2017 Honda CR-V vs. 2017 Toyota RAV4 – Hartford Area Honda Dealer

2017 CR-V vs 2017 RAV4

The 2017 Honda CR-V and 2017 Toyota RAV4 are the most popular SUVs in the United States. The Honda CR-V gets a complete redesign for the 2017 model year, while the Toyota RAV4 is largely unchanged. We’ll put these two compact crossovers head to head to see which emerges triumphant.

Inside the cabin, the Honda CR-V looks and feels more modern. The cargo area between the front seats is large and adaptable, and the center stack feels more up-to-date. The CR-V EX trim and above features a digital instrument cluster screen with a digital speedometer display at the top. It just seems more intelligently designed than the RAV4’s needle on a speedometer. The CR-V offers a more-satisfying driving environment than the RAV4. Winner: Honda CR-V.


Comparing the two vehicles on the road, there’s no escaping the conclusion that the CR-V is more fun to drive. The Honda feels nimbler and has stronger engines, a quieter cabin with less vibration, and a more comfortable and composed ride. The RAV4’s six-speed automatic transmission is capable, but the Honda CR-V’s CVT is smooth and responsive. Winner: Honda CR-V.

The 2017 Honda CR-V is quick. The CR-V EX and higher trims feature a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes 190 horsepower and 179 lb.-ft. of torque. This engine is surprisingly satisfying considering its size. Motor Trend tested this engine in a Touring all-wheel drive model and it made the dash from zero to 60 mph in 7.5 seconds. The Toyota RAV4’s 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine is only good for 176 hp and 172 lb.-ft. of torque, and the RAV4 took 8.7 seconds to get to 60 mph from off the line. Winner: Honda CR-V.

Fuel Economy
Each of the 2017 Honda CR-V’s two engines are more fuel-efficient than the engine on the RAV4. The base engine gets EPA-estimated fuel economy of 26 mpg city/32 mpg highway with front-wheel drive and 25/31 with all-wheel drive.* The turbo engine checks in at 28/34. In contrast, the RAV4’s 2.5-liter four-cylinder block gets 23/30 with the LE and XLE trim levels. The other models, and the LE and XLE trims with all-wheel drive, see those numbers drop by 1 mpg. Winner: Honda CR-V.

Cargo Space
Both the 2017 Honda CR-V and the 2017 Toyota RAV4 have ample cargo space and low load floors. But the CR-V wins here because the rear seats are so much easier to fold down. The CR-V seats can be folded from the side doors or by using levers in the cargo area. And the 2017 CR-V provides 39.2 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second-row seats, compared to the 2017 RAV4, which only has 38.4 cubic feet. With the seats folded down, the CR-V has a class-leading 75.8 cubic feet, while the RAV4 gets 73.4 cubic feet. Winner: Honda CR-V.

The 2017 CR-V has more available infotainment features than the RAV4, with a large color audio display and buttons and knobs that are easier to use. The touchscreen on the CR-V EX and higher trim includes. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto satellite radio and four USB ports. The RAV4 only has satellite radio and one USB port. Winner: Honda CR-V

The RAV4’s base price is $900 higher than the Honda CR-V. In addition, the CR-V includes standard alloy wheels, a higher-quality cabin, automatic climate control, and a more powerful and more fuel-efficient engine. Winner: Honda CR-V.

All in all, it’s clear that the 2017 Honda CR-V bests the 2017 Toyota RAV4. Honda’s completely redesigned compact crossover simply outdoes the RAV4.



* All vehicle mileage based on 2017 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.