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Honda CR-V vs Toyota RAV4 - Which is Best?

Updated on August 17, 2011

Honda CR-V - World's Best Compact SUV?

CR-V Performance / Fuel Economy

If you're considering a compact SUV, give some thought to the Honda CR-V. The 2.4-liter inline 4 gives you 180 hp, and fuel economy remains good - 21 miles per gallon in stop and go traffic and 27 while on the highway. All that power will be sent to the road by way of a 5-speed automatic and Front or AWD. Of course, you should be sure to consider the CR-V's build quality and crash protection. Compared with various other compact SUVs, the CR-V boasts excellent reliability, whereas its crash ratings are regarded as impressive.

Honda CR-V Price

Just how much could the CR-V cost you? Well, that will depend. How many additional options are you willing to pay for? Even though the CR-V's starting MSRP might be only $21,545, a fully loaded model could cost you considerably extra: $29,745.

RAV4 - As Good As The CR-V?

Honda CR-V vs Toyota RAV4

The Honda CR-V's primary competition is the Toyota RAV4. Given that you'll have 179 to 269 hp at your disposal - significantly more than the CR-V - accelerating won't be a problem. In addition, you can still get 27 miles per gallon on the highway from the 2.5-liter 4 or 3.5-liter V6. The Front or AWD RAV4 has the following seating layout: 2 front, 3 rear, 2 third.

Obviously, you should also think about the RAV4's reliability and IIHS crash ratings. Weighed against other compact SUVs, the RAV4 provides excellent build quality. Generally, the RAV4's safety is considered to be impressive.

What does the RAV4 cost? How many options are willing to pay for? Plan to ante up up to $27,985 for a maxed-out model, although base MSRP is about $21,675. So base price is slightly more than the CR-V, while the max price is slightly lower.

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