Honda CR-V vs Toyota RAV4
There are plenty of versatile options on the market for your next SUV, and two of the most highly praised are the 2017 Honda CR-V and the 2017 Toyota RAV4. But how can our Boca Raton, Greenacres, and Palm Beach customers choose between the two?
Knowing all the facts is key. In this comparison, our team at Braman Honda of Palm Beach will closely examine the most important facets of both vehicles. After this, you should have no problem making your decision.
High Performance on the Road and Off
When it comes to high SUV performance, power is always at the top of the list. With the CR-V, Honda went out of its way to include as many powertrain enhancements as possible.
These augmentations include dual overhead camshafts and i-VTEC, which simplify intake and exhaust to increase power flow. When these features are paired with a continuously variable transmission (CVT), the CR-V can generate 184 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque.
Whether you’re driving on the highway or taking your vehicle off-road, power is guaranteed. And so is control. The CR-V has an available Real Time AWD (all-wheel drive) with Intelligent Control System™. This way, you can always maintain stability, no matter what the roads are like.
All-wheel drive is unavailable in the 2017 Toyota RAV4, and is instead replaced with a less controlled front-wheel drive. And without a CVT, power is reduced to 176 horsepower and 172 lb-ft of torque. Overall, the RAV4’s performance is noticeably reduced.
2017 Honda CR-V vs 2017 Toyota RAV4: Interior Space
If you plan on making your SUV the designated road trip vehicle, then interior comfort is a must. And to be totally comfortable, you need space.
The 2017 Honda CR-V includes a total of 105.9 cubic feet of passenger space. Whether you’re sitting in the front or the back, you’re guaranteed room to move. And you won’t need to sacrifice any space for luggage with the 39.2 cubic feet of cargo space in the back.
The RAV4 trims its cargo space down to 38.4 cubic feet. While the difference isn’t major, it really does make a difference as the SUV is altogether smaller. Passenger volume has also been cut down to 101.9 cubic feet.
Protection You’d Expect
Safety is a must in any vehicle, and the Honda CR-V makes it a top priority. That’s why the SUV has been built with an Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure. ACE™ bodies include not only a rigid unit frame, but are crash-optimized with impact-absorbing crumple zones.
This body is fortified by an advanced airbag system, which includes rollover sensors and SmartVent® technology. SmartVent® allows bags to deploy with total efficiency.
While the RAV4 also includes a unitized body and an advanced airbag system, it lacks any additional reinforcements. ACE™ is completely absent, as is SmartVent®. The lack of these features will undoubtedly reduce passenger protection.
Want to Learn More?
At first glance, both SUVs seem to offer an equal amount of protection and features. But upon closer inspection, the faults of the 2017 Toyota RAV4 begin to show. Meanwhile, the 2017 Honda CR-V shines.
At Braman Honda of Palm Beach, we want our Boca Raton, Greenacres, and Palm beach customers to have the best of the best. To do that, you’ll need to check out the 2017 Honda CR-V. Contact us today to learn more.