2016 Toyota RAV4 vs. Honda CR-V

Posted Thursday, Dec 24, 2015 by nhtwpprod

Today’s families enjoy the space and ruggedness of SUVs, but also want easy handling and better fuel economy. This has led to the small sport utility segment. Competition in this area is stiff, and each automaker has developed impressive offerings. As we embark on the 2016 model year, Los Angeles Toyota dealers are seeing a high demand for the 2016 Toyota RAV4. While it may be easy to stick with a make or model that you are used to, it can be important to scout out the competition as well. If you are considering a RAV4, you may also want to check out the 2016 Honda CR-V to decide which one is the best fit for your needs.

Standard Features

Both of these small SUVs offer several standard features, including:

  • Bluetooth
  • Steering wheel audio control
  • Power windows, mirrors, and locks
  • 3 year/36,000 mile warranty with 5year/60,0000 on the powertrain
  • 1500 lb. towing capacity
  • Vehicle stability
  • Brake override
  • ABS brakes with brake assist

With so many standard similarities, it can be difficult to choose between these two vehicles without going more in depth.


While both small SUVs have better ground clearance than a sedan, neither is as high as a full size SUV. There is about a 5 inch difference, with the Honda being just a little bit higher than the Toyota. However, unless you’re planning to go off-road, you probably aren’t that concerned with ground clearance. Cargo space, on the other hand, is of utmost importance. The 2016 Toyota RAV4 has 73 cubic feet with the seats down, and 38 cubic feet of cargo area with the seats up. This is a few feet larger than the 2016 Honda CR-V. The RAV4 offers a bit sleeker styling than the CR-V, making it a suitable vehicle for heading to work, heading out of the city for a weekend, or to a fancy party. It may be a small SUV, but it’s also a classy vehicle that fits in any situation.


One area that small SUV owners have discovered is that the way the vehicles are shaped can create some visibility concerns. With a high hatch in the back and possibly a narrow rear window, it can be difficult to see what is behind you. Both of these vehicles come standard with a backup camera, but overall visibility is a bit better in the Toyota RAV4.


Both vehicles are equipped with airbags; however, the RAV4 has two extra airbags that the CR-V does not. Each vehicle has safety features that differentiate it from the crowd. The CR-V is the only one that offers blind spot detection and lane change assist, while the RAV4 has auto high beam control and pedestrian detection. It is simply a matter of deciding which safety features are more important to you. Both of these small SUVs have been awarded the highest rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

For many people, the overall better cargo space and the pricing make the 2016 Toyota RAV4 the clear winner in this competition. If you are looking for a ginormous selection of 2016 Toyota RAV4s to test drive and compare to other models, look no further. Los Angeles Toyota dealers have plenty of these great small SUVs on their lots!