If you're looking for a versatile yet affordable new vehicle, then the chances are great that you're considering a compact SUV. This popular segment of the auto industry is highlighted by perennial favorites like the Honda CR-V and Toyota's RAV4. These two models will likely come up during any compact SUV search or comparison, so let's take a closer look at what makes these two vehicles popular choices, and see how they compare.
The 2020 Honda CR-V and 2020 Toyota RAV4 are now available and currently represent the latest editions of these compact SUVs. To make things fair, let's review their respective base trims: the 2020 Honda CR-V LX 2WD CVT and 2020 Toyota RAV4 LE FWD. All-wheel drive (AWD) systems are also available on both of these models, but we'll compare the two-wheel drive versions here, as they represent the more common choice, especially in warmer climates like Florida.
Honda's CR-V has long been one of the roomiest and most versatile vehicles in the compact SUV class, and that hasn't changed with the next-generation, redesigned 2020 model. While the 2020 CR-V received significant exterior design updates, its interior volume has remained the same at a roomy 105.9 cubic feet. There's also 39.2 cubic feet of standard cargo space behind the second row of seating, or up to 75.8 cubic feet of maximum cargo capacity when you fold down those seats.
Toyota's RAV4 was completely redesigned for the 2019 model year, so it too remains fresh. But even with its nearly-new look and features, it still trails Honda's versatile CR-V when it comes to both total interior volume and cargo capacity. With just 98.9 cubic feet of space for passengers and 37.6 cubic feet for cargo behind the rear seats, the Toyota is a tighter fit when you're looking to load up with family, friends and gear.
Since these SUVs from Honda and Toyota compete in the same segment and are two of the more popular options, it's no surprise that the two automakers benchmark each other's vehicles when it comes to features, price and just about every car-buying factor. While there are plenty of similarities in the amenities provided as standard equipment in these two models, there are plenty of differences, too.
The 2020 CR-V outshines its rival from Toyota in a few key areas concerning standard features. For one, you'll only find a Multi-Angle Rearview Camera on one of these SUVs, and that's the Honda! This innovative feature provides drivers with normal, top-down and wide angles for enhanced viewing around your CR-V.
While both the 2020 CR-V LX and 2020 Toyota RAV4 LE wear 17-inch wheels, only the Honda gets aluminum-alloy wheels; Toyota still utilizes heavier steel wheels with hubcaps on the RAV4 base model. Upgrading to a pricier RAV4 will allow you to swap out the steel wheels for alloy, but you'll be at a much higher price relative to the affordable Honda CR-V LX!
It's clear that Honda's 2020 CR-V LX boasts some advantages over its rival from Toyota when it comes to standard features, but what about price? Some SUV shoppers may be surprised to learn that the highly refined and well-appointed 2020 CR-V LX from Honda boasts a lower MSRP than a comparable 2020 Toyota RAV4 LE. While the 2020 CR-V starts at just $25,050, the MSRP for Toyota's 2020 RAV4 is a steeper $25,850.
It's smart to review the entire standard features lists of these two SUVs as well as the MSRP to understand which provides a better value proposition for you. You may find that the more affordable Honda CR-V has all of the features you want, even in base trim. Or, you can compare higher trim levels of these models if you're after a new compact SUV with leather-trimmed seating or other premium amenities.
Florida motorists around Osprey and surrounding communities can always rely on Venice Honda for access to the very latest Honda automobiles for sale, including the lineup of 2020 Honda CR-V. You can shop our complete online inventory now to compare the array of well-equipped trim levels available, including the EX, EX-L and Touring editions.
Remember that we have a team of helpful Honda sales associates that are ready to assist with your SUV search. Should you have any questions about the new CR-V lineup before you visit our Venice, FL, location, don't hesitate to reach out to our staff online or by phone!
*MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, destination charge, options and accessories. Dealers set own prices.