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2017 Toyota RAV4 vs 2017 Honda CR-V

What makes a vehicle practical? In our book, it’s whatever is necessary for your lifestyle. A sedan can be the perfect option for a college student or single drivers with a long commute, but for those who need more space a crossover is the ideal solution. With so many options on the market, the question becomes, which one? Looking at the 2017 Toyota RAV4 vs 2017 Honda CR-V, you’re essentially comparing options between two of the top brands for reliability, complicating things even further.

How do you decide between these options? It all depends on what you feel are necessities for your lifestyle. When it comes to legroom, taller drivers will likely appreciate the extra space in the 2017 Toyota RAV4, though the Honda CR-V does edge ahead ever so slightly when it comes to cargo space. The base engine of the Honda CR-V is also a little more potent, but for the average driver the numbers are so close it will hardly be noticeable, so what are some of the more important things to consider?

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2017 Toyota RAV4 vs 2017 Honda CR-V
2.0-liter 4-cylinder; 176hp, 172 lb-ft Base Engine Specs 2.4-liter 4-cylinder; 184 hp, 180 lb-ft
Six-speed automatic Transmission CVT
1,750 pounds Max Towing 1,500 pounds
42.6”/37.2” Leg Room (Front/Rear) 41.3”/38.3”

2017 Toyota RAV4: Big Things Come in Small Packages

If there’s one clear place Toyota skates ahead in this comparison, it’s the 2017 Toyota RAV4 with the hybrid powertrain. For the most part, these two models are equally equipped and offer stiff competition for one another, but Honda has opted not to include a hybrid option for its CR-V. Why is this important? They hybrid system is able to provide 194 horsepower to the RAV4, while also boasting improved fuel efficiency figures. Even better for active drivers, is the ability to tow up to 1,750 pounds, compared to 1,500 pounds for the CR-V and the standard gasoline engine in the RAV4.

Say you’re not ready for a hybrid, why might you choose the 2017 Toyota RAV4? It’s hard to describe the driving experience when it’s so much easier to let you sit behind the wheel. What we will say is that the Honda CR-V has a CVT transmission, which can be a polarizing option for drivers, while the RAV4 has an automatic in all but its hybrid vehicle.

Another thing to consider is the concept of choice. The 2017 Honda CR-V has just 5 trims from which to choose, while the RAV4 brings a total of 8 options to allow you to choose just the right model for you.

At the end of the day, the best way to decide is to take a test drive. Stop by Carver Toyota to see if you fall in love with the 2017 Toyota RAV4.

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