The 2020 Honda CR-V and the 2020 Toyota RAV4 are two of the top-selling vehicles on the road today and compete in the same segment: the two-row crossover SUV class. The Honda CR-V is the best-selling CUV of the last decade*, and Toyota's RAV4 is not too far behind in overall sales during the same period. These popular crossover utility vehicles (CUVs) combine efficient powertrains, agile handling, sporty exteriors and versatile interiors to provide the ideal transportation for many drivers and families.
While there are certainly some similarities between Honda's new CR-V and the Toyota RAV4, there are plenty of ways that these CUVs differ. The team at Honda Auto Center Of Bellevue is here to review some of the key differences between the 2020 Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4 models, including their standard and available features, versatility, performance and more.
Our Bellevue, WA, auto dealership is here to assist local motorists with their purchase or lease decision. While both the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V make great options when shopping for a new crossover SUV, you may find that one tops the other in areas that matter most to you. Join us in reviewing the 2020 Honda CR-V and how it compares to Toyota's 2020 RAV4.
If you plan to do your fair share of driving around town with your new CUV, you will appreciate the 2020 Honda CR-V and its stellar EPA-estimated city fuel economy rating of 28 mpg. Toyota's RAV4 only manages to return up to 26 mpg in city driving, making it substantially less fuel-efficient than the Honda in city driving. Enjoy cruising around your city and taking the scenic route with the 2020 Honda CR-V and its highly efficient powertrain!
Both of these crossover SUVs are available in hybrid form for the 2020 model year. The 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid is a fresh new addition to the Honda lineup, while the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid was updated last year for 2019. If you are looking for enhanced city, highway and combined mpg over what the standard CR-V or RAV4 models offer, either of these hybrid versions will do.
While these hybrid CUVs return impressive EPA-estimated mpg, one stands above the other in terms of torque. The 2020 CR-V Hybrid delivers that Honda factory performance motorists expect from any vehicle that wears the 'H' logo. This electrified version of the new CR-V generates a strong 232 lb-ft of torque, which compares favorably to the 2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid and its meager 163 lb-ft of torque.
If you're after some low-end grunt and brisk acceleration matched with superb fuel efficiency, the 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid is tough to top!
Many motorists have traded in their sedans over the years for crossover SUVs like the Honda CR-V and RAV4 to enjoy greater interior space and versatility without sacrificing a smooth ride and good fuel economy. While both of these CUVs are highly versatile for their segment, the Honda boasts more space for your passengers and your cargo.
Honda classifies the 2020 CR-V as a mid-size sport SUV, thanks to its 105.9 cubic feet of passenger volume and 75.8 cubic feet of maximum cargo capacity that rivals less fuel-efficient mid-size SUVs. The 2020 Toyota RAV4 is still classified as a compact crossover SUV, and it shows, with its mere 98.9 cubic feet for five occupants and a maximum of 69.8 cubic feet for cargo.
No matter which of these popular CUVs you select, you'll find a suite of advanced driver-assist and safety systems to monitor, alert and even react to traffic situations. The Honda Sensing® package is included with every 2020 CR-V; likewise, all 2020 RAV4 models boast a Toyota Safety Sense™ suite.
The 2020 CR-V holds key advantages over the 2020 Toyota RAV4 in overall safety and security, though. For instance, every new CR-V comes with Honda's Multi-Angle Rearview Camera, which provides three viewing angles, compared to the Toyota RAV4's one.
Honda's innovative Smart Entry with Walk Away Auto Lock® is also offered and doesn't have an equal within the RAV4 lineup. With this intelligent key feature, you can leave your CR-V and the vehicle will automatically lock itself once you walk out of range with the key fob. How's that for Honda innovations?
Let's recap some of the significant differences between the 2020 Honda CR-V and 2020 Toyota RAV4 below:
|Comparison||2020 Honda CR-V||2020 Toyota RAV4|
|Engine (Standard)||1.5-liter turbo I4||2.5-liter I4|
|Available Hybrid Powertrain||2.0-liter I4 with two electric motors||2.5-liter I4 with electric motor|
|Passenger Volume||105.9 Cubic Feet||98.9 Cubic Feet|
|Transmission||Continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT)||Eight-speed automatic transmission|
|Second-Row Leg Room||40.4 Inches||37.8 Inches|
|Maximum Cargo Space||75.8 Cubic Feet||69.8 Cubic Feet|
|Fuel Economy (City / Highway)||28 / 34 MPG||26 / 35 MPG|
As you can see from reviewing these two CUVs in a side-by-side comparison, the Honda CR-V comes out on top in many vital areas, including:
If you are still on the fence about whether the 2020 Honda CR-V or 2020 Toyota RAV4 should be your next vehicle, then it's time for a test drive or two. You can always reach out to our sales staff for more details on the new CR-V and how it compares to Toyota's new RAV4.
Ready to slide into a 2020 Honda CR-V for a closer look at its advanced features and spacious interior? Our Honda dealership near Issaquah, WA, welcomes all local drivers to visit for a thorough tour and test drive of any of our new Honda CR-Vs for sale.
If you'd like to explore the current Honda lease offers and finance incentives available, you can do so here on our website. Don't forget to pre-qualify for Honda financing as you shop for your new CR-V online!
*Best Selling CUV Over the Past Decade Disclaimer Based on IHS Markit US total new vehicle registrations of Crossover Utility Vehicles from 2009 through December 2019.
**MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealers set own prices.