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Comparison

2021 Honda CR-V Hybrid vs. 2021 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

2021 Honda CR-V Hybrid vs Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

Folks from the United States love a great rivalry: Rocky and Apollo Creed, the Cowboys and Eagles on any given Sunday, Tiger and Phil. They also love their SUVs and crossovers, as evidenced by the fact that the segment’s sales growth increases year after year.

One of the great rivalries in the world of crossover vehicles: Honda CR-V vs. Toyota RAV4. The struggle for superiority between the CR-V and RAV4 has raged since the sixties, and the exchange has only become more heated with the introduction of their excellent hybrid SUVs. So, let’s see how the new Honda CR-V Hybrid and Toyota RAV4 Hybrid match up.

Standard Features

The 2021 CR-V Hybrid offers Honda’s bulletproof reliability, a fantastic selection of safety and comfort equipment, and a legendary value proposition that negates and on-paper price. What puts it ahead of the Toyota Hybrid? It comes with more standard features than comparable RAV4 Hybrid trims.

Essentially, the newest RAV4 Hybrid offers fewer pieces of standard equipment in various trims, which makes its overall price shoot way up. It’s this lack of standard fare that pokes holes in the argument that being less expensive is always better.

Rearview Camera with Dynamic Guidelines

The CR-V Hybrid EX (total MSRP $31,680*) comes standard with a Multi-Angle Rearview Camera with Dynamic Guidelines to make it easier to nail that parking spot when the grocery store lot is packed. You must go to the RAV4 XLE Premium Hybrid with the XLE Convenience Package and Audio Plus option—which starts at $33,225—to have a comparable rearview camera.

Rearview Camera w/ Dynamic Guidelines?
2021 CR-V Hybrid EX Yes
2021 RAV4 Hybrid XLE No
Rearview Camera with Dynamic Guidelines

Heated Front Seats

Heated seats can offer relief from cold weather and minor back pain, and the 2021 CR-V Hybrid EX comes standard with that life-enhancing feature (MSRP $31,680*). Toyota requires an optional package on the XLE (over $31,895) before you can warm your bottom.

Standard Heated Front Seats?
2021 CR-V Hybrid EX Yes
2021 RAV4 Hybrid XLE No
Heated Front Seats

Blind-Spot Monitoring & Heated Side Mirrors with Turn Signals

The CR-V Hybrid EX also comes standard with heated, body-colored power side mirrors, which also includes integrated turn indicators and Blind Spot Monitoring System (BSI) with Cross Traffic Monitor. The RAV4 LE Hybrid requires an options package for the extra peace of mind offered with these options, ultimately forcing you to pay more for something that’s already fitted in a comparable CR-V.

Standard Blind-Spot Monitoring? Standard Turn Indicators?
2021 CR-V Hybrid EX Yes Yes
2021 RAV4 Hybrid LE No No
Blind-Spot Monitoring & Heated Side Mirrors with Turn Signals

Moonroof

Are you the type to prefer a convertible when you rent a car? Honda doesn’t offer the 2021 CR-V Hybrid EX with a drop top, but it does come standard with a moonroof – an awesome addition that many customers love. The RAV4 XLE, on the other hand, requires the addition of a convenience package to get a moonroof, which increases its MSRP to over $32,000. (Getting a moonroof and heated front seats in a RAV4 XLE Hybrid requires the XLE Convenience Package and XLE Weather Package, upping its price to over $33k.) Now who’s producing the hybrid crossover with the greatest value?

Standard Moonroof?
2021 CR-V Hybrid EX Yes
2021 RAV4 Hybrid XLE No
CR-V Hybrid Moonroof

Interior Space

Which hybrid crossover offers the most space and comfort for riders? The 2021 Honda CR-V Hybrid is a bit larger than the RAV Hybrid—you get 2 cubic feet more passenger volume, over 2 inches of rear legroom, and nearly 2 inches of rear hiproom—and those extra cubes and inches matter.

Compare CR-V Hybrid EX vs. RAV4 Hybrid LE specs below, and it’s easy to see why CR-V is the roomier of the two:

2021 CR-V Hybrid EX 2021 RAV4 Hybrid LE
Passenger Volume 102.9 cu. ft. 98.9 cu. ft.
Legroom (front/rear) 41.3 in/40.4 in 41.0 in/37.8 in
Shoulder Room (front/rear) 57.9 in/55.6 in 57.8 in/56.4 in
Hiproom (front/rear) 55.1 in/49.5 in 54.3 in/47.7 in
Interior Space

Disclaimers:

Honda MSRP includes $1120 destination charge and any selected accessories. MSRP excludes tax, license, registration and any accessory installation costs. Dealer prices may vary. MSRP does not include $395 charge for select premium colors. $395 charge only applies to 2021 models. All pricing accurate as of 11/13/2020.