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2019 Honda CR-V vs. 2019 Toyota RAV4: Which Is Better?

  • The 2019 Toyota RAV4 and the 2019 Honda CR-V are two of the most popular compact crossover SUVs on the market.

  • The RAV4 is all-new for 2019 making it more competitive than ever.

  • Both crossovers are available with all-wheel drive adding to their versatility.

Editor’s note: You may want to read more of Autotrader’s model vs. model comparison car reviews as well as the 2019 Honda CR-V review, and the 2019 Toyota RAV4 review.

Two of the closest competitors in any automotive segment are the Toyota RAV4 and the Honda CR-V, which have been competing for compact SUV supremacy for decades. People love these crossovers for blending versatility, fuel economy, and value in an appealing package.

The Toyota RAV4 is all-new for 2019 entering its fifth generation. Meanwhile, the Honda CR-V has been in its fifth generation since the 2017 model year and so far it’s aging very well. With both of these small SUVs at the top of their game, let’s take a look at what’s similar, what’s different, and which is better.

2019 Honda CR-V vs. 2019 Toyota RAV4 exterior

Exterior

The new RAV4 has a bold new look for 2019. It has a boxy new look, which can change greatly depending on how its optioned. It has a few new 2-tone paint options available giving the roof a contrasting color with the rest of the body. The front fascia of the car changes quite a bit if you upgrade to the rugged Adventure trim or the luxurious Limited trim.See the 2019 Toyota RAV4 models for sale near you  

The Honda CR-V wears Honda’s corporate look well if a bit understated. It might not turn a lot of heads, but this Honda has a nice-looking, functional exterior. It straddles the line nicely between rugged and premium, making it just as at home in the city as it is in the country.  See the 2019 Honda CR-V models for sale near you

The exterior dimensions of these two crossovers are almost identical right down to the inch, meaning they’ll take up the same amount of space in your garage. As for the aesthetics, it’s subjective which is better looking, but we like the visual variety in the Toyota RAV4 model range, which the CR-V can’t match. 

2019 Honda CR-V vs. 2019 Toyota RAV4 interior

Interior

Interior practicality is a strong suit for both of these compact SUVs. The 2019 Honda CR-V is a class leader in passenger and cargo space with an adult-friendly back seat and lots of room for everyone’s stuff. Like the exterior, the interior of the CR-V isn’t anything stunning, but every piece has its place and it’s an attractive interior that’s ergonomically friendly. We’re impressed with the quality of the materials and the construction in this Honda, especially in the higher trims.

The interior of the 2019 Toyota RAV4 is a big improvement over the previous model with nicer materials throughout. Toyota got the basics right of designing a quality, practical interior, which has roominess that rivals the Honda and some lively character in the Adventure trim with lots of orange interior accents. Like with the outside of this Toyota, the inside can change quite a bit depending on the trim giving you a wide array of options.

2019 Honda CR-V vs. 2019 Toyota RAV4 mechanicals

Mechanicals

The Honda CR-V has two engines available and the Toyota RAV4 has one. They both come standard with front-wheel drive and are available with all-wheel drive.

2019 Honda CR-V Engines

  • 2.4-liter inline four; 184 horsepower, 180 lb-ft of torque; 26 miles per gallon in the city and 32 mpg on the highway

  • 1.5-liter turbocharged inline four; 190 hp, 179 lb-ft of torque; 28 mpg city/34 mpg hwy

2019 Toyota RAV4

  • 2.5-liter inline four; 203 hp, 184 lb-ft of torque; 26 mpg city/35 mpg hwy

The engine options in the Honda CR-V and the Toyota RAV4 all have a little bit in common. You’ll notice that the performance numbers of the two engine options in the Honda are pretty similar, but the smaller turbocharged engine is better on gas. The one naturally aspirated engine in the RAV4 beats both Honda engines in performance while returning great fuel economy.

2019 Honda CR-V vs. 2019 Toyota RAV4 tech

Features and Technology

Both of these compact crossovers can be had with a level of modern technology that might surprise you. The Honda CR-V comes standard with the Honda Sensing safety tech suite on every trim except the base LX model. Honda Sensing is a set of driver-assistance features that include collision mitigation braking, road departure mitigation, adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assist.

The Toyota RAV4 has a similar safety tech suite called Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 (TSS 2.0). TSS 2.0 has everything Honda Sensing has with the addition of road sign assist and automatic high beams. A really nice thing about TSS 2.0 is that it comes standard on every 2019 RAV4 no matter which trim you choose.

As for the infotainment system in the Toyota, it comes standard with an Entune system with a 7-in screen on the base model that’s upgradable to an 8-in unit. All new RAV4 models come standard with Apple CarPlay, but unfortunately, Android Auto isn’t an option. The Honda CR-V comes standard with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay on every trim but the base LX.

The Toyota has a slight safety advantage with TSS 2.0 being available on every trim, but the inclusion of Android Auto gives the CR-V a slight edge when it comes to connectivity features.

2019 Honda CR-V vs. 2019 Toyota RAV4 pricing

Pricing

Pricing is similar for the RAV4 and the CR-V, but the Honda is generally the more affordable option as you go through the model ranges. The Honda CR-V has a starting MSRP of $24,350 and the Toyota RAV4 starts at $25,500. Both can be had in their respective top trims (CR-V Touring and RAV4 Limited) in the low-$30k range.

Which crossover is a better value is debatable, but if the price is a top priority for you, you’ll probably like the price of the Honda.

2019 Honda CR-V vs. 2019 Toyota RAV4 conclusions

Conclusion

The Toyota RAV4 and the Honda CR-V are both at the top of their game in 2019 and it’s tough to declare a winner between such close competitors. We love the space, the connectivity tech, and the value of the CR-V, but we also really like the visual variety, standard safety tech and engine of the RAV4. Which one is right for you depends on your priorities, but we would give a slight edge to the Toyota RAV4 mainly because of its standard TSS 2.0 technology, which adds both convenience and safety to every RAV4. Find a Honda CR-V for sale or Find a Toyota RAV4 for sale

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