The world of hybrid compact SUVs is growing, and two of the top picks are the hybrid variants of the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4. Already considered excellent SUVs, they get even better with the hybrid’s improved fuel economy.
Let’s take a closer look at these hybrid compact SUVs and find the right one for you.
2022 Honda CR-V Hybrid
The Honda CR-V Hybrid, which starts at $32,010, is motivated by a gas-electric hybrid powertrain that produces 212 horsepower and 232 lb-ft of torque. That gives it more power than the standard, non-hybrid CR-V, while lowering fuel consumption and benefiting from standard four-wheel drive. In addition, the EPA estimates this SUV at 40 city/35 highway/38 combined mpg.
Honda CR-V Hybrid Highlights
Spacious rear seat: Both SUVs are quite roomy, but the CR-V has more than two inches of extra legroom in the back seat compared to the RAV4. This is part of what makes the CR-V Hybrid a great family SUV. Kids and adults alike will feel very comfortable in the rear of the CR-V, and there’s plenty of luggage space too.
Honda Detection: The Honda Sensing suite of technical driver assistance features is standard on every CR-V Hybrid. This system combines a collision reduction braking system, a road departure reduction system, adaptive cruise control with slow speed following and lane assist. Blind spot monitoring is also standard in the CR-V Hybrid. These features make driving safer and easier, especially on the highway.
Rich interior: We find the CR-V’s passenger cabin more appealing than the RAV4’s. The materials and design give a warmer, more premium feel, including leather-trimmed seats and mood lighting available in the top trim.
2022 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid
The Toyota RAV4 Hybrid has a similar powertrain to the CR-V Hybrid. It is a 2.5-liter hybrid inline-4 that makes 219 horsepower and 163 lb-ft of torque. This is the more fuel-efficient option, returning 41 city/38 highway/40 combined mpg. This SUV also comes standard with AWD and has a starting price of $29,575.
Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Highlights
Better fuel economy: Both SUVs are economical in fuel consumption, but the RAV4 Hybrid is the more economical of the two. With a combined fuel economy of 40 mpg, the RAV4 Hybrid has a super-low fuel cost of just $1,550 per year, according to the EPA. It also comes standard with AWD like the CR-V Hybrid, which is great for drivers in snowy climates.
Lower starting price: The RAV4 Hybrid has a lower starting price than the CR-V Hybrid at over $2,400. It’s also packed with value. Even the basic LE trim includes features such as AWD, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Amazon Alexa and many safety features. In the loaded top trim of these two SUVs, the pricing is very similar.
Toyota Safety Sense 2.0: The standard Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 comes with a few extra features over the Honda Sensing system. Technical safety features include automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, dynamic radar cruise control at full speed, automatic high beam, lane warning with steering assist, lane assist and traffic sign assist.
- Standard four-wheel drive
- Excellent fuel economy
- Many standard safety features
- Standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
- Similar size
The CR-V and RAV4 are two of the best-selling vehicles in the country, available with two of the best hybrid powertrains. Whatever choice you ultimately make, you’ll get impressive fuel economy, safety features, comfort and design.
|2022 Honda CR-V Hybrid||2022 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid|
|engine||2.0-liter hybrid inline-4||2.5-liter hybrid inline-4|
|horsepower||212 hp @ 6,200 rpm||219 hp @ 5,300 rpm|
|Couple||232 lb-ft @ 0 rpm||163 lb-ft @ 3,600 rpm|
|Transfer||CVT automatic||CVT automatic|
|Fuel economy||40 city/35 highway||41 city/38 highway|
|Guarantee||3 years/36,000 miles||3 years/36,000 miles|
|Powertrain warranty||5 years/60,000 miles||5 years/60,000 miles|
|NHTSA General Safety||5 stars||5 stars|
|Maximum seating capacity||5||5|
|wheelbase||104.7 inches||105.9 inches|
|Total length||182.1 inch||180.9 inches|
|Width||73.0 inches||73.0 inches|
|Height||66.5 inches||67.0 inches|
|turning diameter:||37.4 feet||36.1 feet|
|Headroom, front||38.0 inches||39.5 inches|
|Headroom, 2nd row||39.1 inches||39.5 inches|
|Legroom, front||41.3 inches||41.0 inches|
|Legroom, 2nd row||40.4 inches||37.8 inches|
|Shoulder room, front||57.9 inches||57.8 inches|
|Shoulder room, 2nd row||55.6 inches||56.4 inches|
|EPA Inner volume||136.1 cubic feet||136.4 cubic feet|
|Freight volume||33.2 cubic feet||37.6 cubic feet|