2020 Honda CR-V vs Toyota RAV4


For drivers around Vista, Escondido, and Carlsbad, CA, a crossover SUV is a great option. It gives you many of the capabilities of an SUV with some of the benefits of a sedan, which is why our Norm Reeves Honda Superstore Vista team has created this 2020 Honda CR-V vs. Toyota RAV4 comparison. Check it out below!

Honda CR-V Engien Specs

Honda CR-V vs Toyota RAV4: Fuel Efficiency

One category where the CR-V and the RAV4 are well-matched is efficiency. The Honda CR-V offers EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings of up to 28 city/34 highway/30 combined MPG on 2WD LX, EX, EX-L, and Touring trim levels.1 The Toyota RAV4 numbers are comparable, with 27 city/35 highway/30 combined MPG for their LE FWD trim. As you can see, the CR-V has a lead on city streets.

2020 Honda CR-V Safety


2020 Honda CR-V Safety

Honda Sensing® and Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.0

They’re also well-matched when it comes to their active driver-assistive safety technologies. Let’s start with a preview of Honda Sensing®, which is standard on the 2020 CR-V:

  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow: While you’re driving on the highway, Honda Sensing® ACC can make it easier to keep a set following distance behind the car in front of you.
  • Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™): If the CMBS state-of-the-art sensors detect an unavoidable impending frontal collision, it can actually apply brake pressure to reduce the impact.
  • Road Departure Mitigation System (RDM): This system uses active steering assistance to help you stay on the road, which is especially helpful on those long highway drives.
  • Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS): It’s like RDM, but for keeping you in the proper lane.

Fortunately, Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.0 offers a couple similar features, including Lane Tracing Assist, Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, and Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control. Have a conversation with one of our experts to learn more about the detailed differences.

2020 Honda CR-V Interior Cabin

Interior Passenger Dimensions

Last, but not least, let’s take a look at which of these compact SUVs offers a more spacious cabin.

Interior Passenger Dimensions 2020 Honda CR-V 2020 Toyota RAV4
Front Headroom 40.1 inches 37.7 inches
Front Legroom 41.3 inches 41.0 inches
Front Shoulder Room 57.9 inches 57.8 inches
Front Hip Room 55.1 inches 54.3 inches

However, that’s just the front row. The 2020 CR-V also eclipses the 2020 RAV4 in terms of rear legroom: 40.4 inches as opposed to 37.8 inches. All in all, these figures add up to 105.9 cubic feet for passengers in the Honda, but just 98.9 cubic feet in the Toyota. Want to experience its roominess for yourself? Set up a test drive!

In-Cabin Features & Technology

The Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4 each come with dashboard-mounted display screens within their respective cabins. These screens give you access to your features so you can select your media for the ride. Each vehicle offers features like the AM/FM radio, USB and auxiliary inputs for portable media options, and even Bluetooth® technology for hands-free phone calling and audio streaming.

The CR-V also includes Pandora® compatibility which gives you direct access to thousands of customizable internet radio stations. Another factor that separates the CR-V vs. RAV4 is Speed-Sensitive Volume Compensation. This feature, standard with the CR-V, will automatically adjust the audio levels when the engine is performing loudly.

Both vehicles, however, offer connectivity features like Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™. These features will integrate your phone into the display screen so you can have direct access to your texts, contacts, apps, and more!

2020 Honda CR-V


Honda CR-V EX

Honda CR-V vs Toyota RAV4 Trim Levels

The CR-V and RAV4 offer a variety of different trim levels for their drivers. The CR-V offers its drivers four trim levels while the RAV4 has six to offer. This essentially means that the CR-V offers higher end features with fewer required upgrades. The CR-V trims include:

  • LX
  • EX
  • EX-L
  • Touring

The Toyota RAV4 trims include:

  • LE
  • XLE
  • XLE Premium
  • Adventure
  • TRD Off-Road
  • Limited

While the RAV4 does offer more trim levels, there are fewer upgrades required for drivers opting for the CR-V. The Touring is the last CR-V trim, which includes all the available features, while drivers of the RAV4 have to upgrade all the way to the Limited trim in order to have those features.

CR-V Hybrid vs RAV4 Hybrid

Another amazing aspect of these sophisticated and stylish midsize SUVs is that they each offer hybrid versions. The CR-V Hybrid comes equipped with a 2.0L 4-cylinder engine and an AC Synchronous Permanent-Magnet Electric Motor. The RAV4 features a 2.5L 4-cylinder engine and an electric motor.

As for the output, there’s a bit of a difference with their paired electric motors. The AC Synchronous Permanent-Magnet Electric Motor is capable of generating a net 212 horsepower and 232 lb-ft of torque. The electric motor in the RAV4 is only capable of generating 118 horsepower and 149 lb-ft of torque.

Each vehicle comes mated to respective Continuously Variable Transmissions that are capable of providing smoother accelerations and direct gear transitions, which result in a more energetic and efficient performance.

Contact our Honda dealership to schedule a test drive!

We hope that this comparison of the 2020 Honda CR-V vs. Toyota RAV4 has helped you get a sense of what these impressive midsize SUVs offer. However, you also saw that the Honda CR-V has a bit more to offer its drivers and with fewer upgrades. Of course, you can always learn more about the Honda CR-V and its trim levels to see which version is right for you! You’ll have the option to lease vs. buy the Honda CR-V!

If you live around Carlsbad, Escondido, Vista, or anywhere else in the area, simply call us on the phone, chat with us on our website, or stop by our Honda dealership in person. We look forward to seeing you soon!

1 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.




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