The Honda CR-V Still Can’t Catch the Toyota RAV4

Things must be frustrating for the Honda CR-V as it tries to catch up with the Toyota RAV4 and fails. The 2022 Honda CR-V is the 2022 Toyota RAV4’s largest rival to consider, but the RAV4 left it in the dust again. 

The 2022 Toyota RAV4 outsells the 2022 Honda CR-V

The numbers are in are looking pretty favorable for both the 2022 Toyota RAV4 and 2022 Honda CR-V. But as Car and Driver points out, the RAV4 is pulling way ahead of the CR-V with a significant sales boost. 

While the 2022 CR-V comes in hot with 231,155 units sold, it faces a sales decline of 34% compared to 2021. It also landed in eighth place on the list of the top 25 best-selling vehicles. It should be celebrated for not only making the list but also for coming in the top 10. 

However, the 2022 RAV4 landed in fourth place, with 399,941 models sold. It’s experiencing a two percent sales decline, but it has a significant lead over rivals. It’s the most popular vehicle that isn’t a pickup truck. 

The top three most popular vehicles are trucks, and the 2022 Ford F-150 is the top option, with 653,957 units sold. The 2022 Honda Civic is down in last place after moving 133,932 models. But why is the RAV4 ahead of the CR-V by about $168,786 units? 

Why does the 2022 RAV4 beat 2022 CR-V? 

The 2022 Honda CR-V may seem a bit dated. Perhaps the new and improved 2023 Honda CR-V will get revenge against the 2023 Toyota RAV4. But it still has the same engine options as the 2022 model. 

With the 2022 CR-V, you get a standard 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine with 190 hp and 179 lb-ft of torque. It can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in about 8.2 seconds. 

The 2022 RAV4 has a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with 203 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. However, it takes the RAV4 nearly 9.1 seconds to reach 60 mph. While the RAV4 is a bit slower, it can tow up to 3,500 lbs, while the CR-V maxes out at 1,500 lbs. 

Also, the CR-V Hybrid pairs a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with two electric motors to crank out 212 hp and 232 lb-ft of torque. It can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in about 8.6 seconds. It gets an EPA-estimated 40 mpg on the highway and 35 mpg in the city. 

The RAV4 Hybrid pairs a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with two electric motors to generate 219 hp and 163 lb-ft of torque. It reaches 60 mph in 7.4 seconds. It gets an EPA-estimated 41 mpg in the city and up to 38 mpg on the highway. 

Also, the RAV4 Prime is an even more efficient PHEV model, and the CR-V doesn’t offer a PHEV powertrain yet. 

Does the RAV4 or CR-V have better features? 

2023 Toyota RAV4 off-roading
2023 Toyota RAV4 | Toyota

The 2022 Honda CR-V could have a smoother ride over the pavement with a fairly quiet interior. However, the climate control system may struggle at times. 

The 2022 Toyota RAV4 also has a smooth ride and a quieter interior. The engine is a little loud at higher speeds, and the climate controls are effective. But the seats could be more supportive. 

While the CR-V offers more cargo space, the RAV4 is still easy to access, with enough space for child seats. Both SUVs provide ample storage space for personal items. 

The tech in the RAV4 is a bit easier to use. The CR_V could benefit from more physical controls. Also, the standard RAV4 model has more features than the entry-level CR-V. 

People may be drawn to the RAV4 over the CR-V because it’s a well-rounded, value-packed model with an off-roading trim. It has a bit more to offer with a better fuel economy.