2019 Honda CR-V vs. 2019 Toyota RAV4

September 13th, 2019 by

The Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4 are two of the top contenders in the ultra competitive compact cross-over market. While both SUV’s offer their own unique styling, comfortable seating for 5, versatility, great tech and ample cargo space, the 2019 Honda CR-V is our favorite. While we’re just the teeniest bit biased, rest assured that the completely neutral judges at Car and Driver magazine agree.  (Click here to read their article: 2019 Honda CR-V vs. 2019 Toyota RAV4: Which Popular Compact SUV Is the Better Choice?)

Overall, the Honda CR-V is more affordable, has a quieter and more refined to drive, has more space in the back seat, and accelerates faster than the Toyota RAV4. Should we even mention that the 2019 CR-V offers available Apple CarPlay AND Android Auto while the RAV4 only offers Apple CarPlay. Guess they don’t like the Android OS.

The Honda CR-V’s base price is $24,350. And for that starting amount, one thing the Honda CR-V offers is a back seat with more space. The 2019 CR-V has a 1.2 inch lower load floor than the 2019 RAV4. Just a 1.2 inch difference can make the back seat feel roomier to you.

The 2019 Honda CR-V also has a faster acceleration. In Car and Drivers’s acceleration test between the 2019 Honda CR-V and the 2019 Toyota RAV4, the Honda CR-V reached 60mph in 7.4 seconds but the Toyota RAV4 took 8.1 seoncds to go 60mph, even with their bigger engine. Because of the bigger engine, Toyota’s 2019 RAV4 is also louder than Honda’s 2019 CR-V. Due to the noisiness, the RAV4 makes a drive in a CR-V feel much more calming, especially on longer drives. At least both cars allow you to link your iPhone to the SUV to use the gps, play music, and answer phone calls. Androids on the other hand are only able to link to the 2019 CR-V, so an Android owner is unable to connect their phone in a RAV4.

Overall, the 2019 Honda CR-V is more spacious, has a quicker start, is more consumer friendly, and costs less. Not to mention the Honda CR-V safety ratings from IIHS have proven the SUV is still as safe as before. IIHS gave the CR-V “good” in the Moderate Overlap Front Test, Side Impact Test, Rear Crash Protection Test, Roof Strength Test, Small Overlap Front Driver and Passenger Test, and gave a “superior” result for the Front Crash Prevention test. So why not purchase the car that is safe and offers more?

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