2019 RAV4 vs. CR-V Comparison

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The 2019 RAV4 offers more this year.
It comes with new styling and a dynamic force dual injection engine.
With features like these, it's no wonder Kelley Blue Book® named Toyota the Best Resale Value Brand for 2017, 2018, and 2019 .

Let’s see how the 2019 Toyota RAV4 and the 2019 Honda CR-V match up when compared head-to-head in safety features, reliability, and performance.

Published date: 06/07/19

Head to Head Comparison: 2019 Toyota RAV4 vs. 2019 Honda CR-V



Every 2019 RAV4 comes with Toyota Safety Sense® 2.0 (TSS 2.0) . This package includes four advanced active safety features. Honda offers Honda Sensing® on every CR-V except the 2019 CR-V LX trim.


Standard Safety Features


Toyota Safety Sense® 2.0 (TSS 2.0) comes standard with these features:


Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist (LDA w/SA) . Steering Assist (SA) is similar to Honda Sensing®‘s Lane Departure Warning (LDW).


Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection (PCS w/PD) and Brake Assist (BA) . These features are like Honda Sensing®‘s Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS).


Automatic High Beams (AHB) . Honda includes Auto High-Beam Headlights on all except the 2019 CR-V LX grades.


Full-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC) . This is like Honda Sensing®‘s Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow.


Toyota Safety Sense® 2.0 (TSS-P) is standard on all Toyotas. Honda Sensing® safety suite is not standard on the 2019 CR-V LX trim. The Honda Sensing® package for 2019 CR-V does include one feature that Toyota Safety Sense® 2.0 (TSS-P) does not include: the Road Departure Mitigation System (RDM).


However, Toyota Safety Sense® 2.0 (TSS 2.0) comes with two features that are non-existent with Honda Sensing®. Those are Road Sign Assist (RSA) and Lane Tracing Assist (LTA) .

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Toyota has come to be known for reliability and the 2019 RAV4 delivers on this legacy. The RAV4 was the best-selling SUV in America, according to Kelley Blue Book® .


Warranty and Roadside Assistance

Toyota also won the Kelley Blue Book® award for Best Resale Value Brand for the last three years in a row: 2017, 2018, and 2019 .


The 2019 model maintains this tradition with many great features. They include aggressive styling, engine upgrades, and Toyota's Roadside Assistance.


Roadside Assistance lasts for two years/unlimited miles and is available for all new Toyota leases and purchases. It also comes with no-cost scheduled maintenance for 2 years or 25,000 miles, whichever comes first .


The 2019 CR-V does not come with complimentary scheduled maintenance. However, it does come with a roadside assistance plan good for 3 years/36,000 miles.



If you want impressive performance, the RAV4 beats out the competition. Only the RAV4 offers a hybrid with highly competitive fuel economy. None of the currently available CR-Vs in North America are hybrid models.


Fuel Economy and Power


Are you looking to increase your horsepower? The RAV4 has a striking 203 HP 4-cylinder engine. In comparison, the CR-V LX has a 4-cylinder engine with a much lower 184 HP.


Despite its higher power, the RAV4 LE AWD has an EPA-estimated rating of 34 on the highway while the hybrid 2019 RAV4 has an EPA-estimated 38 MPG on the highway . To compare, the CR-V LX FWD has an EPA-estimated 32 MPG on the highway .


Drivers wanting a little adventure in their life should check out the RAV4's Adventure trim. It offers a towing capability of 3,500 lbs . The CR-V LX 2WD is only capable of towing 1,500 lbs.


Explore where the pavement ends In the RAV4 Adventure. Its larger standard wheel size ups this model’s excellent off-road capability .

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The RAV4 comes out ahead in safety, reliability, and performance. It's for these reasons and more that Kelley Blue Book® awarded Toyota the Best Resale Value brand award for 2017, 2018, and 2019 . Thinking about safety? Toyota Safety Sense® 2.0 (TSS 2.0) comes with three new features that are not available with CR-V’s Honda Sensing®.


These new features include Road Edge Detection with Sway Warning, Road Sign Assist , and Lane Tracing Assist . These added features add another level of safety on the road. Honda Sensing® is available on some trims, but the CR-V LX misses out on Honda's enhanced safety features. If you want your safety to come standard, The RAV4 is the clear winner. Toyota Safety Sense® 2.0 comes standard on all RAV4 trims.


In addition to standard safety, all leases and purchases of new Toyota vehicles come with free 24-hour Roadside Assistance . Roadside Assistance lasts for two years/unlimited miles and comes with no-cost scheduled maintenance for 2 years or 25,000 miles . The 2019 CR-V does come with roadside assistance lasting 3 years/36,000 miles, but doesn't have a no-cost scheduled maintenance plan.


The RAV4 also has better horsepower, torque, and fuel economy . Another advantage of the 2019 RAV4 is the hybrid model. The hybrid model has great fuel economy both on and off the road . Our head-to-head winner is clear: the 2019 RAV4.

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