Compact crossover SUVs are generally marketed as having all the great qualities of regular SUVs (increased visibility, more trunk space, and towing capabilities), with the additional benefit of great fuel economy. The 2011 Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V don’t disappoint in this regard, both boasting a few extra bonuses as well.
The Toyota RAV4 will appeal to drivers looking for a super smooth vehicle that still offers functionality and accessibility. It comes standard with a 2.5 Liter 16-Valve 4-Cylinder engine and Four-Wheel Drive (a feature that most drivers will appreciate). Gas mileage is decent at 22/28 mpg, and since fuel economy is currently such an important aspect, this SUV is ideal for any consumer. The available 7-passenger seating makes the RAV4 perfect for families who are interested in something that is hip and less hassle than a mini-van. There is also a standard towing capacity of 1500 pounds, always a deciding factor for me when looking at new vehicles. The RAV4 also has All-Season tires, which makes it extremely versatile and ready for any situation. Automatic transmission is standard, and the RAV4 comes well equipped with plenty of accessories and features, such as stability control, cruise control, and amazing cargo space. The Toyota RAV4 is also surprisingly affordable, with a base price of $21,925. See here for more information.
The Honda CR-V is just as admirable as the RAV4, with a few notable differences. The CR-V is a slightly more upscale ride, with a sleek aerodynamic body and a classic edge. The tailgate is extremely easy to lift, opening to a vast cargo space that can be expanded with the 60/40 split rear seats. Families will appreciate the rear passenger air conditioning vents, which will make road trips on hot days much more bearable. The CR-V also has options to build in Bluetooth capabilities and a one touch power sunroof. The interior is comfortable and roomy, and drivers will appreciate the optional power lumbar support for the driver’s seat. The 180-hp i-VTEC engine provides excellence performance, and automatic transmission comes standard. The Honda CR-V gets 21/28 mpg, making it a highly fuel efficient vehicle. In addition, Kelley Blue Book named the 2011 CR-V as having the best resale value in its class, a rather important honor. The starting price for the CR-V is $21,695. See here for more information.
In terms of the combined factors of price, maneuverability, and overall quality, the Honda CR-V makes the grade for me as the better of the two vehicles. I love the spacious interior and the sophisticated edge that the CR-V features. I also prefer all of the optional accessories that are offered, from the nice audio frills to the more functional selections like cargo organizers. In the long run, the Honda CR-V will prove to be a wiser investment and provide a better driving experience than the Toyota RAV4.