Larry Printz, Tribune News Service Published 10:25 p.m. ET Sept. 9, 2020
History is blowzy with allegorical rivalries. Ali vs. Frazier. Beatles vs. Stones. Mozart vs. Salieri. Coke vs. Pepsi.
In the automotive world, feuds aces of the Hatfields and the McCoys accept continued broiled amid Ford and Chevy, Ferrari and Lamborghini, BMW and Mercedes-Benz — and amid the companies abaft today’s analysis subjects, Toyota and Honda. In this case, it’s the 2020 Toyota RAV4 Amalgam vs. the 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid.
2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid
While there are added hybrids in the bunched crossover class, these two are the big kahunas of the segment, the two bestselling bunched crossover account cartage in the United States in 2019. And while Toyota has been peddling a RAV4 Amalgam for a while, it’s alone this year that Honda has bent up.
On the surface, the two crossovers are abutting in size, alike if their designs don’t advance it. Both are 73 inches wide. And while the RAV4’s wheelbase is 1.2 inches best than the CR-V’s, the Honda is 1.2 inches best than the Toyota, which is half-an-inch taller. While neither CUV is stunningly attractive, the CR-V’s appearance is softer than the RAV4’s, which looks added rugged.
2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid
The differences are added credible inside, area the CR-V acme the RAV4 in legroom, best acutely in the rear seat. It can be apparent in the commuter volume; the CR-V boasts 102.9 cubic feet, the RAV4 98.9 cubic feet. Yet the CR-V surrenders 4.4 cubic anxiety in burden accommodation to the RAV4. Bend the rear seats, and the Toyota boasts an added 1.1 cubic feet, although they don’t bend absolutely flat. Part of the acumen lies in the actuality that Toyota provides a additional tire, admitting Honda food a annoy inflator kit that takes up beneath space. So, it depends area your antecedence lies: bodies or stuff. Either get added compassionate friends, or artlessly backpack less. Your choice.
Interior ambient differs as well. The Toyota appears as if it’s accessible to hit the trail. The CR-V’s berth is added middle-of-the-road, which some will adopt to the RAV4. The RAV4 has absolute bond accents, as against to Honda’s affected molded stitching.
Honda’s anarchistic push-button manual shifter may put off those alien with it, although it’s actual accessible to use. Neither infotainment arrangement will win any awards for user interface excellence, but Toyota’s seems quicker to acknowledge and is beneath beefy to use, acknowledgment to a aggregate and a affability knob, article Honda still doesn’t provide. And the Toyota’s awning is army higher, area it’s easier to see at a glance.
Honda’s centermost animate is aces of a architecture award, acceptance the you to cast up the lid to blooper in a beefy purse or beyond laptop while still accouterment allowance for a centermost armrest. Brilliant.
Being that both cartage are hybrids, you’ll acquisition they’re analogously efficient, but Toyota has the high hand, with the EPA appraisement the RAV4 at 40 mpg in accumulated city/highway driving, besting the Honda’s 38 mpg. The CR-V is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder agent and an electric motor akin to a CVT automated manual that generates 212 horsepower, and transfers its ability through a automated driveshaft from the advanced auto to the rear to accommodate all-wheel drive back needed. In contrast, the RAV4 has a 2.5-liter four-cylinder commutual with a CVT, but its electric motor drives the rear auto to accommodate all-wheel drive, so there’s no driveshaft from advanced to rear.
Toyota holds an advantage in ability at 219 horsepower, compared with the CR-V’s 212 horsepower. Given their agnate weight, it’s not hasty that the RAV4 is quicker, and feels it. Its acquisitive dynamics accomplish it added fun to drive back pushed, although its athleticism comes at the amount of ride quality, which seems acutely firmer than its competitor. The Honda absolutely feels added adjustable and beneath acute in character, authoritative it an easier agent to alive with back you don’t appetite to play. And it acquainted active to drive, alike if the manual seems apathetic at times, abounding loud complaining that’s archetypal of amalgam transmissions back pushed. Toyota’s manual seems added responsive, and beneath arresting to beef back pushed.
Finally, there’s the amount of cost.
Both hybrids I activated were top-of-the-line models, with the Honda CR-V Amalgam Touring costing $37,070, $3,829 beneath than the 2020 Toyota RAV4 Amalgam Limited’s $40,899. For the record, the CR-V starts at $28,870; the RAV4 $29,470, a aberration of $600.
While the RAV4’s bigger ammunition economy, faster added agreeable performance, and bigger infotainment arrangement may be account it for some, you ability be annoyed with the CR-V’s added ample commuter compartment, boilerplate address and lower price.
Unlike some rivalries, this one comes bottomward to which personality you prefer. Regardless of which you choose, you’re abiding to aces a winner.
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