Using vehicle speed sensors and seat sensors, smart airbags in the Honda CR‑V deploy with different levels of force or don’t deploy at all to help better protect passengers of all sizes in different collisions. The Honda CR‑V’s side airbags will shut off if a child is leaning against the door. The Rav4’s side airbags don’t have smart features and will always deploy full force.
Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Honda CR‑V’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Rav4 doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.
The Honda CR‑V’s liftgate lifts up in one piece, completely out of the way of loading and unloading, while sheltering the cargo loading area. The Rav4’s swing out door blocks loading from the passenger’s side.
The Rav4’s standard power locks don’t automatically lock the doors. The Honda CR‑V’s standard doors lock when a certain speed is reached. This is an important feature for occupant safety. Locked doors are proven to open less often in collisions, and they are also effective in preventing crime at traffic lights. (The power lock’s automatic feature may have to be activated by your dealer.)
The Honda CR‑V’s standard power mirror controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The Rav4’s standard power mirror controls are on the center console where they can’t be seen without the driver completely removing his eyes from the road.
For greater rear passenger comfort, the Honda CR‑V has standard rear heat vents to keep rear occupants more comfortable. The Rav4 doesn’t offer rear vents.
With optional voice command, the Honda CR‑V EX-L offers the driver hands free control of the radio, climate controls, cell phone and the navigation computer by simply speaking. The Rav4 doesn’t offer a voice control system.
For better stopping power the Honda CR‑V’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Rav4.
The Honda CR‑V’s 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 6 more horsepower (185 vs. 179) than the Rav4’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.