2019 RAV4 is the more balanced SUV of the two. It doesn’t feel as quick as the CR-V, but it’s more composed on a winding road and the driver feels more connected to the road. The CR-V is the more comfortable of the two by a slight margin, but it’s a bit too soft for our taste.

Here’s the deal, if comfort is your number one criteria, then the CR-V has the edge in terms of driving enjoyment. The 2019 Toyota RAV4 is one of the most comfortable models you can buy in this segment, but it also adds a bit of driving spice the CR-V doesn’t have.

Answer: See above, it depends on your definition of enjoyable to drive. 


Which One Is More Fuel-Efficient?

Both the 2019 Toyota RAV4 and the 2019 Honda CR-V are among the most fuel-efficient compact sport utility vehicles you can buy in this segment. Comparing specs, we see very little difference between the two.

The new RAV4 averages 8.3 liters per 100 kilometers in combined highway/city driving with all-wheel drive while the Honda CR-V averages 8.0 liters per 100 kilometers. Ultimately, both will average less than 10.0 liters per 100 kilometers in real-world driving, but the Honda CR-V has the slight edge. That said, the RAV4 is available as a hybrid.

Answer: 2019 Honda CR-V


Which One is More Spacious?

2019 Toyota RAV4 vs 2019 Honda CR-V
2019 Toyota RAV4 | Photo: Toyota

2019 Honda CR-V
2019 Honda CR-V

The Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V are part of the “1,000-liter club” in the compact SUV segment. That means they are both among the most spacious options in their category, but the CR-V has the slight edge once again. It can accommodate 1,110 liters with all seats in place while the new RAV4 has 1,064 liters of cargo space.

The Honda CR-V is also more spacious inside for passengers, but by the slightest margins. Still, it gets the nod.

Answer: 2019 Honda CR-V


Which One Has Better Value?

The Honda CR-V starts at $27,490, $500 less than the Toyota RAV4. At time of writing, it’s also available with more affordable financing terms (3.99 percent vs 5.99 percent). It has Android Auto which the RAV4 doesn’t have as well as dual-zone climate and push-button start. The RAV4 does offer a full suite of active safety features in its base model while the CR-V only has its own driver assistance technologies in AWD models. Still, the 2019 Honda CR-V gives you more value.

Answer: 2019 Honda CR-V


Which One Would We Buy?

2019 Toyota RAV4 vs 2019 Honda CR-V
2019 Toyota RAV4

2019 Toyota RAV4 vs 2019 Honda CR-V
2019 Honda CR-V

The Honda CR-V has more interior space, is more comfortable, is more fuel-efficient and has more value. So, we’re buying a 2019 Toyota RAV4. Weird, right? The thing is, the CR-V may best the RAV4 in a handful of categories, it’s only by the slightest of margins. The Honda is a fantastic compact SUV, don’t get us wrong. But we figure we’ll pay a bit more and get the RAV4’s overall balance. It’s almost as comfortable, but with a hint more sportiness.

Answer: 2019 Toyota RAV4

2019 Toyota RAV4 vs 2019 Honda CR-V Towing Capacity?

Towing capacity for both the Toyota RAV4 and the Honda CR-V is 680 kilos, or 1,500 pounds. The 2019 RAV4, however, can tow 3,500 pounds or 1,587 kilos in its Trail version.


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