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Here’s Why the 2023 Honda CR-V Is Better Than the Toyota RAV4

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Japanese auto giants now sell more cars than any other brand, and they have established themselves as the most successful car brands in the US. What are most Americans looking for? This question has vexed auto companies for decades, and finally, when most companies have an answer, Honda and Toyota, the old wavers, are sitting on top of the market with their bestsellers, the CR-V and RAV4. Both the CR-V and RAV4 have had at least 25 years of production and have stood the test of time with ease.


However, both the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4 are excellent crossovers with excellent capabilities, plenty of features, decent safety, and others. While Honda and Toyota both have a huge range of vehicles ranging from compact cars to luxury minivans, crossover SUVs are the staple of both companies.

Although Toyota While keeping the fifth-generation RAV4 fresh with regular design updates, Honda made no serious design changes to the fifth-generation CR-V, making the CR-V look older than its rival.

Last month, Honda finally teased the 2023 CR-V, which marks the arrival of the sixth generation of the CR-V. This was followed by several other updates, including interior design updates and a trailer. Honda has completely redesigned the CR-V inside and out, and we’re confident this masterstroke will make Honda a lot of money.


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2023 Honda CR-V vs Toyota RAV4: Engine, Performance and Mileage

Although the Honda CR-V has been redesigned, it will have the same engine as the previous model year. That’s why all regular 2023 CR-V models are powered by a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder that can deliver 190 horsepower and 179 lb-ft of torque. However, Honda tuned the engine and CVT gearbox. The engine and CVT gearbox feel more refined and peak torque is now reached at 300 rpm lower. Therefore, it will accelerate faster than the previous generation. While we don’t know the exact acceleration times and mileage, we expect it to hit 60 mph in 7.9 seconds and have a fuel economy of about 28 MPG in the city and 34 MPG on the highway.


The Toyota RAV4 comes with a larger 2.5-liter naturally aspirated engine mated to a CVT gearbox. The unit generates 203 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of net torque. With a naturally aspirated engine, the RAV4 takes longer to accelerate from 0-60mph and has better fuel economy. It is capable of sprinting from 0 to 100 km/h in about 8.2 seconds and has a fuel economy of 27 and 25 MPG in the city and on highways. Toyota’s naturally aspirated engine performs very well on a daily basis. It’s smooth, but it takes some time to produce power.

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2023 Honda CR-V vs Toyota RAV4: Exterior Design

As in previous years, Honda has based the CR-V on its ACE platform. However, they designed the CR-V from the ground up, giving it a sportier look. The 2023 Honda CR-V maintains a subtle balance between rugged and refined. The upright and wide black grille, new LED headlights, 18-inch 10-spoke alloy wheels and new signature taillights give it a strong character. In addition, the CR-V has been lengthened by 2.7 inches and the wheelbase has grown by 1.6 inches, which will improve ride quality and handling. Overall, the CR-V comes dressed with a richer look.

On the other hand, the 2023 Toyota RAV4 comes unchanged from the outside. The Toyota RAV4 looks sleek and sporty. It looks very muscular due to its contoured body and aggressive front bumper, but it doesn’t look as premium as the CR-V. The RAV4 has 0.4 inches more ground clearance, giving it better off-road performance. In addition, the RAV4 is 3.3 inches shorter than the latter, making it easier to drive and park around town.

2023 Honda CR-V vs Toyota RAV4: Interior Design, Comfort and Features

The 2023 Honda CR-V cab is very similar to the Honda Civic, but more spacious and comfortable. Thanks to the longer body and wheelbase, the cabin will offer more passenger volume and better load capacity. The interior of the CR-V looks fresh, modern and sporty. Honda improved the materials and incorporated a metal-honeycomb mesh dashboard design. This design hides the AC vents and gives the cabin a sporty look.

In addition, the cab now has more functions. The driver gets a new 7-inch digital instrument panel and a 7-inch touchscreen as standard. The higher-end models have a larger 9-inch touchscreen, wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, wireless charging and a Bose audio system with 12 speakers. Electrically adjustable front seats with heating and cooling functions and 8-way reclining rear seats will also be coming.

The 2023 Toyota RAV4 will have the same interior as that of the previous model year. The cabin layout of the Toyota RAV4 is simple but beautiful. The RAV4’s cabin is as good as the CR-V’s in terms of ergonomics. However, it offers manually adjustable seats, unlike the Honda CR-V. In addition, the cab of the 2023 RAV4 is 7 ft3 smaller than that of the CR-V. Therefore, the front seats offer 0.6 inches less headroom and 0.3 inches less legroom. In the back, the seats offer 2.6 inches less legroom.


The RAV4 keeps the lead with a larger available 12.3-inch digital instrument panel and 10.5-inch touchscreen. The standard payload is similar for both vehicles (about 37.5 ft3), but the CR-V rules here with 76.5 ft3 of total payload.

2023 Honda CR-V vs Toyota RAV4: Safety and Reliability

Both Honda and Toyota have a good reputation for building strong, reliable and safe vehicles. Both SUVs come with numerous safety and driver assistance features.

The 2023 Honda CR-V is based on the ACE platform, while the 2023 Toyota RAV4 is built on the TNGA (GA-K) platform. Both are built on a unibody chassis, providing impeccable power and enhanced driving dynamics.

Both SUVs are equipped with a blind spot monitor, rear cross traffic warning, front and rear parking aid, collision avoidance system, emergency brake, steering assist and rear view camera. However, the new CR-V maintains a competitive edge with newly added features such as 120-degree FOV radar cruise control, ultra-wide rear view camera, driver attention monitor and pedestrian detection system.

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2023 Honda CR-V vs Toyota RAV4: Honda CR-V prevails

Both the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4 perform superbly, and it’s no wonder they are the most popular SUVs in the US for the value they offer. While the Rav4 is the best-selling crossover in the US, could paint a different picture with the new CR-V. Both are stylish from the inside, offer plenty of power and are safe. However, the new Honda CR-V prevails with better power and performance, a sleeker exterior, a sportier and more spacious interior and more standard equipment.

Source: Honda, Toyota.