Compare the Toyota RAV4 vs. Honda CR-V for Your Life in Traverse City, MI

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How the New Toyota RAV4 Compare to the Honda CR-V?

When you're looking for a small SUV, you'll find a lot of options waiting for you in Kalkaska and Suttons Bay. The market is nothing if not packed with solid options designed to deliver great features and performance options in a small package.

The Toyota RAV4 is the perfect example. A longtime compact favorite for many drivers, it offers a comfortable interior backed by amenities that run the gamut from advanced safety systems to options geared toward media and comfort. Efficient and affordable with a little touch of rugged, it's a consistent favorite for drivers from Interlochen to Kingsley MI.

The RAV4 isn't the only SUV that compact-minded drivers regularly turn to. The Honda CR-V has long been one of the RAV4's most stalwart competitors. Offering its own winning selection of features, the CR-V also works hard to provide an exemplary experience for drivers of all sorts.

The big question for you, of course, is figuring out which new SUV to go home in. Let's look at what they both offer, and how they compare.

The 2019 Toyota RAV4 vs. The 2019 Honda CR-V


Both the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V are compact SUVs. What does that mean in terms of performance? While they're both equipped to handle more than a sedan, they're built more for a smooth ride than heavy-duty performance.

That being said, the 2019 Toyota RAV4 still manages to deliver something impressive performance chops. The newest model was redesigned to offer a rugged disposition that helps it perform well in harsher conditions. It also offers optional all-wheel drive; a big boon for any vehicle that might hit the road in less than ideal conditions. It offers two engines:

  • 2.5-liter inline-4: 203 horsepower, 184 pounds-feet of torque, 26/35 miles per gallon
  • 2.5-liter inline-4+ electric motor hybrid: 219 horsepower, 163 pounds-feet of torque, 41/37 miles per gallon

The 2019 Honda CR-V, in comparison, isn't a bad drive by any stretch. It also offers two engine options:

  • 2.4-liter inline: 184 horsepower, 180 pounds-feet of torque, 26/32 miles per gallon
  • 1.5-liter turbocharged inline-4: 190 horsepower, 179 pounds-feet of torque, 28/34 miles per gallon

While neither of these is bad by any stretch, you'll likely note that they're not as powerful as the RAV4's. They're also not as efficient, and there are no hybrid powertrain options. The CR-V does offer its own performance-enhancing equipment, all-wheel drive included, but its overall driving experience can't stand up to the RAV4's. If you're a Houghton Lake driver hoping for a compact model with a bit more ability, you're better off with a RAV4 parked in your driveway.


Toyota and Honda are both well-known for offering equipment packages that stand out as some of the most robust available in the Cadillac and Frankfort areas. The Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V are no exception. Regardless of which one you drive home, you'll enjoy a solid selection of features and equipment. There a few things, however, that give the Toyota RAV4 and edge.

  • The RAV4 comes available in five different trims (LE, XLE, XLE Premium, Adventure, Limited) compared to the CR-V's four (LX, EX, EX-L, Touring). This wider variety means more options for different drivers.
  • The RAV4 offers its Entune infotainment system, complete with Apple CarPlay, as a standard feature. The Honda CR-V offers both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, but you need to upgrade to the EX trim to get them.
  • The Toyota RAV offers a range of performance-driven features aimed at enhancing its abilities for everything from rough roads to even a bit of light off-roading. The Honda CR-V doesn't have anything like that in its repertoire.


Toyota is well-known for making some of the safest vehicles available in the Manistee and Elk Rapids market. While many other automakers still offer active safety technology as optional, Toyota has been pioneering their inclusion as standard equipment.

This, in turn, is the biggest difference between the safety options available on the Toyota RAV4 and the Honda CR-V. While both SUVs offer a great selection of safety features, the Honda CR-V's base model doesn't include the Honda Sensing safety suite. You need to upgrade to a higher-level model for that.

It doesn't matter which version of the Toyota RAV4 you go home in. Every single model in its lineup comes with the Toyota Safety Sense package. These include everything from adaptive cruise control and lane-departure warnings to a pre-collision system and more. Toyota has worked hard to make SUVs like the RAV4 a go-to destination for safety-conscious drivers.

Contact Serra Traverse City Today to Learn More About the Toyota RAV4

If you'd be interested in learning more about everything the 2019 Toyota RAV4 has to offer, reach out to the sales team at our dealership in Traverse City, MI. We would love the opportunity to tell you more about this great new model and to offer you a test drive. We can likewise put you behind the wheel of a new RAV4 model for a test drive.

It doesn't matter who you are or what you're looking for, we're confident our new vehicle inventory has the options you need. Don't hesitate to contact us today for all your vehicle needs.


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