2021 CR-V vs. 2021 RAV4 | Compact SUV Comparison

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Compact SUV Comparison

When you're looking at compact SUVs with lots of features, modest prices, and great reliability, you're likely torn between the 2021 Honda CR-V and the 2021 Toyota RAV4. These two small SUVs have been on the market since the early days of the SUV craze, and they have remained popular by continually offering what drivers are searching for - lots of space, features, and capabilities. If you've found yourself torn between driving through Greenville in a Honda CR-V or a Toyota RAV4, check out this comparison guide to see which you should choose.


When evaluating the performance of a vehicle, it's good to consider it from a holistic angle where both the output of the engine and the actual driving dynamics are considered. The 2021 Honda CR-V runs on a turbocharged 1.5-liter engine with 190 horsepower while the 2021 RAV4 gets its power from a 2.5-liter with 203 horsepower. However, though the RAV4 might accelerate quicker, it's often flagged for having a subpar driving performance and a rougher ride quality in comparison to the 2021 CR-V, and that can make a huge difference in how much you enjoy getting behind the wheel of your new crossover.

2021 CR-V Interior

2021 CR-V Center Console2021 CR-V Steering Wheel2021 CR-V Trunk space

2021 RAV4 Interior

2021 RAV4 Center Console2021 RAV4 Steering Wheel2021 RAV4 Trunk space

Interior Review

Between commuting, errands, and popping around Greenville on the weekends, you probably spend a considerable amount of time in your car, so it's important that you and your passengers are comfortable forĀ each and every ride. The Honda CR-V has more legroom in the rear seat than the RAV4 and it offers genuine leather upholstery in upper trims while the RAV4's trim levels never make it out of synthetic leather upholstery.

The CR-V also beats the RAV4 for cargo space any way you look at it. When the rear seats are upright, you'll have 39.2 cubic-feet in the CR-V and 37.6 cubic-feet in the RAV4. Folding the rear seats down offers 75.8 cubic-feet in the CR-V and only 69.8 cubic-feet in the RAV4. When you're loading up on a big errand run or measuring to see if your newest antique mall find will fit in the back of your SUV, every inch truly counts.


Nearly every new vehicle on the market these days is equipped with standard driver assistance features, including these two SUVs. The 2021 CR-V offers a stellar suite of safety features, the Honda SensingĀ® bundle, that includes road departure mitigation, collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow, and lane keeping assist as standard features with blind spot monitoring standard on the second trim and up. The 2021 RAV4 also offers automatic emergency braking, radar cruise control, lane keeping assistance, and other features.

Find the CR-V at Barbour Hendrick Honda

If you're looking for a crossover SUV that is well-equipped, spacious, and fun to drive, then you want the 2021 Honda CR-V. We have the CR-V and other incredible Honda models in stock at Barbour Hendrick Honda Greenville, and we would love to get you set up with a test drive today. Stop by the dealership to learn how you can save big and drive home in a Honda CR-V today!