In 2023, the Honda CR-V hybrid offers 43 mpg city and 36 mpg highway combined with front-wheel drive. The hybrid powertrain allows for 50:50 power distribution, which increases fuel economy. Currently, only the Sport and Touring Hybrid trims are available with a hybrid powertrain.
Both vehicles offer plenty of space and have comfortable seats. But when comparing the two, the Honda hybrid has more interior features. Its cabin features a leather upholstery and pleasing wood sections. Its cabin also features tight stitching and plenty of adjustable features.
The RAV4 has a lower starting price, but both models offer high-tech features. The base model, the LE, costs $31,560. The SE and Premium trims add more standard equipment. The CR-V hybrid system provides 204 horsepower and 247 pound-feet of torque. However, the RAV4 hybrid’s 2.5-liter cylinder system offers 219 horsepower.
The CR-V is more spacious, with a 76.5-cubic-foot cargo space. Toyota’s base engine has a 2.5-liter engine that produces 203 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. Honda’s base engine is a turbocharged 1.5-liter engine that generates 190 horsepower.
The Honda CR-V Hybrid has more instantaneous electric torque and no battery-only drive mode. However, unlike the RAV4 Hybrid, the CR-V doesn’t offer a fully-digital instrument cluster. Both hybrids offer three modes that prioritize electric motor power. Using a hybrid mode allows drivers to change the engine mode for the best fuel economy and performance. The CR-V Hybrid has a better drivability score.
While both vehicles are excellent choices for hybrid drivers, the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid is the more affordable choice. The Toyota RAV4 Hybrid starts at $29,575 and the Honda CR-V Hybrid starts at $32,010. Although the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid is more expensive, it is more fuel-efficient than its rival. It also offers standard AWD and class-leading resale value.
While the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid is the more established hybrid SUV, the Honda CR-V Hybrid is new on the scene. It has been redesigned for the 2023 model year. It has an attractive new look and an impressive list of standard features. It starts at $32,450.