Comparison: 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid vs. Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

Honda CR-V Hybrid

The Honda CR-V has been leading the crossover charge since 1997 and is still the cream of the crop. Well, the new Hybrid takes all of the family friendly aspects & familiarity of the classic CR-V and puts them into a fuel efficient crossover that delivers across the board. Today we’ll compare it vs. the 2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid and see which model has the best overall package.


Both US News and MotorTrend agree that the Honda CR-V Hybrid uses interior materials and design elements that are superior to those available in the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid. While the RAV4 interior is punctuated by glaring bits of hard plastic, the CR-V has a modern design incorporating materials with a softer feel. 

In addition to better materials in the cabin, Honda’s CR-V Hybrid designers took extra steps to ensure the usability of their SUV. This is achieved by rear doors that can open up almost 90 degrees, front-seat tracks that don’t intrude into backseat passenger floor space, a smaller drivetrain hump, a flexible center console, a smaller steering wheel, and smartly placed forward controls. 

Seat Comfort

While both the RAV4 and the CR-V have standard comfortable cloth upholstered seats with adequate legroom for both front and back seat occupants, the CR-V has more legroom and offers power adjustment and heat controls on both front seats. The RAV4 has an option for synthetic leather seat coverings but only offers power adjustability on the driver’s seat.


Edmunds calls the CR-V “composed and confident” and notes that the hybrid model not only has better fuel economy, but more power than the standard CR-V. Compared to the RAV4 Hybrid, the CR-V Hybrid has more compliant suspension and positive feedback, resulting in a responsive and smooth ride. MotorTrend notes that the RAV4’s steering feels artificial, while the CR-V Hybrid is just more fun to drive.


In a comparison of emergency braking performance, MotorTrend found that the Honda CR-V Hybrid stopped 5 feet shorter than the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid. During the test both vehicles were stopped in a simulated-panic situation from 60 to 0 mph. The Toyota RAV4 was able to come to a complete stop in 120-feet with brake pedal feel that was reportedly almost normal until the end of the pedal’s travel. The Honda CR-V Hybrid maintained normal brake pedal feel all the way to the end and completed the test at 115-feet. 


Both the CR-V Hybrid and the RAV4 Hybrid feature all-wheel-drive. However, the all-wheel-drive system in the CR-V is more like a conventional system – placing the electric motor between the engine and transmission – whereas the RAV4 system utilizes electric motors at the rear end. The advantage here goes to Honda; in the event of low battery power it will still provide all-wheel-drive traction when Toyota will not. 


Overall the CR-V Hybrid makes for a better driving experience and more comfortable ride than the RAV4. It even comes in at a lower base model MSRP. If you’re looking for a sporty, comfortable crossover that can haul the family with fuel efficiency, look no further than the 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid.

Build Your CR-V Hybrid in Miami Valley 

Build your own CR-V Hybrid today with the help of a Miami Valley Honda Dealer! Contact one of our 6 dealers in the Dayton area to schedule a test drive, get a quote, or start building your own. During the pandemic, we’re still here to help; payment deferral and extension options may be available, reach out today.