For most Albertans, when it comes to Japanese imports the purchase decision comes down to whether it’s a Honda or a Toyota. Accord vs Camry, Civic vs Corolla, CR-V vs RAV4, etc, etc… It is the never ending debate in a contest between rivals. This time around the spotlight centers on the 2018 Honda CR-V, the outgoing MotorTrend SUV of the Year, and Toyota’s re-designed contender the 2019 RAV4. Let’s take a look at the differences between the outgoing champ and the new challenger in the super-heated SUV category.
Style, Quality and Functionality
While it is good to know the performance features of any car, personal and continued satisfaction in ownership typically dwells on those niggling inconsistencies that greet you on your daily commute. Key metrics: style, quality and functionality – eventually it’s all about strengths in design:
- Premium feel cabin (especially in the Touring model)
- An incomparable amount of storage space for front passengers
- More cargo and cabin space than the RAV4
- Doors swing open wider, an attractive feature for parents with children of any age
- Comfortable seating
- Definitely less road noise
- Large infotainment screen with easy to use knobs and buttons
- Different coloured accent panels and contrast stitching depending on the trim
- The interior look and feel is a definite improvement over budget conscious Toyota cabins from the past
- Improved leg room for rear passengers
Of course both vehicles have their small complaints, such as RAV4 doors that shut with a distinctly hollow sound, but overall it’s hard to miss the incumbent advantage of the CR-V. It simply has more positive points despite the one year age difference.
Power, handling, and a variety of technical bits that important for every car purchase decision. Performance is the “how” and “what” of every journey you make, but let’s see how each of the competitors make do with what they have:
- Superior braking and handling when compared to the Toyota
- Silky, seamless sounding engine
- Precision steering
- Continuously variable transmission that performs better than the RAV4’s traditional 8-speed automatic
- 203 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque impresses more than the Honda’s 190 and 179 lb-ft of torque
- 0-100 km/h in 8.2 seconds, 0.4 seconds faster than the CR-V
Of course we aren’t all off-roading with these two vehicles on a regular basis, but the Honda CR-V will take your most mundane ride and get you there and not be pretentious about it. Certainly, the Honda wins on positive points again.
The Toyota RAV4 is a much improved offering from previous year’s attempts. It will tick many boxes that were once glaringly absent, however from a pure driving perspective the Honda CR-V, albeit a year older, it is still the superior pick.
There is more, read the MotorTrend article