Consumer Reports - CRV vs. RAV4
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    Consumer Reports - CRV vs. RAV4


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    Quote Originally Posted by BobInPa View Post
    Thanks, but it looks like the article is only available to those who have paid access to ConsumerReports.org.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BobInPa View Post
    Not a member; cannot read.

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    TL;DR... They liked the CR-V better in every way, except for the fact that Honda Sensing isn't included in the base trim. They thought that the RAV-4 was noisy, poorly-packaged, an uncomfortable back seat, had chintzy trim, and an infotainment system that is mediocre. (Not that the CR-V was leading that particular category.)
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    I signed out of CR and went incognito and I could still read it.

    https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs...-suv-face-off/

    OOPs never mind. That must be new.

    They liked it way better for all the reasons we already knew.
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    I thought a quieter cabin was one of the promises in the new Rav4. Surprised to hear they didn't hit the mark.

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    I tested both. The Rav 4 gas model suffers from a very poor engine thats EXTREMELY loud. A very poor 8 speed transmission that will literally jerk you back and forth and random speeds and it also has extreme wind noise. I heard the hybrid fixes some of these issues.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sirwired View Post
    TL;DR... They liked the CR-V better in every way, except for the fact that Honda Sensing isn't included in the base trim. They thought that the RAV-4 was noisy, poorly-packaged, an uncomfortable back seat, had chintzy trim, and an infotainment system that is mediocre. (Not that the CR-V was leading that particular category.)
    I don't much care about Toyota's interior design but say what you want about Honda bean counters going over board with hard plastics in our gen V, I've gotten to accept and maybe even appreciate the minimalist flowing design Honda went with; whether intentional or cost cutting. Swap out that gear selector for a digital one and the interior can fit fairly well alongside the new crop of electric cars. It's a nice compromise between a button busy design and the sterile button phobia approach of Model 3.

    Interesting that most reviews call out issues with the infotainment but rarely give credit for Honda putting in Garmin vs. the competitions' pathetic excuse for navigation.

    I do however like some of RAV4's new exterior sculpting - at least from certain angles.

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    IMO, they just copied the basic styling of an old Jeep Cherokee, then patch the front fascia of an old Tacoma, then modernized it a bit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sirwired View Post
    TL;DR... They liked the CR-V better in every way, except for the fact that Honda Sensing isn't included in the base trim. They thought that the RAV-4 was noisy, poorly-packaged, an uncomfortable back seat, had chintzy trim, and an infotainment system that is mediocre. (Not that the CR-V was leading that particular category.)
    Interesting.

    I was waiting for the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid so that I could buy that. I was expecting to like it... Finally it was available and I went to the dealer to see it about a week or two ago. There was a lot I didn't like.

    On the way home, I stopped at Honda dealership and looked at the CR-V. I liked it better than the RAV4 in just about every way. And so that's why I'm here on this forum now, researching various options...

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