Arch-rivals Honda and Toyota have spent years developing their vehicles and spent millions of dollars in research and development to make their car the best. Yet, it seems hard to see where all those dollars have gone when you look at both the cars. While they are both excellent vehicles there is very little to choose between them. In fact, even their prices are within a few hundred dollars of each other.
The Honda CR-V sports a 2.4 liter I-4 engine producing a grand total of 180hp. According to the EPA the Honda will get a 21mpg in the city, and 28mpg on the highway. Not bad for a small SUV, especially considering that there are mid-size cars that have trouble matching those numbers. The Rav-4, in comparison sports a 2.5 liter I-4 engine that’s 0.1 liters bigger than the Honda, and the Toyota makes 179hp, which is one less than the Honda. If you look at the miles per gallon figures then the Toyota is also pretty close – making 21 in the city and 27 on the highway. Again, we’re within 1 of the Honda.
Perhaps the only option that makes them stand apart, engine wise, is that the Toyota offers a V-6 option which the CR-V does not. The V-6 makes 269hp and gets 19mpg in the city and 26mpg on the highway. Getting the V-6 also means that the towing capacity is moved from 1500lb to 2000lbs which means you have a few more trailer options.
Once again, both the Rav-4 and CR-V are pretty similar in the styling department. Size wise they are within a few inches in all dimensions and there is very little to tell between the looks. Neither of them would look out of place picking up in front of the local elementary school or on next to a tent on a campsite. They bring all the versatility of a small SUV, while both offer a similar car-like ride and driving dynamics.
Again, interior space is remarkably similar. Both have cavernous trunks with plenty of space for carrying all your belongings. Both have well designed driver’s spaces with the controls easily within reach and both have a rear seat that is large enough to carry most passengers in comfort. They Honda has a bunch of little cubby holes for carrying things, which makes it a snap to keep things close at hand. Unfortunately, the Toyota has some as well, which means that we can’t use that to determine a winner.
So how are we going to choose a winner? We’re not. After millions of dollars of research and years of development both Honda and Toyota have produced cars that are essentially the same. They both come from manufacturers with strong reputations for reliability so there’s nothing in that really either. We think that you should probably choose the one whose dealer is closest to your house, out of consideration for the person who gives you a ride to pick it up.
For more information on the Rav-4 Please visit the Toyota Rav-4 website and for more information on the Honda please visit the Honda CR-V website.