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Toyota Rav4 Vs. Honda CRV Sizes: Which Compact SUV Is Bigger?

Comparing a Toyota to other vehicles is usually a winning battle. Toyota has a long-standing reputation for designing and delivering reliable, long-lasting, and durable vehicles that outmatch many of its competitors. However, comparing a Toyota Rav4 with a Honda CR-V is a tough choice to make.

Both the Toyota Rav4 and the Honda CR-V are in the compact SUV market lineup, but the Rav4 is slightly bigger than its CR-V competitor by approximately one inch. The wheelbase of the Rav4 is 105.9-inches while the CR-V has a slightly smaller wheelbase of 104.8 inches.

Apparently, size matters in a vehicle because bigger and heavier cars are less likely to take as much damage as smaller and lighter cars. The CR-V and the Rav4 are too close to call though so instead we delve deeper into the features and specs of each model to work out if the Honda CR-V or Toyota Rav4 is the better choice for you.

Read on below to find out.

Is the Toyota Rav4 Bigger than the Honda CR-V?

Yes, the Toyota Rav4 is technically bigger than the Honda CR-V because it has a longer wheelbase. However, the interior dimensions of both compact SUVs show different results, and the cargo space of the Honda CR-V is bigger than the Rav4 by inches because the CR-V is longer than the Rav4.

Here is a table to help identify the different measurements of each of these favorite SUVs so you can decide which one you believe is bigger out of these two popular Japanese SUVs:

SpecsHonda CR-VToyota Rav4
Cargo Space37.6 cubic feet37.6 cubic feet
Cargo Space with Folded Seats75.8 cubic feet69.8 cubic feet
Payload capacityRoughly 1,358lbsRoughly 1,240lbs
Towing capacity1,500lbs3,500lbs depending on the trim
Front passenger legroom41.3-inches41-inches
Front passenger headroom40.1-inches37.7-inches
Rear passenger legroom40.4-inches37.8-inches
Rear passenger headroom39.2-inches39.5-inches

It doesn’t seem right that the wheelbase and exterior dimensions for the Rav4 are taller and wider than the CR-V, with a longer wheelbase, yet the CR-V boasts more space inside, does it?

So, answering this question is purely based on whether you believe the wheelbase or the length and height are more important. If wheelbase is your answer, then the Toyota Rav4 is bigger than the Honda CR-V.

Is the Honda CR-V or the Toyota Rav4 More Spacious?

Although the Toyota Rav4 has a longer wheelbase than the Honda CR-V, the interior dimensions of the popular CR-V compact SUV are bigger and more spacious.

Spaciousness in a car is desirable for those needing to accommodate for families and more passengers but having a comfortable car is also a desirable feature. If comfort is as important to you as how big the car is, check out our comparison guide between the interior features of the CR-V and the Rav4 below.

Interior ComfortsHonda CR-V LXHonda CR-V TouringToyota Rav4 LEToyota Rav4 Limited Hybrid
Climate ControlClimate ControlDual-zone climate controlClimate Control with dust and pollen filterDual-Zone automatic climate control with rear vents
DashboardNot mentionedNot mentionedAnalog speedometerDigital speedometer
Seating optionsCloth SeatsLeather-trimmed seatsFabric-trimmed seating for all five passengersSofTex (Faux leather) trimmed seating for all passengers
Driver’s comfortNot mentionedPowered-adjustable front seats with driver’s memory seat6-way adjustable driver’s seat8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat
Rear seat folding60/40 split folding rear seats60/40 split folding rear seats60/40 split folding rear seats60/40 split folding rear seats
Heated seatsNot offered Heated front seats and heated leather-wrapped steering wheelNot offeredHeated front seating with the option to upgrade rear seats
TrimsStandardLeather-trimmed gear leverStandardLeather-trimmed gear lever
Dashboard comfortNot mentionedNot mentionedSoft-touch dash and armrestsSoft-touch dash, armrests, and doors
Additional interior comfortNot mentionedSilver detailingStandard black interior door handlesSilver interior door handles
Mirror technologyNot mentionedNot mentionedStandard rearview mirrorDigital rearview mirror
Interior technologyOne front USB portWireless charger and front and second-row USB portsOne USB media port5 USB media ports and wireless charging
Lighting featuresNot mentionedNot mentionedStandardBlue illuminating interior

We chose both the lowest and the highest trim level from each manufacturer for the above comparison guide. As you can see, the Toyota Rav4 has more information available than the Honda CR-V. This was the available information from both the Toyota and Honda websites.

But again, having available and unavailable information does not guarantee one is better or bigger than the other.

Honda vs Toyota, Which One is Right for You?

Both Honda and Toyota are Japanese branded vehicles, so the quality of each is superior to many other vehicles on the road today. Japan is known for manufacturing long-lasting and reliable engines and for their innovative safety and media technology advancements in cars.

According to Major World, Toyota is the superior car brand with more affordable cars, superior reliability, and more vehicle models to choose from.

While both the compact Honda and Toyota SUV range are favorite cars in America, the Toyota Rav4 is rated to be better in performance and has a little more power in its engine than the CR-V, but that also depends on who you ask.

Toyota cars last longer than most other cars on the road and this is a huge factor in why people buy cars today. For a long-term investment that almost guarantees their money’s worth. Toyota cars can definitely do this for you.

  • Both Toyota and Honda cars have an average lifespan of 250,000 miles
  • A new Honda CR-V has an estimated mileage of anywhere between 250,000 – 300,000 miles
  • The average estimated mileage of a Toyota Rav4 is approximately 250,000 miles but owners of the Rav4 on online platforms disagree and say it’s much more
  • The United States Department of Transportation gives both the Honda CR-V and the Toyota Rav4 an overall safety rating of 5 stars

What Do the Reviews Say About the Rav4 VS the CR-V?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) named the 2021 Toyota Rav4 a Top Safety Pick of the year.

Reviews on Edmunds have given overall ratings for the Honda CV-R a 4.9 out of 5 and a 3.4 out of 5 for the Toyota Rav4.

Here is how Cars US News rates both compact SUVs and similar reviews can be found at Motor Trend where they have tested 4 compact SUVs and have placed the Toyota Rav4 in third and the Honda CR-V in 1st.

Reviews from Honda drivers are generally pretty good and out of 696 reviews on Repair Pal the average rating is 4.1 stars out of five. The 2021 Honda CR-V also scored a reliability rating of 4.1 out of five at Kelley Blue Book.


While the wheelbase of the Rav4 is longer, the CR-V beats the Rav4 in length and this is why the interior dimensions are more spacious. The Rav4 has a higher ground clearance than the CR-V but this is mainly because Toyota designed the Rav4 to have some 4-wheel drive off-road (ish) capabilities.

While both the compact SUVs are great cars, and both are similar in size and price, the Honda CR-V seems to have bigger dimensions than the Rav4 and may therefore be slightly bigger. The Honda CR-V can hold more luggage in its cargo area, but it can’t tow nearly as much as the compact crossover Rav4.