Honda CR-V vs Toyota Rav4: Two handsome old-timers battle it out!

Oct 18, 2019
  • Table of contents
  • 1. Honda CR-V vs Toyota Rav4: Introduction
  • 2. Honda CR-V vs Toyota Rav4 Philippines: Exterior
  • 3. Honda CR-V vs Toyota Rav4: Interior
  • 4. Honda CR-V vs Toyota Rav4: Engine and Performance
  • 5. Honda CR-V vs Toyota Rav4: Safety
  • 6. Honda CR-V vs Toyota Rav4 Philippines Price
  • 7. Honda CR-V vs Toyota Rav4: Verdict
Read on our full-scale comparison of the Honda CR-V vs Toyota Rav4 to see which crossover is for you.

1. Honda CR-V vs Toyota Rav4: Introduction

We here at Philkotse.com are pitting two well-known crossovers: the Honda CR-V vs Toyota Rav 4, both veritable veterans of the segment both locally and internationally.

The RAV4 was introduced in 1994, and it was this funky but cute-looking machine that came in either three-door or five-door trim, proved to be popular in its heyday. Equally earning its share of the limelight was first-generation CR-V that came out a year later, becoming known for its sporty exterior design that was quite ahead of its time.

As these two models stand today, it seems that these their looks and characteristics have switched, ala-Freaky Friday.

In this article, we’ll be comparing the CR-V 1.6 SX and the RAV4 2.5 LTD, their respective top-of-the-line variants. Despite the CR-V now having a diesel engine, no doubt that it can still compete with the Rav4.

So which is the better vehicle in terms of specifications? Let’s find out.

Honda CR-V SUV 2020 in-depth review

2020 Toyota RAV4 SUV Introduce

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2. Honda CR-V vs Toyota Rav4 Philippines: Exterior

Toyota Rav4 vs Honda CR-V: Dimensions
 
Honda CR-V
Toyota Rav4
Length (mm)
4,571
4,600
Width (mm)
1,855
1,855
Height (mm)
1,667
1,840
Wheelbase (mm)
3,085
3,150
Ground Clearance (mm)
208 mm
218 mm

Let’s start with the way these two crossovers look. The Toyota Rav4 is now a very sporty-looking vehicle that can turn heads with those sharp lines, while the CR-V's curves have made it a stately-looking crossover that has seemingly shed its athletic ambitions.

A picture of the 2020 Toyota Rav4

While it looks low-slung, the Toyota RAV4 actually has more ground clearance than the current CR-V

A picture of the 2020 Honda CR-V

The 2020 Honda CR-V is now more rounded but it is still a very handsome vehicle. Dignified even

Despite the reversal in terms of looks, the current CR-V SX comes with all-wheel-drive, compared to the RAV4. Up top, the RAV4 gets a pair of roof rails as standard, which come only as an optional Modulo accessory on the Honda CR-V.

In terms of numbers, the 2020 RAV4 actually sports slightly larger dimensions, being 29 mm longer and a whopping 173 mm taller than its Toyota rival. The RAV4's wheelbase is also longer by 65 mm, but it's 176 mm ground clearance falls short of the CR-V’s 208 mm. They do share the same width, though. 

For suspension, both the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4 have MacPherson struts for the front, with a multi-link rear suspension for the former and a double-wishbone rear for the latter.

2020 Honda CR-V Rear view2020 Toyota Rav4 rear

While the rear of the RAV4 looks more modern, the one on the CR-V is actually has a convenient power liftgate

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3. Honda CR-V vs Toyota Rav4: Interior

Honda CR-V vs Toyota Rav4: Interior Features
Feature
Honda CR-V
Toyota Rav4
Cruise Control
With
With
Front Parking Sensors
With
With
Rear Parking Sensors
With
With
Push Start Button
With
With
Air Conditioning System
Dual-Zone Automatic
Automatic Dual Zone
Entertainment System
7-inch touchscreen with HDMI, 8-speakers
Display Audio, CD, DVD, MP3, 6-Speakers
Connectivity
Aux, Bluetooth, USB
Aux, Bluetooth, USB, T-Link for iOS & Android
Navigation Ready
With
-
Roof Rack
-
With
Sunroof
With
With
Power Steering
With
With
Power Windows
With
With
Power Outlet
With
With
Steering Wheel Audio Control
With
With
Keyless Entry
With
With
Push Start
With
With
Power Lift-gate
With
-

While both crossovers offer heaps of space and comfort inside, the CR-V provides a bit more in terms of convenience. Honda contender comes with a height-adjustable power liftgate, and its navigation-ready infotainment system is a boon for city dwellers. There's also the Honda Sensing suite of safety features, which we'll get around to later.

On the other hand, the Toyota RAV4 2020 has an infotainment system that's a bit finicky, while also being smaller than the one on the CR-V. That aside, the interiors on both vehicles are well-arranged, with the controls within reach and easily understood even by first-time users.

Both models offer an 8-way adjustable driver's seat in the cockpit, but the CR-V SX one-ups the RAV4 with 4-way power-adjustable lumbar support.

Toyota Rav4 interior2020 Honda CR-V interior

The front cabin of the Honda CR-V somewhat mirrors its posh exterior while the RAV4's is a bit angular

4. Honda CR-V vs Toyota Rav4: Engine and Performance

Honda CR-V vs Toyota Rav4: Engine & Performance
 
Honda CR-V
Toyota Rav4
Displacement
1,698 cc
2,487 cc
Number of Cylinders
4
4
Number of Valves
16
16
Transmission Type
9-speed automatic
8-speed automatic
Power Train
All-wheel Drive
Front-wheel drive
Max Output (HP)
120
203
Max Torque (Nm)
300
450
Fuel Type
Diesel
Gasoline
Fuel Capacity
57 L
60 L

While both are certainly crossover vehicles hailing from the same country and born at around the same era, their engines are anything but similar, with the CR-V powered by diesel and the RAV4 propelled by a gasoline mill.

The 2.5-liter Dual-VVTi A25A-FKS on the RAV4 is powerful and revs really good, with its 203 horsepower and 243 Nm of torque a far cry from its previous generation’s power output. Selecting Eco Mode on the RAV4 maximizes fuel economy, resulting in a bit of sluggishness, but the Sport mode is excellent in bringing out its full power.

A picture of a 2.5 liter inline-4 inside the Rav4's engine bay

The 2.5-liter A25A-FKS inline-4 gasoline engine aboard the Toyota RAV4

On the other side of the coin, the CR-V SX shares the same 1.6-liter Earth Dreams turbocharged i-DTEC engine with the S, V, and Touring. Despite having only 118 horsepower compared to the RAV4, the Honda CR-V 2020 gives back a whopping 300 Nm of pull. It's not as rev-happy as the RAV4, but the CR-V offers a stable, comfortable and quiet ride, even with children sleeping onboard. 

When it comes to fuel economy, the Toyota RAV4 LTD does around 7.6 km/L in traffic and around 12km/l on cruises. On the other hand, the CR-V averages 17 km/l.

A picture of the 1.6 liter inline-4 diesel engine inside the CR-V engine bay.

The 1.6-liter N16 i-DTEC inline-4 turbodiesel powering the Honda CR-V

5. Honda CR-V vs Toyota Rav4: Safety

Honda CR-V vs Toyota Rav4: Safety Features
Safety Feature
Honda CR-V
Toyota Rav4
Driver’s Airbag and Passenger Airbag
With
With
Side Airbag
With
With
Curtain Airbag
With
With
Knee Airbag
-
With
Electronic Brake Distribution
With
With
ABS
With
With
Immobilizer
With
With
Stability Control
With
With
Speed Sensing Door Locks
With
-
ISOFIX
With
With
Lane Departure Warning
With
-
Lane Keep Assist
With
-
Road departure mitigation
With
-
Forward Collision Warning
With
-
Cruise Control
With
With
Front Parking Sensors
With
With
Rear Parking Sensors
With
With
Hill-start assist
With
With

As you can see from the table above, both of these vehicles are very competent in terms of safety. The CR-V, however, comes with speed-sensing doors locks.

Another reason why the CR-V stands out is the Honda Sensing which's standard kit on the top-spec SX. The suite of driver-assist technologies includes lane-keeping assist, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, and even a low speed follow feature which enables the CR-V SX’s adaptive cruise control to actually function in slow city traffic.

Honda CR-V crash test

Honda CR-V crash test

To level the playing field, we're hoping that Toyota considers equipping the top-spec RAV4 LTD with its proprietary Toyota Safety Sense on the future updates.

6. Honda CR-V vs Toyota Rav4 Philippines Price

Honda CR-V Philippines price list
Variant
Price
Honda CR-V 2.0 S CVT
Php 1,668,000
Honda CR-V 1.6 V Diesel AT
Php 1,698,000
Honda CR-V 1.6 Touring Diesel AT
Php 1,738,000
Honda CR-V 1.6 S Diesel AT
Php 1,868,000
Honda CR-V 1.6 SX Diesel AT
Php 2,138,000

>>> Check out latest Honda CR-V price in the Philippines

Toyota Rav4 Philippines price list
Variant
Price
Toyota Rav4 2.5 LE AT
Php 1,653,000
Toyota Rav4 2.5 XLE AT
Php 1,885,000
Toyota Rav4 2.5 LTD AT
Php 2,203,000

>>> View full Toyota Rav4 price installment list in the Philippines

7. Honda CR-V vs Toyota Rav4: Verdict

Based on our observations, we can categorize the Toyota RAV4 as a tougher, sportier crossover. It has faster acceleration and sports roof rails on top. One caveat, though, is that the high-revving engine's noise can easily penetrate the cabin. This makes the RAV4 more suitable for younger, more adventurous drivers who like to get around quickly.

Those looking for a straightforward driving machine will also find the RAV4's lack of electronic nannies ideal. 

As for the CR-V, it offers a premium interior with more high-tech safety features that will aid you in keeping occupants safe on the road. In other words, it’s more oriented towards comfort and convenience.

If you want to check out these two vehicles or other affordable cars sold in the Philippines, please visit our car for sale section, which lists tons of both new and pre-owned units from the trusted sellers and owners.

Honda CR-V vs Toyota Rav4

Would you want a relaxed, comfortable drive on the Honda CR-V Or would rather speed off on a Toyota RAV4?

Source: Cesar Guiderone B. Miguel

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