Our Review of the 2014 Toyota RAV4

January 15th, 2014 by

2014 Honda CR-V 800While we at Tri-State Honda Dealers are proud to offer area drivers access to some of the best vehicles around, we have no trouble acknowledging when another automaker has a good vehicle on their hands.

And the 2014 Toyota RAV4 is a good crossover, but we think the 2014 Honda CR-V (pictured) still comes out ahead.

Choosing Toyota or Honda?

Let’s start with the fuel economy. The Toyota RAV4 gets 31 mpg on the highway, and the 2014 Honda CR-V 2WD LX with automatic transmission gets an EPA-estimated 31 mpg on the highway too.* So why mention it?

We’re telling you because Honda’s engineers have developed a superior engine. While both vehicles have the same highway fuel economy, Honda’s engine offers 185 hp to Toyota’s 176 hp.

That’s far from the only place Honda comes out ahead either. The CR-V offers incredible safety ratings, netting five stars from the NHTSA in front passenger crash, overall frontal crash, and side pole crash safety ratings, giving the vehicle a five-star overall safety rating.

The RAV4, on the other hand, gets three stars for front passenger crash safety and four stars in the other categories, for a four-star overall rating.

Don’t forget that Honda includes state-of-the-art auto tech as standard equipment in the CR-V, too. Amenities like Bluetooth HandsFreeLink for phone and audio, a touchscreen infotainment system, a rearview camera, Pandora internet radio, SMS text messaging, and more.

Toyota makes some similar features available, but if you want them all, you’ll have to upgrade.

Take the CR-V for a Spin

We think we’ve made a pretty strong case for the 2014 Honda CR-V, but at the end of the day, it’s a vehicle that has to be experienced to really understand just how great it is. We encourage you to visit a Tri-State Honda Dealer today and take one for a spin. We think you’ll be glad you did.

*Based on 2014 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.

Tri-State Honda Dealers includes Bill Cole Honda, Freedom Honda, Glockner Honda, Larry Simmons Honda, Lester Raines Honda, Moses Honda, and Taylor Honda.

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