Crossover SUVs are some of the hottest-selling vehicles in the automotive industry. The reason? They combine the versatility and cargo-carrying capabilities of an SUV with the ride and handling characteristics of a passenger car. Many people find that crossover SUVs perfectly complement their active, on-the-go lifestyles. Fuel efficiency, handling, performance, and technology have also become crossover SUV strong suits.
Car buyers can choose from many different crossover SUVs from a variety of automotive manufacturers. Two of the best-selling SUVs on the market are the 2016 Honda CR-V and the 2016 Toyota RAV4. Both crossovers have a lot to offer savvy shoppers looking for a capable, all-around SUV. The CR-V and the RAV4 are pretty evenly matched. But when it comes right down to it, which is the better choice for your lifestyle and budget?
Let’s find out by comparing the 2016 CR-V for sale in South Florida at your South Florida Honda Dealers with the 2016 RAV4.
CR-V Takes “SUV of the Year” Honors
It’s not hard to argue that the Honda CR-V already has a leg up on the RAV4 with it being named Motor Trend’s 2015 SUV of the Year. To win this prestigious award, the CR-V went up against some of the world’s finest SUVs. It came out on top by virtue of its redesigned interior, improved cargo capacity, outstanding handling and four-wheel-drive capabilities, and efficient engine and transmission.
The RAV4? Well, the CR-V bested the RAV4 and other rivals in the most important categories to earn the win. As Motor Trend noted, “…the CR-V’s stellar value, engineering, and safety features combined with the cheerful way it performs its intended functions earned Honda the win.”
CR-V Wins the Versatility Wars
The interiors of both the CR-V and the RAV4 are modern and finished with quality materials. The CR-V’s interior also got an upgrade last year that earned praise for its improved instrumentation layout, an airier cabin, and convenient features such as a 60/40 split rear seatback, and lots of cup holders and storage bins.
The CR-V also comes out ahead of the RAV4 with more overall interior volume. The CR-V offers up to 104.1 cubic feet of total interior volume compared to 101.9 cubic feet for the RAV4. As one Motor Trend noted, “Indeed, the CR-V’s ratio of interior to exterior space tops those of the RAV4, Forrester, Escape, Rogue, and CX-5.” The publication also observed that the CR-V makes it easier to use this space than its rivals, stating “But what’s more important than sheer size is the ease with which that space is utilized.”
CR-V Takes the Technology Prize
The CR-V and RAV4 are comparably equipped regarding full-featured “infotainment” capabilities. They both have USB ports, steering wheel controls, and other features such as hands-free telephone communication, turn-by-turn navigation, and various streaming music options that have become somewhat the norm in cars these days.
The RAV4 calls their infotainment bundle “Entune™” and it offers functions like Bluetooth®, SiriusXM® Radio, and Siri® Eyes Free. You’ll find many of these same things on the CR-V, which also offers a 7- inch audio touchscreen display plus standard Bluetooth® Streaming Audio and PANDORA®.
But the CR-V scores with its advanced HondaLink Next Generation®. This innovative system connects your CR-V to your smartphone like never before. Download the special HondaLink app from the Apple Store and connect your compatible iPhone® directly using a special cable. HondaLink then displays familiar icons on the 7-inch touchscreen. The app even lets you schedule vehicle service and access other features.
Better Performance & Fuel Economy Put the CR-V Ahead
In the important categories of performance and fuel economy, CR-V comes out ahead of the RAV4 by offering more horsepower and torque. With its 176-horsepower, 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine offering 172 lb.-ft. of torque, the RAV4 falls a bit behind the CR-V. By comparison, the CR-V’s advanced 2.4-liter, 4-cylinder Earth Dreams i-VTEC® engine generates 185 horsepower and 181 lb.-ft. of torque, pulling it to the front. The 2016 CR-V from your South Florida Honda Dealers also edges out the RAV4 with up to an EPA-estimated 27 mpg city/34 mpg highway, compared to 24 mpg city/31 mpg highway for the RAV4.
Safety Is a CR-V Strong Suit
The 2016 CR-V plays a winning hand when it comes to safety. The RAV4 does come with many active and passive safety features that are similar to the CR-V’s, such as a multi-view backup camera, lane departure alert, multiple airbags, ABS, electronic stability control, and radar cruise control. The CR-V counters with Honda Sensing™, its comprehensive suite of available advanced technologies, which consists of Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keeping Assist, Road Departure Mitigation, Adaptive Cruise Control, Collision Mitigation Braking, and Forward-Collision Warning.
We should mention that while the CR-V holds the edge in safety, both the CR-V and the RAV4 earn the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS) Top Safety Pick+ designation.
Overall Edge: CR-V
So what’s the verdict? It should come as no surprise that we here at your South Florida Honda Dealers give the win to the CR-V. But our decision goes beyond our obvious brand loyalty. When you look at the facts, the 2016 CR-V simply is a better buy than the RAV4 when it comes to performance, fuel efficiency, interior design, overall passenger volume, versatility, and safety.
Even Motor Trend agrees, saying that the CR-V rates “Excellent” with a cost of ownership that’s up to $4,500 less than the class average. Moreover, the publication notes that “…the Honda depreciates 13% less, with maintenance, repair, and insurances costs averaging 10% less.”
We invite you to stop by one of our conveniently located Honda dealerships near Miami and take a new 2016 Honda CR-V for a test drive. We’re sure it will earn your vote as a crossover that’s the right choice for your lifestyle.
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