Honda Cars of Katy Compares 2017 Honda HR-V VS 2017 Toyota Rav4 Near Houston, TX

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2017 Honda HR-V

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2017 Toyota Rav4

Safety Comparison

Both the HR-V and the Rav4 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras and available all-wheel drive.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Honda HR-V is safer than the Toyota Rav4:

 

HR-V

Rav4

 

Driver

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

19%

35.8%

Neck Stress

244 lbs.

505 lbs.

Neck Compression

5 lbs.

25 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

33/136 lbs.

502/540 lbs.

 

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

205

388

Neck Stress

218 lbs.

236 lbs.

Neck Compression

46 lbs.

49 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Honda HR-V is safer than the Toyota Rav4:

 

HR-V

Rav4

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

148

168

Abdominal Force

158 G’s

163 G’s

Hip Force

321 lbs.

381 lbs.

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

385 lbs.

400 lbs.

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

12 inches

15 inches

HIC

203

427

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Reliability Comparison

The engine in the HR-V has a single overhead cam for simplicity. The engine in the Rav4 has dual overhead cams, which add to the number of moving parts and the complexity of the cylinder heads.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the HR-V gets better fuel mileage than the Rav4:

 

 

HR-V

Rav4

 

2WD

1.8 4 cyl./6-spd. Manual

25 city/33 hwy

n/a

 

 

1.8 4 cyl./CVT

28 city/34 hwy

23 city/30 hwy

2.5 4 cyl./Auto

 

 

n/a

23 city/29 hwy

2.5 4 cyl./Auto

4WD

1.8 4 cyl./CVT

27 city/31 hwy

22 city/28 hwy

2.5 4 cyl./Auto

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the HR-V’s standard front brake rotors are larger than those on the Rav4:

 

HR-V

Rav4

Front Rotors

11.5 inches

10.8 inches

The HR-V stops much shorter than the Rav4:

 

HR-V

Rav4

 

70 to 0 MPH

170 feet

184 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

132 feet

135 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

139 feet

147 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The HR-V’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Rav4 LE/XLE’s standard 65 series tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The HR-V has variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Rav4 doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

The HR-V EX-L AWD handles at .84 G’s, while the Rav4 SE 4WD pulls only .75 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The HR-V EX executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.2 seconds quicker than the Rav4 XLE (27.8 seconds @ .61 average G’s vs. 29 seconds @ .57 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the HR-V has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Rav4 (6.7 vs. 6.1 inches), allowing the HR-V to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

The Honda HR-V may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 500 to 550 pounds less than the Toyota Rav4.

The HR-V is 1 foot, 2.4 inches shorter than the Rav4, making the HR-V easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Ergonomics Comparison

The HR-V’s driver’s power window opens or closes with one touch of the window control, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths. The Rav4’s standard driver’s power window switch has to be held the entire time to close it fully.

Consumer Reports rated the HR-V’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the Rav4’s headlights, which were rated “Good.”

The HR-V’s power mirror controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The Rav4’s power mirror controls are on the dash, hidden behind the steering wheel, where they are awkward to manipulate.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the HR-V is less expensive to operate than the Rav4 because it costs $216 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the HR-V than the Rav4, including $109 less for a water pump, $501 less for an alternator, $28 less for front brake pads, $143 less for fuel injection, $331 less for a fuel pump and $1260 less for a timing belt/chain.

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