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2021 Honda CR-V vs 2021 Toyota RAV4

  • 2021 Honda CR-V

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    2021 Toyota RAV4

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    102.9Passanger Space (cu.ft.)98.9
    75.8Cargo Space (cu.ft.)69.8
    1,500Max Towing (lbs)1,500

    If you are in the market for a crossover, you are well aware of the number of options available in the automotive industry today. Just about every car manufacturer has at least one crossover model, and they are all competing for your attention. Two crossovers that are frequently pitted against each other are the Honda CR-V and the Toyota RAV4. So in a head-to-head comparison, the 2021 Honda CR-V vs 2021 Toyota RAV4, which crossover comes out on top?

    There are many things to look at when comparing vehicles. In order to determine which crossover is the best one, you need to compare features that are most important to you. If safety is important to you, decide which vehicle has the best safety features and go with that one. On the other hand, if upfront MSRP is most important, it’s best to decide which vehicle offers the most value. It all comes down to what’s important to you when it comes to a new vehicle purchase.

    However, the decision between these two should be easy as the 2021 Honda CR-V has really shown the competition who is boss. Each Honda CR-V trim has a head start over competing crossovers, but there is one distinct trim where the CR-V truly shines. When you compare the new Honda CR-V EX trim to the similarly priced RAV4 XLE FWD model, you can see some unmistakable advantages that the Honda CR-V has over the Toyota RAV4. Either way, the 2021 CR-V is a force to be reckoned with.

  • Safety

    A close up shows the illuminated blind spot monitoring icon on a 2021 Honda CR-V Touring.

    When comparing vehicles, many people find included safety features to be one of the most important things to consider. After all, when driving a vehicle down the highway, you are literally putting your life into the hands of a multi-thousand-pound box of metal. When you are looking to find a vehicle that will get you to work, to school, or on your next family vacation, you absolutely want a vehicle that will get you there safely, regardless of what everybody else on the road is doing.

    Thankfully, the further we go along in vehicle history, the smarter and safer vehicles are getting. The car industry has been developing and placing into cars all kinds of tech that make for some pretty modern and futuristic vehicles. Nowadays, our vehicles are more of our partners than our tools, and they work together with the driving human to keep everybody on the road safe. It’s really quite incredible.

    Safety Across the Board

    Honda and Toyota are no exception to this trend as both the 2021 Honda CR-V and the 2021 Toyota RAV4 have the ability to track your lane lines. Your vehicle can intelligently read where you are on the road in conjunction with your lane and the lanes around you. This means that when you begin to drift out of your lane and into another, both the Honda CR-V and the RAV4 will alert you so that you can make the proper adjustments and stay safely in your own lane. Honda, however, did not stop there.

    In addition to this Lane Keeping Assist System, the 2021 Honda CR-V EX also has what’s called the Road Departure Mitigation System. This feature goes above and beyond just alerting you when you drift outside of your lane. Now you’re not going to just be getting a warning that the car is leaving the lane. Instead, your CR-V EX will be able to automatically assist in keeping you in your lane by providing subtle steering wheel adjustments that will keep you cruising in the center of your lane. The Toyota RAV4 has similar capabilities with the Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist system.

    Additional Safety

    The Honda CR-V offers tons of other standard safety features, including a Forward Collision Warning, Collision Mitigation Braking System, Adaptive Cruise Control with Low Speed Follow, and Auto High-Beam Headlights. Similarly, the Toyota RAV4 has Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Automatic High Beams, and a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection. Both of these vehicles will get you where you need to go safely, but the CR-V simply offers a wider range of standard features.

  • Interior

    Biking gear is shown in the open trunk of a silver 2021 Honda CR-V Touring.

    Let’s look at the interiors of the 2021 Honda CR-V and the 2021 Toyota RAV4. When it comes to passenger comfort, Honda has truly been putting the needs of the customer first. When you look at the 2021 Honda CR-V EX compared to the 2021 Toyota RAV4 XLE, the Honda CR-V is the crossover that comes with standard heated front seats. This is a big deal for everybody who lives in or visits areas that get cold. While you can opt for heated seats in the 2021 Toyota RAV4 XLE, since they are not standard, you will have to pay extra.

    Room for Passengers to Be Comfortable

    If you frequently chauffeur other people around in your vehicle, whether that be family members, friends, or colleagues, then the 2021 Honda CR-V EX is going to be the natural choice over the 2021 Toyota RAV4 XLE due to the sheer fact that the Honda CR-V has more passenger space. Everybody hates being squished into a seat, no matter how long the drive may be, but especially for long road trips, nothing is worse than a squished and cramped back seat. Do you want your friends and family to feel like their bodies have been in cryogenics due to the lack of space?

    If passenger comfort is important to you, then you will appreciate the Honda CR-V’s attention in this area. The 2021 Honda CR-V offers 102.9 cu.ft. of space for passengers whereas the 2021 Toyota RAV4 didn’t even make it into the triple digits with a space allotment of only 98.9 cu.ft. The Honda CR-V makes it easy to ensure all of your passengers are comfortable and happy.

    Plus, There's Room to Put Your Stuff

    If your passengers are important to you, then chances are you are also interested in a vehicle that offers plenty of cargo space for luggage and other gear. Honda went above in this category as well and made sure you had plenty of cargo space. With the 2021 Honda CR-V EX, you will see up to 75.8 cu.ft. of cargo space. On the other hand, the 2021 Toyota RAV4 XLE will only have a maximum cargo area of 69.8 cu.ft. which means you are once again limited on space when you go with the RAV4. This means when you opt for the 2021 Honda CR-V, you will have space for more groceries, more luggage, and more gear, so you will be ready for anything life throws at you.

  • Technology

    A red 2021 Honda CR-V Touring is shown overlooking a city after winning the 2021 Honda CR-V vs 2021 Toyota RAV4 head-to-head.

    Comfort and Convenience

    The 2021 Honda CR-V EX comes with a lot of standard features and technologies that you are going to love. One of those is the remote engine start which gives Honda CR-V owners the ability to get their CR-V warmed or cooled before they even get inside. This is incredibly useful for people who live in areas with extreme temperatures. You can’t imagine how enjoyable it is to walk from a 98 degree or a -12 degree area and climb inside a vehicle that doesn’t freeze your finger off or immediately roast you. This experience is possible thanks to the Honda CR-V EX remote start, which comes standard. The 2021 Toyota RAV4 XLE also has the option of a remote start. However, this feature is not standard with the Toyota RAV4, so if you want it, you’ll have to pay extra.

    Another piece of technology that really sets the 2021 Honda CR-V apart is the Walk Away Auto Lock system. This system allows the Honda CR-V EX to safely and securely lock itself when your hands are too full to do it yourself. Now you never have to worry about dropping off your armfuls of stuff and then going all the way back to your vehicle just to lock it up. The Toyota RAV4 doesn’t even offer this feature as an option, so if this is important to you, the 2021 Honda CR-V is your only option.

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