2011 RAV4 vs. 2010 Honda CR-V

By November 27, 2010Toyota Vehicles
2011 Toyota RAV4

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

2011 Toyota RAV4 with Upgrade Value Package

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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.

  • 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.


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.


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.
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Honda CR-V at a Glance

Honda offers three grades of CR-V. All are available with front-wheel or four-wheel drive. Here’s a look at some of the major features of each CR-V grade. RAV4’s new Upgrade Value Package offers features that put it on par with CR-V EX, but at a lower MSRP.

[titled_box title=”LX (MSRP $22,325 2WD; $23,575 4WD)¹”] Engine
2.4L 16-valve DOHC i-VTEC® 4-cylinder
5-speed automatic
Front-wheel drive
Four-wheel drive
Standard features
Driver and front passenger dual-stage airbags
Front side airbags
Side curtain airbags
Front active headrests
Anti-lock brakes
Electronic Brake-force Distribution
Stability control
Traction control
Brake assistance
Air conditioning
Power windows and locks
Cruise control
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
Compare to:
RAV4 grade (MSRP $22,735 2WD; $24,135 4WD)
[titled_box title=”EX (MSRP $24,625 2WD; $25,875 4WD)¹”] Standard features (in addition to those on the LX)
Steering-wheel-mounted audio controls
Dual-deck cargo shelf
Security system
Variable intermittent windshield wipers
Rear privacy glass
Outside-temperature gauge/compass
AM/FM/6-CD/MP3/WMA/AUX audio system with 6 speakers
Tilt/slide moonroof
Alloy wheels
Compare to
RAV4 with Upgrade Value Package
(MSRP $24,345 2WD; $25,745 4WD
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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
Leather-trimmed seating
Heated front seats
10-way-adjustable power driver’s seat
Upgraded audio system including subwoofer/USB port
XM satellite radio
Compare to
RAV4 Limited (MSRP $25,725 2WD; $27,115 4WD

2011 RAV4 Advantages A Closer Look

[frame_toggle title=”Power with Economy”] More torque with less revs
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

Lower MSRP1
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
MSRP1 $25,745 $25,875 $130
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More Room for Passengers and Cargo
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
Comfortable Seating Room
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
Available Third-Row Seating
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
Maximum seating 7 5
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Longer wheelbase
RAV4 sits on a longer wheelbase than CR-V, which may help explain its controlled, comfortable ride.

Wheelbase (in.) 104.7 103.1

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
Traction advantage
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
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Available backup monitor
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

2011 RAV4 Auto-dimming Rearview Mirror

One-touch fold-flat second-row seating
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

2011 RAV4 One Touch Fold-Flat Second-Row Seating

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(1) MSRP includes delivery, processing and handling fee. Excludes taxes, license, title and available or regionally required equipment. Actual dealer price may vary. (2) 2010/2011 EPA mpg estimates. Actual mileage will vary. (3) Cargo and load capacity limited by weight and distribution. (4) RAV4 without available moonroof.
Competitive Comparison reflects most current information available for stated model year vehicle. Competitive vehicle data sourced from Polk Price & Specifications Professional and from competitor Web sites July 2010. All information is believed to be correct at date of printing and is subject to change without notice.
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