2016 Honda CR-V vs 2016 Toyota RAV4
2016 Honda CR-V 2016 Toyota RAV4
185 horsepower 2.4L four-cylinder  Engine  176 horsepower 2.5L four-cylinder
29 MPG, 27 with AWD* Combined Gas Mileage*  26 MPG, 25 with AWD
Standard on CR-V EX and up  Blind Spot Camera Optional on RAV4 Limited
5 Passenger Capacity 5

2016 Honda CR-V vs 2016 Toyota RAV4

2016 Honda CR-V vs 2016 Toyota RAV4 space

Compact SUVs are an exceptionally popular class of vehicle, and they get more and more popular every year. So it's no surprise that the Honda CR-V has lots of competition. Out of all its rivals, the Toyota RAV4 is probably the closest match. They're two of the best on the market, in terms of space and convenience, and they've both got tons of great features available. But which 2016 model is #1 and which is #2? Both SUVs have their diehard supporters, and they've each definitely got their strong points.  

For instance, cargo space is a strong point on both the 2016 Honda CR-V and the 2016 Toyota RAV4. They're both incredibly roomy for passengers, and offer lots of cargo space too. The space behind the second row in the RAV4 is slightly bigger than in the CR-V, which makes the corresponding passenger legroom slightly smaller. With the seats folded down, their cargo capacity is virtually the same. The 2016 CR-V does have one advantage in versatility with its convenient easy-to-fold backseats, which fold completely flat with just one pull of one strap on each side. The RAV4’s setup requires more effort to fold and unfold.  

Engines and Options

Both the 2016 CR-V and the 2016 RAV4 offer a single engine across the lineup, without the option of a power upgrade. (There is a hybrid RAV4, but for the sake of comparison, we're going to focus on just the gasoline models.) The CR-V’s engine puts out 185 horsepower, while the RAV-4’s gasoline engine gives you 176 horsepower. That's a fairly small difference, but the 2016 CR-V is also more fuel-efficient than the 2016 RAV4. Front-wheel drive RAV4 models get 26 combined miles per gallon, while all-wheel drive vehicles get 25. On the other hand, the CR-V can get up to 29 combined miles per gallon with front-wheel drive, and 27 with all-wheel drive*.  

Finally, the CR-V makes some of its convenient tech features more widely available across the lineup than the RAV4 does. A rearview backup camera is standard on every RAV4 and every CR-V, but a blind spot camera isn’t. With the CR-V, this useful feature is still widely available: it's standard on 4 out of 5 trim levels, everything above the base LX model. To get this feature on the 2016 RAV4, you'll need to spring for the top-of-the-line Limited edition, and even then, it's an option that costs extra. 

To learn more about the 2016 Honda CR-V's other features, or to set up a test drive, contact the team at Matt Castrucci Honda today! 

*Based on 2016 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.

2016 Honda CR-V vs 2016 Toyota RAV4 engine options