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Toyota RAV4 vs. Honda CR-V

Compare repair costs, reliability, and owner reviews

Toyota RAV4

$428
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Honda CR-V

$403
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Overall Reliability Rating

4
1
2
Group 4
Group 4
Excellent
The Toyota RAV4 Reliability Rating is 4.5 out of 5.0, which ranks it 11th out of 26 for compact SUVs. The average annual repair cost is $428 which means it has excellent ownership costs. The severity of repairs is low while frequency of those issues is average, so major issues are uncommon for the RAV4.
4
1
2
Group 4
Group 4
Excellent
The Honda CR-V Reliability Rating is 4.5 out of 5.0, which ranks it 3rd out of 26 for compact SUVs. The average annual repair cost is $403 which means it has excellent ownership costs. The severity of repairs is low while frequency of those issues is average, so major issues are uncommon for the CR-V.
Cost
Average annual repairs total
$428
inexpensive
expensive
$403
inexpensive
expensive
Frequency
Average annual repair shop visits
0.47
not often
very often
0.41
not often
very often
Severity
Percentage of annual repairs that are urgent
8%
not urgent
urgent
7%
not urgent
urgent

Overall Car Ratings & Details

5
(7)
4
(17)
3
(15)
2
(6)
1
(0)
The Toyota RAV4 ranks highest in heating and ranks lowest in drive train.
“I purchased my 2003 Rav 4 in 2006 with just over 30k miles. It had/has been maintained as recommended. It is a 5 speed manual transmission, which I have driven for more than 30 years of experience ...”
“I purchased my 2003 Rav 4 in 2006 with just over 30k miles. It had/has been maintained as recomme...”
5
(9)
4
(42)
3
(18)
2
(7)
1
(2)
The Honda CR-V ranks highest in exhaust and ranks lowest in heating.
“Honda CRV 2004 model perhaps was the best model of the lot. Maintence has been the lowest ever. It was my first honda car bought new. i have chaged shocks only once in 14 years and that was the the...”
“Honda CRV 2004 model perhaps was the best model of the lot. Maintence has been the lowest ever. I...”

Vehicle Comparison Rundown

The Toyota RAV4 and the Honda CR-V are two of the most highly respected and best-selling compact SUVs on the market. They both offer excellent quality, loads of utility and years of trouble-free service. But there are a few differences that might help you decide between the two.

Starting with the 2017 model, the Toyota RAV4 offers the option of a gasoline-electric hybrid — the Honda CR-V does not. The RAV4 also offers a sporty SE model, which might make it more appealing to driving enthusiasts.

The Honda CR-V was redesigned in 2017, and offers a new turbocharged four-cylinder engine in its higher trim levels. If you’d like your compact SUV to have some extra power for acceleration and passing, the CR-V is probably the one for you.

While they are similar, the Honda CR-V’s newer platform and peppier engine give it an advantage here. If you are considering an older model, they are even more closely matched, and you can’t go wrong with either one.

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