2019 Toyota Rav4 vs Competitors


Crossovers – so named because they’re a cross between an SUV and a car – blend the most desirable qualities of those vehicle types, resulting in smooth drive quality with greater utility. With the crossover segment so competitive, manufacturers are constantly improving their lineups to be more efficient and better equipped.

One distinct crossover that has stood the test of time is the ever-popular Toyota RAV4, which has continuously provided exceptional safety, reliability, off-pavement capability, and affordability to its large fan base. It has even more to offer for the 2019 model year, after an exciting redesign. While the RAV4 has undeniably made a substantial impression, it has its rivals. Some of the others competing for a spot on the A-list of crossovers include the Honda CR-V, Subaru Outback, Nissan Rogue, Chevrolet Equinox, Mazda CX-5, Hyundai Tucson, and Ford Escape. With such competition, each of these vehicles needs to bring something novel to the table if they hope to stand out. We’ll compare them in more detail below.




Power and Performance

Horsepower may not be the first quality on a crossover buyer’s wish list, but it’s still good to be close to the top. The 2019 RAV4 is one of the leading in terms of strength in this segment. In fact, it’s 27 horses more powerful than last year’s model, making it the most powerful RAV4 ever. Now, let’s compare it to its biggest rival, the CR-V. The Toyota crossover generates 203 horsepower with its 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder engine, while the Honda produces 184 hp with its 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. The Forester also falls behind the CR-V at 182 hp from its 2.5-liter engine, as does the Tucson, with its maximum of 181 hp. Then there’s the Rogue, which delivers the lowest power output of those three vehicles at 170 hp (also with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder).

What’s more, the RAV4 also supplies some impressive towing capabilities, especially with its Adventure trim level, which is rated to pull up to 3,500 pounds. The Rogue, on the other hand, only provides 1,102 with its high-end SL all-wheel drive trim, while the Tucson tops out at a mere 1,000 pounds. The Outback, which is similar to the RAV4 in terms of ruggedness, has a towing capacity that is slightly behind the RAV4 at 2,700 pounds (the Limited trim with its 3.6-liter six-cylinder engine).

Fuel Economy, Pricing, and Cargo Space

Considering its more powerful engine and rugged abilities, the RAV4 has distinctly good fuel economy. Achieving an EPA-estimated 35 mpg highway and 26 mpg city, it beats out the Equinox (32 mpg highway/25 mpg city), Tucson (30 highway/23 city), and Rogue (30 mpg highway/25 mpg city). The pricing is basically in the same neighborhood across this group. The RAV4 has a base MSRP of $25,500, while the Outback starts at $26,343, the Rogue starts at $25,020, and the CR-V and CX-5 Sport both start at $24,350. The Toyota crossover’s cargo capacity stands out, providing 37.6 cubic feet of total space, while the Forester, Tucson, and the CX-5 allow for a max 19.2, 31, and 29.9 cu.-ft., respectively.