2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid vs. 2016 Honda CR-V

Toyota has an advantage
Independent analysis by chrome data logo


Toyota created the wildly popular compact-crossover SUV segment with the introduction of the RAV4 in the mid-1990s. Since then, numerous competitors have entered the fray to challenge RAV4’s supremacy. Today, Toyota’s RAV4 and Honda’s CR-V are among the most popular picks in the segment. Both vehicles provide comfort, style, safety, and performance.

Designed for versatility and roominess, both also deliver flexibility and excitement. No wonder they appeal to families and adventurers alike. RAV4 set the standard that others have attempted to copy. But in any head-to-head comparison, we think RAV4 remains the clear winner. Take the RAV4 XLE Hybrid and the Honda CR-V EX AWD. Although they have many similarities, we invite you to look a little closer. Drill down and see for yourself which vehicle is a better value—and a better fit for your lifestyle.

Style and Excitement

RAV4’s athletic, capable style inevitably causes head to swivel. RAV4 XLE Hybrid and CR-V EX AWD both feature color-keyed outside mirrors, for example. But only RAV4 XLE comes with heated outside mirrors with integrated turn signals, blind-spot mirrors,3 and power-folding capability. And RAV4’s aggressive new exterior styling certainly commands attention. RAV4 XLE Hybrid generates excitement under the hood, too.

The Hybrid Synergy Drive® system delivers a rare combination of thrills and efficiency. RAV4’s Hybrid Electronic On-Demand AWD with intelligence (AWD-i) comes standard. This innovative system “reads” the road to provide instant additional torque precisely when it’s needed most. The result is enhanced handling under tricky conditions. Honda offers Real-Time AWD, but it’s optional. You’ll have to pay extra to get it. Or maybe you like taking your toys with you. RAV4 XLE Hybrid offers a standard towing capacity of 1750 pounds. CR-V EX is only rated to tow 1500 pounds.

Advanced Technology

Today’s drivers demand—and expect—advanced technology to enhance the driving experience. RAV4 clearly delivers. When it comes to tech, RAV4 XLE Hybrid easily pulls ahead of CR-V EX AWD. With RAV4 you’ll get loads of tech, standard. Like the 6.1-inch high-resolution touch-screen display. And the sophisticated Entune™ Audio Plus4,5 system with Connected Navigation app.6 RAV4 XLE Hybrid also comes with a 4.2-inch full color TFT Multi-Information Display. Compare that to CR-V’s smaller, more cramped, mono-color display. The RAV4 XLE Hybrid also gives you advanced voice recognition technology,7 standard. CR-V EX simply doesn’t have it.

Greater Peace of Mind

RAV4 XLE Hybrid and Honda CR-V EX AWD are priced similarly. But RAV4 delivers more value for the money. More comfort. More peace of mind. Like dual-zone automatic climate control. Standard. If you want a similar level of comfort from Honda, you’ll have to pay extra. And only Toyota gives you ToyotaCare.8 Ease your mind as you ease on down the road. With ToyotaCare you get a 2-year, 25,000-mile factory scheduled maintenance plan,8 plus roadside assistance for 2 years.9 No sweat. Sorry Honda fans. Honda doesn’t offer anything comparable. Not on CR-V, or any other vehicle for that matter.

Enhanced Convenience and Exceptional Capability

Drivers expect more than mere comfort and convenience from a Crossover SUV. They expect capability. And Toyota RAV4 delivers. In fact, compared to Honda CR-V, we think RAV4 XLE Hybrid comes out the clear winner. For instance, only RAV4 XLE gives you a standard height-adjustable power liftgate. Customize and set the liftgate’s maximum height to your personal comfort level and RAV4 will remember your selection. Toyota also gives you three different ways to activate the liftgate.

And speaking of capability, RAV4 XLE Hybrid has an available center differential lock to give you more low-speed traction for enhanced control on slippery roads.