Honda CRV VS Toyota RAV4

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Here's a comparison between the Honda CR-V and the Toyota RAV4. These models are two of the most popular small SUVs in the country. Note that the RAV4 will have mid-life update update later in 2010.

The funky 90's original and more conservative follow ups and now the arguably more stylish RAV4 has always been popular. It has always been a small road focused SUV that has appealed to many not because it is a Toyota but because the package works.


Toyota RAV4
Honda CRV

In terms of looks the Honda is still more stylish while the RAV4 looks conservative but still nice. The forth coming 2011 RAV4 continues the curve theme and is styled for better looks but has echos of models by Audi. Neither of course are as stylish as the Mazda CX-7.

The interior of the RAV4 looks modern and has youthful design touches like the 2 layered dash and large buttons to activate stuff. The materials used are what you'd expect from a Toyota. Sure its all good quality stuff and will wear well but the toy like design does not look as good as compared to the CR-V.

In all honestly when comparing the two cars reminds us how the two differentiate themselves as brands. Both look good, work well, yet are recognizably a Honda or Toyota


Last known pricing (RRP)

NOT including on roads, discounts etc...

Honda CR-V
2010 $30,990 - 42,790 AUD

Toyota RAV4
2010 $31,990 - 49,990 AUD (AWD models)
2010 $28,990 - 35,990 AUD (2WD models)



The mechanical aspect of the RAV4 is the benchmark Toyota meaning reliable. There are lots of variants including 2WD (front) only models and a 3.5 litre V6 which is unique to the small SUV class. The RAV4's 4wd system is an on demand system with a few extra features like traction control, hill start and decent. So in terms of 4WD  technology the RAV4 has a few. However it is missing more rudimentary things like a diff lock and low range gearing featured in one or two other brands. The Honda currently does not have any notable off-road features or a V6 engine option. 

We have not driven the latest RAV4 yet so no comment there. What we can say is that based on specifications the AWD version of the RAV4 has more potential off-road capability than the CR-V. The V6 RAV4 would be a decent drive on road due to the extra power but the 4 cylinder models not as good as the CR-V due to the lack of extra gears. If it has been given additional refinement with the change to the new model it should be fine although others do not agree!

If you don't care about about off-road ability then the soon to be released 2WD (front) only RAV4 would seem like a good deal BUT there are other small SUVs that are superior dollar value. However if you want performance the V6 RAV4 is a fast mover!

Honda CR-V Toyota RAV4

IL 4 Cylinder (K24Z1)
IL 4 Cylinder petrol
2.4 Litre (2354cc)
Claimed 125Kw @ 5800RPM
Claimed 218Nm @ 4200RPM
IL 4 Cylinder (2AZ-FE)
IL 4 Cylinder petrol
2.4 Litre (2364cc)
Claimed 125Kw @ 6000RPM
Claimed 224Nm @ 4700RPM

V6 (2GR-FE)
V6 Cylinder petrol
3.5 Litre (3456cc)
Claimed 201Kw @ 6200RPM
Claimed 333Nm @ 4700

1580 - 1630Kg
Towing capacity up to 1500kg
1545 - 1665Kg
Towing capacity up to 1900kg (V6)
Fuel capacity & consumption  
Up to 58 litres
IL4 Petrol 10 Lts per 100km AVG (Auto)
Up to 60 litres
IL4 Petrol 9.1Lts per 100km AVG (Manual)
IL4 Petrol 9.6Lts per 100km AVG (Auto)
V6 Petrol 10.5Lts per 100km AVG (Auto)
Other specifications  
6 speed manual or 5 speed Auto
Overall height/Overall width 1680/1820
Overall length/Wheelbase 4565/2605
4WD system: On-demand AWD
ANCAP Safety: 4/5
5 speed manual or 4 speed Auto
Overall height/Overall width 1695/1855
Overall length/Wheelbase 4625/2660
4WD system: On-demand
ANCAP Safety: 4/5
Angle of: (degrees)
Approach xx
Departure xx
Breakover xx
Ground clearance (unloaded) 185mm
Water Fording depth xxmm Max
Angle of: (degrees)
Approach 30
Departure 26
Breakover 20
Ground clearance (unloaded) 202mm
Water Fording depth xxmm Max
Performance Performance

Petrol (4 Cyl)
0-100Kph:10 secs

V6 Petrol (auto)
0-100Kph:7.4 secs
2010 $30,990 - 42,790 AUD
*Always check with the dealer for up to date pricing, specifications, on-road costs, accessories and specials etc.. everything as usual is subject to change!
2010 $31,990 - 49,990 AUD (AWD models)
*Always check with the dealer for up to date pricing, specifications, on-road costs, accessories and specials etc.. everything as usual is subject to change!

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