SUVs continue to rise in popularity because they offer so many incredible things in one vehicle: ample, comfortable seating, a spacious cabin with plenty of cargo space, modern technologies, and cutting-edge safety features. They’re also fuel efficient, and will prove reliable for years to come. Most SUVs have plenty of infotainment options, and many even offer rear-row entertainment systems for the kids. If all of these offerings are on your must-have list in an SUV, then it should come as no surprise that you’re drawn to the Honda CR-V and the Toyota RAV4 have earned your attention. Let’s compare them to see which should earn a coveted spot in your garage.
For a purchase as big as a new vehicle, it’s important to consider the cost and value as a significant factor. Hondas are known for being high-quality vehicles at affordable prices, and their vehicles last for hundreds of thousands of miles. This trend continues with the CR-V, of course. The 2019 CR-V base trim’s price starts significantly below the RAV4’s cost, and the differences stay consistent as you move throughout the trim levels. Considering how reliable and durable the CR-V will be through the years, you can’t beat price and value of the CR-V.
The Honda CR-V’s upscale, near-luxurious cabin sets it apart from many other vehicles in its class thanks to its lasting comfort and the use of high-quality materials. The interior design is both comfortable and stylish, road noise is well-filtered, and the vehicle absorbs imperfections in the road for a smooth, calm ride. On the flip side, the RAV4’s cabin is made with some hard, plastic surfaces, and its engine alone can create a pronounced amount of noise. The RAV4’s upper trims only provide synthetic leather upholstery while the CR-V’s upper levels feature genuine leather trim as well as a leather-wrapped steering wheel.
Each vehicle comes with a modern infotainment system, and they can be equipped with a variety of popular tech features. However, smartphone connectivity options are limited in the 2019 RAV4. While both SUVs offer Apple CarPlay™, only the 2019 CR-V can be equipped with Android Auto™.
Though you’ll need plenty of passenger space in an SUV, you also want ample cargo space for all of life’s daily carry-on items, and for bigger suitcases or gear when it’s time for vacation. The CR-V leads with a 39.2-cubic-foot cargo space over the RAV4’s 37.5-cubic foot storage area. The lead only increases when you fold the rear seats of each vehicle. With its passenger row down, the CR-V has a maximum cargo capacity of 75.8 cubic feet, beating the RAV4’s 69.8-cubic-foot limit.
When you’re looking for a compact SUV that offers a comfortable, spacious interior, ample cargo space, and cutting-edge technology features, you’d do well to take more than a second look at the Honda CR-V. We encourage you to visit our Clifton dealership to see the CR-V in person, and experience the difference that driving a Honda make in a test drive. We have this incredible SUV and plenty more in our lineup of Hondas. Feel free to explore all of your options online, then come see us at Garden State Honda today!