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Comparison: 2020 Honda CR-V vs. 2020 Toyota RAV4

2020 Honda CR-V vs. 2020 Toyota RAV4 : compare price, expert/user reviews, ratings. There are few things you may want to know before buying.



2020 Honda CR-V

Starting Price: $30,636 CDN


  • Honda reliability & resale value
  • Spacious interior & cargo area
  • Honda Sensing suite of driver assists


  • Rivals offer tighter handing and better steering feel
  • Few options on each trim limit personalization choices
  • Limited off-road ability

What's New For 2020

  • 1.5-litre turbocharged engine standard across all models
  • Honda Sensing standard across the model range
  • Refreshed front & rear styling
  • Sport, Touring and Black Edition trims get 19-inch wheels
  • Hybrid model being introduced for 2021 model year



As one of Canada’s top-selling compact SUVs, the Ontario-built 2020 Honda CR-V makes life tougher for the competition this year, adding a turbocharged engine and more safety features as standard equipment. Later in the year, Honda plans to introduce the 2021 CR-V Hybrid that promises a 50 percent improvement in city fuel economy.

The front- or all-wheel-drive, 5-passenger CR-V offers a ton of interior room, a comfortable ride and excellent fuel economy. Yet, its price remains well within most budgets, and its reliability and resale figures are the envy of the industry. Sure, the CR-V isn’t as off-road-capable as a Subaru Forester or Jeep Cherokee, and it’s not as quick as a turbocharged Ford Escape. But that’s the point. The CR-V strikes the perfect balance between extremes.


2020 Toyota RAV-4

Starting Price: $28,090 CDN


  • Toyota quality & reliability
  • Roomy interior
  • Apple CarPlay/Android Auto both standard
  • Light off-road ability
  • Available Hybrid AWD model


  • More expensive than comparably equipped rivals
  • Interior noise levels
  • Navigation offered only on top trims
  • No leather-seating option

What's New For 2020

  • Android Auto
  • SiriusXM added to XLE, Trail & Limited audio systems
  • Power driver’s seat added to XLE trim
  • Reshuffling of some features into new packages
  • TRD Off-Road package available on Trail model



Although the styling makes it appear like the truck-based 4Runner, the 2020 Toyota RAV4 is built on Toyota’s latest global architecture platform shared with the Camry mid-size sedan. This base gives the front- or all-wheel-drive, 5-passenger RAV4 its solid feel, excellent safety scores and car-like ride and handling. The RAV4 offers good power and fuel economy, and its Hybrid model serve as both performance and fuel-economy leaders.

When it comes to interior room, size and features, the Canadian-built 2020 RAV4 compact SUV remains competitive with the Honda CR-V, Subaru Forester and Nissan Rogue. However, its pricing can quickly move above these rivals once options are added.


Final Recommendation

If you’re shopping for a compact SUV, the 2020 Honda CR-V and 2020 Toyota RAV4 should both be on your list. However, if you are in the market for a hybrid compact SUV, the Toyota’s tried-and-true gas-electric system is the smarter choice.



2020 Honda CR-V 

2020 Toyota RAV4


1.5-litre Turbocharged I4
190 hp @ 5,600 rpm
179 lb-ft @ 2,000-5,000 rpm

2.5-litre I4
203 hp @ 6,600 rpm
184 lb-ft @ 5,000 rpm

Hybrid - 2.5-litre I4
219 hp @ 5,700 rpm
163 lb-ft @ 3,600 rpm


Continuously variable automatic

8-speed automatic

Hybrid - Continuously variable automatic

Fuel Economy

FWD - 7.7 L/100 km (8.3 city, 7.0 hwy)
AWD - 8.1 L/100 km (8.7 city, 7.4 hwy)

FWD - 7.9 L/100 km (8.8 city, 6.8 hwy)
AWD - 8.2 L/100 km (9.2 city, 7.1 hwy)

Hybrid (AWD) - 6.0 L/100 km (5.7 city, 6.3 hwy)


3 years/60,000 km

3 years/60,000 km

Max Seating Capacity




2,660 mm

2,690 mm

Overall Length

4,626 mm

4,596 mm


2,107 mm

1,854 mm


FWD - 1,679 mm
AWD - 1,689

1,702 mm

Curb Weight

FWD - 1,521 kg
AWD - 1,574 kg

FWD - 1,529 kg
AWD - 1,583 kg
Hybrid (AWD) - 1,682-1,703 kg

Headroom, Front

1,018 mm

1,003 mm

Headroom, Rear

996 mm

1,003 mm

Legroom, Front

1,050 mm

1,042 mm

Legroom, Rear

1,025 mm

960 mm

Shoulder Room, Front

1,470 mm

1,468 mm

Shoulder Room, Rear

1,412 mm

1,433 mm

Passenger Volume

2,999 L

2,800 L

Cargo Volume

Seats Up -1,110 L
Seats Down - 2,146 L

Seats Up - 1,059L
Seats Down - 1,977 L

Max Towing

680 kg

680 kg
Hybrid - 794 kg


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