2014 Honda CR-V Vs 2014 Toyota RAV4

So you’re looking for a new compact crossover/SUV-like vehicle for your family and daily travels. You’ve narrowed it down to the final two: the 2014 Honda CR-V and the 2014 Toyota RAV4. Both have been longtime rivals and mass market vehicles that appeal to many new car buyers looking for space, versatility, and a great return on their investment. But which is the right choice for you?

Read more below to find out why it is clear the 2014 Honda CR-V, and not the 2014 Toyota RAV4, is the best compact crossover vehicle on the market today, making it a great choice for you and your needs.

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Safety First

The Honda CR-V is a top choice by many automakers for a lot of reasons, and one of them is safety. The 2014 CR-V ran through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) tests, garnering a 5-Star Overall Safety rating, assuring driver and passenger safety for all who sit inside the new CR-V. Also, the CR-V for 2014 offers standard rearview camera, and an optional all-wheel drive system that performs efficiently and wonderfully, particularly on slippery surfaces.

Toyota’s new RAV4 didn’t fair well in its NHTSA testing, only receiving a 4-Star safety rating, and receiving 4-Star ratings in both Frontal Crash and Rollover testing. Both the CR-V and RAV4 had a tough go with the newer Small Overlap Front Test from IIHS, but the RAV4 did perform rate “Poor” on that test while the CR-V received a “Marginal” rating.

Efficiency With Power

We’re not sure exactly what magic thing Honda has inside their CR-V engine, but whatever it is, they need to keep it moving forward. Powered by a 2.4 L inline four-cylinder engine that drivers and auto critics all agree, makes the 2014 Honda CR-V more than powerful enough for passing on the highway and maintaining good speed, while ensuring a comfortable ride every time. The cabin is also insulated with noise-deadening materials that will keep your CR-V well-separated from the outside world.

Underneath the Highlander’s hood is a 2.5 L four-cylinder that has been knocked by the public and automotive press for feeling underpowered and not quite composed. KBB.com says, “Acceleration is tepid but acceptable, and Left Lane News says, “the RAV4 feels a bit pokey.” Sounds anything but sporty and well-powered to us.

Inside Makes A Difference

Inside the 2014 Honda CR-V is a welcoming and spacious environment that seats five comfortably and is laid out to make the most of interior space. A sleek and modern center stack with Pandora compatibility, Bluetooth and audio connectivity come standard on all new CR-Vs. Also, creating a large space in back is made easy with a simple gentle tug of a lever. It allows for a nearly flat surface, that gives its owner an amazing 70.9 cubic feet of room according to Edmunds.com. Not many competitors can compare with that.

The 2014 Toyota RAV4 has a fair amount of room, but comfort is on the downside, with Edmunds saying, “Rear-seat passenger comfort is hampered slightly by a low-mounted backseat.” Also, Edmunds continued on to go into a direct comparo between the CR-V and RAV4, finishing with, “there aren’t as many useful storage slots as in the CR-V.” Score yet another one for the 2014 Honda CR-V.

Top Automotive Professionals Prefer The 2014 CR-V…By A Mile

The automotive critics from the web are some of the most well-informed people when it comes to comparing the CR-V and RAV4. After all, they do get to spend more time with these vehicles than most of us ever will. So who do they prefer in their reviews of the vehicles? Their answers might shock you… or not.


2014 Honda CR-V: Edmunds Rating – ‘A’

Comments: “Roomy, fuel-efficient and loaded with family-friendly features, the 2014 Honda CR-V is our top choice among compact crossover SUVs.”

2014 Toyota RAV4: Edmunds Rating – ‘B’

Comments: “Although the 2014 Toyota RAV4 isn’t a standout in any one area, its combination of features, passenger space and everyday utility warrant a closer look if you’re shopping for a small crossover.”

The Car Connection

2014 Toyota RAV4: TCC Rating – 7.6/10

Comments: “The Honda CR-V has been one of the best-selling compact crossover utility vehicles in the U.S. for many years; and it’s easy to see why.”

2014 Toyota RAV4: TCC Rating – 7.2/10

Comments: “The 2014 Toyota RAV4 is sensible and spacious; but if driving fun is a priority, you can do better.”

U.S. News

2014 Honda CR-V: U.S. News Rating – 8.6/10 #1 In Affordable Compact SUVs

Comments: “With a roomy, comfortable interior, solid performance and plenty of standard tech features, the 2014 Honda CR-V stands out in this highly competitive class, test drivers say. Because it has the best combination of positive reviews, price and long-term ownership costs in its class, we named the 2014 Honda CR-V the Best Compact SUV for the Money.”

2014 Toyota RAV4: U.S. News Rating – 7.5/10 #17 In Affordable Compact SUVs

Comments: “Most reviewers praise the 2014 Toyota RAV4’s accurate steering and composed handling, though some say it still isn’t as nimble as rival SUVs. Test drivers report that the engine offers sufficient power, but that other SUVs feel faster. “

Kelley Blue Book (KBB)

2014 Honda CR-V: KBB.com Rating – 7.7/10

Comments: “Excellent fuel economy, a very reasonable price, and a near flawless repair record should seal the deal.”

2014 Toyota RAV4: KBB.com Rating – 6.9/10

Comments: “…it has taken a backseat to competitors offering more features, better fuel economy and better styling.”

Verdict: The owners critics and public have spoken. It’s quite evident the 2014 Honda CR-V is the best compact crossover/SUV on the market, and you owe it to yourself to test drive one today.

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