2020 Toyota RAV4 vs. Its Competition

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Aaron Cole Aaron Cole Managing Editor

The 2020 Toyota RAV4 is in a perennial dogfight with the Honda CR-V for supremacy among compact crossovers.

The CR-V adds a hybrid option this year and its more spacious inside.

The Subaru Forester has standard all-wheel drive and real off-road chops, despite outward appearances.

The Jeep Cherokee looks the off-road part, and plays it too, but can feel a little cheap inside.

Domestic challengers such as the Chevy Equinox offer varying degrees of comfort and quiet, but lack the panache of the RAV4.

The Escape is new this year, also comes as a hybrid, and skews car-like with its looks and shapes, which may be more convenient for empty-nesters.

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Quick Specs
The 2020 Toyota RAV4 covers more bases this year with smartphone compatibility and tough-looking off-road trims.
The 2020 Chevy Equinox shoots right down Main Street for value and features, especially with newly standard active safety equipment.
The 2020 Ford Escape takes a more refined tack, and brings its hybrid edition back into vogue.
The 2020 Honda CR-V hits right at the heart of many buyers’ needs: comfortable, spacious, quiet, and efficient.
The 2020 Jeep Cherokee cashes in on off-road prowess and luxury features but comes up short elsewhere.
The 2020 Subaru Forester is an incredible value among compact crossovers and a former Best Car To Buy winner.
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Detailed Spec Comparison
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