2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid vs. Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

For years, Honda and Toyota have been offering up reliable cars while keeping comfort in mind. In late 2019, the two automakers announced their highly-anticipated family SUVs, the 2020 CR-V Hybrid, and the 2020 RAV-4 Hybrid. Since their launch, both crossover SUVs have been popular among buyers who consider fuel economy a top priority. In that regard, both cars are an upgrade to their gas-powered counterparts. However, when it comes to comfort and performance, the CR-V still reigns as the crème de la crème in its class. Here’s a comparison of the crossovers, and why the CR-V is the better buy.


Despite the added weight of their battery packs, the 2020 CR-V Hybrid and the 2020 RAV4 Hybrid have a horsepower advantage over their respective gas-powered predecessors. 

Under the hood, the CR-V has a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine, and an electric motor. This is mated with a continuously variable auto transmission system for a total output of 212 HP*. Although the RAV4 Hybrid is slightly more powerful (219 horsepower), it lacks the quickness and responsiveness inherent in the CR-V Hybrid’s engine.

All-Wheel Drive

Both vehicles come standard with AWD, though each function differently. The CR-V Hybrid’s AWD system is conventional, as the electric motor is positioned between the transmission and the engine. Conversely, the RAV4’s electric motors are placed at the rear. This gives Honda an advantage in AWD performance, especially in low battery power situations. Unlike Toyota, the CR-V Hybrid will still offer AWD traction.

Fuel Economy

Fuel economy is a primary consideration for every money-conscious car buyer and both the CR-V and RAV4 Hybrids will have you saving at the pump. The 2020 CR-V Hybrid is rated at 35 mpg hwy/40 mpg city/38 mpg combined*. In real-world MPG testing, the new hybrid CR-V stands up well to its rival 2020 RAV4 counterpart. 

Braking Performance

A braking performance comparison test by MotorTrend established that the CR-V’s stopping power outstrips that of the RAV4. When bringing the two vehicles to a stop from 60 to 0 MPH, the CR-V stopped 5ft shorter than the RAV4. In addition, the CR-V Hybrid’s brake pedal felt smooth and normal when stopping the vehicle in the simulated emergency situation. That’s Honda peace of mind.

2020 CR-V Hybrid Interior

Interior Features

Motoring experts agree that the CR-V Hybrid sets itself apart when it comes to interior components. The RAV4’s interior features bits of cheap-looking hard plastic, which you wouldn’t expect to find in a car of its class. The CR-V has a luxurious, modern, functional, and tastefully-designed cabin that incorporates soft materials for a premium feel. 

But the 2020 CR-V Hybrid really shines in the comfort-category with its best-in-class passenger and cargo space. A revamped and flexible center console provides more room for your purses, bags, and other personal items. It also boasts more legroom than the RAV4 Hybrid and makes for an overall more comfortable ride.

Let’s not forget about convenient features such as a wireless phone charging station, a stylish push-button shifter, and rear doors that open up to almost 90 degrees. Honda’s Hybrid also comes with heating and power adjustment controls on both rows, while the RAV4 only features power adjustment controls on the driver’s seat. These features plus many more showcase that the designers at Honda went to great lengths to create a comfortable ride for the driver and passengers. 

First Coast Honda Dealers

If you’re looking for style, performance, and comfort for the whole family all in one ride, the 2020 CR-V Hybrid can’t be beat. Thinking about upgrading your current ride? Come test drive the 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid at your First Coast Honda Dealers locationContact your local FL or GA dealer today and learn how they can safely work with you during the pandemic.


*Total system horsepower as measured by the peak, concurrent output of the two electric motors and gasoline engine. 

* 40 city/35 highway/38 combined mpg rating. Based on 2020 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery-pack age/condition, and other factors.