2017 Toyota RAV4 vs 2017 Honda CR-V
2017 Toyota RAV4 2017 Honda CR-V
BASE ENGINE
  2.5 L I-4 2.4 L I-4
FUEL CAPACITY (GAL.)
  15.9 14.0
FRONT LEG ROOM (IN.)
  42.6 41.3

2017 Toyota RAV4 vs 2017 Honda CR-V: Which Should I Buy?

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At our dealership, people often ask us how does Honda CR-V compare to Toyota RAV4? Well, there are similarities since these are in the same segment, but there are ways the 2017 Toyota RAV4 edges ahead of its competitor. When it comes to CR-V vs RAV4 reliability, Consumer Reports gives the nod to the RAV4.

Which is Quieter, the CR-V or RAV4?

Which is quieter CR-V or RAV4? Consumer Reports demonstrated in their testing that the CR-V transmission amplifies engine noise. This makes it much noisier than the RAV4 with its conventional six-speed automatic. RAV4 drivers will notice a more natural driving experience and a quieter ride when compared to the CR-V. This difference also includes the Honda’s stiffer suspension that is less comfortable than the new one on the RAV4. If you want to determine which is quieter CR-V or RAV4, we strongly recommend a test drive. The RAV4’s acoustic windshield is especially effective at reducing road noise.

Which is More Reliable CR-V or RAV4?

Both earned Top Safety Pick Plus when examined by the crash testers at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Digging deeper, however, the RAV4 came through testing with a good in every category while the CR-V did not do as well. Furthermore, the RAV4 has more airbags. The driver has a knee bag to prevent serious lower body injury, and the front passenger seat has a special seat cushion airbag that’s designed to prevent sliding under the seat belt. In addition, only Toyota SUVs have whiplash lessening seats. These move with the rider, helping to prevent common neck injuries.

When you compare Honda CR-V Toyota RAV4, you find that crash avoidance systems are now standard on the Toyota. For the base price, the RAV4 driver enjoys the help of a forward collision warning and automatic braking. Other RAV4 exclusive standards include radar-based adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane assist, and automatic-adjust high beams. Having these systems certainly affects CR-V vs RAV4 reliability, giving RAV4 quite an advantage.

What Car is Better in Size? The RAV4 or CR-V?

After all, this size SUV is a favorite with families. Slightly bigger, the RAV4 stands a bit taller and has a wider stance. Families will enjoy a bigger cargo capacity as a result. The CR-V hold measures 37.2 cu.ft. while the RAV4 offers 38.4 cubes. The difference continues when the seats are folded with 73.4 cubes (Toyota) and 70.6 cubes (Honda).

Which SUV Has Better Technology?

While both SUVs have touchscreens, there’s definitely a difference when you compare Honda CR-V Toyota RAV4. Consumer Reports writes that the CR-V-EX and higher editions have an infuriating and complicated touchscreen system. The editors praise the RAV4 for having a touchscreen that’s much easier to use. Our staff can show you just how simple this system is. In addition, Toyota Entune offers the Connected Navigation App to give you access to onboard navigation at a lower cost.


If you are trying to choose what to buy CR-V or RAV4, we recommend a test drive. It truly is the best research. Stop by our Toyota dealership for your chance behind the wheel of the 2017 Toyota RAV4. We are sure you will see why the RAV4 is the clear winner. Call us today.

* Based on 2017 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.