2011 RAV4 vs. 2010 Honda CR-V
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No question, RAV4 and CR-V go head-to-head in the compact crossover SUV market. Customers think of them as direct competitors, and indeed their basic specifications are similar. Just as importantly, shoppers have high confidence in both Honda and Toyota, so for some prospects, it’s a heads-or-tails decision.
Of course it’s not that simple. Honda added power and features in 2010, but Toyota is countering in the 2011 model-year with the RAV4 Upgrade Value Package. It offers features that put it on par with the CR-V EX, but at a lower MSRP. So along with all the other advantages RAV4 has over CR-V, the RAV4 can now compete with Honda’s mid-grade EX model. And for sure, value always sells
POWER WITH ECONOMY
RAV4 has more torque, a lower MSRP and better EPA-estimated fuel economy than its Honda counterpart.
- More torque with less revs
Power is similar, but RAV4’s bigger engine has 7% more low-end torque.
- Lower MSRP
With its new Upgrade Value Package, the RAV4 grade offers a long list of features at a price that’s sure to appeal to value-oriented customers.
- Great economy
RAV4 4WD and CR-V 4WD have the same EPA estimated fuel economy, surprising given the RAV4’s greater displacement and torque.
One of the handy things about a small SUV is its room, and the capability that room gives the owner. RAV4 simply has more space than CR-V.[square_list]
- More room for passengers and cargo
There are more cubic feet of interior room in RAV4, for both people and cargo.
- Comfortable seating room
Front-seat passengers have more leg room and shoulder room, while second-row passengers enjoy more head room.
- Available third-row seating
RAV4 offers three-row, seven-passenger seating capacity. CR-V doesn’t.
BUILT FOR THE ROAD
While RAV4 is designed to be comfortable and maneuverable on the road, it doesn’t forget that some of those roads are made of dirt.
- Longer wheelbase
RAV4’s longer wheelbase may contribute to its composed ride.
- Tighter turning circle
Base model to base model, RAV4’s turning circle is 3.0 feet tighter than CR-V’s.
- Traction advantage
A four-wheel-drive “Lock” feature for 4WD models is a traction advantage CR-V doesn’t have.
COMFORT AND CONVENIENCE
Inside, RAV4 is well-stocked with the features that help make it a pleasant and functional place to spend some drive time.
- Available backup monitor on all grades
Only some of the top-level CR-V EX-L vehicles have this available.
- One-touch fold-flat second-row seating
RAV4’s seatback folds in one simple motion. CR-V requires extra steps.
2.4L 16-valve DOHC i-VTEC® 4-cylinder
Driver and front passenger dual-stage airbags
Front side airbags
Side curtain airbags
Front active headrests
Electronic Brake-force Distribution
Power windows and locks
Tilt and telescoping steering column
Dual glove boxes
6-way-adjustable driver’s seat
60/40 split-folding reclining rear seatback
AM/FM/CD/MP3/WMA/AUX audio system with 4 speakers
RAV4 grade (MSRP $22,735 2WD; $24,135 4WD)¹[/titled_box]
Steering-wheel-mounted audio controls
Dual-deck cargo shelf
Variable intermittent windshield wipers
Rear privacy glass
AM/FM/6-CD/MP3/WMA/AUX audio system with 6 speakers
RAV4 with Upgrade Value Package
(MSRP $24,345 2WD; $25,745 4WD)¹[/titled_box] [titled_box title=”EX-L (MSRP $27,275 2WD; $28,525 4WD)¹”]
Standard features (in addition to those on the EX)
Automatic climate control
Available nav system with Bluetooth® and backup camera
Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter
Heated front seats
10-way-adjustable power driver’s seat
Upgraded audio system including subwoofer/USB port
XM satellite radio
RAV4 Limited (MSRP $25,725 2WD; $27,115 4WD)¹[/titled_box]
When comparing four-cylinder engines, RAV4 pulls ahead by having both greater displacement and more torque. And since it requires less revving to make its peak horsepower and torque, RAV4 offers great throttle response.
|RAV4 2.5L 4-cylinder||CR-V EX 2.4L 4-cylinder||RAV4 Advantage|
|Horsepower @ rpm||179@6000||180@6800|
|Torque @ rpm (lb.-ft.)||172@4000||161@4400||11|
Good EPA-estimated fuel economy
RAV4’s dual VVT-i technology helps deliver the seemingly impossible combination of a larger, high-torque engine that doesn’t use more fuel than CR-V, according to EPA-estimated fuel-economy ratings.
|RAV4 4-cylinder 4WD automatic||CR-V EX 4-cylinder 4WD automatic|
|EPA-est. fuel econ., city (mpg)2||21||21|
|EPA-est. fuel econ., hwy (mpg)2||27||27|
With its new Upgrade Value Package, the RAV4 grade is specifically targeted at CR-V EX. It offers a long list of features at a price that’s sure to appeal to value-oriented customers.
|RAV4 with Upgrade Value Package 4-cylinder 4WD||CR-V EX 4-cylinder 4WD||RAV4 savings|
Not only does the RAV4 have more overall interior space, it also has more cargo space behind the second-row seats. And that’s where most customers need space.
|Passenger volume (cu. ft.)||108.2||103.8|
|Cargo volume (cu. ft.)3||36.4||35.7|
RAV4’s extra passenger volume translates into more room for front and second-row passengers. Taller drivers especially will appreciate RAV4’s extra front leg room.
|Front shoulder room (in.)||57.1||56.9|
|Front leg room (in.)||41.8||41.3|
|Rear head room (in.)4||39.7||38.6|
If five-passenger seating just isn’t enough, it’s great to know RAV4 has an available third row, for a seven-passenger capacity CR-V can’t touch.
|Third-row seating||Available on RAV4 grade and Limited||Not available|
RAV4 sits on a longer wheelbase than CR-V, which may help explain its controlled, comfortable ride.
Tighter turning circle
Despite its longer wheelbase, RAV4 actually has a turning circle tighter than CR-V. This contributes to RAV4’s great maneuverability.
|Turning circle (ft.)||34.8||37.8|
RAV4 4WD and CR-V 4WD both come with traction control, but Toyota goes one step further and adds a four-wheel-drive “Lock” feature on 4WD. These are traction features a CR-V driver can’t count on.
|Four-wheel-drive “Lock” feature||Standard||Not available|
Only the most expensive EX-L grade CR-V has a backup monitor as an option, and only when bundled with the available nav system. On the other hand, it’s available on all RAV4 grades.
|Backup Monitor||Available||Available on EX-L with nav|
It’s easy to expand RAV4’s cargo capacity because the rear seatback folds in a single step. CR-V uses a more cumbersome two-step process to fold its seatbacks.
|Steps to Fold Seatback||1||2|
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