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2014 Toyota RAV4 vs. 2014 Honda CR-V Review

Comparison Review


Introduction
In a crowded, competitive segment, these two have emerged as not only sales leaders but contenders for the crown of best compact crossover. The margins separating the Honda CR-V and the Toyota RAV4 are razor thin, but we'll help you pick out which one is best for you.

Utility
Speaking of margins, the CR-V and RAV4 are practically identical when it comes to proportions, separated by about an inch-and-a-half in length and an inch in width (the RAV4 is the slightly larger of the two), so we're splitting hairs there. The RAV4 does offer slightly more cargo room (38.4 vs. 37.2 cubic feet with the seats up), but it's only a three-percent difference. One advantage the RAV4 has: an optional power rear liftgate, which is missing from the options sheet on the Honda. The CR-V counters with the easiest folding pair of rear seats we've encountered in this segment, one tug of a handle and the seats fold down and spill forward to open up more cargo room.

Performance/Fuel Economy
Both offer four-cylinder engines (2.5-liters in the RAV4, 2.4-liters in the CR-V) that are similar in terms of performance, the CR-V has slightly more horsepower while the RAV4 wins out on torque. Front-wheel drive is standard on both models, with all-wheel drive optional. The RAV4 used to have a V-6 engine option, but dropped it during its last redesign. They are both pretty much identical when it comes to fuel economy as well and trail the segment leaders by a few mpg in both city and highway driving.

Interior Features
The standard features list used to skew heavily in the favor of the CR-V, but the RAV4 has caught up in the last few years. Both offer standard Bluetooth connectivity, backup cameras, air conditioning, and 60/40-split folding rear seats. But the RAV4 offers a standard 6.1-inch touchscreen display with its audio system, while the CR-V has a 5-inch iMID display that isn't as versatile. The CR-V does offer a rear entertainment system for backseat passengers that isn't available on the RAV4. With a $500 price difference between the base models, we give a slight edge to the CR-V but keep in mind that its stereo is lower quality than the RAV4 which has two more speakers.

Safety
The 2014 CR-V outpaced the RAV4 in NHTSA crash tests, earning a full five-star overall rating to the RAV4's four stars. Both crossovers however did not perform well on the new IIHS small overlap front crash test, losing their "Top Safety Pick" status in 2014. Backup cameras are standard on both models for safer maneuvering. The RAV4 does offer more optional safety technology, such as a blind spot monitoring system and lane departure alerts, as well as an additional driver knee airbag that is missing on the CR-V.

Conclusion
It's hard to make a call between these two. They are similar in price, dimensions, features, and utility. We would give a slight edge to the CR-V on utility with those rear seats, but the RAV4 makes that back up with the optional power rear liftgate which is a convenient feature. What it might boil down to is styling, where the CR-V is more traditional and the RAV4 more hawkish. Whichever one you choose, they offer great reliability and value.

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2014 Toyota
RAV4

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MSRP*: $23,550 - $29,720
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2014 Honda
CR-V

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MSRP*: $23,120 - $29,120
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Cash Back Rebate: Up to $500 Visit Rebate Center
Low APR Loan: As low as 0.00% --
Lease Incentive: As low as 0.02% As low as 0.70%
City MPG: 22 - 24 22 - 23
Highway MPG: 29 - 31 30 - 31
Engine(s): Inline-4 Inline-4
Seating Capacity: 5 - 5 5 - 5
Basic Warranty: 3 years/36,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating
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Frontal Crash Rating
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Side Crash Rating
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Invoice*: $22,020 - $27,787 $21,718 - $27,334

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