Toyota salespeople are losing a lot of sleep lately. That’s because they’ve been up nights trying to figure out how to convince shoppers to buy their RAV4 instead of the award-winning 2016 Honda CR-V.

CR-V Gets Top SUV Honors

We sympathize with these guys, we really do. But, honestly, it’s not even a fair fight. Did the RAV4 win Motor Trend Magazine’s coveted “SUV of the Year” award in 2015? Uh, no. The CR-V went up against some of the top crossover SUVs in the market, including the RAV4, and scored an impressive victory. Motor Trend’s judges are a pretty picky bunch. But they praised the CR-V’s redesigned cabin, excellent handling, on-demand all-wheel-drive, cargo capacity, and lively performance.

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One judge said that the new CR-V is “A careful rework of a best-seller, executed with typical Honda thoughtfulness.” Those Toyota salespeople are starting to get a wicked migraine.

Honda CR-V’s Fresh New Style

The new 2016 Honda CR-V beats Toyota’s RAV4 in several key areas. Honda rolled out a redesigned CR-V in 2015, and it immediately drew applause for its fresh, contemporary styling. A bold new chrome grille, new projector-beam headlights, sporty new front fascia, and an update of the CR-V’s signature vertical taillights make the RAV4 look a bit long in the tooth. Even automotive authority, TheCarConnection.com, recently commented that the RAV4 “…has been in need of an update for a few model years.”

Ouch!

Those sad Toyota salespeople are desperately trying to regroup. But they have a larger problem on their hands. And that’s the fact that the new 2016 Honda CR-V EX is bigger, roomier, and more versatile inside.

CR-V Offers Upgraded Interior

Not only did Honda up its game when it re-imagined the CR-V’s plush new interior, Honda’s engineers made sure that the CR-V’s refreshed cabin would out measure the RAV4s, as well as other competing SUVs in this hotly contested segment. And it does. For example, the CR-V gives you 104.1 cubic feet of total passenger volume compared to the RAV4’s 101.9 cubic feet.

Honda also offers more creature comforts than ever before. These include available leather seats, and available 10-way power adjustable driver’s seat, and top-notch materials throughout. Honda’s attention to detail is evident in every stitch, surface, and switch. Substantial head and legroom give you and your passengers plenty of room to stretch out. And the CR-V’s easy-to-use split folding rear seats get kudos, with TheCarConnection.com calling the rear seating arrangement “excellent.” 

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CR-V A Better Tech Choice

When it comes to the “tale of the tech,” both the CR-V and the RAV4 come out from their respective corners with similar high-tech infotainment features. What do you get with the CR-V in the tech department? Plenty. The CR-V’s 7-inch Display Audio Touchscreen offers a robust assortment of available advanced audio, entertainment, information, and navigational features.

These include Bluetooth Streaming Audio®, PANDORA®, SiriusXM® Radio, and HD Radio®. But it gets even better. With HondaLink Next Generation® technology, you can pair your compatible smartphone and enjoy your music playlists, podcasts, and more. You’ll also appreciate the convenience of steering wheel-mounted controls and hands-free calling, along with many other features.

Oh sure, the RAV4 also has Bluetooth®, steering wheel controls, a color touchscreen display, and the like. But we’ll bet that the technophile in your family will pick the CR-V over the RAV4 any day of the week.

CR-V Has More Power & Better Fuel Economy

Now let’s get to the juicy stuff that really gives Toyota sales folk fits. In a game of automotive “chicken,” the CR-V can look the RAV4 square in the headlights and not flinch. Here’s one category that will have Toyota’s engineers scrambling back to their drawing boards to play catch up.

When we compare performance, it’s simply no contest. The CR-V pulls strongly ahead with its 2.4-liter, direct injection 4-cylinder Earth Dreams i-VTEC® engine boasting 185 horsepower and 181 lb.-ft. of torque. The RAV4 does its best to keep up but loses the race with its less powerful 176 horsepower 2.5-liter engine that offers only 172 lb.-ft. of torque.

Not only does the new 2016 CR-V LX for sale near Columbus, Ohio have more power than a comparably equipped RAV4, it also gets better gas mileage thanks, in part, to its advanced Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). By the numbers: The CR-V gets an EPA-estimated 26 mpg city/33 mpg highway compared to the RAV4’s 24 mpg city/31 mpg highway. This adds up to a range 520 miles compared to just 492 miles for the RAV4.

Say, is that Toyota salesperson over there shedding a tear? Sorry buddy, but the facts don’t lie.

CR-V’s Advanced Safety Technologies

You know, we’re feeling kind of sorry for those Toyota salespeople. So, to be perfectly fair, we’ll admit that both the CR-V and the RAV4 earn the highest Top Safety Pick+ from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and a top 5-star rating from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Each vehicle features similar passive safety features, such as multi-angle rearview cameras, multiple airbags, anti-lock brakes with electronic brake force distribution, and traction control. Pretty standard stuff these days.

However, the CR-V steps up its safety game considerably with Honda’s exclusive and highly advanced driver-assist safety technologies called Honda Sensing™. This available suite of cutting-edge active driver safety technologies includes Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keeping Assist, Road Departure Mitigation, Adaptive Cruise Control, Collision Mitigation Braking, and Forward-Collision Warning. Additionally, Honda’s exclusive energy-absorbing ACE™ body structure and advanced SmartVent™ airbags with rollover sensors offer a higher level of safety.

The RAV4 does feature similar available active safety technologies, so both these crossovers are pretty evenly matched in this category.

CR-V Blows The Doors Off The RAV4

In just about every other category, the 2016 Honda CR-V EX-L for sale at your Central Ohio Honda Dealers blows away the comparably equipped Toyota RAV4. Therefore, it’s no surprise that the Honda CR-V has racked up some pretty impressive auto industry and consumer awards, including Kelly Blue Book’s “16 Best Family Cars” for 2016 and a “2016 Best Buy.” Plus U.S News & World Report ranks the CR-V as one of its 2016 “Best Cars for Families.” Even Michael Phelps would be impressed with all those awards.

That’s why we sent over a couple of bottles of pain reliever to those dejected-looking Toyota salespeople. Hey, it’s the least we can do.

Choose A Winner. Choose Honda.

Find out for yourself just how good the new 2016 Honda CR-V is by visiting one of our conveniently located Central Ohio Honda Dealers near Columbus, Ohio and taking a new CR-V for a test drive. We think you’ll agree that it’s miles ahead of the Toyota RAV4.

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Sources:

https://www.thecarconnection.com/overview/toyota_rav4_2016

https://automobiles.honda.com/cr-v/

https://www.toyota.com/rav4/2016