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Buy the 2021 Toyota RAV4 Instead of Buying the 2021 Honda CR-V; Here’s Why

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If you’re about to purchase a compact SUV and come across the 2021 Honda CR-V and the 2021 Toyota RAV4, it can be hard to make a choice. However, despite being a segment favourite for many years, the 2021 Honda CR-V can’t keep up with the 2021 Toyota RAV4.

The Toyota offers better value, more powerful engine options, and greater trim level variety.

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Here are the many ways the 2021 Toyota RAV4 is a better option than the 2021 Honda CR-V.

The Honda CR-V has a Weaker and Louder engine Compared to the Toyota RAV4

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2019 Toyota RAV4 vs. Honda CR-V

A bit of extra power can make a major difference on a daily drive. As standard, the 2021 Honda CR-V is powered by a 1.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine developing 190 hp. The 2021 Toyota RAV4, on the other hand, is powered by a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter naturally aspirated engine. Despite a lack of a turbocharger, the RAV4’s engine develops 203 hp.

Aside from raw power, the CR-V has to make do with a continuously variable transmission. In contrast, the RAV4 features an eight-speed automatic transmission. The drawback of the CVT is that it lacks the set gears an automatic transmission has. As a result, the variable configuration causes the engine to rev higher more often. That extra noise permeates into the cabin and raises in-cabin noise.

The Toyota RAV4 Has Added Benefits in the Interior

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If you’re looking for a daily driver SUV, the Honda CR-V’s trim levels are more than enough. However, the Toyota RAV4 has the added benefit of wearing multiple hats. Unlike the CR-V, the RAV4 offers greater variety with the likes of the off-road-focused Aventure and TRD Off-Road trim levels. The result is that the RAV4 doesn’t just offer a luxury-focused version for a higher price.

These trim levels aren’t just aesthetics, either. For example, the TRD-Pro offers off-roading tires, chunky styling, and a revised suspension. The result is that your RAV4 isn’t limited to just working on-road.


Regardless of which compact SUV you end up buying, both are still great options. While there are a few differentiators, both offer similar safety equipment, excellent crash safety ratings, and comparable fuel economy. As a result, it is obvious why both models are such big sellers.

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