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Toyota RAV4 vs Honda CR-V



  • Okay, we drove the 3.6R Outback (6 cylinder) today. Husband definitely likes the feel and the power. It will be my car to drive around town and the car we take on road trips. Originally I wanted something smaller than our current Voyager van but this is a big car too. Goodness, not an easy decision!
  • zeeboyzeeboy Posts: 25
    edited April 2012
    Is this true comparing the base models CRV/RAV4

    1) The CRV is safer
    2) The RAV4 sit higher and has more ground clearance (17 in wheel vs 16 inch )
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 27,704
    I don't know about #1, but regarding #2, ground clearance has nothing to do with the diameter of the wheel..

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  • zeeboyzeeboy Posts: 25
    I meant the vehicle sits higher. I believe the redesigned CRV is lower than the 2011 for improved aerodynamics.
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 27,704
    Their websites show 7.5" ground clearance for the RAV4 vs. 6.7" for the AWD CR-V..

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  • zeeboyzeeboy Posts: 25
    wished their were specs for seat height (how high you sit above the ground)
  • john_ufojohn_ufo Posts: 6
    toyota rav4 . but the honda crv is a close second. it was a diffucult choice. the honda was $ 400.00 cheaper plus you get a rear view camera. the toyota has a little more interior space . and a better realiablity record so i bought another toyota ..... the sport version 4 cyclnder . i like the suv so far but ive had the rav4 only 2 1/2 weeks so far.

    both cars run smooth on normal roads but you feel every bump . if you want more quiet and comfort i think the honda is a better choice . if you want more space and speed get the toyota.
  • zeeboyzeeboy Posts: 25
    How do you figure the RAV4 is more reliable than the CR-V?

    Also, the RAV4 isn't as safe
  • typesixtypesix Posts: 314
    June 2012 Consumer Reports states CRV suffers from road noise. Ties with RAV4 for overall mpg, and is faster accelerating.
  • john_ufojohn_ufo Posts: 6
    edited May 2012
    i read the reviews and and read the repair records from diffrent magazines. such as consumer reports and overall the toyota rav 4 got a higher score .
  • jcb12jcb12 Posts: 7
    The RAV 4 has higher score at consumer report, but CRV ranked as Number 2 in Affordable Compact SUVs (the RAV4 ranked as number 3), and got 2012 Best Affordable Compact SUV for Families at U.S. news.

    About the predicted reliability listed on consumer report for these two cars, the CRV got a lower score because 2012 CRV has a big change. The evolution of engine is lack of feedback. RAV-4 is going to has a new model coming at the end of this year. If you can wait, 2013 RAV4 may be a good choice.

    Now, I will choose CRV. Although both of them have their advantage and disadvantage, but I can bear the road noisy and the bad rear visibility on CRV. All model come with backup camera and one button folding backseat, which are what I like. I don't like the insider of RAV 4 and its side-hinged tailgate.
  • zeeboyzeeboy Posts: 25
    Why did Toyota go with that design?

    I'm pretty sure I'd prefer a liftgate
  • carteachcarteach Posts: 179
    I drove the 3.6 2012 outback and loved the power, just not the mileage. I then drove the 2.5. I didn't like how te transmission felt. The 2013 got very positive reviews from Subie lovers. I plan to test drive one on Thursday. I then will re-test the CR-V which felt too light and small ( narrow) for me when I drove it. Last I'll try the Mazda cx-5. I think my decision will come down to the Honda or the Subaru.

    Has anyone tried the CX-5?
  • winter2winter2 Posts: 1,796
    I tried a CX-5 this past weekend. The seats were not comfortable as they pinched my thighs and butt. I tried several different ones to make sure and I could not get comfortable and neither could my wife. I did try a Mazda3 and a Mazda5. Both ran well but the ride was very nervous.
  • >Why did Toyota go with that design?<

    Try raising a liftgate with a spare tire on it.
  • >Jeep Patriot comes to mind ...<

    Jeeps are UNRELIABLE - I've got one.
  • toklartoklar Posts: 2
    edited December 2012
    I want to buy a used 2007 Toyota RAV4 with vin JTMBD31V876039810.
    Can someone kindly check the title and advise me on this vehicle?
    I also want to get a scanner for the same car.

    Can someone recommend any in particular?
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