Toyota RAV4 Vs. Honda CR-V: Compact Crossovers Compete

By Justin Cupler | January 2nd, 2019

Compact crossovers are some of the hottest-selling vehicles on the market, and there are two that regularly crush the competition: the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V. The 2019 Toyota RAV4 is all-new, and the Honda CR-V went through its redesign in 2017. Which of these vehicles is best for our Fox Lake, Illinois buyers? Continue reading to find out.

Exterior

The 2019 Toyota RAV4 is all-new and looks nothing like before. It now boasts a sharp, off-road-focused appearance that shatters the mold of the compact-crossover segment. The 2019 Honda CR-V is no old-timer itself, as it received a redesign of its own back in 2017, giving it a sharp, evolutionary look.

The RAV4, though, is a standout in the segment. This rugged, new look gives it a sense of uniqueness in an otherwise vanilla segment. Plus, add the higher-riding Adventure trim, and you get a crossover that not only looks rugged but can handle itself off the beaten path too.

Despite its rugged looks, the 2019 RAV4 is still about the same size as others in its class at 180.9 to 181.5 inches long, 73 to 73.4 inches wide, and 67 to 68.6 inches tall. It rides on a 105.9-inch wheelbase and offers 8.4 to 8.6 inches of ground clearance. The 2019 Honda CR-V measures 180.6 inches long, 73 inches wide, and 66.1 to 66.5 inches tall. Its wheelbase is 104.7 inches long, and it sits 7.8 to 8.2 inches off the ground.

Advantage: 2019 Toyota RAV4

  • Big, rugged look for its class
  • Significant ride height advantage
  • Adventure trim is sharp

Advantage: 2019 Honda CR-V

  • Traditional looks
  • Smaller footprint is easier to zip through traffic

Interior

Inside, the 2019 Toyota RAV4’s new look is just as sharp as its new-look exterior. Its horizontally oriented dash lacks any overly dramatic shapes. This helps drivers channel their internal off-road enthusiast while its upscale options and chunky center console give it a classier aura. The 2019 Honda CR-V has a more traditional crossover look with its curvy design, dash-mounted gear shifter, and more focus on roominess than ruggedness.

Both of these compact crossovers have plenty of features to play around with, even in their base trims. Inside the RAV4 LE, buyers will find a 7-inch touchscreen, Scout GPS Link, a six-speaker audio system, Apple CarPlay, and more. The base 2019 Honda CR-V LX comes with a 5-inch touchscreen, a four-speaker audio system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a multi-angle rearview camera, and more.

In the front seats, the 2019 Toyota RAV4 has 39.5 inches of headroom, 41 inches of legroom, 57.8 inches of shoulder room, and 54.3 inches of hip room. The CR-V has an extra 0.6 inches of headroom, 0.3 inches of headroom, 0.1 inches of shoulder room, and 0.8 inches of hip room.

In its rear seats, the 2019 Toyota RAV4 offers 39.5 inches of headroom, 37.8 inches of legroom, 56.4 inches of shoulder room, and 47.7 inches of hip room. The CR-V has 0.3 inches less headroom and 0.8 inches less shoulder room, but it wins by 2.6 inches in legroom and 1.8 inches in hip room.

Cargo room plays a big role in any compact crossover purchase, and the RAV4 delivers 37.6 cubic feet of room with the rear seats up, but there is no max cargo rating available yet. The 2019 Honda CR-V offers 39.2 cubic feet with its rear seats up and a massive 75.8 cubic feet with the rear seats folded.

Advantage: 2019 Toyota RAV4

  • Sharp interior, especially in the Adventure trim
  • Larger standard touchscreen
  • More rear shoulder room and headroom

Advantage: 2019 Honda CR-V

  • Classic crossover styling
  • Standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • More seating and cargo room

Performance

Performance is never a huge deal for any compact crossover shopper. The 2019 RAV4 comes with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that cranks out a respectable 203 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. This power routes through an eight-speed automatic transmission and out to the front wheel drive. Optionally, buyers can add all-wheel drive.

The Honda CR-V has two engines, and its standard powerplant is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder unit that produces 184 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque. In EX and higher trims, the CR-V comes with a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 190 horsepower and 179 pound-feet of torque. Both engines pair with a continuously variable transmission that ships the power to the front wheels or all four wheels.

Fuel economy is one of the keys for buying these small crossovers, and both the CR-V and RAV4 deliver admirably. The CR-V with the 2.4-liter engine delivers up to 26 mpg city, 32 highway, and 28 mpg combined with front-wheel drive and up to 25 mpg city, 31 highway, and 27 mpg combined with all-wheel drive. With the 1.5-liter, the CR-V delivers up to 28 mpg city, 34 highway, and 30 mpg combined with front-wheel drive and up to 27 mpg city, 33 highway, and 29 mpg combined with all-wheel drive.

While the CR-V delivers good fuel economy, the RAV4 one-ups it slightly. With front-wheel drive, the 2019 RAV4 delivers up to 26 mpg city, 35 highway, and 30 mpg combined. The All-wheel-drive 2019 RAV4 delivers up to 27 mpg city, 34 highway, and 30 mpg combined in its LE trim and up to 27 mpg city, 33 highway, and 29 mpg combined in all other trims.

In towing, the RAV4 gets a huge leg up with its 3,500-pound towing capacity in the Adventure trim, which crushes the CR-V’s 1,500-pound capacity. The rest of the RAV4 lineup matches the CR-V’s 1,500-pound rating. The CR-V comes back in payload with its 1,183- to 1,388-pound payload capacity. This beats the RAV4 by 93 to 148 pounds.

Advantage: 2019 Toyota RAV4

  • Big power advantage
  • Better fuel economy
  • More than double the max towing capacity

Advantage: 2019 Honda CR-V

  • Zippy turbocharged engine

Pricing and Features

The 2019 Toyota RAV4 comes in five trim levels — LE, XLE, XLE Premium, Adventure, and Limited — and prices range from $25,500 to $33,500.

There are four trim levels to choose from in the 2019 CR-V lineup: LX, EX, EX-L, and Touring. Their starting prices range from $24,350 to $32,750.

2019 Toyota RAV4 Key Features and Pricing by Trim

LE: $25,500*

  • 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Front-wheel drive
  • 17-inch steel wheels with silver-spoke wheel covers
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED taillights with black trim
  • Black hexagon-patterned bar front grille
  • Color-keyed upper front bumper
  • Black lower front bumper, overfenders, and rear bumper
  • Power mirrors
  • Color-keyed door handles
  • Black roof rails
  • Chrome exhaust tips
  • Tinted windows
  • Intermittent wipers
  • Color-keyed shark-fin antenna
  • 4.2-inch driver-information
  • Cloth seating
  • 60/40 split-folding rear seats
  • Tilt-and-telescoping urethane steering wheel
  • Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  • Soft-touch dash and armrests
  • Black interior door handles
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Power windows with one-touch up and down
  • Power door locks
  • Overhead console with sunglasses holder
  • One USB port in front storage tray
  • Entune™ 3.0 Audio
  • Six-speaker AM/FM audio system
  • 7-inch touchscreen
  • Scout® GPS Link
  • Siri® Eyes Free
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Bluetooth hands-free phone capability with Bluetooth audio streaming
  • Advanced voice recognition
  • Wi-Fi Connect
  • Review camera
  • Automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection
  • Lane-departure warning
  • Lane-keep assist
  • Automatic high-beam headlights
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Road-sign recognition
  • Lane-tracing alert

XLE: $27,300*

  • All LE features, plus
  • 17-inch five-spoke silver-painted alloy wheels
  • Auto-on/off LED headlights with chrome bezels
  • Fog lights
  • Color-keyed mirrors with heat, power, and integrated turn signals
  • Keyless unlock/lock
  • Power moonroof
  • Variable intermittent wipers
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Rear heating and cooling vents
  • Cloth seats with embossed polygonal design
  • Silver interior door handles
  • Keyless ignition
  • Rear cargo cover
  • Four USB charging ports
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic alert

XLE Premium: $29,500*

  • All XLE features, plus
  • 19-inch multi-spoke Super Chrome wheels
  • Height-adjustable power liftgate
  • Leatherette-trimmed seating
  • Eight-way power driver’s seat
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Leather-wrapped shift knob
  • Black anti-slip in-dash storage trays

Adventure: $32,900*

  • All XLE Premium features, plus
  • Higher ride height
  • 19-inch split-five-spoke alloy wheels with matte-black accents
  • Unique split-bar front upper grille
  • Unique color-keyed upper and black lower front bumper with silver valance
  • Larger black overfenders
  • Black rear bumper with silver insert
  • Black RAV4 and Adventure badging
  • Unique Adventure roof rails
  • Active grille shutters
  • 7-inch multi-information display
  • Orange contrast stitching
  • Orange-accented interior
  • Rear cargo area side-mounted storage net
  • 120-volt deck-mounted power outlet
  • Panorama backup camera with dynamic gridlines
  • Entune™ 3.0 Audio Plus
  • 8.0-inch touchscreen
  • USB Media Port and four USB charging ports, advanced voice recognition
  • SiriusXM with a three-month All Access trial
  • Toyota Connected Services — Safety Connect with three-year trial
  • Service Connect with three-year trial
  • Remote Connect with six-month trial

Limited: $33,500*

  • All XLE Premium features, plus
  • Dark gray metallic-colored hexagon-patterned bar front grille
  • Color-keyed upper bumper
  • Black lower front bumper with silver valance
  • Black overfenders
  • Rear bumper with metallic gray insert
  • Puddle lights
  • Chrome-accented color-keyed outside door handles
  • Active grille shutters
  • 7-inch multi-information display
  • Two-position driver’s seat memory
  • Heated front seats
  • Dark brown-accented interior
  • Dark brown stitching on dash, door, and seat stitching, and dark brown cup holder trim
  • Anti-slip in-dash storage trays with blue ambient lighting
  • Digital rearview mirror with HomeLink® universal transceiver
  • Rear cargo area deckside-mounted storage net
  • Entune™ 3.0 Premium Audio with Dynamic Navigation
  • Dynamic POI Search
  • Dynamic voice recognition
  • Integrated panorama backup camera with dynamic gridlines

2019 Honda CR-V Key Features and Pricing by Trim

LX: $24,350

  • 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Continuously variable transmission
  • Electronic parking brake
  • Active noise cancellation
  • Hill-start assist
  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Two-speed intermittent wipers
  • Power mirrors
  • Active grille shutters
  • Halogen headlights with auto-off
  • Fin-style roof antenna
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Black roofline spoiler
  • Black door handles
  • Automatic climate control
  • Power windows with one-touch-up driver’s window
  • Power locks
  • Cruise control
  • Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Floor mats
  • Rear seat air ducts
  • Cargo-area tie-down anchors
  • Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  • 60/40 split-folding rear seat
  • 160-watt four-speaker audio system
  • 5-inch touchscreen
  • Bluetooth connectivity with streaming audio
  • Pandora compatibility
  • 1-amp USB port in center console
  • Front and rear 12-volt power outlets
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Multi-angle rearview camera with guidelines

EX: $27,250

  • All LX features, plus
  • 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine
  • Remote ignition
  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Auto-on/off headlights
  • Body-color roof antenna
  • Body-color door handles
  • Tinted rear glass
  • Security system
  • Smart entry with walk-away auto lock
  • Power moonroof
  • Variable intermittent wipers
  • Heated power mirrors with integrated turn signals
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Keyless ignition
  • Retractable cargo cover
  • Power windows with one-touch-up/down front windows
  • Heated front seats
  • 12-way power driver’s seat
  • One 1.5-amp USB port
  • 180-watt six-speaker audio system
  • High-resolution 7-inch Display Audio system
  • HondaLink
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • SiriusXM
  • SMS text message function
  • Two 2.5-amp USB charge ports in second row
  • Forward-collision warning
  • Lane-departure warning
  • Automatic-emergency braking
  • Road-departure mitigation
  • Multi-angle rearview camera with dynamic guidelines
  • Lane-keep assist
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Automatic high-beam headlights
  • Blind-spot monitoring

EX-L: $29,750

  • All EX features, plus
  • Power tailgate
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Leather-wrapped shifter
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • HomeLink universal remote
  • Two-position driver’s seat memory
  • Leather seating
  • Four-way power passenger’s seat
  • Eight-speaker audio system

Touring: $32,750

  • All EX-L features, plus
  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • Hands-free power liftgate
  • Roof rails
  • Auto-on/off LED headlights
  • Dual chrome exhaust finishers
  • Navigation
  • 330-watt premium audio system with nine speakers

Who Should Buy the 2019 Toyota RAV4?

The 2019 Toyota RAV4 is for buyers looking to get into a compact crossover with the added flair of being able to travel off the beaten path. Sure, not every RAV4 is made for off-roading, but it is better than most. Plus, its hybrid-like highway fuel economy makes it perfect for commuters.

Who Should Buy the 2019 Honda CR-V?

The 2019 Honda CR-V is for the traditional buyer looking for a crossover that fits many needs and offends no one.

Whether you’re towing a trailer to Waukegan, commuting to McHenry, or hauling home improvement goods back home to Crystal Lake, the 2019 RAV4 can fit the bill. Come down to Garber Fox Lake Toyota in Fox Lake, Illinois to test drive the 2019 RAV4 to see if it fits your needs. If you can’t make it in today, you can also check out our online inventory to see if we have a 2019 Toyota RAV4 in stock that meets your needs.

 

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