2019 Honda CR-V Vi v Toyota RAV4 GX Comparison Test | carsales


Medium SUVs are big business in Australia,
and keenly priced entry-level models like these two are the perfect bait. The Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V are veterans
of the SUV world. But in their cheapest base model offering,
which one is the better buy? The all-new 2019 Toyota RAV4 comes with new
engines, new technology, and a fresh makeover. The CR-V Vi was added to Honda’s line-up
in 2018, stripping equipment levels and lowering the entry price for potential CR-V buyers. Both cars are front-wheel drive; the RAV4
squeezing more power from its four-cylinder unit, at the same time delivering a more frugal
drive and emitting less CO2. The cheapest RAV4 is paired to a six-speed
manual transmission, which may well be a deal breaker for some people. Mind you, the same could be said for a CVT. If you pay an extra $2,000, you can get Toyota
CVT in this GX. It’s worth noting, though, the manual is
a really nice shift, and the clutch feels good underfoot. Steering feel is good, and the RAV4 handles
with ease. This suspension setup feels like the perfect
balance for rough suburban roads and sprawling freeways. The CR-V Vi is matched to a continuously variable
transmission, and it powers along really nicely. The only thing that lets the CR-V down a little
bit is probably noise intrusion. There’s a bit of tyre and road noise. And then under hard acceleration, that engine
noise does creep in a bit. The RAV4 GX edges well ahead where safety
is concerned. You can read about all of that, but the one
thing worth noting is that it has autonomous emergency braking, which you won’t find
in the Honda CR-V Vi, and you can’t option it either. While these two are dimensionally similar,
they take a really different approach to cabin design. In the CR-V, it’s kind of a wrapped, intimate
feel. Whereas, in this RAV, it’s more open in
area. It feels a little more spacious in here. What they both definitely have in common is
generous storage solutions and practical layout. Neither car screams winner where infotainment
is concerned. The Toyota screen is bigger. The Honda’s is arguably easier to navigate. The Toyota has satellite navigation via an
app link. Neither have Apple CarPlay or Android Auto
yet. It is coming to the Toyota. Reversing cameras are common, as are front
parking sensors. The RAV4 adds rear sensors and digital radio. Maybe it does take a narrow win. There’s really not much to differentiate
the second row in these cars. Comfortable seats. An armrest with two cup holders. Two-directional air vents. The RAV4 adds a 12V outlet, while the CR-V
has a slightly raised seating position, which is good for outward visibility, particularly
for young kids. What you need to know about their boots is
that they’re big. The Honda is a touch larger, but the RAV4
has a slightly lower load height. 60/40 split-fold seats are common to both,
and in the CR-V, you can flip them from here. Both vehicles offer similar warranties, service
schedules, and associated costs. It’s really hard to choose a winner here,
where space, practicality, and ease of driving are concerned. These two will offend nobody. But at the end of the day, a number of small
things done just that little bit better and the benefit of advance safety technology see
the RAV4 our deserved winner.