BRANDPARISON CROSSOVER WARS: 2020 RAV 4 VS 2020 HONDA CR-V

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Crossovers offer the features of a sedan without sacrificing key benefits of an SUV. For a good number of years, the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V have dominated and defined this class.

According to the Toyota Company, the aim of the RAV4 was to mix the light off-road capability of an SUV with the on-road comfort of a car. Combining the best of both worlds, Toyota debuted the first crossover compact SUV in the USA, the RAV4, in North America in 1995 for the 1996 model year.

Honda unveiled the CR-V a year later in 1996 for the 1997 model year in Japan at Honda Verno dealerships only and was regarded as a luxury vehicle in Japan due to the exterior width dimensions exceeding Japanese Government dimension regulations.

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Below are the key features that can help you with making a choice between the two 2020 Crossover brands.

 

2020 TOYOTA RAV 4 2020 HONDA CR-V
ORIGIN

Japan

ORIGIN

Japan

TYPES

LE, XLE, XLE Premium, Adventure, Limited, and the new-for-2020 TRD Off-Road

TYPES

 

LX, EX, EX-L and Touring

BRAND VISIBILITY

Has strong global visibility and presence

BRAND VISIBILITY

Has strong global visibility and presence

BRAND QUALITY

Premium

BRAND QUALITY

Premium

SAFETY

 

The Toyota RAV4 received a “Top Safety Pick” rating from the U.S. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

It has various safety features such as Rear Door Child Safety Locks, Turn Signal Mirrors, Daytime Running Lights, Engine Immobilizer and Dual Front Side-Mounted Airbags.

Other safety features are:

  • Stability Control
  • Passenger Airbag Occupant Sensing Deactivation
  • Rear Height Adjustable Headrests
  • 2 Front Headrests
  • 3 Rear Headrests
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring
  • Traction Control
  • Pre-Collision Safety System
  • 4-Wheel ABS
  • Front Fog/Driving Lights
  • Rear Center 3-Point Belt
  • Post-Collision Safety System
  • Child Seat Anchors
  • Front And Rear Head Airbags
  • Emergency Braking Assist
  • Dusk Sensing Headlamps
  • LED Headlamp
  • Blind Spot And Lane Departure Warnings Accident Avoidance System
  • Ventilated Front Disc / Solid Rear Disc Brakes

 

 

 

 

 

 

SAFETY

 

The Honda CR-V also received a “Top Safety Pick” rating from the U.S. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

It also has various safety features such as

Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) with Traction Control, Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) and

Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD)

Brake Assist.

Other safety features are:

  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
  • LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL)
  • Multi-Angle Rearview Camera with Guidelines
  • Forward Collision Warning (FCW)
  • Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
  • Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS)
  • Road Departure Mitigation System* (RDM)
  • Acoustic Vehicle Alerting System (AVAS) (Hybrid)
  • Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) Body Structure
  • Advanced Front Airbags (i-SRS)
  • SmartVent Front Side Airbags
  • Side Curtain Airbags with Rollover Sensor
  • 3-Point Seat Belts at all Seating Positions
  • Front 3-Point Seat Belts with Automatic Tensioning System
  • Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren (LATCH): Lower Anchors (2nd-Row All), Tether Anchors (2nd-Row All)
  • Driver’s and Front Passenger’s Seat-Belt Reminder
  • Child-Proof Rear Door Locks
ENGINE

 

Uses a regular Unleaded 2.5-liter inline-4 that makes 203 hp and drives the front or all four wheels via an 8-speed automatic

ENGINE

Uses an Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded 1.5-liter turbo-4 that makes 190 horsepower and drives the front or all four wheels via a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT).

INTERIOR DESIGN

 

  • Features bolder lines and offers a nice touch with rubber grips on many of the dash knobs.
  • Grants a smaller legroom with a space of 37.8″. The cargo offers 37.5” space   with all the seats in use and 69.8”  with the second row folded down.
  • Soft X faux leather seats which are not heated.
  • Uses a smaller 4.2 inch screen.
  • Leather-wrapped manual tilt and telescoping steering wheels.
  • Has a generously sized bin and a large storage shelf.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

INTERIOR DESIGN

 

  • Boasts of a more stylish interior with  a nice, modern look that’s more refined.
  • Offers a more livable interior with more space for both passengers and cargo.
  • Grants more legroom, with a space of 40.4”. The case is the same for cargo which offers 39.2” space   with all the seats in use and 75.8” with the second row folded down.
  • Has real leather seats which are heated.
  • Gives customers the premium 7-inch digital set up on all gauge trims.
  • Leather-wrapped manual tilt and telescoping steering wheels.
  • Honda always does something cool with the center consoles and this is no exception. With a new sliding and folding tray that allows for the center console stores to be at least twice as big as in the rav4.
  • Has a generously sized bin but does not have a large storage shelf like RAV 4.
POWER

184 pound-feet of torque at 5000 rpm

POWER

179 pound-feet of torque at 2,000 rpm

GAS MILEAGE

Toyota RAV4 emits 184 grams of CO2 per kilometre.

GAS MILEAGE

Honda CR-V emits 180 grams of CO2 per kilometre.

TRUNK

 

The Toyota RAV4 can fit 1,059 litres with the rear seats up or 1,977 litres when they’re down.

 

TRUNK

 

The Honda CR-V is one of the most accommodating vehicles in its class With a trunk capacity of 1,110 litres. Folding the rear seats will increase that volume to an impressive 2,146 litres.

FUEL ECONOMY- COMBINED CITY AND HIGHWAY

The standard Toyota RAV4 needs a bit more gasoline-7.9 L/100 km in FWD configuration or 8.2 L/100 km with AWD.

 

FUEL ECONOMY- COMBINED CITY AND HIGHWAY

Its small turbo engine makes the 2020 Honda CR-V more fuel-efficient as evidenced by its combined city-highway ratings of 7.7 L/100 km for the FWD model and 8.1 L/100 km for the AWD versions.

PRICE

More expensive at $28,350 – $36,880 in the U.S and ₦10.9 million- ₦14.2 million in Nigeria

PRICE

Slightly less expensive at about $25,050 – $34,750 in the U.S and ₦10 million – ₦13.5 million in Nigeria

OTHER FEATURES

  • Base touchscreens is 7 but has an option of upgrading to 8” screen.
  • Has the better infotainment software, which is intuitive and responsive.
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are available.
  • The Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 comes with lane departure warning, lane keep assist, pre-collision warning, automatic emergency braking, auto high-beams, and lane trace assist that works in conjunction with the standard adaptive cruise control.
  • Blind-spot monitoring, reverse automatic braking, and rain-sensing windshield wipers.
  • The RAV4 offers a 360° camera view, something the CR-V lacks.
  • Has a panoramic sunroof.

 

OTHER FEATURES

  • Base touchscreens is 7.
  • Infotainment software suffers from lag issues and has yet to be updated.
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are available on both vehicles.
  • Provides their Honda Sensing package that includes road departure warning, collision mitigation braking, lane keep assist, traffic sign recognition, and adaptive cruise control.
  • Has standard remote start and a start/stop mode (which can be toggled off if you so choose).

 

 

 

 

 

 

VERDICT: 

These pioneer crossovers are both highly dependable and reliable. Both models have a reputation for quality and offer relative comfort and versatility. They both also offer almost similar features in the areas of fuel economy, maximum cargo space, warranty and safety ratings. But, the 2020 Toyota RAV4 has an edge over the 2020 Honda CR-V with its Adventure Trim and TRD packages as well as excellent optional sound system which makes it more fun to drive. The RAV 4 is also a rugged imitation of the 4Runner which gives it another edge over the CR-V in the exterior department.  However, the CR-V is also a comfortable ride with its front headroom and rear legroom and lower prices at higher trim levels even though its only negative seems to be its older infotainment system, which isn’t as easy to use.  Therefore, it is best to say while one can’t really go wrong with either, the RAV4 has a higher advantage with its optional off-road chops.

 

 

Yetunde Adegoke

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