The Ultimate Matchup: Honda CR-V vs Toyota RAV4

Small SUVs are all the rage these days, and for good reason. Often efficient enough to handle daily commuting, the best of this popular segment also offer an amazing amount of space inside for your passengers and cargo, and deliver a level of utility your average small car simply cannot. And these days, of course, the best small SUVs are equipped with high-end tech features for safety, connectivity and convenience. If that's the style of vehicle that works for your travels around Virginia and DC area, it's time to compare the Honda CR-V to the Toyota RAV4.

2020 Honda CR-V

Starting MRSP at $25,150*

Seating: 5
Fuel Efficiency: 28/34 City/Highway MPG Rating*
Performance: Turbocharged 4-cyclinder, 1.5-liter engine - 190-horsepower*
Passenger Space (cu ft): 102.9
Cargo Volume (cu ft)*: 75.8

Additional Features:
  • Hybrid model trim - new for 2020!
  • Standard Remote Engine Start - standard
  • Heated Front Seats - standard
  • Walk Away Auto Lock - standard 
  • Road Departure Mitigation* System - standard

2020 Toyota RAV4

Starting MRSP at $26,050

Seating: 5
Fuel Efficiency: 26/35 City Highway MPG Rating
Performance: 4-cyclinder 2.5-liter engine - 203-horsepower
Passenger Space (cu ft): 98.9
Cargo Volume (cu ft): 69.8

Additional Features:
  • Hybrid model trim - available 
  • Standard Remote Engine Start - optional
  • Heated Front Seats - optional
  • Walk Away Auto Lock - not available
  • Road Departure Mitigation System - not available
  • Starting with an obvious advantage, the new 2020 Honda CR-V is more affordable than the Toyota RAV4. When comparing both the starting base editions to the highest trim levels available, the 2020 Honda CR-V comes in at a lower price than the RAV4, which means you should be able to fit more features and choose a higher trim that will better fit into your budget with the Honda model.

  • A major reason to choose an SUV of any kind compared to a smaller car is cargo space. And with that in mind, the 2020 Honda CR-V feature more cargo space than the RAV4. With 39.2 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seat, and a total of up to 75.8 cubic feet when seats are folded down, the new 2020 Honda CR-V will be able to accommodate all kinds of stuff inside. The RAV4, meanwhile, tops out at 37.6 cubic feet of cargo room, with a maximum of 69.8 cubic feet of total space with seats adjusted.

  • If you're looking at the base level editions of these small SUVs, you'll be impressed by what the new 2020 Honda CR-V offers as standard features. Strong safety features like a road departure mitigation system are standard, as are heated front seats, remote engine start and walk away auto lock, all of which aren't available or only included in higher trims for the RAV4.

  • These days, infotainment and convenience features are key in any kind of vehicle, but especially with a small SUV you'll use for all your travelers. Though the RAV4 might offer more features in its base level, it's the options available with the new 2020 Honda CR-V that give that small SUV the advantage. In higher trims you'll be able to combine smartphone integration and other infotainment features with satellite radio, navigation and a premium nine-speaker audio system, while the RAV4's top trims - which come out at higher costs - are relatively lacking in upgrades.

  • The 2020 Honda CR-V is the kind of vehicle you'll drive in all situation, so comfort and handling is key. That's another advantage it holds over the RAV4, its closest competitor, as the 2020 Honda CR-V is rated as a superior ride for handling and road comfort. Enjoying a smooth ride that handles well and offers responsive steering is the way to go, so choose the new 2020 Honda CR-V.

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MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $1120 destination charge and accessories. Dealer prices may vary. MSRP does not include $395 charge for select premium colors. $395 charge only applies to 2021 models.

28 city/34 highway/30 combined mpg rating for 2WD trims. 27 city/32 highway/29 combined mpg rating for AWD trims. Based on 2020 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.

190 hp @ 5600 rpm (SAE net).

Based on SAE J1100 cargo volume measurement standard plus, where applicable, floor space between seating rows and seats in their forward-most and upright position. 

Road Departure Mitigation only alerts drivers when lane drift is detected without a turn signal in use and can apply mild steering torque to assist driver in maintaining proper lane position and/or brake pressure to slow the vehicle's departure from a detected lane. RDM may not detect all lane markings or lane departures; accuracy will vary based on weather, speed and road condition. System operation affected by extreme interior heat. Driver remains responsible for safely operating vehicle and avoiding collisions.

* MSRP is the Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of the vehicle. Unless specifically indicated in the advertisement, MSRP does not include taxes, fees or other charges. Actual dealer pricing may vary. Consult your dealer for more information and complete details.

* The dealer advertised price may not reflect specific dealer offers, and may be subject to certain terms and conditions as indicated in the advertisement. Consult your dealer for more information and complete details.

* Images and options shown are examples, only, and may not reflect exact vehicle color, trim, options, pricing or other specifications.