Are the 2016 Toyota RAV4 Standard Features Enough for Central Illinois Drivers?

May 4th, 2016 by

2016 Honda CR-VThere are at least a few different crossover utility vehicle options available to Central Illinois drivers; is the 2016 Toyota RAV4 standard features package comprehensive enough, or could you do better? Honda has been building a name for themselves on giving drivers many of the features they want without requiring any upgrades, and while the 2016 Honda CR-V and the RAV4 both have quite a bit in common, we think that when you look at them side by side, the CR-V comes out ahead.

Toe-to-Toe on Features

While Honda was leading the charge on standard amenities in the past, some automakers have almost caught up, and Toyota is one of them. While the 2016 Toyota RAV4 standard features have certainly improved, we found a few places they lagged behind the Honda:

  • Rearview Camera: Both models have a rearview camera system, which is an improvement for the RAV4, but the 2016 CR-V has a multi-angle camera that offers three views for added peace of mind when backing up.
  • ECON Button: Honda builds efficient engines, but they also know you don’t always want to maximize the efficiency on your crossover (like when you’re running late in the morning!). The CR-V has an ECON button you can push to switch between the most economical driving and more performance-oriented specs.

Under the Hood

Not only does Honda give drivers the ECON button for added control over engine performance, their 4-cylinder outdoes the RAV4 on power and efficiency as well.

  • The 2016 Honda CR-V 2WD LX has a 2.4L 4-cylinder with 185 hp and 181 lb-ft of torque, earning an EPA-estimated 33 mpg on the highway and 26 mpg in the city.*
  • The 2016 Toyota RAV4 has a 176-hp 4-cylinder with 172 lb-ft of torque and earns only 30 highway and 23 city mpg.

They might seem like a small difference at first, but you’ll notice the shift in fuel economy and power when you need it the most.

See the Honda Advantage in Person

We think it’s respectable that the 2016 Toyota RAV4 standard features have almost caught up to the CR-V, but we also think it’s clear that Honda still has the advantage. See that advantage for yourself with a test drive at a Central Illinois Honda Dealer near you.


*Based on 2016 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.

Central Illinois Honda Dealers includes Bob Brady Honda, Bob Lindsay Honda, Brad Barker Honda, Carmack Honda, Roy Schmidt Honda, Honda of Illinois, and Honda of Champaign.