The 2020 Toyota RAV4 or the 2020 Honda CR-V?
Compact SUVs and crossovers are everywhere on the roads because drivers love the versatile interiors, efficient engines, and all-wheel drive capabilities that can smooth over the most challenging road conditions. Featuring aggressive new styling, a sporty stance, and the latest in tech advances, the 2020 Toyota RAV4 is a fresh face in the crossover segment that is an all-around winner.
While the RAV4 is a common SUVs you’ll see around Paterson and Hackensack, the Honda CR-V is right up there as well, and the two have been going head-to-head for years. Does the 2020 Honda CR-V keep pace with the new 2020 RAV4, or has Toyota really pulled ahead?
Which is more powerful: The 2020 RAV4 or the CR-V?
The 2020 Toyota RAV4 offers a smart, efficient, and powerful 2.5-liter Dynamic Force four-cylinder engine that creates 203-hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. It runs through a smooth 8-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission, and Front- and all-wheel drive systems are offered. If you opt for the Adventure grade, you get Dynamic Torque Vectoring All-Wheel Drive with Rear Driveline Disconnect, and a stouter chassis. What does this all mean? Whether you’re tackling snowy New Jersey winters, heading onto the dirt paths of the state parks around Fair Lawn, or commuting from Newark, the RAV4 is equally at home.
While you can choose from two engines in the 2020 Honda CR-V, neither is as impressive as what the RAV4 offers. The base 2.4-liter engine offers 184-hp and 180 lb-ft of torque, while the upgraded 1.5-liter turbocharged engine ups the numbers to 190-hp and 179 lb-ft of torque, still falling short of the RAV4. While it also offers front- and all-wheel drive choices, you can’t get the upgraded all-wheel drive that the Adventure grade of the RAV4 offers. This means the CR-V tops out at 1,500 pounds of towing capability – the RAV4 Adventure provides 3,500 pounds of towing, meaning you’ll be able to pull a good-sized family boat with the RAV4 instead of a little dinghy that will push the CR-V to its limits.
Which gets better gas mileage: The 2020 RAV4 or the CR-V?
Even with the upgraded capabilities, the 2020 Toyota RAV4 offers fuel economy that is as good or better than you’ll get in the 2020 Honda CR-V. The base engine in the CR-V offers 28 MPG combined with two-wheel drive and 27 MPG combined with all-wheel drive. Upgrading to the turbocharged engine achieves 30 MPG combined with two-wheel drive, and 29 MPG combined with four-wheel drive.
Bigger than both of them, the 2.5-liter engine in the RAV4 is still economical. If you only want two-wheel drive, you’ll be able to get 30 MPG combined, on par with the CR-V. It gets even better if you are a commuter who does quite a bit of highway driving, as the two-wheel drive RAV4 gets 35 MPG on the open road, the best efficiency of any RAV4 or CR-V version. Even with the 3,500-pounds towing capacity, the RAV4 in all-wheel drive still gets 25 MPG around Allentown and 33 MPG highway, for 28 MPG combined. Being able to tow twice as much while only giving up a single mile per gallon in efficiency? That’s more than a fair trade.
The 2020 RAV4 also offers hybrid powertrain and the 2020 CR-V Hybrid will be available soon. The RAV4 Hybrid is the fastest RAV4, getting 219-hp combined and 149 lb-ft of torque, while also being the most efficient at 41 MPG city and 38 MPG highway. No stats have been released for the CR-V Hybrid yet.
Which has better technology features: The 2020 RAV4 or the CR-V?
Today’s drivers across Passaic and Fair Lawn want their vehicle to be a seamless part of their life, and to have the systems and features to stay connected at all times. This includes having power for electronics, connectivity to listen to the latest music and podcasts, and much more in the way of comfort and convenience.
Both the 2020 Toyota RAV4 and the 2020 Honda CR-V have great connectivity, capable of connecting with your smartphone and making it easy to utilize the technology at your fingertips. The RAV4 does have some tricks up its sleeve though – for instance, if you need to keep a laptop charged while you’re on the road, the RAV4 Adventure offers multiple 120V A/C outlets and 5 USB ports throughout the vehicle. The CR-V only offers a 12V power outlet in the center console.
Technology isn’t just about comfort – it’s also about safety. Both the RAV4 and CR-V use the latest in safety technology to make the roads and parking lots of Hackensack safer. This means systems including Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, automatic Radar Cruise Control, Road Edge Detection, and Pre-Collision systems. However, while the RAV4 makes these all standard across the full range of models, the base CR-V does not get any of these systems as standards or even available options. Toyota believes safety should be standard, no matter how spartan or luxurious you want your vehicle to be.
Which is a more comfortable vehicle: The 2020 RAV4 or the CR-V?
Honda loves to brag about how spacious the interior of the 2020 Honda CR-V is, and it does hold a slight edge over the 2020 Toyota RAV4 in terms of measurements. But size isn’t everything. You need an interior that strives to make everyone feel comfortable.
Cold Fair Lawn winters are no match for the available heated rear seats and heated steering wheel available in the RAV4. Coupled with the optional remote start, these can help get everything warmed up in the RAV4 and ready for you and your passengers to slip in to. The CR-V doesn’t offer either of these features. It doesn’t get any better in the summertime – while the RAV4 offers ventilated front seats for cooling, the CR-V doesn’t.
So, which crossover wins: the Toyota Rav4 or the Honda CR-V?
The 2020 Toyota RAV4 also comes backed by the great service you’ve come to expect from Glen Toyota, as well as the incredible resale values and reliability scores that have been the hallmark of Toyota over the years. The 2020 Honda CR-V has clearly taken second place to the RAV4, making the RAV4 the smart buy for drivers throughout the Fair Lawn and Hackensack region.
There’s no better place to check out the variety of trims available in the RAV4 than right here at Glen Toyota, so stop in today and have a chat!