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The popularity of sturdy SUVs is in full swing in North America, and for good reason: what better way to get through the winter than with a vehicle that’s tough and solid on the road? The 2020 Toyota RAV4 and the 2020 Honda CR-V are two excellent choices, both of which were among the top-selling vehicles in Canada in 2019. The RAV4, however, surpasses its rival by two positions, moving up to third place, and this lead is due to some of Toyota’s superior features. The 2020 model year SUVs will be compared here to show why the RAV4 tends to be more popular than the CR-V in almost every respect.
Sherbrooke Toyota, located in the heart of the Eastern Townships, near Lennoxville and Forestville, invites you to examine the characteristics of the two vehicles by comparing them.
From Power to Details that Make the Difference
The first thing that strikes you when you put the two SUVs side by side is the difference in the engine, which is much more powerful on Toyota’s side. Its 2.5-litre 4-cylinder engine produces 203 horsepower, while Honda’s 1.5-litre turbocharged engine produces 190.
Both engines offer a choice between front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, although the RAV4 adds a dynamic torque modulation system for better fuel efficiency. On the transmission side, both are similar, whether it’s Honda’s continuously variable automatic transmission or Toyota’s 8-speed Direct Shift automatic transmission. Alloy wheels ranging from 17 to 19 inches depending on the version are another common feature of both vehicles, which remain sturdy on the road.
When it comes to fuel economy, the Honda engine consumes slightly less fuel than that of the RAV4 in their front-wheel-drive version. However, unlike Honda, Toyota offers a hybrid version of its popular SUV, with fuel consumption as low as 6.0 L/100 km.
You can’t go wrong on either side when it comes to safety: whether it’s the Honda Sensing Suite or the Toyota Safety Sense 2.0, complete packages are available. With forward collision warning, automatic braking, lane assist and adaptive cruise control, you’ll have complete peace of mind.
But to these technologies, Toyota adds the pedestrian detection system and blind spot monitor, as well as a multifunction TFT screen. LED fog lights are also available in mid to high-end versions of both cars. LED headlights and daytime running lights are standard on the Toyota vehicle, while Honda only offers them in the more upscale versions.
Toyota once again stands out with details regarding its state-of-the-art infotainment system. For example, the XLE, Trail and Limited versions are equipped with an 8-inch touch screen, while the Honda’s touch screen is slightly smaller. However, both offer compatibility with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a key feature of modern vehicles.
However, the RAV4’s audio system is far superior, its basic version featuring six speakers, compared to only four on the CR-V’s side. While the CR-V offers 6 to 9-speaker systems as it moves up the range, it’s definitely Toyota’s 11-speaker JBL system that wins the round. In terms of convenience, the offer is similar with up to four USB ports at Honda, but up to five at Toyota, because Toyota always gives a little more!
Comfort is on both sides, with heated driver’s and passenger seats, and heated rear seats in the deluxe versions. Both are 60/40 split and foldable for extra storage space.
All in all, while both are excellent SUV choices, RAV4 is a class leader in its category because of its power and evermore advanced technologies.
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