If you’re in the market to purchase or lease a new crossover, you’re likely considering the CR-V from Honda and the RAV4 from Toyota. The CR-V available at Lumberton Honda is the best-selling crossover in North America and the standard by which many critics compare other small SUVs. The RAV4 is the second best-selling vehicle in the segment and critically acclaimed as well, and with that in mind, we’re going to compare the 2023 Honda CR-V vs 2023 Toyota RAV4 and see how they measure up. The CR-V is available in five core trim levels—LX, EX, Sport Hybrid, EX-L and Sport Touring Hybrid—and the RAV4 is available in six core trim levels: LE, XLE, XLE Premium, Adventure, Limited and TRD Off-Road.
Exterior - 2023 Honda CR-V
The 2023 Honda CR-V has been completely redesigned, and one of the more significant changes is that the model is now a bit bigger in overall size. Despite that, these two compact crossovers are still quite similar when it comes to form factor. The CR-V has a 7.8-inch ground clearance, a 104.7-inch wheelbase and a 182.1-inch length, which puts it a hair over 15 feet. The 2023 Toyota RAV4, on the other hand, has an 8.6-inch ground clearance, a 105.9-inch wheelbase and a 181.5-inch length. LED headlamps and 17-inch alloy wheels are standard in both cases. Honda offers 18-inch wheels as an option. Toyota offers both 18- and 19-inch wheels as an option.
The reason Honda increased the overall size of the 2023 Honda CR-V was to allow for more interior spaciousness, and that beg the questions of whether it made a difference when comparing it to the 2023 Toyota RAV4. The CR-V and RAV4 are both five-passenger vehicles. Toyota provides a bit more headroom in the first row: 39.5 vs 38.0 inches. Honda provides a tad more rear headroom in the second: 39.5 vs 39.1 inches. It provides a smidge more front legroom as well: 41.3 vs 41.0 inches. The biggest difference is in the rear seat where the CR-V affords an impressive 40.4 inches compared to 37.8 inches in the RAV4, and both models provide the same dedicated cargo space at 37.6 cubic feet.
Honda CR-V Mechanical specs
Both vehicles give you the option of front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is optional in all cases where front-wheel drive is standard. The 2023 Honda CR-V available at Lumberton Honda includes AWD with the Sport Touring, and Toyota includes it with the 2023 Toyota RAV4 Adventure and TRD Off-Road. For the standard powertrain, both automakers opt for a four-cylinder engine that delivers comparable output and fuel performance. However, Honda also offers a hybrid powertrain that delivers even more performance with better fuel economy.
Technology - 2023 Honda CR-V dealer
When comparing the 2023 Honda CR-V vs 2023 Toyota RAV4, what is notable is that both automakers have made big changes to their standard and optional infotainment systems. Advanced driver assists remain largely unchanged, but this isn’t too much of a surprise as the CR-V and RAV4 were already at the head of the pack in this area. The base packages of driver assists are similar. Both offer blind-spot monitoring as an option. Honda also offers low-speed automatic braking, which Toyota does not, but Toyota offers a digital rearview mirror, which isn’t available with the CR-V.
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If you have any questions that we didn’t answer in comparing the 2023 Honda CR-V vs 2023 Toyota RAV4, we encourage you to call or email Lumberton Honda. Our team can also discuss current brand incentives and dealer promotions, explore financing and leasing options, provide personalized quotes and much more. If you shop with us online, we can assist you through chat, and if you want to test-drive the new CR-V, no appointment is required. Just visit our location at your convenience.