Toyota RAV4 vs Competitors



After much anticipation, the highly popular RAV4 has been completely redesigned for the 2019 model year, improving on its already stylish appearance and adding engine strength and standard equipment. As much as there is to like about the RAV4, it does face some tough competition from the likes of the Honda CR-V, Subaru Forester, Mazda CX-5, and Hyundai Santa Fe. Now, let’s talk in more detail about how the RAV4 stands out in this competitive class of vehicles.


Pricing and Warranty Coverage

The RAV4 LE (the base trim) has a starting MSRP of $25,650. This price is slightly above average for this segment of vehicles, but the RAV4 more than makes up for it through its outstanding resale value. Kelley Blue Book named the RAV4 as the vehicle with the best resale value in 2019. Ultimately, this means that purchasing a brand-new RAV4 is one of the safest choices you can make, since it holds its value better than any of its competitors.

Toyota’s warranty coverage is similar to the competitors’, with a 3-year/36,000-mile whole vehicle warranty, 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty, 5-year/unlimited-mile anti-corrosion warranty, and 3-year/36,000-mile paint warranty. Where Toyota stands out is with its unlimited-mile roadside assistance plan, which covers the RAV4 for two years.

Performance and Fuel Economy

The 2019 RAV4 features a brand-new engine—a 2.5-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder making 203 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. of torque. Its biggest competitor, the CR-V, tops out at 190 hp. The all-new engine that Toyota introduced for this year’s model is paired to a Direct Shift 8-speed automatic transmission that creates a remarkably smooth ride. Like most vehicles in the midsized crossover class, the RAV4 comes standard with front-wheel drive, but all-wheel drive is available. The RAV4 also boasts EPA ratings of 26 mpg city and 35 mpg highway, making it one of the most fuel-efficient vehicles in the class. Compare that to the CX-5’s EPA-rated fuel economy, which maxes out at 22 city/27 highway. If you’re planning to pull a trailer, your best bet in this class is the RAV4’s Adventure trim, which has a towing capacity of up to 3,500 pounds. Next in line is the Forester, with considerably less than half that maximum capacity : a mere 1,500 lb.


Toyota strives to make safety a top priority on all of their vehicles, and the RAV4 is certainly no exception. It did so well in government-issued collision tests that it received a 5-Star Overall Safety from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), while competitors such as the Honda CR-V did not. Toyota’s intelligently engineered body and frame deserve the credit for this accolade along with the package of driver-assist aids known as Toyota Safety Sense 2.0. This technology suite contains some active safety features that you may not find on competing vehicles, especially on the lowest trim levels: road sign assist, lane tracing assist, full-speed range dynamic radar cruise control, and intelligent clearance sonar with rear cross-traffic braking. So, if safety is a priority for you, there is no better choice than the RAV4.