The crossover SUV market is one of the most hotly contested in the automotive industry. There is no shortage of capable crossover SUVs that combine the handling and ride characteristics of a passenger car with the versatility and cargo-carrying capabilities of a larger SUV.

Two of the top crossovers in this crowded field are the 2016 Honda CR-V and the 2016 Toyota RAV4. Today your Valley Honda Dealers in Phoenix take a closer look at both of these worthy contenders. We’ll explore each vehicle’s features to determine which of these excellent crossover choices comes out on top.

CR-V The SUV Of The Year

But before we go any further, we must acknowledge that the CR-V has one significant advantage over the RAV4. Last year, Motor Trend Magazine named the 2015 Honda CR-V “SUV of the Year.” Apart from bragging rights, earning Motor Trend’s coveted “Golden Calipers” is no mean feat. The CR-V went up against some of the best SUVs available, including the RAV4, and came out on top after being put to the test with a grueling set of challenges. SUV of the Year judges praised the CR-V’s handling, on-demand All-Wheel Drive, versatile redesigned interior, easy rear-seat access, more cargo capacity, outstanding “Earth Dreams” 2.4-liter engine, and its superb “G-Design Shift Logic” transmission. As one judge enthused: “A careful rework of a best-seller, executed with typical Honda thoughtfulness.”

CR-V Updated For 2016

From the outside, both crossovers are good looking. However, the CR-V’s recent refresh last year makes it look fresh, bold, and contemporary. Key features include a new front fascia, new chrome-accented front grille, and new projector-beam headlights with available LED lighting. The 2016 CR-V retains its signature vertical taillights in back. The RAV4? According to’s Deputy Editor Bengt Halvorson, the RAV4 has “…been in need of an update for a few model years.”

Bigger, More Versatile Interior

The interiors of the CR-V and RAV4 offer similar appointments. However, the CR-V benefits from a complete redesign in 2015. The CR-V bests the RAV4 with 104.1 cubic feet of total interior volume compared to 101.9 cubic feet for the RAV4. According to Halvorson, the CR-V’s interior “…adds up to a more usable layout and airier cabin feel in the CR-V.” He added that “The Honda’s seat-folding arrangement is excellent,” at that the CR-V has “…more bins and cubbies in all the right places.”

Comparing infotainment technologies, both the CR-V and RAV4 have a lot to commend themselves. The RAV4 has its Entune™ suite of connectivity, navigation, and entertainment features that include Bluetooth®, SiriusXM® Radio, and Siri® Eyes Free. Similarly, the CR-V offers a 7- inch audio touchscreen display plus standard Bluetooth® Streaming Audio and PANDORA®.  Each vehicle also features hands-free dialing, large touchscreen displays, USB ports, steering wheel controls, and 12-volt power outlets. What sets the CR-V apart, however, is HondaLink Next Generation®. This innovative suite of smartphone-enabled apps let you connect with exceptional ease to about everything you love about your smartphone. HondaLink lets you schedule service appointments and more right from your smartphone. Halvorson says that “…Honda’s top interface feels a half-step ahead of the top Entune touchscreen system in the RAV4.”


CR-V Offers More Horsepower & Better Fuel Economy

Looking at performance, the CR-V comes out ahead of the RAV4 with more horsepower and torque. The CR-V’s advanced 2.4-liter, 4-cylinder Earth Dreams i-VTEC® engine pumps out 185 horsepower and 181 lb.-ft. of torque versus the RAV4’s 2.5-liter 4-cylinder that makes 176 horsepower and just 172 lb.-ft. of torque. And the CR-V also beats the RAV4 in fuel economy, too. The 2016 CR-V achieves up to an EPA-estimated 27 mpg city/34 mpg highway compared to 24 mpg city/31 mpg highway for the RAV4. These numbers translate to an overall combined 29 mpg for the CR-V against a combined 26 mpg for the Toyota. The CR-V has a longer range both in the city and on the highway compared the RAV4, taking you 413.1 miles in the city and 520.2 miles on the highway. The RAV4? It only goes 381.2 miles in the city and 492.9 miles on the highway. Both vehicles also feature a choice of 2-wheel drive or 4-wheel drive models.

CR-V Gets Top Safety Awards

Safety is another big category where the CR-V bests the RAV4.’s Halvorson says, “For safety, the CR-V is a solid point ahead in our ratings…” The RAV4 has its own complement of passive and active safety features that are comparable to the CR-V’s. Each SUV offers multi-angle rearview backup cameras, multiple airbags, anti-lock brakes with electronic brake force distribution, and traction control.


The CR-V features a robust array of cutting-edge, driver-assist safety technologies called Honda Sensing™ which consists of Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keeping Assist, Road Departure Mitigation, Adaptive Cruise Control, Collision Mitigation Braking, and Forward-Collision Warning.

Both the CR-V and the RAV4 earn the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS) Top Safety Pick+ designation.

When you sum it all up, the 2016 Honda CR-V for sale in Phoenix at your Valley Honda Dealers definitely comes out on top when compared to the 2016 Toyota RAV4. When you look at performance, fuel efficiency, interior design, overall passenger volume, versatility, and safety, the CR-V clearly takes the prize. As’s Bengt Halvorson concludes, “It all adds up to a significant win for the Honda CR-V.”

Spring Into Savings At Your Valley Honda Dealers

Find out for yourself why the new 2016 Honda CR-V for sale in Phoenix at your Valley Honda Dealers is head and shoulders ahead of competitors such as the Toyota RAV4 by taking it for a test drive at a conveniently located Valley Honda Dealer near you.

You’ll also find an outstanding selection of new 2015 & 2016 Hondas for sale in Phoenix, as well as exceptional deals on top-quality Honda Certified Pre-Owned vehicles near Phoenix. And you’re sure to appreciate Honda’s legendary reliability and excellent resale value that makes the CR-V a Kelly Blue Book “Best Buy.”