The compact SUV market has always been a competitive segment, with the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4 consistently battling for supremacy. The 2023 models of both vehicles bring numerous updates and enhancements, making the decision between the two even more challenging. That said, the 2023 Honda CR-V has been fully redesigned this year which off the bat gives it an advantage over the RAV4. The new CR-V delivers the latest features and technology as well as even more interior space and features. Let’s take a look at how these impressive new SUVs compare.

Interior Space: The 2023 Honda CR-V gives you more space

When comparing the 2023 Honda CR-V and the 2023 Toyota RAV4, the differences in interior space and cargo capacity become apparent. The CR-V boasts a generous cargo volume of 1,113 liters with rear seats up and 2,166 liters when they are folded down, surpassing the RAV4's 1,059 liters and 1,977 liters, respectively. Furthermore, the CR-V provides superior headroom up front, with 1,016mm compared to the RAV4's 991mm.

Legroom is also more spacious in the CR-V, offering 1,049mm in the front and 1,042mm in the rear, while the RAV4 provides 1,039mm and 960mm, respectively. Lastly, the CR-V's shoulder room is slightly larger, measuring 1,470mm in the front and 1,421mm in the rear, as opposed to the RAV4's 1,468mm front shoulder room. Overall, the 2023 Honda CR-V presents a more accommodating and comfortable interior space for passengers compared to its competitor, the 2023 Toyota RAV4.

Specs 2023 Honda CR-V 2023 Toyota RAV4
Cargo Volume (rear seats up/down - L) 1113 / 2166 1059 / 1977
Headroom (front/rear - mm) 1016 / 970 991 / 1016
Legroom (front/rear - mm) 1049 / 1042 1039 / 960
Shoulder Room (front/rear - mm) 1470 / 1421 1468 / 1433

Fuel Efficiency: 2023 Honda CR-V Delivers Better Fuel Economy

The 2023 Honda CR-V shines in terms of fuel efficiency, with an average fuel consumption rating of just 7.8 l/100 km in FWD versions, and an impressive 8.4 l/100 km with AWD. In comparison, the 2023 Toyota RAV4 falls slightly behind with a rating of 8.0 l/100 km in FWD models, and a higher fuel consumption rating in the city with AWD. The difference in fuel consumption between both models isn’t significant, but it is noteworthy when you compare the difference in performance. The 2023 CR-V features a standard turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 190 horsepower and 179 pound-feet of torque. Although the RAV4 offers more horsepower and torque on paper, the CR-V’s turbo engine delivers its torque at a much lower RPM, creating quicker accelerations and passing with less hesitation. And then we have to look at the hybrid versions of each model.

Hybrid Performance: A More Powerful and Efficient Option in the 2023 Honda CR-V

Both the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4 offer hybrid versions for buyers looking to save at the pump on their new . The 2023 Honda CR-V Hybrid delivers superior performance compared to the RAV4 Hybrid, with a more powerful engine and greater torque output. In addition to its impressive power, the CR-V Hybrid boasts a remarkable fuel consumption rating of just 6.4 litres per 100 kilometres, making it an attractive choice for those looking for a more efficient and eco-friendly hybrid SUV with plenty of space.

The competition between the 2023 Honda CR-V and the 2023 Toyota RAV4 is fierce, with both vehicles offering numerous advantages. However, when comparing key aspects such as interior space, fuel efficiency, and hybrid performance, the 2023 Honda CR-V comes out on top. With its spacious cabin, superior fuel economy, and more powerful hybrid variant, the 2023 Honda CR-V proves to be a compelling choice for drivers seeking a well-rounded compact SUV.

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