The fiercely competitive compact SUV class is full of great vehicles if you’re looking for a new family car. That being said, two options stand out amongst the rest of the class: the 2017 Toyota RAV4 and the 2017 Honda HR-V. These two are at the top of their class for a reason, and we think it’s obvious why.
The 2017 Toyota RAV4 offers above-average cargo space, has standard safety features that would cost you extra on most competitors and has a powerful engine with a fun-to-drive attitude. The 2017 Honda HR-V also has standout features like impressive interior passenger space, a great fuel economy rating and a versatility not found on most other vehicles in the class. So how do these two great compact SUVs compare when matched up head-to-head?
The 2017 Honda HR-V comes in three trim levels: LX, EX and EX-L with Navigation. A 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 141 horsepower and 127 pound-feet of torque comes standard on all trims. No other engine options are available. All trim levels also come standard with safety features like Vehicle Stability Assist with Traction Control, the Anti-Lock Braking System, Electronic Brake Distribution, Brake Assist, a rearview camera, the Tire Pressure Monitoring System, dual stage front airbags, and side curtain airbags with Rollover Sensor. Looking for technology features? The 2017 Honda HR-V comes standard with a few technology features like Bluetooth connectivity, the USB Audio Interface, and a touchscreen display.
The 2017 Toyota RAV4 comes in six trim levels:LE, XLE, XLE Hybrid, Limited, Limited Hybrid and Platinum. Each trim level comes in a variety of exterior color options, giving drivers the ability to customize their RAV4. The LE, XLE, Limited and Platinum trims come standard with a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder DOHC engine that produces 176 horsepower and 172 pound-feet of torque. The XLE Hybrid and Limited Hybrid come standard with a 2.5-liter 4-Cylinder VVT-i engine that has an EPA estimated fuel economy rating of 34/30/32 city/highway/combined. Standard safety features for all trims include the Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Automatic High Beams, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Enhanced Vehicle Stability Control, Traction Control, the Anti-lock Brake System, Electronic Brake-force Distribution, Brake Assist, the Tire Pressure Monitor System and Smart Stop Technology. All trims also come standard with an advanced airbag system, driver and front passenger Whiplash-Injury-Lessening seats, 3-point safety belts for all seating positions and the LATCH system. The Limited Hybrid and Platinum trims also tack on Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert to their long lists of standard safety features.
If you’re looking for a family-friendly compact SUV, both the 2017 Toyota RAV4 and the 2017 Honda HR-V are great options. That being said, with more standard safety features, a more powerful engine and more front legroom, the 2017 Toyota RAV4 really makes for a perfect family SUV.