2022 Honda CR-V vs. 2022 Toyota RAV4 Comparison

Erin Riches-Wong | Jan 28, 2022

Consumers love compact SUVs, especially the Toyota RAV4 and the Honda CR-V. These crossovers ranked fourth and fifth, respectively, in overall U.S. vehicle sales in 2021 (right behind traditional domestic full-size pickups).

Since Honda doesn't sell to rental car fleets, nearly all 361,271 CR-Vs sold in 2021 found homes with retail customers like you. That's no surprise given the Honda CR-V's right-size proportions, smart packaging, and the availability of both conventional 4-cylinder and hybrid powertrains.

Toyota takes a similar approach with the RAV4, which surpassed 400,000 in retail and fleet sales in 2021. The current RAV is roomier and better furnished than previous versions. In addition to the expected gasoline and hybrid versions, Toyota offers the RAV4 Prime plug-in hybrid (PHEV), a hit with buyers who might otherwise buy a full-on electric vehicle (EV).

If you're considering either of these compact crossover SUVs, this 2022 Honda CR-V vs. 2022 Toyota RAV4 comparison will help you zero in on the details that matter to you.

Price and Value

2022 Honda CR-V Hybrid Red Front Quarter View

2022 Honda CR-V Hybrid

Consumers will find that 2022 Honda CR-V pricing ranges from $26,400 to $37,400, not including the $1,225 destination charge. Within that range, the Honda CR-V Hybrid starts at $31,610.

Honda offers its compact sport utility vehicle with a turbocharged 4-cylinder gasoline engine in LX, Special Edition (SE), EX, EX-L, and Touring trim levels. All trims come with a choice of front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive (AWD), except the Touring, which has standard AWD. The hybrid CR-V has a 4-cylinder gas/electric powertrain and standard AWD. It comes in EX, EX-L, and Touring trim levels.

Honda offers connected services on the 2022 CR-V via HondaLink, but its features are basic compared to what you'll find on other compact SUVs, including the RAV4. Honda will likely address this on the redesigned 2023 CR-V. For now, you can use the HondaLink app to summon roadside assistance, book service appointments, and share locations to your CR-V's factory navigation system (if equipped).

There's no complimentary scheduled maintenance on the 2022 Honda CR-V.

Shoppers researching the 2022 Toyota RAV4 will find that it ranges in price from $26,525 to $43,125, not including the $1,215 destination charge. Within that range, the hybrid RAV4 starts at $29,075. The RAV4 Prime PHEV starts at a lofty $39,800 but qualifies for a $7,500 federal tax credit and a state rebate depending on where you live.

The standard version of the 2022 RAV4 comes with a 4-cylinder gasoline engine. Toyota offers LE, XLE, XLE Premium, Adventure, TRD Off-Road, and Limited trim levels. The LE, XLE, and Limited trims are available in both front-wheel-drive and AWD configurations, while the other trims are AWD only. The 2022 RAV4 Adventure, TRD Off-Road, and Limited have an upgraded AWD system with torque-vectoring capability.

The 2022 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid has a 4-cylinder gas/electric powertrain and standard AWD. The hybrid RAV4 comes in LE, XLE, SE, XLE Premium, XSE, and Limited trim levels. The 2022 Toyota RAV4 Prime also uses a 4-cylinder gasoline engine, but since it's a plug-in hybrid, it has a larger battery pack and a more powerful front electric-drive motor. All-wheel drive is standard on the RAV4 Prime, and it comes in SE and XSE trim levels.

You'll find more in the way of connected services on the 2022 Toyota RAV4. All trims provide one year of Safety Connect, which includes automatic collision notification, live emergency assistance, rapid access to roadside assistance, and stolen-vehicle location. You also get a 3-month trial for the Wi-Fi hotspot. Most trims have Remote Connect as standard or optional; it includes one year of remote locking and engine starting. The XSE, TRD Off-Road, and Limited also have standard Destination Assist, which provides one year of live concierge services.

Toyota offers free scheduled maintenance for the first 2 years or 25,000 miles that you own a 2022 RAV4.

Advantage: Toyota RAV4

Reliability and Quality

2022 Toyota RAV4 XSE Blue Front Quarter View

2022 Toyota RAV4 XSE

The Honda CR-V does not rank among the top three compact SUVs in the J.D. Power 2021 Vehicle Dependability Study (VDS) or the J.D. Power 2021 Initial Quality Study (IQS). The 2022 Honda CR-V comes with the following warranty and roadside assistance coverage:

  • Standard warranty: 3 years or 36,000 miles
  • Powertrain warranty: 5 years or 60,000 miles
  • Hybrid system warranty: 8 years or 100,000 miles
  • Hybrid battery warranty: 8 years or 100,000 miles (10 years or 150,000 miles in California emissions states)
  • Roadside assistance: 3 years or 36,000 miles

The Toyota RAV4 ranks second among compact SUVs in the 2021 VDS. It does not rank among the top three models in the 2021 IQS, but at the brand level, Toyota outranks Honda in this study. The 2022 Toyota RAV4 comes with the following warranty and roadside assistance coverage:

  • Standard warranty: 3 years or 36,000 miles
  • Powertrain warranty: 5 years or 60,000 miles
  • Hybrid system warranty: 8 years or 100,000 miles
  • Hybrid battery warranty: 10 years or 150,000 miles
  • Roadside assistance: 2 years and unlimited miles

Advantage: Toyota RAV4

Performance and Efficiency

2022 Honda CR-V Touring Interior Dashboard

2022 Honda CR-V Touring

Most consumers select a 2022 Honda CR-V with the conventional gasoline engine, and it's a strong offering for this class: The turbocharged, 1.5-liter 4-cylinder generates 190 horsepower and 179 pound-feet of torque. A continuously variable transmission (CVT) is standard with this engine.

The hybrid CR-V uses a naturally aspirated 2.0-liter 4-cylinder rated at 143 hp and 129 pound-feet in combination with a front-drive electric motor. The total system power is 212 hp. A second electric motor serves as the transmission in the form of an electric CVT (eCVT).

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the regular 2022 Honda CR-V at 30 mpg in combined city and highway driving with front-wheel drive and 29 mpg with AWD. The 2022 CR-V Hybrid rates 38 mpg, but J.D. Power's independent vehicle testing experts have found that the hybrid CR-V often falls short of its EPA combined fuel-economy rating in everyday driving.

A 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine motivates all non-hybrid 2022 Toyota RAV4s. This engine makes 203 hp and 184 pound-feet of torque. An 8-speed automatic transmission is standard. With this powertrain, the 2022 RAV4 has a respectable 3,500-pound tow rating (versus just 1,500 pounds on the CR-V).

If your RAV4 has AWD, you'll get selectable terrain modes. Additionally, the enhanced AWD system on Adventure, TRD Off-Road, and Limited trims can transfer engine torque side to side between the rear wheels. The TRD version also has all-terrain tires and revised suspension tuning to make it more capable on off-road trails.

Next is the 2022 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid, which has a hybrid-specific version of the 2.5-liter engine rated at 176 hp and 163 pound-feet of torque and both front and rear electric motors. Combined horsepower is 219. As on the hybrid CR-V, an eCVT functions as the transmission.

The 2022 Toyota RAV4 Prime plug-in hybrid also uses a version of the 2.5-liter engine, albeit with slightly different ratings: 177 hp and 165 pound-feet of torque. With its larger battery pack and more robust front electric-drive motor, the RAV4 Prime makes 302 combined hp. This output is more than enough to offset the extra weight of its batteries, and the RAV4 Prime ranks among the quickest Toyota models available for 2022.

With its conventional gasoline engine, the 2022 Toyota RAV4 rates 30 mpg in combined driving with front-wheel drive and 28-30 mpg with AWD, depending on the trim level. The TRD Off-Road will be the least fuel-efficient RAV4 in real-world driving with its all-terrain tires.

The 2022 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid rates 40 mpg in combined driving. The much heavier Toyota RAV4 Prime is EPA-rated at 38 mpg, and it can travel an estimated 42 miles on solely electric power. In contrast to the hybrid CR-V, the RAV4 Hybrid and RAV4 Prime often match their EPA fuel-economy ratings in everyday driving.

Advantage: Neither

If you're shopping for a compact SUV with a conventional gasoline engine, the Honda CR-V's turbo 4-cylinder is more satisfying. If you want a hybrid or PHEV, the Toyota RAV4 delivers big on mpg.

Safety and Driving Assistance

2022 Toyota RAV4 SE Hybrid Interior Dashboard

2022 Toyota RAV4 SE Hybrid

The 2022 Honda CR-V comes with a standard package of advanced driving assistance systems (ADAS) known as Honda Sensing. It includes a forward-collision warning (FCW) system with automatic emergency braking (AEB) and pedestrian detection, lane-departure warning (LDW), and lane-keeping assistance (or LKA, though Honda calls it Road Departure Mitigation).

You also get basic Level 2 semi-autonomous driving assistance, thanks to the 2022 CR-V's standard adaptive cruise control (ACC) and lane-centering assistance (which Honda calls Lane Keeping Assist). If you want a blind-spot warning (BSW) system with rear cross-traffic warning, you will need to avoid both the base LX and Special Edition (SE) trim levels; all other CR-V trims have this important safety technology.

The 2022 Honda CR-V received the highest-possible 5-star overall rating in National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) crash testing. The Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) named the structurally similar 2021 CR-V a Top Safety Pick, though Honda's compact SUV rated only Acceptable for side-impact safety.

Every 2022 Toyota RAV4 comes with the Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 (TSS 2.0) package of ADAS. The RAV4's TSS 2.0 includes FCW with AEB and pedestrian detection, LDW, LKA, and BSW with rear cross-traffic warning.

You also get Level 2 semi-autonomous assistance via a traffic jam assist (TJA) system that integrates ACC with stop-and-go capability, lane centering (which Toyota calls Lane Tracing Assist), and traffic sign recognition. The RAV4's higher trim levels have access to low-speed front and rear automatic braking to minimize parking lot mishaps.

The 2022 Toyota RAV4 has a 5-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA, though it earned 4 stars for frontal-impact crash safety. The IIHS has not released a complete set of ratings for the 2022 RAV4. The IIHS released a partial set of ratings for the 2022 RAV4 Prime, which rates Good for small-overlap frontal-offset crashes affecting the vehicle's passenger side.

Advantage: Toyota RAV4

Infotainment and Technology

2022 Honda CR-V Touring Rear Quarter View

2022 Honda CR-V Touring

The base 2022 Honda CR-V LX has an old-school 5-inch LCD audio display (no touchscreen) and standard Bluetooth and Pandora streaming, but no text-messaging support or smartphone integration. All other CR-V trims have a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment interface with standard text-messaging support, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay. The Touring trim has a factory navigation system and a wireless phone charging pad.

If you're counting USB ports, the CR-V LX has one, the SE has two, and all other Honda CR-Vs have a total of four (two in the back seat).

Toyota offers a touchscreen infotainment interface in three different sizes on the 2022 Toyota RAV4. The lower trims have a 7-inch display, while the base RAV4 Prime SE has an 8-inch display. Higher-trim versions have a 9-inch display. Regardless, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are standard. Factory navigation is available only with the 9-inch display. A wireless charging pad is optional on the upper trims.

The RAV4 LE trim has a single USB port, but all other 2022 Toyota RAV4s have six USB ports.

Advantage: Toyota RAV4

Comfort and Utility

2022 Toyota RAV4 TRD Offroad White Rear Quarter View

2022 Toyota RAV4 TRD Offroad

Although the current generation of the 2022 Honda CR-V has been around since 2017, there's still much to like about its interior. It features comfortable seating, functional storage areas, wide-opening rear doors, and a flat floor in the back seat to make it easier to get family members in and out. Low points include the absence of seat-height adjustment for the front passenger and the dated infotainment interface.

Cargo capacity is plentiful in 2022 CR-Vs with the turbocharged engine. You'll find 39.2 cubic feet behind the second row (37.6 cubic feet in the Touring, which has a subwoofer in the cargo bay), and when you fold the rear seats, there's 75.8 cubic feet. The CR-V Hybrid loses some space due to its battery pack, but its 33.2-cubic-foot cargo area (68.7 cubic feet with the seats down) is still quite functional for luggage and groceries. The Honda CR-V EX-L trim has a power liftgate, and you get hands-free functionality on the Touring.

You'll likely find the seats just as comfortable in the 2022 Toyota RAV4, and the back seat is similarly roomy. Storage areas aren't as large in the Toyota, but they're well designed, and you'll likely find a place for most of your belongings. Note that Toyota does not offer genuine leather upholstery in the RAV4. Instead, consumers have a choice between cloth and Toyota's vegan-friendly SofTex simulated leather.

The 2022 RAV4 offers slightly less cargo capacity than the CR-V, but the upside is that the RAV4 Hybrid has just as much space as the standard RAV4. You'll find 37.6 cubic feet behind the second row, and folding the rear seats opens up 69.8 cubic feet. The RAV4 Prime has a slightly smaller 33.5-cubic-foot cargo area. A power liftgate is available on most trims, and hands-free access is available on the higher trims.

Advantage: Honda CR-V

Learn More About the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4

If you'd like to learn more about these compact SUVs, be sure to read our expert reviews of the 2022 Honda CR-V and the 2022 Toyota RAV4, including the Toyota RAV4 Prime PHEV. To find out how people like you rate models in this segment, be sure to check out our ratings from verified vehicle owners.

Also, please keep in mind that while the information in this article was accurate and valid on January 27, 2022, it may have changed since that date. Always confirm product details and availability with the automaker's website or your local dealership.

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