2015 Honda CR-V vs. 2015 Toyota RAV4
There is a reason the CR-V is one of the country’s best-selling vehicles year in and year out: it offers drivers more of what they are looking for at a price that is accessible to everyone. The 2015 Honda CR-V continues that commitment to excellence, and to highlight just how much it stands out in the segment, we have compared it side by side with the similar 2015 Toyota RAV4. It’s not hard to conclude that the CR-V is the better investment.
The 2015 Honda CR-V is lower priced or comparably priced at every trim level. Plus, if you are willing to pay a little more to enjoy premium-quality features, the CR-V Touring trim offers levels of luxury beyond that of the 2015 RAV4:
- 2015 Honda CR-V LX: $23,320*
- 2015 Honda CR-V EX: $25,420*
- 2015 Honda CR-V EX-L: $28,020
- 2015 Honda CR-V Touring: $31,520
- 2015 Toyota RAV4 LE: $23,680
- 2015 Toyota RAV4 XLE: $25,240
- 2015 Toyota RAV4 Limited: $28,450
Both the CR-V and the RAV4 are driven by four-cylinder engines, but the one in the CR-V is more powerful and more fuel efficient. Which one would you rather be driving?
The 2015 Honda CR-V is powered by a 2.4L four-cylinder that puts out 185 hp and 181 lb-ft of torque through a continuously variable transmission. The RAV4 is powered by a 2.5L four-cylinder with a lower output of 176 hp and 172 lb-ft of torque through a six-speed automatic transmission rather than a CVT.
With front-wheel drive—both vehicles offer front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive options—the 2015 Honda CR-V is rated at 27 mpg city and 34 mpg on the highway.** While it may have less power, the 2015 RAV4 only gets up to 24 mpg in the city and 29 mpg highway.
The 2015 Honda CR-V offers more passenger space than the RAV4, and just slightly less cargo capacity. But keep in mind that sheer volume is not the only consideration. The CR-V makes it quick and easy for you to customize the space to fit your needs. And thanks to the particular body design of the vehicle, you can use up every inch of the space, something that is a lot harder with the rounded body of the RAV4.
- Maximum passenger volume is 104.1 cubic feet in the CR-V and 101.9 cubic feet in the RAV4.
- Dedicated cargo capacity is 35.3 cu-ft in the CR-V and 38.4 cu-ft in the RAV4. Total cargo capacity is 70.9 cu-ft and 73.4 cu-ft respectively.
If you log a lot of miles or plan to transport your family, you want to know that the vehicle you are driving is well protected. Both of these are safe vehicles that have been independently evaluated in a variety of crash test scenarios, and both earned similar scores. That major difference is in the number of advanced safety features that each offers. The CR-V is simply better at helping drivers prevent and avoid collisions.
- The IIHS gave the 2015 CR-V a superior rating in front crash prevention thanks to a feature that detects a collision with a vehicle or pedestrian, alerts the driver, and applies automatic braking pressure if necessary. The 2015 RAV4 has no such feature and received no rating for front crash prevention.
- The CR-V also offers a unique lane watch system that broadcasts a view of the passenger-side blind spot on the seven-inch in-car display. Again, the RAV4 doesn’t offer a similar feature at any trim level.
The 2015 Honda CR-V Offers More for Less
In a lot of ways, these are similar vehicles, but why would you settle for something like the RAV4 that is simply good, when you could pay equal or less for the CR-V and drive something that is great?
Decide if the 2015 Honda CR-V is your next new vehicle by visiting Silko Honda at 1580 New State Highway in Raynham, MA. We are just 20 minutes south of Easton, east of MA-24 off of exit 13A. Visit us seven days a week to test drive the newest CR-V and contact us if you have any questions.
* MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $880.00 destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.
** 27 city/34 hwy/29 combined mpg rating for 2WD. 26 city/33 highway/28 combined mpg rating for AWD models. Based on 2015 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.