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2015 Honda CR-V vs. 2015 Toyota RAV4 Review

Comparison Review

Introduction
In a crowded, competitive segment, these two have emerged as not only sales leaders but contenders for the crown of best compact crossover. For 2015, the CR-V got extensive updates including a new transmission that improves fuel economy while the RAV4 carried over without changes.

Utility
The CR-V and RAV4 are practically identical when it comes to proportions, separated by about an inch-and-a-half in length and an inch in width (the RAV4 is the slightly larger of the two), so we're splitting hairs there. The RAV4 does offer slightly more cargo room (38.4 vs. 35.3 cubic feet with the seats up), but it's only a small difference. One advantage the RAV4 has: an optional power rear liftgate, which is missing from the options sheet on the Honda. The CR-V counters with the easiest folding pair of rear seats we've encountered in this segment, one tug of a handle and the seats fold down and spill forward to open up more cargo room.

Performance/Fuel Economy
Both offer four-cylinder engines that are similar in terms of performance; the CR-V has slightly more horsepower while the RAV4 wins out on torque. Front-wheel drive is standard on both models, with all-wheel drive optional. The CR-V does get a new CVT for 2015, which improves its fuel economy on FWD models to 27/34 mpg city/highway, which outpaces the RAV4 and its 24/31 mpg.

Interior Features
The standard features list used to skew heavily in the favor of the CR-V, but the RAV4 has caught up in the last few years. Both offer standard Bluetooth connectivity, backup cameras, air conditioning, and 60/40-split folding rear seats. The CR-V does offer a rear entertainment system for backseat passengers that isn't available on the RAV4.

Safety
The CR-V outpaced the RAV4 in NHTSA crash tests, earning a full five-star overall rating to the RAV4's four stars, and also beat it in the IIHS' testing as well thanks to its optional forward collision technology. Backup cameras are standard on both models for safer maneuvering. The RAV4 does offer an additional driver knee airbag that is missing on the CR-V, but the CR-V far outpaces the RAV4 on available driver aids including a collision mitigation braking system and lane keeping assist.

Conclusion
It's hard to make a call between these two. They are similar in price, dimensions, features, and utility. We would give a slight edge to the CR-V on utility with those rear seats, but the RAV4 makes that back up with the optional power rear liftgate which is a convenient feature. What it might boil down to is styling, where the CR-V is more traditional and the RAV4 more hawkish. Whichever one you choose, they offer great reliability and value.

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2015 Honda
CR-V

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MSRP*: $23,445 - $32,895

2015 Toyota
RAV4

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MSRP*: $23,680 - $29,850
Cash Back Rebate: Visit Rebate Center Up to $750
Low APR Loan: -- As low as 0.00%
Lease Incentive: As low as 0.72% As low as 0.48%
City MPG: 26 - 27
Top 10 Fuel Efficient
22 - 24
Highway MPG: 33 - 34 29 - 31
Engine(s): Inline-4 Inline-4
Seating Capacity: 5 - 5 5 - 5
Basic Warranty: 3 years/36,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
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NHTSA Safety Information

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Frontal Crash Rating
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Side Crash Rating
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Invoice*: $22,022 - $30,868 $22,142 - $27,910

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